Whether you are an adventurer-seeker ready to explore or simply ready to slow down, shop, and relax, Lancaster County is the perfect destination for a summer getaway. From verdant farmlands and hiking trails to quaint towns and villages packed with locally-owned shops, there is something for every age, interest, and activity level. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite activities to help you plan your next trip.
Explore Lancaster County on Foot
Hiking and walking are wonderful ways to explore Lancaster County. You’ll find our parks and trail systems are ideal for a range of skill levels and include both paved areas perfect for leisurely strolls and more challenging hiking over rugged formations of quartzite and rock. Check out the top 16 trails in the county to plan your route. So, don’t forget to pack your walking shoes – even if a simple stroll in downtown Lancaster is more your speed.
Shopping in Lancaster County
Lancaster County may be well known for our outlets offering great prices on top-name brands but serious shoppers are also delighted by our many charming towns and villages boasting many unique locally-owned shops and handmade products. Looking for a one-stop to shop? Kitchen Kettle Village offers 40 local shops in one outdoor shopping village filled with homemade Lancaster County food, great products, and a lot of fun.
The Most Amazing Corn Maze
Lancaster County is home to one of the most impressive corn mazes and adventure farms in America. Located along the line of the famous Strasburg Rail Road, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a 15-acre farm with 50+ Farm Fun activities, including the Hay Chute Slide and Straw Bale Racer, Jump Pillow, Farm Tour Wagon Ride, Petting Zoo and Farm Experience Center, Corny’s Ball-cade, and of course the Corn Maze.
Need more excitement, check out the special events including pig racing, butter making, and the escape room. Cherry Crest is open through November 5, 2023.
Sightseeing by Steam Train
Speaking of Strasburg Rail Road, a ride aboard a historic steam train is the perfect recipe for relaxation. Your 45-minute train ride takes you to Paradise, PA, and back. From the signature steam train experience to special events like the Wine & Cheese Train, Legacy of Sleepy Hollow, and Day Out With Thomas – America’s oldest short-line railroad is an adventure for all ages.
For those who like to plan ahead, Christmas Trains with Santa start Thanksgiving weekend.
Slow and Steady
There’s nothing like a day spent in the countryside to calm the mind and relax the body. Ease into a slower way of life with a horse and buggy tour of Amish Country.
Enjoy an hour-long tour aboard an authentic Amish carriage with Abe’s Buggy Rides. Travel through backroads past Amish farmlands, a one-room schoolhouse, and take a pit stop at an Amish craft and bake shop. Additional routes and durations are available.
Book Your Stay in Lancaster County
Wherever your adventure takes you, you’ll find comfort and respite here at the Fulton Steamboat Inn. Our full-service, newly renovated hotel is complete with a variety of on-site amenities to help you relax and enjoy the outdoors. Stroll our paved walking trail with beautiful views of a working Amish farm and our duck pond. End your evenings relaxing by our firepits. And enjoy a dip in our indoor pool. Adults will enjoy a quiet moment on our adults-only Sun Deck floor and little ones can explore our pirate-ship-themed playground. Ready to plan your trip? Contact our local guides to get started!