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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.

A is for Amish Buggy Rides 
312 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572
(717) 725-8664
Featuring the most ride options available in Lancaster County, A is for Amish Buggy Rides is a must-experience destination for any visit to PA Dutch Country. Located at the famous Red Caboose complex near Strasburg, guests can enjoy the on-location petting zoo as they watch whistling steam trains passing by on the Strasburg Railroad. While the majority of authentic Amish attractions are closed on Sunday for sabbath worship and rest, A is for Amish Buggy Rides offers a Sunday Special which takes riders on a leisurely tour through the Amish countryside.

The Amish Farm and House
2395 Covered Bridge Drive
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 394-6185
The Amish Farm and House offers visitors a unique educational perspective on Amish culture. Guests explore the authentic simplicity of everyday Amish life by participating in the option of a 40 minute Guided House Tour and/or a 90 minute Countryside Bus Tour. Following each House Tour, guests can leisurely browse the spacious grounds of the 15 acre farm, while enjoying a variety of family friendly activities and interacting with local artisans. Shop the the gift shop for a discerning selection of local artisan creations.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm 
150 Cherry Hill Road
Ronks PA 17572
(866)546-1799
Located near Strasburg, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers captivating fun for the whole family. Open during the summer and fall seasons, this family owned 15 acre farm features an interactive 5 acre corn maze and 60 other farm fun attractions. From a Baby Chicks Hatchery & Lil’ Farmers Playland to the Paint Ball Range & Round Bale Racers, activity choices range from the cute & adorable to the rambunctious & competitive. Of course, lots of good food is available too.

Old Windmill Amish Farm Tour 
262 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572
(717) 687-7929
With an invitation to visit soon, Jesse and Anna Lapp welcome PA Dutch Country visitors to experience life on an authentic Amish farm.  Their 1-hour tour helps guests to discover the quiet simplicity of the Amish lifestyle and to learn about the history of Old Windmill Farm.  This unique experience is great fun for the entire family and multiple generations, with experiences that include gathering eggs, bottle feeding calves, and walking the grounds of this third generation farmstead.

Abe’s Buggy Rides 
2596 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
(717)392-1794With their invitation to “Come Ride with Us,” Abe’s Buggy Rides offers visitors the unique opportunity to slow down and experience Lancaster County from the inside of an authentic Amish buggy. You will be escorted by friendly guides who are well trained in working with horses and very skilled at driving buggies.  Choose from private rides ranging from 2 to 6.5 miles in length, as well as a one-hour rides with interesting stops along the way.

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Lititz pa
219 East Main Street (Rte 772)
Lititz, PA 17543
(717) 626-4354
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 more info...delicious treats and souvenirs.

Mennonite Information Center 
2209 Millstream Road
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 299-0954 / (800) 858-8320
Conveniently 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.

EastlandAlpacas_summaryEastland Alpacas Farm Tour & Store
2089 Risser Mill Road
Mount Joy, PA  17552
(717) 653-2757
Located 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 SPicture 4outh America’s Andes Mountains that were introduced into the United States less than 30 years ago.

Graystone Ridge Alpacas
903 Graystone Rd
Manheim, PA 17545
(717) 898-2642
Located 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 Graystone Ride Alpacasand events can be scheduled for a nominal fee…just call for details and to make arrangements.

The Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm 
246 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572
(717) 687-8237
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 Picture 4accessible barn that is home to their friendly miniature horses that love to be petted.  Saddle and cart rides are available.

 

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