There’s something about summer in the countryside that invites you to linger outdoors longer, rest easier, and find enjoyment in life’s simplest pleasures. In Lancaster County, the summer season means farmers markets and roadside stands are piled high with local blackberries, sun-ripened tomatoes, and sweet corn. Quaint towns hum with old-fashioned hospitality. And an array of activities and attractions that are sure to make your summer getaway extra fun.
We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to relax and beat the heat in Lancaster County. Pack your swimsuit and your sunhat and plan your next trip with us in Amish Country!
4 Fun Ways to Spend the Summer in Lancaster County
With 48 acres of family-friendly entertainment and over 30 rides geared toward little ones, Dutch Wonderland truly is a “kingdom for kids,” as the tagline goes. On hot summer days, your crew will want to head straight for Duke’s Lagoon. Access to the on-site water park is included with a regular ticket purchase. Cool off in the all-ages splash zone with shallow wading pools and water slides.
Insiders’ Tip: Book a cabana in advance of your visit. Each cabana reservation provides all-day access to shade-covered seating where your family can relax and enjoy a bite to eat between rides.
Turkey Hill Experience
Head indoors to cool off as you explore Lancaster County’s favorite ice cream and iced tea brand, Turkey Hill. The interactive factory experience will guide you through the production process from farming to manufacturing. Don’t miss the Taste Lab where you can create your own ice cream flavor and stop to enjoy your one-of-a-kind creation.
Insiders’ Tip: Visit nearby Columbia Kettle Works for lunch where you’ll also find a selection of locally made beer and wine.
The Boardwalk at Hershey Park has everything you love about summers at the shore, plus everything you’d expect from one of the country’s top amusement parks. Race down exciting water slides and water coasters. Cool off in the zero-entry, beach-inspired wave pools, or drift down the lazy river. Locker rentals and changing rooms make it easy to slip into dry clothes when you’re ready to hit the coasters!
Insiders’ Tip: Book a weekday visit to save 35% off ticket prices.
Lancaster County Ice Cream Trail
No summer vacation is complete without ice cream! Explore Lancaster County through a cow-to-cone adventure along the self-guided Ice Cream Trail! The free app will guide you to Lancaster County’s top destinations for sweet treats including quaint ice cream parlors and working dairy farms. Use the app to “check-in” at each destination for exclusive discounts and fun prizes along the way.
Insiders’ Tip: Add freshly baked stir-ins like shoofly pie or whoopie pie pieces to your cone at Bird-in-Hand Bakery for a quintessential taste of Lancaster County.
Book Your Lancaster County Hotel
When it comes to summer travel, a hotel with a pool is a must! Whether you unwind with a dip at the end of a busy day, or plan a relaxing resort day mid-way through your trip, you’ll appreciate the full-service experience offered here at Fulton Steamboat Inn. From our heated indoor pool to our beautiful duck pond and walking trails, our award-winning on-site restaurant, boutique, and playground, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
When you’re ready to plan your summer getaway, book your trip with us aboard the Fulton Steamboat Inn!