Free Things To Do in Lancaster County – PA Dutch Country

Come and Enjoy Lancaster PA Activities for Free

There are many things to see and do in Lancaster County. In this website you’ll find a big selection of Lancaster Attractions from which to choose.  But there are also many things to see and do here that are free (or almost free).

Below is a sampling of some of the things you can do that won’t cost you anything. While you’re at it, be sure to glance at our Lancaster Calendar of Events for other ideas – you’ll find more free things to do there.

If it’s your birthday, how about a free appetizer or meal or dessert?  You can check out our Free Birthday Meals page for those savings.

For other ideas of where you can save money, look through our Lancaster PA coupons.  And for those who are planning a Lancaster vacation, be sure to check out our Getaway Packages page for a listing of Lancaster County lodging properties that offer discounts on local attractions and dining.

But, for now, we’ll show you some ideas for a really cheap date. Save your dime, and come play for free on us.

Free Things To Do Throughout Lancaster County:

Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market

2710 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-393-9674

30 standholders offer delicious selections of fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, jams and jellies, health foods, fresh baked goods, candy, homemade fudge, homemade Good 'N Plenty ice cream, canned goods, quilts and handcrafts, and more. Plus, glassware, books, clothing outlets, and locally-made furniture. A delightful country shopping experience! Visit website.

Dutch Haven

2857A Lincoln Highway East, (U.S. Route 30), Ronks (Paradise), PA 17572, 717-687-0111

While you’re out sampling the many free things to do in Lancaster, enjoy a free sample of America’s best shoofly pie (according to TIME Magazine). Then tour Lancaster’s first tourist attraction (1946) offering a distinctive selection of local furniture, crafts, and gifts. See our video. Open evenings and Sundays.  Visit website

 

Go Antiquing
Adamstown, Pennsylvania is known as the Antiques Capital USA. You'll find one of the largest concentrations of antiques in the nation. Plus, numerous other antique shops and antique markets can be found throughout Lancaster County.

 

Brewery Gallery at Bube’s Brewery
Changing exhibits of local artists in the gallery, part of a restored 19th century brewery complex, much of which can also be viewed.
102 N. Market Street
Mt. Joy, PA
717-653-2056

 

Cemetery at St. James Episcopal Church
See gravestones from the 1700's and 1800's in this old cemetery behind the church.
119 N Duke Street (at the corner of Orange and Duke Streets)
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-397-4858

 

Charter Day
All Pennsylvania state museums, including three local museums at Ephrata Cloister, Landis Valley Museum, and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, are open free to the public on Charter Day in recognition of the day the king of England granted land in the colonies to William Penn. That plot of land would eventually become Pennsylvania.

 

Gardens at Conestoga House
Originally designed in the 1930's, the gardens at Conestoga House are open for free self-guided tours for individuals on Wednesdays from mid-June through August (1-8 pm) and September (1-6). Groups can call ahead to schedule a guided tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Their displays include over 3300 annuals, some 400 tropical plants, over 160 varieties of perennials, and some 20 different varieties of roses.
1608 Marietta Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-397-5353

 

Covered Bridges
Lancaster County has over two dozen covered bridges. Get out and explore them. Drive through or ride a bike through one (or more). Walk through a bridge and enjoy these unique structures from a bygone era.

 

Demuth Museum
There's no admission charge for you and your family to visit the Demuth Museum to see the preserved home and gardens of the renowned American modernist artist Charles Demuth (1883-1935).
120 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-299-9940

 

Fridays in Lancaster County
Join us for a night on the town. Celebrate every Friday evening somewhere in Lancaster County. First Fridays are in Downtown Lancaster, second Fridays in Lititz, third Fridays (Music Fridays) in Downtown Lancaster, and fourth Fridays in both  Mount Joy and Columbia-Marietta-Wrightsville. Enjoy music, arts, and entertainment while stores and cafe's stay open late for your enjoyment.  See our Lancaster County Events Calendar or our Fridays in Lancaster County page for specifics.

 

George’s Furniture
Watch professional craftsmen at work building solid wood furniture of walnut, oak and cherry. George's has five show rooms of finished furniture and gifts.
9 Reichs Church Road
Marietta, PA 17547
800-799-1685

 

Go to Market
Visit Lancaster County's Farmers Markets, where you'll find stands overflowing all year with fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods and crafts. The Central Market in center city Lancaster is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the nation. It's open Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

Herr’s Snack Factory Tour
Free video presentation and take a free tour of their snack foods production plant. They produce over 20 different food products, including popcorn, chips and pretzels. Enjoy fresh, warm chips after your tour.
271 Old Baltimore Pike
Nottingham, PA 19362
800-63-SNACK

 

Hershey Farm
Enjoy their free walking trail, self-guided tour of their flower and vegetable gardens, children's play areas, photo opportunities with various Amish buggies, and farm animals. There restaurant isn't free, but we can offer you a Coupon.
240 Hartman Bridge Road (Route 896)
Ronks, PA 17572 (Strasburg)
717-687-8635, 800-827-8635

 

Hershey Chocolate World
Enjoy a free ride on a simulated chocolate making tour to show how Hershey's makes its famous chocolate.
Park Blvd.
Hershey, PA
717-534-4900

 

Intercourse Canning Company
Come to the Cannery. Free sampling a variety of pickles, vegetables, relishes, salads, jams and jellies.
13 Center Street
Intercourse, PA 17534
717-768-0156

 

Jam & Relish Kitchen
Watch them put up over 70 jams, jellies, & relishes, then sample the finished products in this quaint village of 42 shops, restaurants, & lodging.
Kitchen Kettle Village
3529 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Intercourse, PA 17534
717-768-8261

 

Lancaster Museum of Art
Permanent and changing exhibits of regional, national, and international artists.
135 North Lime Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-3497

 

Lancaster Newspaper Newseum
A multi-media sidewalk-access news museum showing equipment from by-gone newspaper production methods, the evolution of newspapers spanning 200 years, and more.
28 S. Queen Street
Lancaster. PA 17603
717-291-8676

 

Mennonite Information Center
Enjoy the walk-through exhibit area describing the Mennonite way of life along with a free film in their theater. While there, you can take advantage of their Coupon.
2209 Millstream Rd. (off Rt. 30)
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-299-0954

 

Mud sales
If you're not from around here, you need to take in at least one mud sale. They are Lancaster County originals. See our list of this year's sales, or check out our Events Calendar.

 

Old Candle Barn
See candle making demonstrations; gift shop filled with hand-dipped candles and crafts.
3551A Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Intercourse, PA
717-768-3231

 

Go to the Park
County parks offer hiking, fishing, petting zoo, ball fields, playgrounds, volleyball, tennis, free concerts, and more.

 

Rothman Gallery
This art gallery located at Franklin & Marshall College features rotating displays from the college's permanent collection of paintings, frakturs, tinware, quilts, glassware, cabinetry, folk art and fine art.
Steinman College Center, College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-291-3879

 

Stoudt’s Brewery
Free 45 minute tour of the microbrewery at one of the leading micro-brewers in the country. Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday. Stoudt's is one of several micro breweries in Lancaster.
2800 North Reading Road (Rt. 272),
Adamstown, PA 19501,
717-484-4386

 

Strasburg Rail Road
See operating steam trains and cars in between trips at their East Strasburg Station in Strasburg. (Note: You can ride on their trains, but there is a fee to do so.)
Route 741, Strasburg, PA 17579
(GPS: 301 Gap Road,
Ronks, PA 17572)
717-687-7522

 

Take a Scenic Country Drive
Take a scenic drive through our Amish farmlands. Explore the rolling Amish farmlands photograph the scenery, and enjoy the peaceful quiet while riding through the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

 

That Fish Place – That Pet Place
Definitely not your average pet store.  This place is the size of a museum. See tropical fish, reptiles, animals, and much more at the world's largest aquarium and pet supply store. Fascinating for all ages.
237 Centerville Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-299-5691, 888-842-8738

 

Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery
Free tours of their pretzel bakery by appointment.
1550 Bowmansville Rd., P.O. Box 219
Bowmansville, PA 17507
800-683-8375

 

Wilbur Chocolate’s Candy Americana Museum
Candy factory, candy outlet, and museum exhibiting antique candy production equipment and antique molds. Watch candy being made.
48 N. Broad Street
Lititz, PA 17543
717-626-3249


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Comments

  1. Zainab Rangwala says:

    Very informative & excellent places.
    I covered few of them & was worth a visit.

    Thanks,
    Zainab

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