Tag Archives: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Top 10 Things to Do in Lancaster: September Travel Guide

September brings the beginning of fall, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored goodies, and great events to Lancaster. It’s time for football tailgates and evenings at the farm show, as the days get a little bit shorter and the air gets a little bit crisper. Whether you’re a local discovering what’s in your own backyard or in town to explore during the weekend, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy and gets you in the mood for fall’s exciting offerings.

Check out our list of 10 things to do this month in Lancaster (just to name a few):

Kids will love…

The Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | All Month
Find your way through the Amazing Maize Maze, an interactive corn maze filled with twists, turns, and clues along the way. Once you’ve found your way out of the corn, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has loads of fun farm-themed activities, friendly farm animals, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch to experience life down on the farm.

Day Out with Thomas™ at Strasburg Rail Road™ | September 16-24
Thomas the Tank Engine is back in town for railroading fun. Join Thomas and his pal Percy for a ride on the historic railroad, activities, and more. This is a “must-do” for families with little train lovers. They’re sure to remember the time they got to meet Thomas the Tank Engine himself.

Foodies will love…

The Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm | September 9
Celebrate this Lancaster dessert at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn. Treat yourself to a traditional whoopie pie or try a more adventurous combo while you enjoy games, activities, unique craft vendors, and more. It’s the most delicious day of the month!

Fall Bluegrass Concert at the Vineyard at Grandview | September 9
Sit back and enjoy an afternoon in the vineyard featuring live bluegrass music, locally-crafted wines and brews, and tasty fare from local food trucks. Two great bluegrass acts, Porthouse Yard and Hog Maw, will provide lively entertainment to keep your toes tapping.

Restaurant Week in Lancaster City | September 18-24
Explore the diverse culinary offerings Lancaster City has to offer during Fall Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer deals from $10 to $40 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including some offerings created just for this week. Be sure to come hungry, and share your delicious moments using #LCRW2017.

Runners will love…

Run, Ride & Soar Weekend | September 8-10
Lace up your sneakers for the annual Run, Ride, and Soar weekend in Bird-in-Hand. Runners can participate in the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon or 5k, while bikers can take to the backroad for the Amish Country Classic Bike Ride. If you’d rather catch the action from above, the Amish Country Hot Air Balloon Fest features launches in the morning and evening for a birds-eye view of the farmland.

Shoppers will love…

Wool Frolic at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum | September 16
Are you a fan of knitting, crocheting, or other fiber arts? Find yarn of every texture and color, fleece, and more at this artsy event. Crafting demonstrations will be going on throughout the day, along with hands-on activities for kids.

Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown | September 28 – October 1
Find dozens of antique shops including outdoor markets as you explore the Antiques Capital in Adamstown. Browse the plethora of wares as dealers and shops extend their hours for this weekend. If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item, chances are you’ll find it here.

The whole family will love…

Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village | September 15-16
Touchdown! Time to get in the spirit of football season at Kitchen Kettle’s sports-themed festival. There will be tons of tasty homemade tailgate foods to sample, activities for kids and adults to enjoy, and lively musical performances along the shop-lined paths of the village. If you’re in the competitive spirit, participate in their Pumpkin Whoopie Pie filling Contest to test your skills.

Fairs & Farm Shows | All Month
September brings fairs and farm shows to the communities throughout the county. Time for funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, farm animals, and fun! Enjoy the brisk evening air as you stroll down the midway at the following fairs this month: York (September 8-17), Denver (September 12-16), Solanco (September 20-22), Ephrata (September 26-30), and West Lampeter (September 27-29).

For a full list of September events, check out our events calendar.


Ten Things to Do in Lancaster County in July

Summer is officially here! Whether you’re in Lancaster for a weekend getaway or family vacation, or you’re a local looking for something new to experience, there’s a lot going on this month across the county.

An Evening of Live Music:

July evenings are best spent at one of the many outdoor concerts throughout the county. Friday, July 8 and 22, Oregon Dairy hosts Summer Music on the Deck, their free music series that begins at 7:00 PM. Concert-goers can enjoy delicious ice cream from the Milkhouse Ice Cream Shoppe while listening to relaxing tunes.

Saturday evenings, music fills the lawns of Nissley Vineyards for their Music in the Vineyards series. Music-lovers can enjoy a picnic supper and the wine produced at the vineyards during the concert. Concerts run every Saturday from July 23 to August 20.

Cool Off on the Creek:

Cool off on a hot July day as you float down the Pequea Creek. Sickman’s Mill Creek Tubing offers two mile tubing tours where you can relax in a canvas tube and take in nature’s beauty.

Howl at the Moon:

Lancaster County is home to the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, where the Speedwell Wolves live and thrive. Each month, the sanctuary hosts their Full Moon Tour, held on the Saturday closest to the full moon. July’s event will be held on the 16th beginning at 7:30 PM. Visit the wolf packs at your own pace, relax by the bonfire and maybe even howl at the moon.

Find Fresh Produce:                                                                    

Farm fresh produce is plentiful in Lancaster County during the summer months. A variety of crops including tomatoes and corn can be found at local farmers markets and roadside stands across the county. If you’re visiting on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday, stop by Lancaster Central Market in Downtown Lancaster for lunch, baked goods, local produce and so much more. Held on Saturdays in Lititz, the Lititz Farmers Market is an open air market held on North Water Street. This small town market features a variety of goods in a festive, community atmosphere.

Kid-Friendly Favorites:

With school out for the summer, it’s time for kid-approved family fun. Lancaster County is home to lots of kid-friendly things to do and see including Dutch Wonderland and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. Dutch Wonderland is a safe, family-focused amusement park, designed with kids in mind. The park features rides like the train, small rides for younger children and their iconic roller coaster in addition to their water playground, Duke’s Lagoon.

For farm-centric family fun, head over to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. Kids of all ages will enjoy activities including a petting zoo, corn maze, a hay chute slide and so so much more. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is open Tuesday through Saturday.

It’s Show Time:

Two childhood favorites are coming to local live theaters this summer. Mary Poppins comes to life at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre this month, with familiar and uplifting tunes. Enjoy this enchanting story along with one of Dutch Apple’s buffet and dinner options.

Gretna Theatre, right outside Lancaster County in Mt. Grenta, PA, is bringing the epic musical adventure, Disney’s Tarzan, to life. High-flying adventure is in store at this summer theatre, July 14 through 24.

And that’s just the short list! For a complete list of the events happening in Lancaster County in July and beyond, visit our online events calendar. Happy travels!

Fall in love with Lancaster

I love fall! It’s my absolute favorite season of the year. That’s yet another reason why I love Lancaster; it is a quintessential fall destination. The countryside is beautiful and there’s lots of fun fall activities for all to enjoy. Here are my Top 5 favorite fall activities in Lancaster County:

1. Hiking

Lancaster County offers many unique parks for your hiking and biking pleasure. Fall is the perfect time to soak in the beauty of leaves changing color, plus the temperature is perfect- the mornings are chilly and the afternoons are comfortably cool. My personal favorite spot to hike is to Chickies Rock, which is a “light to moderate” hike. Once you reach the top, you see a stunning view of the Susquehanna River and the surrounding farmland.

2. Lancaster City Cafes

When I think of fall, I think of putting on an over-sized sweater with a big scarf, drinking a cup of coffee, and reading a good book. Whether you want to get work done or meet up with friends, spend a relaxing afternoon in one of Lancaster City’s numerous cafes. My personal favorite is Prince Street Cafe, located across the street from the Fulton Theatre. The food is great and the hot beverages will warm up your heart and your fingertips.

3. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a great place for families to have a fun-filled day. The farm features a corn maize, a courtyard, and a barnyard with numerous activities. One can pet a llama, learn about farming, and go for a ride down a giant slide. A fun play area is also available for younger children. Oh, and don’t be surprised when you hear a loud train whistle – the Strasburg Rail Road steam engine passes right through the farm! It’s an incredible sight to see!

4. Haunted Attractions

For those of you who enjoy adding some thrill into your fall season, Field of Screams and Jason’s Woods are just two of many great Halloween attractions in the area.

5. Lancaster City Ghost Tours

Spend an evening walking around Lancaster City by candlelight. Explore the mysteries of one of America’s oldest cities. Experience the haunting tales of phantoms, unsolved mysteries, and star-crossed lovers. This 90-minute tour will be sure to send shivers down your spine!

Steampunk Unlimited at the Strasburg Rail Road

If you are familiar with the Steampunk movement – a mix of past relics of the steam age and futuristic visions of airships and intricate machinery – then you know the Strasburg Rail Road is the ideal place to frolic with your friends in this most fascinating of lifestyles.

Imagine an idyllic countryside filled with horses and buggies rolling by as you enjoy a cocktail on the dining car pulled by a beautiful steam beast dating back to the early 1900’s. This is exactly what you will experience at the Steampunk Unlimited weekend at the Strasburg Rail Road.

For one weekend in the fall the historic Rail Road gives itself over to the fans of Steampunk bringing in purveyors of gadgets, gizmos, and books related to the movement. In addition to the shopping opportunities there are delights for your ears as well as musicians, including the popular Abney Park, take the stage to entertain you. With a large tent added to the property and vendors stationed alongside the tracks, it is easy to spend an afternoon enjoying the sights.

On this weekend your ticket entitles you to unlimited rides aboard the trains at Strasburg. Some folks just ride the rails to see the countryside; others stop at Groff’s Grove for a picnic luncheon. All regular attractions at the Strasburg Rail Road remain open during Steampunk Unlimited.

My children and I took a trip aboard one of the coach cars pulled by engine number 475, a gorgeous steam locomotive built in 1906. They loved seeing the farms as well as a sneak peak at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm as we passed by. The graveyard and ghost train whistle offered them a little Halloween preview too. On our return trip to the station we were visited by the Queen of Hearts who was desperately searching for a girl named Alice. She posed for pictures with the children and gave each of them a trinket before continuing on in her search.

Back at the station we shopped in the toy store and took a spin on the Cranky Cars. The Pint Sized Pufferbelly, Cranky Cars, and Pump Car were all included in our ticket so they could enjoy them as much as they liked. Also popular was the playground where they could climb and slide as long as they liked.

Even though Steampunk is the theme of the weekend, the Rail Road is open to regular guests as well. If you’d like to find out more about Steampunk or just do some people watching (you’ll be amazed by the variety of costumes) then plan a trip to Steampunk Unlimited at Strasburg Rail Road next year. There’s nothing else like it!

Fall Fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

My 4-year-old daughter, Sophia, and I went with her daycare to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm for a half day field trip. Our group of preschoolers and toddlers were so excited to explore the farm. While there are over 50 farm fun activities included in the admission, the first thing they wanted to do was see the animals in the Farm Animal Center. From funny goats to friendly pigs, the kiddos giggled with delight and petted the animals with wonderment. Sophia’s favorite animal was the chicks; she was thrilled that she was allowed to hold them. With gentleness, she nuzzled them and held them close.

Even though the kids would have been completely content staying with the animals, we knew that there were a lot more age-appropriate fun things for them to see and do. Although the Farm is well-known for its Amazing Maize Maze (an incredible activity for older kids and adults), it also has many other wonderful activities such as the Farm Tour Wagon Ride and Wagon Express Ride, Hay Maze, jumping pillows, giant slides, giant sling slots, playground, Singing Chicken Show, and much more. Sophia’s favorites were the jumping pillows (like bouncy castles without walls), the giant slides, and the hay maze.

It didn’t take long to work up an appetite. While Cherry Crest offers hearty lunch and dinner menus of Angus burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, fries, salads and wraps, pizza, and more, we chose to pack our own lunches. Under a large tent with picnic tables, we enjoyed our lunches. It was the perfect moment… the day was beautiful, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing gently, and our bellies were full.

After lunch, we only had a few minutes before we had to leave. Since the Farm Animal Center was so close to where we were eating lunch, the children all wanted to go back to see their barnyard friends one last time. Of course, Sophia made a bee line to the chicks. (She asked if she could take one home with her… I’m sure you can guess my answer.) Before we left, each child was allowed to pick their own small pumpkin to take home. What a special and unexpected surprise!

We had a great time. My only complaint… I wish that we could have stayed longer!

If this place sounds like fun to you, keep in mind that Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a great place for field trips, company picnics, corporate events, and teambuilding. You can even ride the Strasburg Rail Road to the farm if you’d like!

This place is perfect for any age and is the perfect a Fall day excursion. Don’t miss their freshly made cider donuts and farm fresh roasted sweet corn – yum!

Click here to learn more about Cherry Crest Adventure Farm: www.cherrycrestfarm.com

Lancaster out & about adventures

Last week, 14 staff members from the Lancaster Visitors Bureau, including myself, enjoyed a day of team-building. During our road trip through the County in the most beautiful fall weather imaginable, we visited a handful of delightful places.

First we stopped at Kitchen Kettle Village for a blind taste test of their delicious salas, relishes, and jams followed by a scarecrow-making contest (yes, we built two scarecrows from head to foot, including the stuffing in between). Kitchen Kettle Village is a quaint attraction that houses over 40 country shops and several restaurants—all of which are built around their nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. They also have fun and interactive festivals throughout the year, like their Tailgate Festival which was in full swing during our visit. Afterward we walked through the quaint village of Intercourse to the Intercourse Pretzel Company for taste-testing, pretzel twisting demonstrations, and a speed competition. Talk about experts! The folks there know how to make a yummy snack—whether hard, soft, sweet, savory, big or bite size.

Before lunch we headed to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm to tackle the Amazing Maize Maze and a couple of their other fun onsite farm-related activities. This is an awesome place that the whole family will enjoy for an entire day  (I can’t wait to take my 3 year old!).

By this time our tummies were growling, so it was off to The Strasburg Country Store & Creamery for lunch and homemade ice cream. The ice cream is to die for (Sweet Cream & Nuts is my favorite). In addition to homemade ice cream, they also have homemade fudge, candy, nut butters, and honey that is simply wonderful (I ate more free samples than I care to admit).

After lunch we headed to Village Greens Miniature Golf and Snack Shoppe for 9 challenging holes of mini golf. Village Greens has two spacious miniature golf courses in a unique garden setting along with a snack shoppe and outside patio. The weather was perfect for our after lunch activity.

Our day wrapped up at Clearview Lanes Bowling Center for drinks, appetizers, and thoroughly entertaining games of bowling. From gutter balls to Turkeys, we laughed until our sides hurt. Clearview Lanes is a great place to have fun with your friends without breaking the bank.

We may have been divided into teams or pairs for some of the competitions throughout the day, but we all walked away feeling a renewed excitement. We love where we live and where we work; but most importantly, we love working with each other.

It was an awesome day!

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s Sweet Corn Festival

The boys and I were able to visit Cherry Crest Adventure Farm recently during their Sweet Corn Festival. While I’ve documented how much fun we have at Cherry Crest Adventure in this space before, some of the things we love about this place bears repeating.

Noah, my 7-year-old, still loves the tractor pedal kart / hay bale race course, the pumpkin slingshots and the corn maze. But what’s great about Cherry Crest is that there are so many things to do, your young ones can ease in to activities when you come back year after year. This year Jacob, my 4-year-old, went on the potato sack slide, the jumping pillow and the aforementioned pedal karts when last year he would have been too timid or too small to try one of those things (he’s not overly adventurous).

Old favorites for everyone include the farm animal center where the boys got to hold a chick and feed goats and llamas, the water pump rubber duck race, and the corn bin. There were some new additions this year as well. The had some giant Lincoln logs where you could build a playhouse sized cabin, and some carnival style areas where you could throw footballs, baseballs and basketball at their respective targets, hoops etc.

Roasted Sweet Corn

Because we went to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm during its Sweet Corn Festival, we received a voucher for a free piece of roasted sweet corn with each admission. As we’re Lancaster County residents, we get our fair share of sweet corn at home, but I rarely roast it for the family (we’re boilers) so this was a special treat for the boys. The roasting really brings out the sugary sweetness of late season corn. Noah loved it so much I anted up for an additional ear or two for him. I’m a sucker like that.

I took my video camera along for our day and I put together a short video. Hopefully it captures just how much fun of an attraction Cherry Crest Adventure Farm can be for families of any age in Lancaster County.

Halloween in Lancaster County

I know tons of people who’s favorite holiday of the year is Halloween – it’s fun to get dressed up in costumes, and take your kids out to get tons of free candy – or to go trick-or-treating yourself!

Well, fall is in the air, and that means a lot of things, but one in particular – Halloween is coming! So I’d like to share with you a few traditions that our family has taken on and some great things to do at Halloween in Lancaster County! Here are my top 3:

1. Hersheypark in the Dark is a must for the Halloween season. Are you a person who loves amusement rides but hates the lines? Well, then this is for you. Not all the rides are open, but there’s plenty and the lines are generally shorter than they are in the summertime! Also, when you go, with your park admission, you can get into Creatures of the Night & ZooAmerica! Visit their website for more details!

2. Dutch Wonderland has Happy Hauntings. It’s a family-friendly event where kids are encouraged to dress up in their costumes and enjoy themed rides & attractions, trick-or-treating, magic shows, and much more! See their website for more details!

3. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has a Pumpkin Madness Festival. Throwing, launching, hurling, rolling, and dropping are all part of the festivities. Bring your own pumpkins or use some of their left over stash. See their website for more.

Lancaster from a Kid’s Perspective

Last night, we got a lot of snow here in Lancaster, and some ice to top it off, so schools were closed today. YAY! A co-worker’s daughter came to work with her, so I figured that to help her from being bored, I’d use her knowledge and ask her what her favorite things to do in Lancaster County are! This post will give those of you who are looking for things to do with your kids some ideas.

There are five places that were mentioned while talking to our resident 11-soon-to-be-12-year-old: Dutch Wonderland, the Whitaker Center, Plain & Fancy, Buggy Rides, and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.

Dutch Wonderland, also known as the Kingdom for Kids, is an awesome place to go. Alima’s two favorite rides are the Kingdom Coaster, and the Pipeline Plunge. The best place to cool down is at Duke’s Lagoon – where they’ve got spraying water, water jets, palm trees, and a HUGE bucket that tips water and gets you wet. Duke’s Dance Party is fun too – you can do the limbo, freeze dance, the YMCA, the chicken dance, and other stuff.

Plain & Fancy restaurant is one of Alima’s favorite places to eat. They’ve got some delicious choices of what to eat, and it’s just like you’re there with one big family. Alima loves that even when she and her mom don’t know people there, they can just talk to anyone there about how their day is going, and about what they chose to eat! When you go with a bunch of people, you can get “The Feast”, which includes 4 appetizers, 4 different entrees, with 4 sides and 3 choices for dessert! They all get served family style, so just go ahead and pass the plates around!

Buggy Rides are always a fun thing to do… sometimes I get to hold the reigns!” While Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides is Alima’s preferred, there are many different options in Lancaster to get a ride. The owner of Aaron & Jessica’s is Jack Meyer, who loves to tell stories. He’s very funny and will keep any age entertained with his carrying-on, and the other drivers are also very knowledgeable. The drivers come from Amish, Mennonite, or Brethren backgrounds, and from all different trades, school teachers, carpenters, farmers, and more!

For the fall, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has the biggest corn maze ever! Each year they do a different theme, and it’s fun to go more than once and try to beat your last time for going through the maze. They have another area after the maze that has tons of stuff to do. They have these go-karts that you pedal to race around the cornfield, you can feed the ducks, pigs and I think they have a llama. And they have cute baby chicks that were just hatched and they’re all cute and warm and fuzzy. Then they have even ANOTHER place that you can go to that has a hay tunnel, a place where you can jump into the hay, a pumpkin slinger, and my favorite, the big jumping thing (Barnyard Jump). It’s a huge pillow that you can just keep bouncing on.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you when coming for vacation or just looking for something to do with the kids while you’re here! Please feel free to comment with more suggestions from your kids as to their favorite things to do here!

Free Lancaster County Travel Planning Guide

Get our free Getaway Guide

View the Guide online or have it mailed to you

Get It

Receive our Email Newsletter

Subscribe to receive the latest news, events, deals & more

Sign Up