Lancaster County is the ideal place to come for a really refreshing time with the ones you love the most! Does your family enjoy amusement parks? Miniature golf? Canoeing? How about some different activities like learning about Christmas around the world, or trying your hand at making your own pretzels? What about taking a ride in an authentic Amish buggy or hearing the story of how the civil war really started in Lancaster County? Whatever you choose to participate in, you are sure to have an exciting time with your family!
The Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm
246 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572
Located 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.
Lapp’s Toys & Furniture
2220 Horseshoe Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
Located in the heart of PA Dutch country, Lapp’s Toys & Furniture is your locally owned and family operated source for authentic, traditional toys and furniture. In a plastic throw-away era, where the packaging is often more durable than the items they contain, the hand-made wooden creations at Lapp’s are built to last, along with the enduring memories they bring. For over 25 years, the Lapp’s have been handcrafting the best in quality wooden toys, doll furniture, children’s furniture, distressed trunks, toy chests, and play sets. Discover the beauty of simplicity and appreciate enduring quality.
Choo Choo Barn
226 Gap Road (Rte 741 East)
Strasburg PA 17579
With an amazing attention to detail and lots of captivating wonder, you are invited to experience Lancaster County’s Choo Choo Barn, which features over 150 hand-built animated figures & vehicles and 22 operating trains. Designed for the enjoyment of all ages, this hidden gem captures the imagination of young and old alike and has retained the interest and loyalty of thousands of families through multiple generations. The expansive 1,700 square foot layout contains many iconic scenes from Lancaster County and features traditional Amish farming practices…all surrounded by the “chugs and choos” of O gauge model trains.
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
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.
Refreshing Canopy Ziplines
455 Camp Road
Stevens, PA 17578
For those who enjoy invigorating fun with awe-inspiring views, Refreshing Canopy Ziplines offers exhilarating adventure through the treetops of Refreshing Mountain. Whether you are a cautious novice or an eager veteran, as the area’s only zipline, Refreshing Canopies offer Lancaster County outdoor recreation at its extreme best. With two courses to choose from, the Canopy Tour is comprised of a series of cables and platforms that take you on a thrilling tour through the forest canopy with all its resident wildlife. Zipline participants are safely harnessed to a pulley that rides the sturdy cables which allows them to “zip” from platform to platform through the “canopy” of trees, through which the courses have been built. In addition to the ziplines, there are several other adventure challenges that are just waiting to be conquered, including an “Indiana Jones” bridge, Tarzan cables, and a cargo net.
The Caddy Shack
662 S Oak Street
Manheim, PA 17545
Surrounded by a grove of trees, accented by breathtaking flower beds, with a stream flowing through the middle…The Caddy Shack Miniature Golf provides the idyllic setting for a relaxing game of miniature golf with family and friends. This mini golf course is fabulous in every way as the 20 holes of beauty, creativity, and challenge goes far beyond the norm and exceeds what one would hope for or expect. The Caddy Shack is one of those places you have to experience to truly appreciate how uniquely special it is…come for a game and finish off with some of the best banana splits around. Hungry enough for a tasty meal? Choose from the menu at our on-site restaurant that serves awesome homemade features and is very popular with the locals.
101 W. Lincoln Avenue
Lititz, PA 17543
Every local business has a story to tell but among the most unique and compelling is the beginnings and growth of Outback Toys. What started as a sideline venture in a shed “outback” for the Binkley and Hurst Brothers Company, has grown into a thriving enterprise at its own location. Your best source for farm toys, Outback Toys sells the majority of their inventory on-line and via catalog but you can stop for a personal review and amazement at their store in historic Lititz.
Cozy Crop House…A Scrapper’s Haven
@ Two Locations in Lancaster County
Imagine a home set up as a scrapbook studio…with tables, lighting, supplies, and scrapbook friends. Dream of all the comforts of home with none of the concerns! No meals to prepare, no laundry to do, no non-scrapping interruptions. Enjoy all this and more in the heart of Lancaster County, when you come to the Cozy Crop House with your scrapping friends. Whether you arrive for a weekend retreat or stop by for a crop event that lasts a day, you will leave refreshed, with a feeling of great accomplishment.
Elva’s Barnyard Art Studio & Gallery
1519 Brunnerville Road
Lititz, PA 17543
Nestled in the center of an idyllic Lancaster County farm north of Lititz, Elva’s Barnyard Art Studio & Gallery provides a relaxing but engaging setting for those who love the beauty and creativity of art. Artisan Elva Hurst is an extraordinarily talented chalk artist who excels equally in writing and other artistic mediums. The Barn serves as gallery, studio, and classroom…this is a real hidden gem, where talents and abilities come to life and find freedom in their expression.
Jen’s Pottery Den
(Village of Olde Hickory)
711 Olde Hickory Rd.
Lancaster, Pa 17601
Creativity and fun combine for the enjoyment of everyone at Jen’s Pottery Den, a Paint-Your-Own pottery and craft studio that is friendly, inspiring, and affordable. You don’t have to be a Monet to create a masterpiece…just bring your imagination and Jen, along with her attentive staff, will gladly provide all the assistance needed to make your studio experience easy and enjoyable. Whether you come as an individual or as a participant in a group event, Pottery Den guests can choose from a wide selection of bisque pieces available in various price ranges that never include a studio of firing fee. In addition to pottery, Jen’s Pottery Den also offers other fun projects including mosaic plaques, precious metal works, glass fusing, and clay creations.
148 A Harristown Road
Paradise, PA 17562
Farmhouse Memories provides their happy guests a comprehensive collection of scrapbooking supplies, a full line of quality fabrics, and an assortment of miniature quilts and quilt making resources. Whether you are a seasoned scrapper or just wanting to try your hand at card crafting for the first time, you will find everything you need for conveying your creativity and communicating your thoughts. If you have the right tools and supplies, the fun can begin at whatever pace you feel comfortable with. Need some inspiration for your scrapbooking and card making journey? Throughout the year, Farmhouse Memories plays host to a variety of classes that provide hands-on instruction.
You are invited to enjoy picturesque Lancaster County from the unique perspective of a hot air balloon ride. Your flight will be hosted by a Highly skilled, experienced, FAA commercially rated pilot. The United States Hot Air Balloon Team has safely guided hot air balloon tours here for more than three decades. This passionate Team is committed to offering their passengers a memorable, safe, and entertaining hot air ballooning experience that will most certainly be a highlight of your visit to PA Dutch Country.
5745 Lincoln Hwy
York, PA 17406
Located “just across the border” from Lancaster County near Wrightsville, Jim Mack’s has been a favorite family fun destination since 1958. Known far and wide as the Home of the Thick Chocolate Malt, Jim Mack’s makes all of their ice cream on-location, featuring a wide variety of homemade flavors and a tasty casual fare menu. The 24-hole Cones & Clubs miniature golf course, bank-shot basketball, and arcade provide a fun time for the whole family at reasonable prices. Visit the property’s mini zoo that contains well-cared for animals that can be safely enjoyed.
HayLoft Candles…Ice Cream & Petting Zoo
99 South Groffdale Road
Leola, PA 17540
HayLoft Candles is an enjoyable destination for the entire family. The showroom floor and loft contains 4,000 square feet of attractively arranged displays…featuring candles in every available type, style, size, and color. Stop by their Ice Cream Counter which features some of the creamiest homemade ice cream in Lancaster County. Step outside and enjoy HayLoft’s Petting Zoo, which hosts a variety of friendly farm animals and several exotic animals. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy spending time in the gazebo by the pond.
The Petting Zoo at The Pretzel Hut is a family fun destination that awaits your happy visit. Stop by for the awesome eats and ice cream at The Pretzel Hut, then come around back to the see the well-maintained petting zoo, filled with furry and feathered animals that call the peaceful woods of Furnace Hills “home.” From the stoic peacock to the grunting pot-bellied pig, you and the children in your life will appreciate the fun at this hidden gem, located at the northern most tip of Lancaster County on Rte 501.
Nickel Mines Pool
4915 White Oak Rd
Paradise, PA 17562
Located in the peaceful countryside of Lancaster County, you are invited to experience Nickel Mines Pool, a hidden gem that has been providing memories for families and friends for many years. Along with those who have annual memberships, this unique hidden gem is open to everyone with reasonable day and evening rates. The super-sized pool ranges from 3 to 10 feet and includes two new slides and a designated lane for lap swimming. The kiddie pool provides easy access for parents to monitor their children. You can spend the day at Nickel Mines Pool without going hungry or needing to leave the premises for food. The snack stand is known and appreciated for their variety of great tasting menu options.
Pit Stop Hobbies
226 West Main Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Since 1986, PIT STOP HOBBIES has been serving Lancaster County and the Central PA RC hobbyist and speed track enthusiast. Specializing in remote control cars, boats, helicopters, and airplanes, they also carry model rockets, plastic models, pinewood derby car supplies, and a full assortment of paints and tools. Every Friday night, under the lights, the fun begins with RC races.