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What’s New for 2018 in Lancaster?

With a new year comes new things to explore, experience, and eat in Lancaster – whether you’re visiting for the first time or fiftieth time, or even if you’re a local. We’ve got new exhibits, activities, and shops along with vibrant shows and new ways to experience the tastes of Lancaster.

Dive deeper into the new and upcoming offerings for an exciting year in Lancaster.


It’s tea time at Turkey Hill Experience! With their new Tea Discovery, you can see, smell and taste delicious Turkey Hill iced tea, all while learning where the flavors come from. A Tea Expert will walk you through the experience as you sip black tea, green tea, hibiscus tea – and more!

Slated for spring 2018, Refreshing Mountain Retreat is offering new challenges with a 2-tier Aerial Obstacle Course. With 20+ new elements that range from 10-25 feet off the ground, those up for the challenge can experience the excitement of maneuvering through the course while floating above the ground. Package this activity with even more outdoor adventure, including ziplining, horseback riding, and more.

Explore great deals on popular brands at Tanger Outlets, who recently expanded and added 23 new stores. Browse old favorites like Gap, Yankee Candle and J. Crew, and check out the new offerings including Francesca’s, The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia Factory Store, H&M, and Express.

For the train enthusiasts, the Railroad Museum of PA will be overhauling their exhibits to present new improvements, exhibits, and innovations to museum-goers, young and old. If you love trains, mark your calendars for June 2018 when renovations are slated to be finished.


New thrills, twists and turns are awaiting at Dutch Wonderland this summer as they unveil their new family-friendly suspended roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem. Guests will soar to up 60 feet above the ground, twist through two helix turns, and twist and dip as they zoom along. Dutch Wonderland is also home to more mild rides for younger children, making it fun for the whole family.

Sight & Sound Theatres is bringing the powerful story, Jesus, to life this spring. Known for their epic productions filled with beautiful costumes & sets, talented performers (and even live animals), and fantastic effects, Sight & Sound presents this story that focuses on a love that rescues.

Bird-in-Hand Stage’s newest musical, The Home Game, hits it out of the park. Debuting March 27, you won’t want to miss this new show, paired with a tasty PA Dutch meal.

2018 brings exciting changes for Zoetropolis Art House. This year, they will be moving to Water Street (just blocks away from Lancaster Central Market), expanding to include a restaurant and distillery, and changing their name to Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse. Their lineup includes independent, documentary and foreign films, art shows, and community events. They’ve even secured a famous investor – Lancaster native, Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire” fame.

Movie buffs will love American Music Theatre’s new original show – Songs of the Silver Screen. Experience the talented AMT cast and live band as they perform cinematic songs, made famous by icons like Elvis Presley, Julie Andrews, Bette Midler, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Streisand, John Williams and more.


Believe it or not, Lancaster has distilling traditions that date back to 1753. Stoll & Wolfe is reigniting these traditions at their distillery and tasting room in Lititz. Stop by for a taste of their Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey or the Blend of Straight American Whiskeys (or both), and try a hand-crafted cocktail that is sure to put some pep in your step.

After eight months of renovations, the Downtown Lancaster corner bar, Yorgos is open for the new year. This multi-level bar/restaurant features a sports bar (first floor), upscale steak and seafood restaurant named Kefi at Yorgos (second floor), and a cocktail lounge and roof deck (third floor). They’ve expanded their menu and beer offerings to match their renovated interior and exterior, adding to Lancaster’s night-life offerings.

After all this…

Once you’ve experienced all the new thing to do and see, why not rest up for another day of fun at the new Hotel at Rock Lititz (slated to open in fall 2018). While the hotel’s primary purpose is to serve the rock and pop bands and production crews that practice at neighboring Rock Lititz, the everyday traveler can kick their feet up there too. To add an extra splash of uniqueness and a “backstage” vibe, many of the decorations and furniture will be crafted out of repurposed gear cases, tech items and the like.

Want to experience life in a tiny house, without abandoning your not-so-tiny house lifestyle? Tiny Estates, opening this spring, could give you that experience! The former Ridge Run Campground in Elizabethtown will soon be outfitted with half a dozen tiny houses for visitors to stay in, giving them a taste of minimalist living.

A Museum for Every Interest in Lancaster, PA

History to hands-on, art to industrial – there’s a museum for every interest in Lancaster and the surrounding area. They are the perfect place to spend a cold or rainy afternoon or wander around to escape the summer’s heat. You can dive into local history or let the kids learn with hands-on activities and experiments.

Find the museum that strikes your fancy and get ready to learn.

Automobiles, locomotives and fire trucks – oh my! Learn about these vehicles and their history, and browse many relics of past eras that relate to how people moved from place-to-place. Dive into the history and effects of these vehicles on society.

AACA Museum (Hershey) is an automotive museum featuring antique vehicles, movie-themed exhibits and the famous Hershey’s kissmobile.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (Strasburg) is a railroad museum celebrating Pennsylvania’s rich railroading history.

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum (Harrisburg) is a museum devoted to fire fighter heritage and history.

Photos from left to right: AACA Museum, Railroad Museum of PA & the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum 


Just for Kids:
If cabin fever has set in or you’re looking for a way to sneak learning into summer break, head over to one of Lancaster’s kid-centric museums. Science fun can be found at Lancaster Science Museum and North Museum, while kids can dive deep into their imaginations at Hands-on House. These museums making learning fun!

Lancaster Science Factory (Downtown Lancaster) is a hands-on, interactive museum featuring exhibits that tap into science, technology and engineering.

North Museum of Nature and Science (Downtown Lancaster) is a science museum specializing in natural science with a live animal room, planetarium and collections of rocks, fossils and more.

Hands-on House Children’s Museum (Lancaster) is an interactive museum featuring exhibits that promote hands-on learning through play.

The Hershey Story (Hershey) is a family-friendly museum celebrating the life and work of Milton S. Hershey, and the town known for chocolate making.

Photos from left to right: Lancaster Science Factory, North Museum of Nature and Science & Hands-on House

As one of America’s oldest inland cities, Lancaster is packed with history and the historical sites that celebrate it. Many include tours with guides dressed in period clothes and special reenactments that create a truly immersive experience. From early settlers to the first (and only) president from PA, you’ll learn the way of life from back in the day. Buchanan’s Wheatland (Downtown Lancaster) is a history center featuring exhibits and galleries centering on Lancaster’s history and the former home of James Buchanan, America’s 15th president

Hans Herr House and Museum (Willow Street) is a historic home built in 1719 featuring several barns and outbuildings, animals, and exhibits focusing on Mennonite history and colonial and Victorian farm life

Christiana Underground Railroad Center (Christiana) is a free, publicly accessible historical site detailing the town’s involvement in the Underground Railroad, located at the Zercher’s hotel

Ephrata Cloister (Ephrata) is a historic religious community dating back to the 1730s where visitors can explore the buildings and the community’s unique way of life

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum (Lancaster) is a 100-acre living history museum that presents Pennsylvania German history and culture

Photos from left to right: President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Hans Herr House and Museum & Ephrata Cloister


From the production of large pieces of iron and steel to the more intricate creation of watches and clocks, you’ll get a peek at these industries – from their history to their present day artistry. If you’re fascinated by how things are made, you’ll dig the following museums.

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (Coatesville) is a museum that celebrates steelmaking and the Lukens and Huston families, who produced steel used in many notable projects

Cornwall Iron Furnace (Cornwall) is a historical site that is home to America’s most complete charcoal fueled ironmaking complex, used in the early American iron industry

National Watch & Clock Museum (Columbia) is a museum solely dedicated to horology – the history, science and art of timekeeping and timekeepers, and featuring an extensive collection to clocks, watches and other timekeeping devices

Photos from left to right: The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum, Cornwall Iron Furnace & National Watch & Clock Museum


For those who prefer to stroll around an art museum, Lancaster has a few to check out during your visit. Many incorporate rotating exhibits into the mix, filling each visit with new art to browse. The variety is superb – from local artists to the work of Charles Demuth.

Demuth Museum (Downtown Lancaster) is a museum housing the paintings of Charles Demuth, located in his former studio and home

Lancaster Museum of Art (Downtown Lancaster) is a small museum showcasing local, regional & international works of art

Phillips Museum of Art (Franklin & Marshall College, Downtown Lancaster) is a museum located at Franklin & Marshall Collage featuring permanent and rotating fine art exhibitions, including student art

Photos from left to right: Demuth Museum, Lancaster Museum of Art & Phillips Museum of Art at F&M 


Visit our Museums page to find even more to explore!

Top Things to Do in Lancaster this January

It’s always good to try something new, and embrace new challenges each year. It helps us to continue to grow and learn new skills. To ring in the new year, why not learn some new things, try some activities you haven’t done before, or perhaps, take your family to try an experience you did as a child. There are so many things to do in Lancaster this winter, you’ll fill up every weekend. Below we have complied a list of are our top things to try in January.

Take on an Indoor Adventure
We have put together a list of some awesome indoor adventures you can partake in. Stay nice and warm while you tackle new challenges.

Go Snow Tubing
If you are a snow-bunny at heart, one of the most popular winter attractions in Central PA is AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing. Bundle up and beat your family’s cabin fever by heading over to the hills for some great outdoor fun.

Take in a New Cultural Experience
Think you aren’t cut out for arts and culture? Lancaster offers a number of high caliber theatre performance from Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, dramas, orchestra performances, and nationally renowned musicians. You can certainly find a show you will enjoy. Check out the schedules at the American Music Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, The Ware Center, and The Trust Performing Arts Center to see what fits your calendar. You may find you love the symphony after all, if you give it a try!

Embrace Your Inner Artist
Everyone can be an artist, some just need some coaxing to let their creativity flow. Head to Zole Art Factory to paint pottery or canvas and get your inner Van Gough on. Group classes for children and adults are also offered. Where professional instructors guide you through easy step-by-step instructions to create your personal masterpiece.

Savor Seasonal Flavors
Many of the restaurants in Lancaster change their food and drink menus seasonally to feature local ingredients that are currently being harvested. You might wonder, what can be harvested in January – actually a lot! Root vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and carrots are all in season and make for delicious, hearty dishes to share.

Test Your Baking Skills
Learn how to twist and bake your own pretzels at the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. At Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, you can get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting and learn the history of pretzel baking in the United States.

Experience Something First Hand
Lancaster has a number of great places for children to learn in a truly hands-on, interactive way. Depending on your child’s age and interest, try heading to Tiny Town, The Lancaster Science Factory, or The North Museum of Nature and Science for a day full of learning and fun.

Try a New Look
New year, new you! Spend the day shopping at Tanger and Rockvale Outlets to add some new pieces to your closet and shake up your wardrobe.

Discover a New Perspective
It’s always important to learn about new cultures that are different from our own. Whether you are a “from here” or a “come here” there is a lot we can all learn from and about the Amish community. Try one of our many Amish and Farmland tours that are available around Lancaster County to learn about a new way of life

Indoor Adventures in Lancaster

The holidays have passed, and the weather is frigid- what’s there to do to burn off some pent-up energy? Plenty! Not only does Lancaster have beautiful outdoor resources for hiking, biking, and exploring, we also have loads of indoor adventures as well. Come check out some of the locations below to start off the new year with active, healthy activities that will keep you busy all day long.

Escape. On Queen
Not all adventures are physical, some challenge your mind as well. See if you and your crew can solve all the clues and get out before your hour is up!

Go ‘N Bananas
You name it, and you can probably find it at Go ‘n Bananas. With their Ball-o-city, laser maze, mini-bowling, and indoor ropes course, spin zone, and laser tag, you can spend all day here with the kids.

Indian Echo Caverns & Echo Dell
So, this isn’t technically indoors, but at least it’s warmer. Down in the cave the temperature remains at 52 degrees Fahrenheit allowing you to engage your inner explorer. Check out what’s under the earth for a change of scenery- tours generally last 45 minutes.

Lancaster Ice Rink
What better winter activity is there than ice skating? Head over to Lancaster Ice Rink for public skating sessions, or sign up for one of their learn-to-skate or learn-to-play hockey clinics. Even though its chilly in there, we will bet you will still work up a sweat.

LANCO Fieldhouse
If you thought LANCO Fieldhouse was just for indoor soccer practice, you stand corrected. LANCO Fieldhouse also offers bubble-ball, and if that is not challenging enough you can also try zombie ball, kickball, dodgeball, or king/queen of the ring. So, gather your group and head over.

Laser tag at the Laserdome is like an adventure in another galaxy. You and your crew can battle it out in the giant alien space ship arena all afternoon. Each game session is 40-minutes long.

Rocky Springs Entertainment Center
Rocky Springs Entertainment Center has a number of indoor activity options including bowling and laser tag. Plus, there is no need to worry about lunch, stop in their Red Pin Bar & Grill for a delicious meal.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Ever wish you could dunk like Mike Jordan or flip like Simone Biles, you can at Sky Zone (or you can at least try)! This indoor trampoline park is fun for little ones and adults alike, you can literally bounce off the walls. Sky Zone offers a number of activity options such as open jump, dodgeball, or fitness classes.

Spooky Nook Sports
You don’t need to be a gym member to check out all the awesome indoor adventures at Spooky Nook. Being the largest indoor sports in America, there is plenty to do. We suggest you take on their 15-foot rock-wall, or try the obstacle-loaded Clip ‘N Climb course.

Tiny Town
Do you have little ones in tow? They need to burn-off energy too! Head over to Tiny Town for an adventure that they can create with their own imaginations. This indoor play-place for children is all hands-on created to inspire curiosity and creativity.

Things to do in Lancaster this December

The holidays are here again. Despite the busyness of the season, Christmas is a great time to reconnect with friends and family in Lancaster. Soak in the season with traditional favorites as well as a few fresh twists for 2017. Here are some unique ways to participate in the merriment of a Lancaster County Christmas.

Outdoor Festivities

1). The Christmas Spirit Light Show at Manheim Township’s Community Park

This show is a one-of-a-kind Christmas light display you can enjoy from the warmth of your vehicle. On the mile-long track you will experience the latest in intelligent lighting solutions, including smart pixel technology, that fully integrates with holiday music to bring the magic of the season to life!

Running now through January 1.
For pricing and hours, visit this page.

2). Strasburg Railroad

Take a train ride with Santa, a Christmas tradition in Strasburg since 1959. Your family will be greeted by St. Nick as he climbs aboard the train and travel down the historic tracks to Paradise, Pa. As the anticipation of Christmas Day grows, board the Night Before Christmas Train or the Christmas Feast Train – featuring festive treats aimed to satisfy your holiday appetite.

Running on select days through December 21.
For location, tickets, and dates, visit this page.

3). Scootin’ with Santa

Join Santa on a 19th-century covered bridge holiday tour while riding a Scoot Coupe on the back roads of Lancaster to find the ever elusive Amish Christmas Lights. Enjoy the brisk December air in your hair with this unique holiday excursion on the open road.

Tour runs on select days now through December 17.
For location and reservations, visit this page.

Indoor Merriment

1). Sight & Sound

The Christmas Story comes alive right in front of your eyes at Sight & Sound’s Miracle of Christmas production. All ages will love the high drama, spectacular special effects, and live animals – all on a panoramic stage. Journey back in time to witness the telling of the season’s most memorable story in an unforgettable experience that will leave you breathless.

Running now through December 30.
For location, tickets and showtimes, visit this page.

2). Kitchen Kettle Village

Experience the cheer of the season with Winter Holiday Fun at Kitchen Kettle Village. With over 40 shops, Kitchen Kettle is the perfect place for holiday shopping, tasty treats, and festive Christmas decorations.

Open now through December 24.
For location and more details, visit this page.

3). Yuletide at Wheatland

Take a trip back to 1875 with former U.S. president James Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who has decked the halls for an authentic Victorian Yuletide experience. Enjoy an elegant, timeless holiday tradition your whole family will love.

Running now through December 30.
For locations, tickets, and showtimes, visit, this page.


For more great holiday events, visit

Which Lancaster Christmas Show Should You See?

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer – and what better way to get in the spirit than with a Christmas show. Theaters across Lancaster are decking the halls and bringing inspirational, toe-tapping holiday hits to the stage.

Take our quiz and find out which show you should see this season:

1] First things first – what comes to mind when you think about the holidays?
A. Christmas Carols
B. The perfect gift
C. The birth of Jesus
D. Snow

2] Which Christmas tune fills you with joy?
A. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
B. Jingle Bells
C. Silent Night
D. White Christmas

3] If you could pick a winter getaway, where would you go?
A. New York City – Radio City, lots of holiday shopping & a stay at a luxury hotel
B. Cross-Country Road Trip – Making memories & seeing relatives
C. Disney World – Spending time as a family for wholesome fun
D. A Ski-Resort in the Mountains – Skiing, hot chocolate & relaxing by the fire

4] Which Christmas movie could you watch over and over again?
A. Elf
B. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
C. The Nativity Story
D. It’s a Wonderful Life

5] The first snow is falling. How do you spend your day?
A. Baking cookies while listening to holiday tunes
B. Having a snowball fight
C. Sledding and warming up with hot cocoa
D. Sitting by the fire with a good book

6] Christmas dinner is served! What do you fill your plate with?
A. Decadent desserts
B. Traditional turkey
C. Savory stuffing
D. Classic mashed potatoes & gravy

7] What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
A. Black Friday shopping for great gifts and deals
B. Visiting with Santa
C. Going to church with my family
D. Christmas caroling


The Results:

Mostly A’s:
Home for the Holidays at American Music Theatre
Broadway-caliber song and dance will have your toes tapping as you get in the holiday spirit. American Music Theatre’s annual Christmas Show features dazzling sets and costumes, and a sprightly live band.


Mostly B’s:
A Christmas Story at Fulton Theatre
For those looking for laughs (and a little bit of family chaos) this holiday season, the Fulton has the show for you. A Christmas Story has been brought from the movie screen to the stage for laughs and holiday antics.


Mostly C’s:
Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatres
Celebrate the season with the story that captures the true meaning of Christmas. Sight & Sound’s Miracle of the Christmas captures the magic of the season, and is great for adults and children alike.


Mostly D’s:
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
You’ll love this classic tale that brings the songs of Irving Berlin to life. Dutch Apple is pairing this traditional tale with an all-American menu for dinner and a show to get you in the holiday spirit.

No matter the results, we’re sure you’ll love the festive Christmas shows performed at theatres around Lancaster. For a full list, visit our Holiday Shows & Performances page.

Ten Things to Do in Lancaster: November Travel Guide

November offers the best of both seasons in Lancaster – the last of the fall festivities plus the beginning of the winter holiday celebrations. It’s a wonderful month where you can go for a drive to enjoy the final colors of fall at the beginning, and start the holiday preparations toward the end, with a delicious turkey dinner in between.

Whether you’re holding on to the harvest season or are ready for mistletoe and holiday spirit, there’s something for you in Lancaster this November.

Troops & Trains | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
November 4-5
To honor veterans and current service men and women, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s Troops & Trains features military relics, patriotic music, and displays detailing the significant role railroads played in the defense of our nation.

Eastland Alpacas Open House | Eastland Alpacas
November 4-5 & 11-12
Get up close with the furry friends at Eastland Alpacas during their Fall Open House. After you meet and feed the alpacas, take a wagon ride around the farm or hop aboard the barrel train. The Farm Store will be open to purchase warm alpaca wool gifts.

Thanksgiving Day Tour | Strasburg Scooters
November 23
Gobble gobble! Before turkey time, take a spin around the county on a scooter to experience the Lancaster countryside and covered bridges with Strasburg Scooters. This Thanksgiving Day tour is the perfect adventure before your scrumptious dinner.

Holiday Shopping:

Museum Store Holiday Open House | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
November 18
It’s never too early to start your Christmas Shopping, and Landis Valley has just the event for you. The Museum Store’s Open House features one-of-a-kind holiday items including ornaments, Pennsylvania German Paper Stars, wooden bowls, beautiful textiles, Belsnickels, and more.

Creatively Lancaster’s Markers Market | Tellus360
November 18
Shopping for someone who loves one-of-a-kind gifts? This is the event for you! Creatively Lancaster’s November Makers Market will feature local artists, hobbyists, crafters, creators, designers and more, selling their uniquely crafted wares. While you browse this pop-up shop, enjoy a pint of beer or cider from Tellus360.

Small Business Saturday | Various Locations
November 25
While we’re fans of shopping local every day of the year, consider kicking off your holiday shopping on the Saturday following Thanksgiving at some of Lancaster’s independently owned shops and boutiques. You’ll find goodies from kitchen wares, spices, tea and olive oil to locally crafted accessories and jewelry.

Holiday Fun:

The 2017 Christmas Show: Home for the Holidays | American Music Theatre
November 1 – December 30
There’s no place like home for the holidays! Get in the holiday spirit with American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show – Home for the Holidays, featuring holiday songs, and outstanding singing and dancing. What better way to get in the holiday spirit!

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
November 16 – December 31
Get in the holiday spirit with dinner and a show at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, as they bring Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to life. Your toes will be tapping to the Christmas classics as you enjoy this festive favorite.

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
November 18-19, 24-26 & December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23 & 26-30
From twinkling lights to themed rides and entertainment, Dutch Winter Wonderland is holiday fun for the whole family. Grab some hot cocoa and make your way through the beautifully decorated Dutch Wonderland for an evening of wintery excitement.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas | Penn Square
November 24
‘Tis the season for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas in Lancaster City. Santa Claus will make his annual appearance in Penn Square, followed by the official lighting of the tree and beautiful Christmas carols performed by the tuba choir.

Celebration of the Arts in Lancaster

From city to country, contemporary to classic, Lancaster is known for an eclectic variety of art and galleries. This month Lancaster is celebrating the arts in two big ways: Fall ArtWalk [10/6-7] and the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania [10/21-26], where we will enjoy art all week long and finish out with a celebration of some of Lancaster’s locals.

ArtWalk – October 7-8, 2017

ArtWalk in Lancaster has a long history – with the first one beginning in 1965, known as Art Sunday. Today, ArtWalk is your opportunity to try something innovative – from participating in a public art piece to hearing a new style of music or watching a play, to seeing lots and lots of art.

To view a full list of the nearly 35 featured stops, including special exhibitions, meet-the-artist events, children’s activities and live demonstrations, click here.

Stops we don’t want to miss:

  • Meet the Artists [including some of our personal favorites Freiman Stoltzfus, Christiane David, and Cindy Schlosser]
  • Print Your Own Posters/Coasters at Typothecary Letterpress
  • Lancaster Dream Factory Video Project [stop in the “studio” and let them know what you want to be when you grow up in 5 seconds or less]. We can’t want to see the finished piece of Lancaster hopes and dreams!

Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Pennsylvania – October 26, 2017

This year we are honored to host the statewide awards ceremony, especially with some of our very own receiving awards: Barry Kornhauser – Artist of the Year, and Mayor Richard Gray and Gail Gray – Special Recognition for Public Leadership in the Arts.

This event has been a celebration of the arts since 1980, is free and open to the public. Click here to register for free tickets.

Lancaster has an opportunity to celebrate the arts all week long from October 21-26 showcasing our local talent in a variety of ways. Each day will be dedicated to a specific genre of art:

Saturday – MUSIC
Sunday – PARADE
Thursday – VISUAL / AWARDS CEREMONY (ceremony is at 7pm at the Convention Center)

To see all the details about this week-long celebration, click here.

Picking Pumpkins in Lancaster County, PA

Can you believe it is prime pumpkin picking season again?! We are loving the cooler temps and boots and scarves weather. As you drive around Lancaster, you’ve probably noticed that the roadside stands have switched over from their summer strawberries and melons to fall’s apples, pumpkins and squash. Whether you’re picking up a pumpkin at a roadside stand or headed out into the field to find the perfect one, we’re here to help.

Below is a roundup of Lancaster-area pumpkin patches, as well as some local choices for roadside stands. Please remember to call ahead if you have concerns about the weather or possible closings. We hope your fall is off to a fantastic start, and happy pumpkin patching!

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Roadside Stands/Markets [local favs via Instagram]

  • Little produce stand opposite Hayloft Candles in Leola
  • Stoltzfus Gourd and Pumpkin Farm
  • Roadside Stand on Rothsville Road, across from 1509 – perfect pumpkins, perfect price
  • Fisher’s Festivals on Irishtown Road, right off Ronks Road – pumpkins, gourds, and mums

On Tap: Fall Edition

As a fall beer lover – September feels like Christmas morning. The first time I see a pumpkin beer on tap is like waking up to gifts under the tree. It’s a surefire sign that fall is quickly approaching.

Lancaster has some great local brewers, passionately crafting ales, ciders, IPAs, stouts and some tasty seasonal beers to enjoy as the leaves change. [see the full list of local breweries here]

Find these on tap at various locations across the county throughout the season:Baked Pumpkin Ale & Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company

Lancaster Brewing Company (locals may refer to it as LBC) produces two great fall brews with different flavor profiles. Their Baked Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 7.5%) packs a pumpkiny punch. Its rich flavor features notes of pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, and is best enjoyed while munching on sweet potato fries.

For the lager lover, LBC’s Oktoberfest (ABV: 5.5%) is a full bodied brew that pairs well with pizza and roasted or grilled meats. You’ll find this deep copper beer has a lingering malt sweetness to go along with its full body.

Find both brews at Lancaster Brewing Company in Downtown Lancaster and Lancaster Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill, along with select locations around the county.

Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale for Zombies from Spring House Brewing Company

Whether you’re a zombie or a human, Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 7.8%) is for you! Brewed with fresh pumpkin, this is fall in a glass. It features a fresh pumpkin flavor, complimented by autumn spices and bold malt flavors that will warm you up as the air chills.

Head over to Spring House’s Hazel Street Brew Pub or the Taproom on King Street for your taste of Braaaiins!

Madtoberfest from Mad Chef Brewing Company

This season, we’re mad about Mad Chef Brewing Company’s Madtoberfest (ABV: 5.5%) – a clean, crisp seasonal beer featuring notes of caramel and toffee.

You’ll find this brew, along with other hand-crafted ales and tasty all-American fare (including fantastic french fries with a wide array of sauce choices) at Mad Chef’s Brew Pub in East Petersburg.

Pumpkin Cider from Lancaster County Cider

If you prefer cider to beer, we’ve got you covered. Lancaster County Cider has created their seasonal Pumpkin Cider (ABV: 5.5%) by combining spiced apple wine, pumpkin wine, hard cider, and fresh pumpkin puree, and adding a pinch and a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar. Truly a glass of autumn, this cider is a great gluten-free alternative to beer.

Try it for yourself at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

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