Lancaster PA Family Attractions

Lancaster Offers Plenty To Do For The Whole Family

Your family won’t run out of things to do in Lancaster. You can build your relationships and have a blast doing it any number of ways.

  • Enjoy a theatrical play or a movie in the park.
  • Play miniature golf or laser tag.
  • Get lost in a cornfield or tour a museum.
  • Marvel at model trains or hop aboard a full-sized, steam-powered train.
  • Ride a roller coaster or an Amish buggy or a go-kart.

This list goes on and on. There are countless ways your family can have fun together.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out and create some memories together – fun, family memories that could last a lifetime.

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Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road (Route 741 East), Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572, 866-725-9666

Steam through Amish Country. Enjoy a 45-minute ride to Paradise and back aboard America's oldest short-line railroad on an authentic steam train. At the historic station, enjoy unique shops to commemorate your visit, dining opportunities both onboard the train and at the station, and other Fun Extras.  All Aboard!  Visit website

American Music Theatre

2425 Lincoln Highway East, (Rt. 30 across from Rockvale Outlets), Lancaster, PA 17602
800-648-4102, 717-397-7700

Families love the shows at AMT! From concerts and Broadway Tours, to original musical revues that are fun for the whole family, there's something on stage for everyone at AMT. Call the box office or visit to see what's going to be on stage when you're in town!

Amish Village

199 Hartman Bridge Road (Route 896), Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572, 717-687-8511

No car or dishwasher. Learn why Amish live without these modern amenities through a guided tour of our 1840 farmhouse. Stroll along scenic 12-acre grounds. Explore a one-room schoolhouse, visit live farm animals, and have your family’s photo taken inside a buggy.  From our family to yours, welcome to Lancaster! Visit website

Biblical Tabernacle

Mennonite Information Center, 2209 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-299-0954

Visit the full-size reproduction of Moses' Tabernacle in the Wilderness, designed from Biblical descriptions in the book of Exodus. Lecture tours explain the history and spiritual significance of this dwelling place of God among his people. Guests representing many faiths and cultures from all over the world have found this fascinating. Visit website

Cherry-Crest Adventure Farm

150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572, 866-546-1799

Join over a million adventurers. Over 50 Farm Fun Activities for all ages. Home of the Amazing Maize Maze. Entertain family and friends as you visit our farm animal center, singing chicken show, pedal karts, pumpkin slinger, guided wagon tour, and more. See you at  Cherry-Crest Adventure Farm.

Choo Choo Barn – Traintown U.S.A.

226 Gap Road (Route 741 East), Strasburg, PA 17579, 800-450-2920

Gigantic model train display! Our 1,700 square feet, hand-created train display is home to over 150 animated figures and 22 operating model trains. Family-owned since 1961! Featured in Lionel Train's "Historic Layout Series". Fun for all ages! Open daily, Mid-March - December.  Visit website

Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road (Route 741 East), Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572, 866-725-9666

Arriving at Strasburg three times a year, Thomas the Tank Engine invites the family along on a 25-minute adventure. Ride aboard the larger-than-life coal-burning steam train before exploring an array of family activities loaded with fun. Tickets are available at Advance purchase recommended.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-898-1900

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is a year-round theatre presenting live musicals performed by professional performers selected from national auditions and a live orchestra with a buffet of classic American cuisine. Group rates for parties of 16 or more and Children's Theatre shows four times each year. Hotel and theatre packages available. Visit website

Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park

2249 Lincoln Hwy. East (Route 30), Lancaster, PA 17602, 1-866-FUNatDW

A Kingdom for Kids! 48-acre amusement park with over 30 rides, Duke’s Lagoon interactive water play area, and live shows including The Adventure of the Frog Prince high dive. Open daily Memorial Day - Labor Day and select fall weekends. Birthday parties, group rates and catering available. Free parking. Visit website

Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-569-KIDS

There's so much to explore at the area's only museum where playing and learning go hand-in-hand. Not-for-profit museum features shared educational experiences that delight kids and parents alike. Self-directed exhibits for adults and children ages 2-10 to explore together. Exhibits include Marty's Machine Shop, E-I-E-I KNOW, Mostly Make-Believe, and more! Visit website

National Watch & Clock Museum

514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA 17512, 717-684-8261

People of all ages will enjoy this fascinating museum of timekeeping devices.  You'll see the earliest non-mechanical devices, tall clocks, cuckoo clocks, the atomic clocks of today, and thousands of clocks in between - over 12,000 items in this collection, the largest in North America. Take time to learn about time! Visit their website

Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day Out With Thomas™

The Strasburg Rail Road: September 13 - 21, 2014 - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. You'll find…

Categories: Children, Entertainment

Friday, November 21 - Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day Out With Thomas™

The Strasburg Rail Road: November 21 - 23, 2014 - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. You'll find…

Categories: Children, Entertainment

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