Insider’s Guide

7 Places You Must Visit in Lancaster PA Amish Country

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We know that you’re probably not only visiting with us during your time in Lancaster. With that in mind, we created this guide to help you make the most of your stay.

The abundance of great places to visit in Lancaster made it difficult to choose only a few, so we pared it down to seven recommendations in the following categories:

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This guide was developed with input from our staff, local business owners, and Lancaster residents. So AFTER you tour our Amish Farmhouse, take a countryside bus tour, and visit the one-room Amish schoolhouse, be sure to check out at least a few other spots on this list.

You won’t be disappointed!

Amish Crafts & Gifts

Kitchen Kettle Village
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Something about Kitchen Kettle Village just makes you feel good. Maybe it’s the quaint shops, or the kind shop owners. Whatever it is, you’ll be glad you visited.

You’ll find a selection of traditional Amish-style food, a local wine and cheese shop, and a fantastic bakery.
Like many venues in Lancaster, Kitchen Kettle is closed on Sundays.

“Love it great for kids, has animals you can visit, quaint little shops everyone was super friendly, scenery amazing. A must see when visiting Lancaster County, you will not be disappointed! Christmas time is even cooler.” – Christian Laboy (Google review)

Insider’s Tip: Stop in the Jam & Relish Kitchen to try free samples of their delicious jams, salsas, pickles and more.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: 15 minutes east, along route 340 (Old Philadelphia Pike).

3529 Old Philadelphia Pike
Gordonville, PA 17529
Phone: 717-768-8261
Website

Farmers’ Market

Lancaster Central Market
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If you want to shop where the locals shop, you must go to Central Market (just call it “market” and people will know what you mean).
You’ll find lots of fresh, local produce, coffee, meats, bakery items, and more. Market is a great spot to grab lunch or a quick bite before heading out for your next adventure.

Most vendors accept credit and debit cards. An ATM machine is available on site.

“The best experience in wonderful Lancaster city. Do it!” – Lynn Brooks (Google review)

Insider’s Tip: Stop at Central Market (open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) and pick up fresh-baked treats at the Wendy Jo’s Homemade stand – her chocolate-covered peanut butter cookies will change your life.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: 20 minutes west via route 30 and route 23 (Walnut Street), in Lancaster’s downtown district.

23 N. Market St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-735-6890
Website

Shopping Destination

Tanger Outlets
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Great prices. Clean bathrooms. Ample parking. What more could you ask for?

They even have a play area (near Aeropostale) if the kids need to let out some energy. One drawback is the limited food choices; however, there are plenty of restaurants and fast-food options along route 30 to choose from.

Tanger Outlets expanded in late 2017 adding 23 new stores, including a Levi’s Outlet and Haggar, and added 1,100 parking spaces. Use the entrance across from Dutch Wonderland to access this newly expanded area.

“Probably one of the best outlet malls I’ve visited. They have a wide selection of stores with great deals, and it’s easy to find your way around from store to store without having to take a car around. I found exactly what I was hoping to find there with ease – and better yet, for a good deal!” – Joey Ziolkowski (Google review)

Insider’s Tip: Go on a weekday or weekend morning if you can; it gets crowded on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: Make a right from our parking lot and go 1 mile on Route 30 (Lincoln Highway).

311 Stanley K. Tanger Blvd.
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-392-7260
Website

PA Dutch Dining

Good N’ Plenty
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There is a lot to like about Good N’ Plenty Restaurant. The portions are large, the staff is friendly and attentive, and the food is fantastic. The menu has something for everyone.

Plus, you can visit their bakery and gift shop and find items to take home and share with friends and family.

“Can’t say enough about how great the homemade food and friendly atmosphere are here! I’ve driven over 4 hours to eat here and every time it was worth the drive! Go with the Family style dinner. There’s a ton of amazing food and I always get to meet great people from many different locations!” – Dawn Fetchko (Google review)

Insider’s Tip: Go for the Family-Style Dining option. You’ll meet new people and have great conversation. And try the fried chicken! Best in the county.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: A 5-minute drive via route 30 east and 896 (Eastbrook Road) north.


150 Eastbrook Rd.
Smoketown, PA 17576

Phone: 717-394-7111
Website

Learning Activity

Rock Ford Plantation
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If you enjoy being outdoors and learning about what life was like in the 18th century, then you’ll love Rock Ford Plantation.
The centerpiece of the plantation is the accurately preserved colonial-style home. During the American Revolution George Washington’s Adjutant General, Edward Hand, lived at Rock Ford.

The plantation is located in the southern part of Lancaster City, within Lancaster County Central Park.

“Hannah did such a great job with our large group of nine taking the tour. She answered all of our questions and really made it an interesting experience. We highly recommend this to anyone visiting Lancaster! – Jeff N. (TripAdvisor review)

Insider’s Tip: The house tour takes about an hour, but you are free to walk to grounds as long as you like.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: About 2 miles south of central Lancaster city and a 15-minute drive from the Amish Farm and House.


881 Rockford Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone: 717-392-7223
Website

Lodging

Tru by Hilton
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This newly built hotel is highly-rated by guests for its spacious bathrooms, comfy beds, and breakfast. The hotel is on route 30 and close to Dutch Wonderland, shopping outlets, and other attractions.

“The hotel is only a few minutes away from to Dutch wonderland. Restaurants and shops are also close to hotel. Texas Roadhouse is just across the street. The hotel has all the facility that my family needed to enjoy the road trip. Swimming pool and the foosball table in the lobby is great. Wifi and breakfast are included. The price is great for that area.” – (TripAdvisor review)

Insider’s Tip: Book a room on a higher floor. It’s quieter up there.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: About 1/2 mile west on Route 30.

2320 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-399-3100
Website

Family- and Kid-Friendly Activity

Strasburg Railroad
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A unique and fun experience the entire family will love. You’ll ride real steam locomotives and sit in authentically restored, 19th century wooden rail cars.

All regular train rides are 45-minutes round trip.

“Amazing destination to bring the family! Experience history coming alive while riding the steam locomotives & enjoying the gorgeous views of Historic Strasburg! Truly an unforgettable experience to savor. And be sure to arrive early, or stay for a bit longer after your train unloads to observe another train leaving the station. Incredible to see the power of the steam engines taking off.” – Janae Dagan (Google review)

Insider’s Tip: Go for the Open Air car ticket. You’ll have an unobstructed view of the farmland scenery and get better photos.

How To Get There
Location in relation to Amish Farm and House: About 5 miles south. Head 1/2 mile east on Route 30, then take 896 south (at Rockvale Outlets) into Strasburg.

301 Gap Rd.
Ronks, PA 17572
Phone: 866-725-9666
Website

Other Resources

Official Lancaster County Tourism Guide

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