Many adults think of bed and breakfasts in farm countries as a tranquil getaway for themselves, but Lancaster, PA also offers lots of kid-friendly activities for families on vacation.
If you are considering Amish Country as your next family destination, here are a few of the places you may want to visit:
Dutch Wonderland– This amusement park is great for families with small children! While there are a few larger rides, like the roller coaster, even toddlers will be able to find rides they are able to do. There are short live shows and a great water park, too.
Strasburg Railroad– Just a few miles away from Dutch Wonderland, in a neighboring town, you can find the Strasburg Railroad. Here you can buy a ticket and take a 45 minute ride on a real steam train. They also have special events with Thomas the Tank Engine.
Hands-On House– This children’s museum in Lancaster is full of exhibits that are interactive and meant to be touched. Kids can run their own grocery store or learn about nature. In good weather, there is a nice picnic area outside.
The Turkey Hill Experience – About 15 minutes outside of Lancaster, in the neighboring area of Columbia, you can find the Turkey Hill Experience. This huge converted warehouse is now part science museum and part shrine to all things ice cream. You can indulge in free samples, design your own flavor, star in a pretend t.v. commercial, and learn about science concepts like homogenization while you do it. Children 4 and under and members of the military get in free.
Sight and Sound Theater– This theater, located down the street in Strasburg, is well-known for bringing stories from the Bible to life in an elaborate way. These musicals are incredibly impressive in a way that rivals the quality of many Broadway productions.
Lancaster is also a great destination for a romantic adults-only weekend. The downtown area is filled with local artists and great food, and the county has plenty of farmer’s markets, horse and buggy rides, and plenty of antique malls and outlet shopping.
It is a great place to come to relax, unplug, and unwind!
Stephanie Giese is a Pennsylvania resident, the author of this post, and the blogger behindBinkiesand Briefcases and The BlogU Conference. To see more of her work, visit her blog or stop by her Facebookpage and say hi.