Traveling with Kids | Amish Country—Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

by , posted on June 18th, 2013 in Traveling With Kids

What to see, eat and do in Lancaster County, PA image ©Dave Cooper

photos ©Dave Cooper

A Day with the Amish
photography by Dave Cooper

Rolling farmland, straw hats and a sense that life without iPods, cell phones and television is pretty good. This is the area in and around Lancaster, Pennsylvania that the Amish call home. It’s a fantastic place to visit with kids to get in touch with a simpler way of doing things and possibly find out that simpler just might be better.

Here’s our list of things to see, eat and do on your trip…

visiting pennsylvania's amish country image ©Dave Cooper


Covered Bridge Tour
The Bridges of Madison County may be more famous, but the bridges of Lancaster County are more picturesque. And with 29 bridges to choose from, you’ll have no shortage of photo ops with the family.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Time pauses in this living history village. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, tour the farm, and take a wagon ride to see the 100 acre historical grounds. There are also hands-on games and activities for the kids.

Lancaster County, PA image ©Dave Cooper

Amish Country image ©Dave Cooper


Pain and Fancy Farm
Enjoy a family style Amish Farm Feast that includes classics like Shoo Fly Pie and crustless Chicken Pot Pie. We hear the fried chicken is out of this world.

Iron Hill Brewery
Grab a pint and a burger at this brew pub featuring award winning beers. They not only have an impressive kid’s menu (you’ll even find vegetarian options on it), but a gluten free kid’s menu as well. Score!

Amish Country image ©Dave Cooper

Amish market image ©Dave Cooper


Lancaster Central Market
The Lancaster Central Market opened in the 1730s making it the country’s oldest continuously running farmer’s market. While you’re there, pick up some fresh produce, local teas, breads and sweets for a picnic lunch. It’s a good place to pick up souvenirs too.

Strausburg Railroad
Enjoy the scenic Pennsylvania countryside by train. You’ll enjoy the idyllic farmland and quiet roads. The kids will enjoy dining hobo style as they roll along on a real steam engine train.

apples at the market

Traveling this Summer? Check out these other East Coast travel destinations previously featured on Classic PlayPhiladelphia, Washington DC, St. Michaels MD, Ocracoke Island NC, Nags Head NC, Busch Gardens & Colonial Williamsburg VA

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16 Responses to “Traveling with Kids | Amish Country—Lancaster County, Pennsylvania”

  1. Lacy Says:

    June 18th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    So fun! We have some amish and mennonite communities nearby but nothing like this.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    We had a small Mennonite community where I grew up too!

  2. Jane@Buzzmills Says:

    June 18th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Fun Fun!! I grew up there, well, right next door to lancaster county, in chester county, but only spitting distance away, we had amish buggies going up and down our street all the time. My mom and several friends still live there, in fact, one of my good friends’ family owns the Choo Choo Barn which is right across the street from the Strasburg Railroad! And, my husband and i got married in Lancaster county! :) lots and lots of fun stuff and the farm land is so beautiful!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    The farm land is stunning.

  3. Jillian In Italy Says:

    June 18th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to visit. Love that photo of the chickens!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    It’s great, isn’t it?! The light is fantastic!

  4. Caroline Says:

    June 19th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This is fantastic, Jen! Great photography by Dave, great travel tips too.

    Mom and Dad just spent time in Amish country in PA a couple of weeks ago. Dad (who likes to research things) wanted to visit because he’s been learning that they are running out of land and he was concerned about this. Since my parents are Beekeepers and small farmers they wanted to learn more about the Amish farming practices too.

    Gil and I plan on making a trip at some point, and now definitely after hearing about my parents trip and having this resource as a guide.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Cooper/Urdaneta road trip? ;)

    Caroline Reply:

    sounds like a plan to me!!!

  5. Tanya Says:

    June 20th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    My family and I are actually heading to Lancaster this very weekend. We go the same time every year for the Celtic Fling. It’s a Irish/Scottish festival with Highland games, Irish step dancing, and the kids’ favorite: a Haggis eating contest!! Lancaster is a beautiful little treasure.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    How fun! We actually have some Scottish in us. In fact, we joke that my 1/8th (great grandfather immigrated) + whatever Dave has makes our kids technically more Scottish than us. ;)

  6. Andrea :: Crafting Connections Says:

    July 31st, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have a special place in my heart for Lancaster, PA – my grandfather grew up there and you can still visit the Hollinger House (that’s my maiden name). It’s the place my grandfather grew up (it was a tannery at that time). I will forever love love love pickled beets and eggs with horseradish – yumm!!

  7. Melissa Says:

    August 4th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Do you happen to have any recommendations for places to stay? Inns? Bed & breakfasts? Thank you!

    Tara Reply:

    The Fulton Steamboat Inn is my family’s favorite place to stay. They have an adults only floor but tons of stuff for kids to do as well. Very clean, hospitable, we are actually going there tomorrow. :)

  8. Jennifer Cooper Says:

    August 13th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Ah! So happy Tara chimed in. I have a few more recommendations from friends. Check out Willow Valley and Steamboat Landing.

    Here are the links: +

    Hope those help! Have a wonderful time!

  9. Melissa Says:

    August 13th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks very much! They both look like great options.

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