Welcome to Lancaster

The area is essentially farmland interrupted by strip malls and kitschy attractions. Modern Lancaster is, if anything, a balance between kitsch and the granular charm of authentic Pennsylvania countryside. For all that, the town feels refreshingly urban, especially after a night or day trip to Amish country.

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$47.95 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Amish Experience SuperSaver Package

Visit: The Amish Experience, Bird in Hand, Lancaster County, PennsylvaniaThe Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm SuperSaver package is the best way to see it all. It also includes a free buggy ride voucher to enhance your visit!  Amish Farmlands TourSince 1959, the cornerstone of “The Amish Experience” has been the Amish Farmlands Tour, taking you deep into the heart of the oldest Amish community in the world. Our certified Amish Country Tour guide answers your questions while calling your attention to the fascinating sights we may observe along the way: spring plowing, children playing, making hay. When you join us on one of our air-conditioned 14-passenger mini-shuttles, you’ll experience a sense of the work and family ethics that continue to mark the Amish way of life. Witness spectacular panoramas of patchwork farms unparalleled in their beauty, still farmed with horses and mules. Roadside stands, bake shops, or a visit to a craft or quilt shop on an Amish farm are among the unique happenings that may be enjoyed on your 90-minute Farmlands tour. Amish Experience Theater “Compelling” best describes the emotional story of “Jacob’s Choice,” told through the everyday lives of the Fishers, an Old Order Amish family of today. Witness Jacob’s struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world. Experience the horrendous religious persecution of their forefathers and take part in the perilous voyage to America, all magically heightened by wind, rain, smoke, fire, ghostly and other live effects that thrill the senses.Jacob’s challenges with faith, tradition, and loved ones in a fast-changing world is a story that touches each of us in a poignant and memorable way. More than any other Amish attraction, “Jacob’s Choice” will leave you with an understanding of what it means to be Amish, and the ties that continue to bind the community together.Amish House and One-Room SchoolThe Amish Country Homestead is a reflection of our commitment to accurately and sensitively portray the Old Order Amish as they live and work in today’s world. The Homestead is the home of the fictional Amish family of Daniel and Lizzie Fisher, whom you have gotten to know in the Theater’s “Jacob’s Choice.” Inside the Homestead, we learn of Amish traditions and practices, plain clothing and life without electricity. The One-Room School is attached to the house and filled with authentic desks and furnishings from an actual Amish school. Here, you’ll learn the tradition of teaching eight grades in one room. From the pantry full of freshly canned vegetables to the family’s plain clothes; from propane-powered lamps to air-compressor driven appliances- the Fisher Family Homestead provides insights into the complex riddles of a culture so very different from our own.

$269 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Lancaster County 3-Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride, Champagne Toast

Become part of the scenery and take an amazing journey in a hot air balloon over beautiful Lancaster County. The experience begins before the flight! Arrive at the launch site and interact with the crew and help to assemble the balloon. Be sure to bring your camera as all of our crew people are excellent photographers and there will be many opportunities for photos!Board your hot air balloon in Bird in Hand, and spend an hour taking in the rural sites of Intercourse, New Holland, Strasburg, Ephrata, and the Reading skyline.Upon landing, you will ride back to the launch site in our comfortable, air conditioned van. After arriving, you'll join the pilot and crew for a traditional champagne toast and a light snack. You will receive a flight certificate suitable for framing along with photos and a packet of special offers.

$949 Day Trips & Excursions

New York City to Amish and Mennonite Country Private Day Tour

Your private driver-guide will meet your group at the New York City location of your choice at whatever time is best for you.  You will then travel approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to Amish Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There you will meet up with your Amish or Mennonite guide and head out on a 6-hour adventure roaming and exploring the beautiful Amish countryside for the day.Early in the visit, stop at an all-you-can-eat family-style restaurant where Amish food is prepared and served (not included in the cost of the tour). You will visit at least one of each of the following during the day: an Amish quilt shop; farm; farmers' market; water powered mill; country store; covered bridge; bake shop and more.Pass by Amish farms, schools, cemeteries and businesses along way. See the Amish working in their fields, driving their horses and buggies and living a lifestyle more like the 1800s than today. It should be noted that each of these experiences is a real-life experience and encounter -- these are not staged tourist attractions. Your guide, living in that community, ensures your experience with their friends and neighbors is genuine and authentic.At the end of the day, you will be driven back to New York City with fond memories of the Amish and Amish Country that are sure to last a lifetime.

$15 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

James Buchanan's Wheatland Admission Tickets

Visit: Wheatland, Lancaster, Lancaster County, PennsylvaniaCostumed guides conduct tours of the historic mansion of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan. The substantial brick house at Wheatland consists of a Federal-style two and one-half story central section flanked by three-story wings.  The main block of the building contains a central hall with two matching rooms on either side; there are 17 rooms in all.  A Doric-columned porch dominates the front of the main section of the house. Few changes have occurred over the years except for some interior improvements made by Buchanan. These included installation of a furnace and central heating, replacement of the open hearth in the kitchen by a cast-iron stove, and the addition of such modern conveniences as a tin bathtub.

$17 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Yuletide at Wheatland General Admission

Visit: Wheatland, Lancaster, Lancaster County, PennsylvaniaYuletide at Wheatland is an annual, holiday-themed program at President James Buchanan's Wheatland. Each year there is a different theme, commonly centered around the history of Wheatland, its inhabitants, or the time period in which they lived. At Yuletide at Wheatland, visitors receive a 50 minute to 1 hour history and holiday-theme tour of the presidential mansion. This tour includes both floors. Yuletide at Wheatland ticketholders also receive admission to the self guided museum exhibitions in LancasterHistory.org main building.This year, our period rooms will take visitors from the year 1860, when President Buchanan celebrated a modest Presbyterian Christmas at Wheatland, into the late Victorian era, when Buchanan’s niece Harriet Lane Johnston owned the house and would have celebrated a classic Dickens’-style Christmas with her family, to 1920, when Wheatland was occupied by George B. Willson and his family and served as a space to celebrate a festive 20s Christmas reflective of the early-20th-century consumer culture in America.Visitors to Yuletide at Wheatland will learn about the multi-layered history of the house and its occupants while also hearing about changing Christmas celebrations over the course of 60 years in America.

$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Authentic Amish Country Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Lancaster Central Market, Lancaster, Lancaster County, PennsylvaniaWe will then take a delightful stroll through the beautiful streets and byways of downtown Lancaster. You will discover a city of today, steeped in the history and traditions of over 250 years of America's colorful and exciting past. Pass By: Hans Herr House Museum, Willow Street, Lancaster County, PennsylvaniaWe will then visit the oldest settlement in Lancaster County, followed by a trip to one of our 19 remaining covered bridges...Stop At: Down On The Farm CreameryYou'll get to choose from more than a dozen homemade ice cream varieties, a stop at a scenic looking spot for pictures....Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Old Windmill Farm, Ronks, Lancaster County, PennsylvaniaPrivate tour of an Amish farm where you can feed bottle-feed calves and milk cows by hand among interacting with many other types of farm animals.Duration: 30 minutes