10 FREE Things to do in Lancaster
Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, Lancaster County is a blend of urban style and rural splendor, with many rich cultures from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in downtown city life, featuring galleries, dining, specialty shops, and live music, or explore some of the surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage – food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous.
1. Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family – Step back in time to learn about milling history along the banks of scenic Mill Creek.
2. First Fridays in Downtown Lancaster – Enjoy the evening’s artistic energy and fun surprises.
3. Heritage Center Museum – Discover the traditions of the Amish and experience letterpress printing in the 1920s print shop.
4. Intercourse Pretzel Factory Tour – Learn how hard pretzels are made, then try your own hand at pretzel twisting.
5. Kitchen Kettle Village – Watch the homemade action in the canning kitchen and fudge shop, or listen to the music of Banjo Jimmy.
6. Covered Bridge Drives – Explore the back roads via these classic architectural structures, each with their own story.
7. Central Market in Downtown Lancaster – This is America’s oldest operating farmers market.
8. Lancaster Newspapers’ Newseum – See how newspapers have evolved to serve people from their earliest publication dates.
9. Wilbur Chocolate’s Candy Americana Museum – Learn the tasty history of one of America’s favorite candy makers and chocolates.
10. People’s Place Quilt Museum – Check out the design and craftsmanship of numerous contemporary quilts, and learn about the art and practice of quilt making.