Traveling with Kids | Amish Country—Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
Traveling this Summer? Check out these other East Coast travel destinations previously featured on Classic Play… Philadelphia, Washington DC, St. Michaels MD, Ocracoke Island NC, Nags Head NC, Busch Gardens & Colonial Williamsburg VA