Lancaster Travel Guide

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    The old and the modern transport
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Lancaster Highlights

  • Pro
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     Life moves at a slightly slower pace in this part of the world, graced by a beautiful landscape. 

  • Con
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     Amish are losing their landholdings, traffic congestion on Rt. 30 

  • In a nutshell
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     An interesting place if you want to learn about a culture with out influences from the out side world! 

Lancaster Things to Do

  • Zip Line Awesomeness!

    Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center is the place to be this spring. We've never had so much fun in one day! The zipline canopy tour is amazing. With spring coming up, this is a great place to take the family for a day. I am so excited to get back up on those ziplines! We also can't wait to come back in the summer once it warms up and use...

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  • visit Hersheys Candyland

    45 minutes from Lancaster is the town of Hershey where around the turn of the century Milton Heshey, a Mennonite, discovered how to mass produce chocolate. This is all shown at Hersheypark and its Chocolate World Visitors centre.Then you end up in the huge 'recoup the free admission' chocolate shop.Driving through town even the street lights are in...

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  • Names of towns that get you...

    Bird in Hand - follow Route 340 for an exploration through Amish countryside - also visited the Bird in Hand on Route 340 on the corner of Maple Ave for local dishes such as Shoo Fly Pie!Intercourse 11 miles east of Lancaster - where I visited the Peoples Place complex with bookshops, craftshops and the 20Q exhibit with information about the...

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  • Best Kept Secrets Tour

    If you do not know what to do in Lancaster this is a great idea. It is mostly shopping, and guys there are not many stores just for you on this tour. However, the drive from place to place is nice.One way to tell how popular of a tour this is would be just how many locals you will see doing the tour with you.

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  • Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper...

    When visiting Lancaster, my family and I caught a Lancaster Barnstormers game at Clipper Magazine Stadium and loved it. The Barnstormers are a minor league team, and we got to see some good baseball. This is truly an event for the family. My kids loved the brand new playground area, inflatable slides, bumper boats, and merry go round. The food was...

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  • Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper...

    When visiting Lancaster, my family and I caught a Lancaster Barnstormers game at Clipper Magazine Stadium and loved it. The Barnstormers are a minor league team, and we got to see some good baseball. This is truly an event for the family. My kids loved the brand new playground area, inflatable slides, bumper boats, and merry go round. The food was...

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Lancaster Restaurants

  • If you are just looking for a fast meal

    It's fast food so you have an idea of what you are getting. I don't have one of these by me but always wanted to try them out. The food was better then some of the fast food standers you may be used to.The place where Sonics excels is there drink options. So many to pick from you can get a little over whelmed. Don't worry try as many as you...

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  • Name says it all

    Another of the well know and busy places to eat in Lancaster. Here you have two options for dinning. Traditional menu style and family style. Family style is some what similar to an all you can eat option but with a twist. Large family size portions of food are brought to your table and everyone at the table shares these plates.We had a traditional...

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  • Odd name good food

    One of the two well know places to eat in Lancaster, also a popular place to eat. If you go close to any major time to eat you may have to wait a little before being seated. Don't let this discourage you can pass the time by looking through the gift shop or going down stairs to the bakery.Bird in hand offers two types of dinning. Traditional menu...

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  • Plain and Fancy Restaurant

    The Plain and Fancy Restaurant was a unique experience. The food was served family style (Food was put on big plates and passed around the table). It featured local Amish style cooking. The food was great. But, it was limited with selection. The drink selection was limited as well. As a side note, the only time I was here was for a VT Meeting. It...

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  • Nice outside deck in the forest of Mt....

    A very nice place to eat dinner while enjoying the ambience of their outside deck. It does get crowed, so plan to arrive early if you want to sit outside, Inside-Outside Dining & BarsOpen for Lunch & Dinner Tuesday thru Sunday, Scenic Outdoor DeckNear to Lancaster – Lebanon County line From soup to sandwiches, especially the Steak and seafood,...

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  • Authentic Pa Dutch Buffet

    You'll find real Pa Dutch homemade cooking here either via their small buffet or by regular menu. This mennonite family has provided a warm, homey environment in which to enjoy their made from scratch foods. They serve buffet style for all 3 meals and dinner buffet is $9.75 weeknights and $10.75 on Fri and Sat. Be early Sat as they close at 6pm....

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Lancaster Nightlife

  • New Music

    Live music spot featuring "alternative rock" bands. Past acts have included "Live", "Linkin Park" and "Fuel". "Jimmies Chicken Shack" will be here soon (9/28/02). They also spin club/hiphop/dance/trance on a weekly basis.Ticket prices for the live shows are about average (depends on the act)...but the space is small (intimate?) and beats the...

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  • Awesom stage shows

    The most amazing Christian theater shows. Their Noah show takes you into the Ark with live animals and the stage around you. Everyone I know that's been to one of the Sight & Sound shows says they're fantastic. The scenery is detailed, and the stories are beyond compare.Cost: $40/50 per adult; $15 per child dressy casual or dressy

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  • Southern Gospel

    Garden Spot Promotions organizes 1-2 Southern Gospel concerts every month in Spring and Fall. They bring in some of the best artists in Southern Gospel music. Very reasonably priced and you can usually get tickets up until the night of the event. Adults are $17-19, and children 12 and under are $5. casual to dressy

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Lancaster Transportation

  • Tranport to/from New York via Philly

    The best way that I have found for Travel between New York and Lancaster is to take the Greyhound bus between NY and Philly and then hop on the Amtrak train to Lancaster, or vice versa. One way train tickets between Lancaster and Philly are $16 Saturdays, most of Sunday and Friday nights and $13 for the last Sunday ride, Friday mornings and all...

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  • Is that an airport? Best mass transit is...

    Yes - there is a "regional" airport, and you can rent a car there (you'll need one anyway). Compare costs and fly into Philadelphia, Harrisburg, or Baltimore, and rent a car. You can also take the rail from Philadelphia to Lancaster (Philadelphia's local Septa train to center city Philadelphia, then get Amtrak to Lancaster for about $20). You'll...

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  • There are buses but use a car

    There's a mass transit bus service, Red Rose Transit (RRTA). The hub is in the city, so if you're staying in town, it might be "okay". But - seriously - if you want to see the best sights and make use of your time, make sure you have a car to get around in.

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Lancaster Shopping

  • Has a little bit of everything

    There are a lot of stores in in Lancaster like this. However, of all of them I liked this one the most. It had the best offering of random items as well as pretty good prices. I also like the fact that it was in a reclaimed barn.It can be a little tricky to find.GPS;N 39o 59.517W 076o 11.148

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  • For the cook

    This is a small shop that at the time we went had only been open for a year. But what a year they must have had as they were already expanding.If there is someone you know that likes to cook this is the place you should gift shop for them. If you are the one that likes to cook you will love this shop. Any oil that they sell is on display for you to...

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  • This ones for the guys

    We just happed on this shop while we were driving along and had to stop. For me it was a nice little change from all the nick nack shops and such.This shop has all the major knife makers. If you have heard of them this place has it. Very nice staff willing to answer all of your questions. Fondling of the knifes is encouraged if you are of legal...

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Lancaster Local Customs

  • Shoo Fly PIe

    Well I did try this and it wasn't too bad - not as nice as Butterscotch pie but almost got that butterscotch flavour. I think its made with condensed milk but its a concoction that was invented to keep okay without having to be in the refrigerator - either before they were invented or in traditional Amish folks homes, without a refrigerator.

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  • Amish and Mennonite Farms and Gift Shops

    You will see many family farms worked by the families and their children. I understand that most children are able to fully run their family's farm by the time they're thirteen or fourteen. With the number of children they have, the parents can "retire" to running gift shops, etc. while their very capable children tend the animals and the...

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  • What you have heard is not always what...

    Although we don't live in Lancaster County, our local area north and slightly west of Philadelphia has a strong Mennonite influence. Although our family is not Mennonite, I spent a large portion of my elementary school years in a Christian Mennonite school, so I learned a lot about the culture. The Mennonites have a wide range of religious...

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Lancaster Warnings and Dangers

  • Speeds on the back roads

    At least where I live when driving through a residential area with a double yellow line in the middle is a good sign you should be doing 30mph. Not so on most of the back farm roads. Speeds were around 45mph. However, these can drop and change very sporadically so keep your eyes open and don't feel bad if you get past by the locals.

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  • Road Apples

    Road Apples is what us locals call them. Otherwise known as horse droppings, manure, poop, and other things. Anyway, with those buggies going to and fro, the horses are bound to get the urge every so often. So, you may have the opportunity to drive over some road apples. Not so bad if you're driving a rental, but if you're bringing your motorcycle...

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  • White Tail Deer on Roads

    White tail deer bed down during the day and come out in the early evening. You will want to watch for them when driving near creeks, wooded areas, and meadows from early evening to just after dawn. They typically travel solo or in herds of 3-5, although we've seen larger herds. They may stop in the road when they see your headlights, and just stare...

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Lancaster Tourist Traps

  • Stay away from chain hotels on rt. 30

    All the hotels along rt 30 are dirty chains that you will see everything from prostitution to drug dealing at, there was even a big news story on this to confirm it check lancasteronline.com. If you want a nice place stay on rt. 340 in bird in hand they have nice hotels and B&B's that are clean, bird in hand hotel or greystone manor B&B are...

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  • Most of the shops on Rt. 30 aka Lincoln...

    As with most main drags in a tourist area Rt. 30 is litter with tourist trap shops. Every few feet you will see signs for Amish this and Amish that. Some of the shops do have Amish items but you are going to pay an arm and a leg for them Only because of the sign I would say check out "Not just stuff, Amish Stuff." Go off of Rt. 30 just 1 mile in...

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  • Buggy Rides

    Visiting Lancaster County was a pleasure, but tourists should avoid MOST of the "buggy rides" operations. We took one last year that was an open carriage in the Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA (one of the top destinations in its area) A dozen people were packed in the open carriage (not a traditional Amish-style carriage) after waiting...

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Lancaster Off The Beaten Path

  • Go to the soda fountain in Lititz

    There's a drugstore in Lititz (northern Lancaster County) that still has a soda fountain. Lititz also has a nice little park, the Wilbur chocolate factory, and is just a very attactive historic borough. Just take Route 501 out of Lancaster until you get to Lititz. Note that the drive is pretty ugly, (lots of housing developments and strip malls)...

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  • Birding in Lancaster County Park

    The 400 acres of Lancaster County Central Park are great for birding because of the diverse flora. Wooded hills, winding streams, a pond, fields of tall grasses and paths for the birder make it ideal for migrational birding in spring and fall. Expect to see geese and ducks, warblers and sparrows. There is the occasional cardinal or blue jay in the...

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  • Roadside Stands & Signs

    Sometimes you can find most anything at a roadside stand....or get instructions on your life from a roadside sign! You're in deep bible country here. See my travelogue for more... This sign is telling you what you should wear in order to stay in the favor of the Lord.

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Lancaster Favorites

  • Farm house shopping

    One thing that took me a while to get used to was the location of some "stores." Reading maps and listing to the GPS told me this was a store but to me it looked like a residential farm with just an open flag at the front of the drive way or a hand scribed message saying open or home made such and such.Once you get past this and realize a lot of...

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  • Parking in Lancaster

    Lancaster is a city and as such the same parking rules will apply here. It is tight, it is hard to find, and it will cost you. Metered parking was .25 for 10 min. While in other areas the same amount would get you 1 hour.

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  • Best foot forward

    For some reason my father would always wash his car before going on a trip. This is a habit for whatever reason I have kept up. I might like to warn that it is not really needed in this area. You are visiting farm land that lets face it has dirt everywhere and animals everywhere as well. Some things are going to get on your car. Better just to...

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