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Rainy day things to do in Lancaster County

Whether you come in the bright sunshine or come to a rainy Lancaster County, we’ve got tons of great things to do! Rain is a good thing for Lancaster, as it helps us to provide the freshest produce and ripest, juiciest fruit at our numerous farm markets and roadside stands.

So, if you find yourself here in Lancaster, looking for something to do on a rainy day, here are some suggestions for you:

Learn about the Amish
Lancaster County has a number of Amish homesteads, tours, and farms, where you can learn about the lifestyle of the modern Amish, see a farmhouse, and travel the backroads and country lanes where the Amish live. You can also take a buggy ride if it’s not raining too hard – you’ll be covered by the buggy, and you can experience riding through farmland the way the Amish do!

– Amish Farm and House
– Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides
– Amish Village Backroads Bus Tour
– Old Order Amish Tours
– The Amish Experience

All aboard
Head to Strasburg to learn everything you can about locomotives! From elaborate model train displays and historic exhibits to a ride on a historic railway, Strasburg’s attractions will all paint a picture of the colorful past of Pennsylvania’s railroad industry.

– The Choo Choo Barn
– Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
– National Toy Train Museum
– Strasburg Rail Road

Watch it being made, or make it yourself
Want to see how things are made in Lancaster? A rainy day is the perfect time to head indoors to see things being created from start to finish, and even create some things yourself! Twist your own pretzel at America’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery or create your own ice cream flavor in the Turkey Hill Taste Lab. For an adults-only trip, take a peek into the distilling or beer brewing process, and enjoy the delicious end product.

– Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
– Turkey Hill Experience
– Kitchen Kettle Village
– Thistle Finch Distillery & Wacker Brewing Company
– Lancaster Brewing Company

A museum for every interest
I know what you’re thinking – I don’t want to spend a whole day in museums. You’ve obviously never been to our museums on a rainy day in Lancaster! For little ones, we have museums boasting hands-on learning, and where imaginations can soar. Lancaster is also home to tons of art museums, galleries, and specialty museums, exhibiting everything from clocks to cars.

– Lancaster Science Factory
– North Museum of Nature and Science
– Hands-on House, Children’s Museum
– National Watch and Clock Museum
– Demuth Museum
– AACA Museum

Catch a show
What better to do on a rainy evening than head to the theatre! Stages across the county are coming to life with broadway-caliber shows, concerts, stories from the bible, and so much more.  So pick a theatre, and prepare to be swept away!

– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
– Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse
– Fulton Theatre
– Sight & Sound Theatre
– American Music Theatre

Shopping til you drop
We’ve got tons of shopping opportunities, from antiques to artisans, farmer’s markets to furniture, and local shops to sweets & treats, as well as great outlet shopping. You’ll be sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for, or even things you’re not looking for, as souvenirs to remember your trip to Lancaster County.

– Tanger Outlets
– Ten Thousand Villages
– Antiques Capital
– Lancaster Central Market
– Green Dragon Farmers Market
– Zum Anker Alley Gallery

Bounce, Climb, Race
For the active visitor, Lancaster is home to many indoor attractions where you can get your extra energy out. Laser tag, jumping on trampolines, and rock climbing will get your heart rate up, and keep the kids entertained for hours!

– Spooky Nook Sports
– Sky Zone Trampoline Park
– Go ‘N Bananas
– Laserdome
– Rocky Springs Entertainment Center

There are tons of other things to do on a rainy day, so just check out our website for a complete list. Don’t let a little rain keep you in your hotel!

Make our Visitors Center your first stop

Located directly off the Greenfield Road exit of Route 30, a well-known highway that snakes through Lancaster County, you will find the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center. Make this place your first stop and your trip will be off to great start!

Here are 6 reasons to stop at our Visitors Center:

1. Restrooms, ATM, and Wireless Internet Access

Take advantage of our free wireless Internet access, onsite ATM, and clean restrooms. If you like coffee, grab a FREE cup of Lancaster County Coffee Roasters coffee courtesy of Discover Lancaster.

2. Informative brochures, maps, and expert advice

Do you want to find out what Lancaster County has to offer? We can help! From brochures and maps to advice from our experts, we’ve got you covered. Our friendly travel consultants can assist you by offering restaurant suggestions, helping with last-minute lodging needs, and giving directions to special, out-of-the-way places.

3. Art Gallery

Our Art Gallery displays a wide variety of local art ranging from quilts to pottery to paintings. Best of all, it’s all available for purchase.

4. Marketplace

Browse our marketplace filled with Lancaster County items from popular places such as Intercourse Canning Company, Kitchen Kettle Village, Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant, and more. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir (or a tasty treat!) before or after your stay in Lancaster.

5. Amish Countryside Tour

Enjoy a 90-minute Amish Countryside Tour operated by Amish Farm & House. Sit back and relax as you wander deep into Lancaster County’s heartland and learn about the area’s history, culture, and Amish lifestyle. Open Memorial Day (end of May) through October 31.

6. Mr. Sticky’s Homemade Sticky Buns

Directly outside of the Visitors Center, you will find delicious and downright addictive sticky buns. Be sure try one before you head out. Here’s a coupon! Open March throughDecember.

For more information about our Visitors Center, hours of operation, and directions, click here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Find Your Antique Treasures at Renningers

You never know what you’re going to find at Renninngers Antique Market in Denver PA, near Adamstown. The unpredictability is what keeps me coming back; there is something new every week. The maze-like antique market is home to over 600 vendors (indoor and outdoor). You’ll find typical war memorabilia, toys, bikes, maps, coins, sports memorabilia, and rugs as well as furniture and steampunk-inspired lamps.

It’s a picker’s paradise every Sunday at Renningers. The long aisles are filled with eye-catching antiques that will have you digging and exploring. If you have a specific item all the dealers are willing to direct you to where you can find it. The dealers are all very knowledgeable of their antiques as well as what others carry.

I am fascinated by antique furniture and the wide array of vintage clothes; that’s why I keep coming back. Also, the deals are great. My sister keeps coming back for the jewelry and materials to create new products (she’s a DIY fanatic). My Dad, well, he is there every Sunday to sell at his booth, Jeffrey Press Industrial, and he also purchases his items there for his original lamp creations. My brother is a history buff, so he’ll go for the military items, maps, and hardware. Finally, Mom goes for the vintage pottery (for her garden) and glassware. With a family full of makers, Renningers is our go-to place on Sundays.

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Jeffrey Press Industrial |Summer 2015

When traveling to Renningers Antique Market, make sure to wear comfortable shoes (you’ll be walking around a lot). Another tip: bring cash! Most dealers only work with cash. Next, let your creativity flow. With the wave of DIY projects, antique and vintage materials are in high demand. Live a little and do something different with your next home project. Finally, get there early! A lot of the outdoor dealers only sell in the early morning so don’t miss out.

There are plenty of antiques and collectibles treasures each week at Renningers, so don’t just go once! Check it out a couple weekends out of the year and I am sure you will be taking antique treasures of your own home! The outdoor section is open Sunday 4:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The indoor section is open Sunday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.


The author of this post, Julie Press, is currently the Marketing Intern at Discover Lancaster. She encompasses the Lancaster brand. Growing up in a farm house in Adamstown, she identifies with the rustic, homegrown feel Lancaster brings. Now relocated only minutes away from Lancaster City, she feels a strong connection to the City’s creativity, culture, and innovation. Julie studies Public Relations at Millersville University.

Bad weather? No problem!

Bad weather doesn’t have to stop you from having fun… at least not here in Lancaster. There are plenty of great museums, art galleries, and restaurant that can keep you entertained while you’re visiting.

Learn about the Amish
Lancaster County has a number of Amish Homesteads, and the Amish Experience Theatre, where you can learn about a boy who is faced with the decision to stay in the Amish faith, or become English.

Check out our Trains
The Choo Choo Barn, National Toy Train Museum and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will all paint a picture of the colorful history of Pennsylvania’s railroad industry, and are all indoor for staying dry! Right next to the Choo Choo Barn, you’ll find Uncle Leroy’s for some sweets and treats, and Isaac’s for a delicious lunch or dinner!

Watch it being made, or make it yourself!
Want to see how things are made in Lancaster County? A rainy day is the perfect time to head indoors to see things being created from start to finish, and even create some things yourself! Head to Intercourse Pretzel Factory or Julius Sturgis Pretzel House and learn to twist your own pretzel! The Wilbur Chocolate Factory is where you can watch the candy makers at work hand-dipping homemade marshmallows into luscious Wilbur Chocolate. If art is more your style, you can head downtown to the Bead & Pottery Works to paint your own piece of pottery or create jewelry.

Museums and Historic Sites
I know what you’re thinking – I don’t want to spend a whole day in museums. You’ve obviously never been to our museums on a rainy day in Lancaster County! If you’ve got little ones with you, head to the Lancaster Science Factory, where they have tons of hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Lancaster has tons of art museums and galleries, both Downtown and around the County. Historic sites include the Demuth Museum, the National Watch & Clock Museum, President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, and Rock Ford Plantation.

Theatre
What better to do on a rainy evening in Lancaster County than head to the theatre! We have a few dinner theatres including the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and the Rainbow Dinner Theatre. For Broadway caliber shows, head Downtown to the Fulton Theatre. Sight & Sound Theatre is known around the world for their shows, and American Music Theatre has excellent concerts and shows. So pick a theatre, and be swept away in the show!

There are tons of other things to do on a rainy day, so just check out our website for more things to do!

5 Reasons Lancaster is an RV destination

Country villages, unforgettable landscapes and the simple joys of Amish life are just three of the many reasons to visit Lancaster County by RV. The family-centered attractions of Pennsylvania Dutch Country make it easy to bring the kids along on your journey. Here are five fascinating reasons to start planning a Lancaster County adventure for the whole family.

  1. Kitchen Kettle Village, a delightful collection of vintage homes filled with goody-filled shops, is located in Intercourse, PA. Take the family on a buggy ride, stop for a memorable lunch at the Kling House Restaurant and purchase local specialties as you stroll through the village shops. Be sure to take the kids to the Bake Shop for freshly-baked cookies and whoopie pies!
  2. It wouldn’t be a Lancaster County adventure without a side trip or two to photograph the area’s many covered bridges. Enduring structures like the White Rock Forge Covered Bridge near Quarryville and the Forry Mill Bridge over Chickies Creek near Marietta draw photographers from all over the world. CoveredBridgeSite.com contains an excellent guide to Lancaster County’s historic bridges.
  3. Take the Old Philadelphia Pike to the village of Bird-in-Hand to experience the joys of a farmers’ market. Vendor stalls line the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market every weekend year-round, and their hours are expanded during warmer weather. Comfortable indoor shopping in a quaint setting with something everyone in the family will enjoy — the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. An RV travel tip: just five minutes out of town you’ll find Country Acres Campground, a highly-rated RV paradise waiting to be your home away from home.
  4. Follow Lincoln Highway over rolling hills dotted with neat and prosperous Amish farms to find Flory’s Cottages and Camping in the borough of Ronks, PA. Not only will your RV camping family enjoy the serenity of this rural campground, they’ll also love such local attractions as Lapp’s Wooden Toys and Furniture on Irishtown Road.

We’ve barely scratched the surface on why RV travelers should be planning a Lancaster County road trip! Whether your family comes for the quaint villages, glorious scenery or exceptional lessons in history, Pennsylvania Dutch Country doesn’t disappoint. There’s a Lancaster County adventure for the whole family waiting for you in South Central Pennsylvania.

Guest post by: Joe Laing, the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. You can see more great RV vacation ideas in their Monty’s Musings RV Travel Blog and be sure to check out their RV Camping Pictures.

Festivals & Fairs in Lancaster County

Late summer/early fall is a great time to be in Lancaster County, PA. We’ve got tons of arts festivals, harvest festivals, and fairs going on. See below for a sampling!

Sweet Corn Festival
Enjoy corn hole, corn crafts, corn eating contests, corn stalk creation contest, corn husking contest, corn shelling contest, pony rides, face painting, food, the Amazing Maize Maze and much more at the annual Sweet Corn Festival.

Long’s Park Arts & Crafts Festival
Experience one of America’s leading fine art & craft shows. The four-day long Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival showcases 200 top artists and craftspeople from across the US, Canada and beyond. The show juries applications from more than 1,000 annually.

Tailgate Festival
The Village comes alive with a sports themed scarecrow competition, tailgating food demonstrations, pumpkin bowling, musical entertainment and more. Plus, you can enjoy a bevy of tailgating foods & entertaining tips. Dress in your favorite team gear!

Whoopie Pie Festival
Enjoy a whoopie pie treasure hunt, whoopie pie race, whoopie pie launch, checkers, whoopie yell off, whoopie pie eating contest, largest whoopie pie ever made, most creative whoopie pie and much more at this fantastic festival!

Potato Festival
Enjoy potato sack races, potato scramble, potato eating contest, potato slinger, potato crafts, magic show, face painting, pony rides, pick your pumpkin & ears of popcorn, special potato foods and much more! See website for complete details!

For more events in Lancaster County, see our full events calendar!

Furniture Shopping in Lancaster County, PA

Planning on redoing a room in your house? Want to find some quality pieces that have been hand crafted here in Lancaster, PA? Between the incredible antique shops & malls that we have, and the handmade Amish furniture, you’re sure to find the unique piece you’re looking for.

Antiques
For antiques, make your first stop Adamstown – The Antiques Capitol – where the dealing begins before the sun even begins to shine. There are more stores and antique mall to keep you busy for hours.

Amish
We’ve got tons of handcrafted Amish furniture for you all over the County. Country Home Furniture is located across from Shady Maple Smorgasbord, and they’ve got some beautiful handcrafted home furnishings and one of the area’s largest selections of Amish furniture. So stop at Shady Maple for a great meal, and then when you’re full, walk it off looking at beautiful furniture.

Another great place is George’s Woodcrafts. They make handcrafted furniture for kitchens, dining rooms, offices, and bedrooms out of solid walnut, cherry, and oak. They’ll even custom tailor your piece just for you! I LOVE their rocking chairs.

For some more great handmade furniture, click here.

Snow Geese Migration at Middle Creek

I was lucky enough to get up to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this past weekend with my photography group. Although, getting up at 5:00 am to get the best sunrise light for photography might not be described as “lucky” by some with a limited worldview.

Middle Creek, located on the Lebanon-Lancaster County line about one mile south of Kleinfeltersville, is set aside by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) for the protection of various wildlife. What really sets this location apart from other wildlife areas is the tens of thousands of birds that stop in this Lancaster County landmark during their annual migration.

This past week, the PGC estimated that over 5,000 Canada geese, 3,600 tundra swans and over 80,000 snow geese were taking residence in the Wildlife Management Area. The Game Commission updates the bird totals on their web site weekly, so be sure to check in before you plan your visit.

The waterfowl usually stopover in Lancaster County in late winter (Mid-February to early March) on their way to their mating grounds up north. The Game Commission recommends the first weekends of March as the best time to see the most amount of birds.

No really... THOUSANDS of snow geese.

No really… THOUSANDS of snow geese.

In the past, I’ve driven around the perimeter of the lake and there was nothing but birds as far as the eye could see. Whole fields literally covered in white from the sheer amount of waterfowl present. I concentrated my photographic efforts on the lake this past weekend. Unfortunately, while there where thousands of birds there, they mostly stayed on the side of the lake I didn’t have access to. They never really got close enough to my location to get the close-up shots I was looking for for my photo collection.

However, there was a few times when the birds on the lake took off en masse and the sound of thousands of geese taking off all at once was reminiscent of the sound and volume of a jet airliner taking off. It was really breathtaking to see and hear. My photos from this weekend don’t do this spectacle of nature justice. Look at some of the more interesting Flickr photos from Middle Creek to get a better sense of the sheer amount of birds at the park.

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Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

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