Tours (Factory, Farm, Amish Countryside)
If we were to describe a LOCAL Lancaster County factory tour, in the heart of PA Dutch country, we would have to say partly educational, partly entertaining, partly inspirational, and totally fun!!! Discover how creativity, ingenuity, and hard work meld together to produce efficient industry and serve as the backbone of the American economy. Be amazed as you learn the history of “a few of your favorite things” that you enjoy everyday, by seeing how a seed of an entrepreneurial idea becomes a small business that grows and evolves into a full-fledged production with national distribution.
219 East Main Street (Rte 772)
Lititz, PA 17543
Founded in 1861, Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America and is filled with captivating history. Visitors to this Lancaster County original are able to tour the original pretzel bakery where they will see the ovens built by Julius Sturgis and learn about the history of pretzel baking in America. Tour participants get a hands-on lesson in the art of pretzel twisting and can observe skilled bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, just as was done 150 years ago. Browse through the Bakery’s retail store and shop for a variety of delicious treats and souvenirs.
2209 Millstream Road
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 299-0954 / (800) 858-8320Conveniently located along Route 30, in the heart of Lancaster County, the Mennonite Information Center arranges tours of PA Dutch farmlands and explains the faith, heritage, and practices of the Amish and Mennonites. The Information Center offers an interactive exhibit and presents films that explain who the Amish are and how they differ from Mennonites, with whom they are associated within the Anabaptist tradition. Visit an extensive book store, browse their gift shop, and explore an intricately designed full-sized reproduction the The Biblical Tabernacle, which is enjoyed by people of all backgrounds.
2089 Risser Mill Road
Mount Joy, PA 17552
(717) 653-2757Located on 30 idyllic acres of rolling countryside near Mount Joy, the Eastland Alpacas Farm is a storybook style destination that captures the hearts and oohs/awes of both young and old. The immaculate Eastland Store is a showcase of highest quality clothing and home accessories made from the fiber of Eastland’s own alpacas, as well as products woven from other alpaca farms. Tours of Eastland, which contains around 120 alpacas, can be scheduled but must be made by advanced reservation. Come get a close-up introduction to alpacas, beautiful and fascinating animals from South America’s Andes Mountains that were introduced into the United States less than 30 years ago.
903 Graystone Rd
Manheim, PA 17545
(717) 898-2642Located next to Root’s Country Market, Graystone Ridge Alpacas and Farm Store welcomes your visit. This hidden gem is a working farm that breeds, boards, and sells alpacas. The Boutique carries a captivating collection of high quality clothes and accessories, made from Alpaca Fibers and Angora Goat Mohair. Throughout the year, Graystone Ridge plays host to many scheduled events that feature hands on experiences with the alpacas, including Ladies Night, Date Night, and Kid’s Summer Camps. Group tours and events can be scheduled for a nominal fee…just call for details and to make arrangements.
246 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572
(717) 687-8237Located on a local Amish farm near Strasburg, The Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm is a place of discovery and fun for every age. From the famous homemade root beer & home-grown blackberry juice to locally made quilts and crafts, their country store is filled with delicious treats and captivating gifts. Step into the Stoltzfus woodworking shop and observe where all their custom frames are made. Enjoy a free, self-guided tour of the clean and easily accessible barn that is home to their friendly miniature horses that love to be petted. Saddle and cart rides are available.