Day Trips From Philadelphia to Lancaster County

30+ Day Trip Ideas for Visiting Lancaster’s Amish Country

Lancaster County is only a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia. But in many ways Lancaster is a whole different world away.

 

Come Get Away to the Atmosphere of the Amish Country

Get away from the fast-paced city or suburban life in Philadelphia and its suburbs and enjoy a peaceful day here in the Amish Country. Breathe in our fresh air and relaxing atmosphere. Rejuvenate yourself. And enjoy the time with your spouse or your family.

Hop on the turnpike or Route 30. Or climb aboard Amtrak – Lancaster is only a few stops away.

 

Over 30 Fun Relaxations in Lancaster County:

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm – Family Fun on the Farm

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.

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150 Cherry Hill Road
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572
866-546-1799

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Choo Choo Barn – Traintown U.S.A.

Gigantic model train layout! Our 1,700 square foot train display is home to over 150 hand-created, animated figures and 22 operating model trains. Family-owned since 1961, this work of art is fun for all ages! We are much more than “just trains”! Open daily, Mid-March - December.

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226 Gap Road (Route 741 East)
Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-7911

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Countryside Bus Tours at The Amish Farm and House

Discover Lancaster's living heritage on Lancaster’s original 90-minute bus tour. Take in the scenic beauty of rural Lancaster County. You'll see and learn about Amish schools, Amish farms and culture, covered bridges, and even visit an Amish store or roadside stand. Daily tours - please call ahead for reservation.

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Amish Farm and House
2395 Covered Bridge Drive
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-6185

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Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road

Arriving at Strasburg three times a year, Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy invite the family along on a 20-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   www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.   Advance purchase recommended.

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

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Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

Dutch Apple is a year-round theatre presenting live musicals performed by professional performers from across the country. Dining options include: All American cuisine buffet Sunday- Wednesday evening/all matinees; Served Dinner at your table Thursday Evening; Prime Rib Buffet Friday/Saturday Evening. Group Rates for parties of 16 or more.

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

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Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park

It’s family time! Enjoy Dutch Wonderland’s Duke's Lagoon water play area, live entertainment, and over 35 rides. Open weekends starting May 15, weekdays Memorial Day - Labor Day and most weekends through December.

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2249 Lincoln Highway E. (U.S. Rt. 30)
Lancaster, PA 17602
866-FUNatDW

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Go ‘N Bananas Family Fun Center – Fun For All Ages!

Looking for something to do? Hours of fun with bumper cars, ropes course, laser tag, mini-bowling, arcade, café and more! Climate controlled with free parking, we’re just a few minutes from Lancaster city. Use our money-saving passes or pay for each attraction. Please visit our website  for more information.

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1170 Garfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-287-5000

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Kitchen Kettle Village

Fun, food, shopping & lodging await you at our Village built around our "world famous" canning kitchen where you will discover tradition with a twist. Sample jams & relishes made before your eyes, and taste award winning wines. Find a great selection of locally made items & national brands throughout the Village.

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3529 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Intercourse, PA 17534
800-732-3538

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Lancaster Balloon Rides – Balloon Rides Daily

Experience the Thrill of a Hot Air Balloon Ride, floating over the Amish Farm Country below. Our guests have enjoyed this wonderful Hot Air Balloon Experience for more than 25 years. Balloon Rides originate from The Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. Sunrise and Sunset Rides. Visit website or call 800-763-5987 for reservations.

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2737 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
800-763-5987

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Lancaster Central Market

In downtown Lancaster is the country’s oldest continually operated public farmers’ market – since 1730. Over 60 local standholders offer fresh baked goods, produce, meat, cheeses, beverages, soup, salads, sandwiches, ice cream, crafts, and more. This gathering place is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from  6 am - 3 pm.

23 N. Market Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-735-6890

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Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm

Stop in and say Hello to the miniature horses at our Old Order Amish farm just outside Strasburg. They are gentle, friendly, and waiting to be petted. Saddle rides and cart rides are available. Our Lil' Country Store features many Amish hand-crafted products, including framed prints, quillows, birdhouses, and food products.

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264 Paradise Lane
Ronks (near Paradise), PA 17572
717-687-8237

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Miller’s Restaurant & Smorgasbord, Since 1929

Lancaster’s original, award winning smorgasbord restaurant has been voted best, again! Located just west of Paradise, Miller’s is centrally located on Route 30, minutes from Sight & Sound, American Music Theater, Rockvale, Tanger and Amish attractions. Visit our website for current hours, menu and additional information.

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2811 Lincoln Highway E. (Route 30)
Paradise, PA 17572
717-687-6621

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Old Windmill Farm – Amish Farm Tours

Come experience life on an Amish farm. Milk a cow, feed a calf and the pygmy goats, miniature bull, and miniature chickens. Watch the pot-bellied pigs perform. All ages will enjoy this! Then tour their big garden and sample the fresh produce. Groups are welcome. Learn about Amish life from the Amish.

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262 Paradise Lane
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572
717-687-7929

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Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center

Exciting outdoor adventure at Refreshing Mountain! Perfect for families, groups, or couples. Go ziplining, challenge an outdoor obstacle course, explore an on-site wildlife center, practice archery, enjoy a hiking trail or the outdoor pool, scale a 40-ft climbing tower, experience our brand new escape room, and much more!

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455 Camp Road
Stevens, PA 17578
888-353-1490

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Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Largest Buffet in the USA!   Enjoy our deliciously authentic Pennsylvania Dutch all-you-can-eat smorgasbord buffet, including a wide variety of grilled meats and seafood, unlimited drinks and homemade desserts.  Free meal on your birthday with the purchase of another adult meal, ID required.  Open Monday thru Saturday. Closed Sundays.

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129 Toddy Drive
East Earl, PA 17519
717-354-8222

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Sight & Sound Theatres

For more than 40 years, Sight & Sound Theatres® has been bringing Bible stories to life on stage. Every production is a spectacular show with a meaningful message. Edge-of-your-seat action meets heartfelt drama on a panoramic stage, featuring massive sets, special effects, and live animals.

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300 Hartman Bridge Rd. (Rt. 896)
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572
800-377-1277

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Stone Gables Estate – Ironstone Ranch – Star Barn

Stone Gables Estate comprises over 275+ acres of scenic views and hidden gems. See the spires of the historic Star Barn off in the distance. Bring the family picturesque horseback riding trails and ride the Harrisburg, Lincoln, and Lancaster Railroad. Unwind from your hurried pace and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere.

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1 Hollinger Lane, Star Barn Way
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
717-902-9791

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Strasburg Rail Road

Steam through Amish country. Enjoy 45 minutes aboard a real steam train. Enjoy authentic trains and railroaders, shops, dining and other fun extras at the historic East Strasburg Station. Check schedules and additional information at www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.    All Aboard!

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

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Strasburg Scooter Tours

There are some thrills of driving that you just don’t get cooped up in a car. Enjoy our guided scooter tour through Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Hop into a 50cc Scoot Coupe and discover exceptional views of the countryside, and an insightful look at some of Lancaster County’s oldest covered bridges.

246 N. Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579, 717-344-2488
2705 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-584-8064

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Tanger Outlet Center – Lancaster

Save up to 70% off retail prices at our 65+ designer and fashion outlets. You'll find stores of your favorite designer brands, like Polo Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Nike, Nautica, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic and more. Open all year long Monday-Sunday. Find out more at   www.TangerOutlet.com/Lancaster.

312 Stanley K. Tanger Blvd.,   Lancaster, PA 17602,,   800-408-3477, 717-392-7260

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Turkey Hill Experience – Ice Cream Fun for the Whole Family!

Walk through interactive exhibits and learn how ice cream and iced tea flavors are made. Then create your own ice cream flavor in our Taste Lab, and create a TV commercial promoting your flavor. Enjoy plenty of free samples of ice cream and iced tea. Fun for the whole family.

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301 Linden Street
Columbia, PA 17512
717-684-0134

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AAA Buggy Rides

Our friendly drivers will enlighten and entertain you with fascinating stories and information about the Amish lifestyle. Choose from any of our famous horse and buggy tours: The Ultimate Four Mile Country Buggy Ride, The Five Mile Covered Bridge Ride, The Over Three Mile All Country Ride and more!

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3461 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt 340)
Intercourse, PA 17534
717-989-2829

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Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides

Ride like the Amish do… with a Horse and Buggy view!  Our Amish drivers escort you through working Amish farms. Several family priced ride options available. ASK ABOUT OUR Private Rides! Group tours welcome. Located at Plain and Fancy Farm just east of Bird-in-Hand along Route 340.

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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
717-768-8828

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Amish Experience: Theater, Homestead, & Farm Tours

The Amish Experience is a complete interpretive center focusing on Amish culture and heritage.  Completely surrounded by Amish farmland along Route 340, the experience offers “Jacob’s Choice” in the Amish Experience multi-media Theater, guided walking tours of an Amish House & School, and guided bus tours of the Amish farmland.

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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340)
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
717-768-8400

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American Music Theatre

The entertainment never stops at the AMT! All year long you can enjoy celebrity concerts, Broadway tours, and original shows. You'll leave with a song in your heart. Located across from Rockvale Outlets and just down the street from Dutch Wonderland. Call, or go to  AMTshows.com  for their current schedule.

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

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The Amish Farm and House

Learn about the Amish at our educational farm museum! We offer guided house tours through an old Amish farmhouse and bus tours through beautiful Amish country. Visit our Amish schoolhouse, pet our animals and ride on Amish scooters all on our 15-acre farm.

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2395 Covered Bridge Drive
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-6185

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Amish Village: Tour an Amish House, School, and Village

Take a guided tour of an authentic Amish farmhouse and learn about the customs and traditions of the Plain community.  Visit a one-room schoolhouse and shop in the Smokehouse Market where you can meet our Amish staff. Don't forget to  grab a selfie inside the Amish buggy.

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199 Hartman Bridge Rd. (Rt. 896)
Ronks (near Strasburg), PA 17572
717-687-8511

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Best Kept Secrets Tour

A shopping/food and fun adventure featuring up to 40 off-the-beaten path businesses. Travel place to place enjoying all the valuable coupons and special free things the businesses have planned for you. Every tour is different. What a fun way to explore! Order  Tickets  online.

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Throughout Lancaster County
717-721-9409

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Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market

Don't miss a visit to one of the Dutch Country's premier shopping destinations.  Our 25 plus vendors offer a wide variety of foods, including meats and cheese, produce, canned and baked goods, snacks and so much more.  In addition we have locally made silk floral arrangements, crafts, furniture and toys.

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

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Bounce Kraze – Fun Indoor Inflatable Park and Arcade

Join us for hours of bouncing fun for your little one! Filled with 9 bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses & a toddler area, arcade with redemption prizes & snack bar. You will love our Birthday Parties~Group Discounts~Bounce Rentals & Fund Raising.

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407 Granite Run Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-947-4500

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Better Yet, Get Away for the Night or the Weekend!

See our whole list of over 100 fun attractions in Lancaster County.
 
And we have a full selection of lodging options as well:

 
Get away for a night or two and enjoy everything Lancaster County has to offer!
 

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