Lancaster has so many great family activities for all ages. While my family has grown up over the years, they still love a few places in and around Lancaster.
We usually plan the trip on Columbus Day Weekend so that we can take advantage of the three-day weekend. We have stayed at several different campgrounds in the area and jam pack lots of activities into the weekend.
Over the years we have visited the farms, schoolhouses, markets, and amusements, so my children have learned about the culture and life of the Amish. Here are our favorites:
We leave Friday after work and usually after a high school soccer game, but since it's only a two-hour drive it works out. We try to get to the Lancaster Brewing Company for dinner and a much-needed microbrew. It's a great local brewery in an old tobacco warehouse. We love the atmosphere, the food, and of course the beer.
A word of warning as we learned the hard way since the area is hugely influenced by the Amish and Mennonites traditions most places are closed on Sundays; so choose your activities strategically.
Saturday is busy starting the day with a trip to Kitchen Kettle Village. We all love the taste testing, fresh cider, hot soup, and walking around the shops.
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From Kitchen Kettle Village we head straight to Cherry Crest Farms for a competitive Amazing Maize corn maze adventure. Each year the corn is cut into different themes. This year it is a celebration of their 20th maize. Check out the website to preview the maze and other activities available at www.cherrycrestfarm.com. We break up into parents vs. kids and compete to see who can finish the maze first. The loser, which by the way is usually the parents get loudly announced by our children over
the pa system; the losers buy dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
Editor's Note: The video below gives you more information on Cherry Crest Adventures Farm and their Maize.
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On Sunday we go straight to The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim which is one of the only places open on Sundays. Its open from August 1- October 25th, Saturdays & Sundays from 11am -8pm. They encourage guests to dress up in period costumes so it is always a very colorful and entertaining place. Get the map with the schedule and take advantage of the entertainment and shows. Sample the food and enjoy wines from Mount Hope Winery and beer from The Swashbuckler Brewing Company.
My teenagers still enjoy the faire and have even volunteered to participate in some of the shows. There are lots of eclectic shops and different foods to sample. We all enjoy the day especially if the weather cooperates. We have returned for several years. We always head back to the RV at the end of the night full and tired.
Editor's Note: The video below gives you more information on The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
We leisurely get up and head home on Monday morning sometimes stopping along the way for breakfast or heading to one of the outlet shopping areas to squeeze in some discount hunting before heading home. We enjoy the rolling hills, beautiful scenery and especially the horse and buggies along the roads.
I hope you and your family enjoy this trip as much as we have. Happy camping!
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