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Best things to do in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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Where in the world: USA  /  Pennsylvania  /  Lancaster County  /  Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Top 15 things to do in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

1. Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster

The imitation stone facade of Dutch Wonderland was built by a potato farmer in 1963. The park has 34 rides and Duke's Lagoon water park, as well as shows and games for children. The Kingdom Coaster and Joust roller coasters are favorites, along with the traditional carnival rides, such as bumper cars. For a glimpse of the past, visit Exploration Island, which is home to 15 early animatronic dinosaurs that growl and bow as you walk the Prehistoric Path.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. The Amish Farm and House, Lancaster

Discover the Amish way of life at The Amish Farm and House, a 200-year-old estate providing insight into one of the country's most private communities. The working farm sits on 6 hectares (15 acres) that were part of a 1715 land grant made by William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. The farm's walking paths lead to a blacksmith's shop, milk house, school, and a covered bridge, giving you a chance to see how a real Amish farm functions on a daily basis. The historic farmhouse, built in 1805, displays furnishings of a modern Amish home. Check online for coupons and available tour packages; you can combine countryside bus tours with guided farm visits.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse

What began as a home business in a two-car garage has grown into Kitchen Kettle Village. The village experience includes a series of 40 boutiques that sell local, handcrafted goods. You'll discover that each shop is locally owned and sells locally made wares including food items, leather goods, furniture, and clothing. You'll even find a carriage ride service. However, the Pennsylvania Dutch attraction has its origins in old-fashioned home cooking, and the Canning Kitchen restaurant and cafe serves treats from the pantry.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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4. Premium Amish Country Tour including Amish Farm and House

FROM $35
Escape the hustle & bustle of the 21st century... visit Amish Country! Our three-part tour will give you an authentic glimpse inside the Amish Community. --Join us for a tour inside our 1805 farmhouse, which was last occupied by an Amish family. Your guide will explain the history, customs, clothing, and culture as you visit the various rooms of the home. --Travel through the Amish countryside in our 14-passenger mini-buses. Keep your camera ready as you see Amish schoolhouses, buggies, barns, farms, historic homes, and beautiful farmland vistas. -- Meet with the Amish owners and purchase handmade souvenirs at quaint Amish stores along the way. (when available, no Sundays or Amish holidays.) --Enjoy a self-guided visit on our historic farm. Our 15-acre farm is home to an authentic Amish one-room school, Amish scooters and 12 different types of animals. We have various artisans and Amish craftsmen on our farm, seasonally.
Suggested duration: 2h - 3h
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5. The Amish Village, Ronks

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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6. Lapp Valley Farm, New Holland

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg

Get an up-close look at more than 100 locomotives and train cars at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Preserving the memory of the great American railroads, the museum offers freight-train rides where you get to be the conductor. Watch a train restoration on a closed-circuit screen. Special exhibits and events take place throughout the year, so check the calendar online. Though the museum is in a rural area, it is easy to reach with a short taxi ride from the Lancaster train station or by Interstate 95.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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8. Truly Authentic Lancaster Experience!

Likely to sell out FROM $70
If you are looking for a true, overall "Lacaster experience" this is the tour for you. We begin with a walking tour of Lancaster City, where our knowledgable guides provide an overview of the rich and multifaceted history of our beautiful city. Next, we depart in our tour van to visit and experience the real and remote areas of Lancaster County that only locals know. Our guides are deeply connected to many Amish people here in the county and will provide a wealth of knowledge and information along the way. We'll make two stops at Amish properties, giving you an insight into their world, and some ice cream to top it off. We look forward to introducing the unique and fascinating culture and history of Lancaster!
Suggested duration: 2h 15min
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9. Old Windmill Farm, Ronks

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Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. A Day in Amish Country

FROM $169
Pennsylvania is home to a fascinating culture found in the rural farmlands outside of Philadelphia. Join our tour to understand the complex history and lifestyle of the Amish community and dispel the myths of a much misunderstood people. Your tour starts with a ride in our comfortable van out to the idyllic countryside of Lancaster County, where you’ll hear about the beginnings of Amish culture in the United States and see farmers hard at work in their fields. Your local guide will fully immerse you in the way of life here with a visit to an 1800s farmhouse, and your included admission to the Amish Village Museum will give you a deeper appreciation for the traditions and philosophies of the Amish communities. We’ll have time for stops in small towns highlighting Amish-made goods, including quilt shops, bakeries, and road-side stands. Best yet, you’ll have the chance to support the community with your food purchases, with unique options recommended by your guide!
Suggested duration: 8h
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13. Lititz Springs Park, Lititz

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Wolf Sanctuary of PA, Lititz

Head to Wolf Sanctuary of PA to see the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat and learn about preservation efforts. Home to several packs of wolves, the sanctuary gives you the chance to meet the animals, hear their stories, and witness the life of the pack first-hand. A guided tour takes you on a slow-paced walk through the area with an expert ready to answer all your questions. The site offers both daytime and nighttime tours, and you can even book a private tour if you prefer a more personalized experience. Just be sure to bring appropriate footwear and clothing, as well as flashlights if visiting in the evening. Tour times vary throughout the year, so it's best to check online for a detailed schedule.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Red Rose Walking Food Tour in Lancaster

FROM $65
Join our talented storyteller at Penn Square's visitors center, where you will begin your journey through historic Lancaster. Don't forget there will be food! This 3-hour walk through Lancaster's downtown showcases this city's diverse culture offering delicious food samples from several local family-owned eateries. No chain restaurants on this tour. Some special dietary requirements can be accommodated, so let us know prior to your tour. This all-inclusive tour runs rain or shines during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Sorry, no Winter tours (the guide is not a fan of the cold). Looking forward to meeting you!
Suggested duration: 3h
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