A Bucket List
of Things to Do in Lancaster County

Lancaster County Bucket List A Bucket List
-of Things to Do in Lancaster County

The Lancaster County Bucket List
Imagine Lancaster

This list is based on the "Things to do in Lancaster County" list developed by Mrs. Yowler, a Social Studies teacher at Lampeter Strasburg.

Mrs. Yowler gives extra credit to students who check off items from the bucket list.

Go Tubing on the Pequea

While there are many places to throw tubes into the Pequea, Sickman's Mill has everything you need including pickup.

Sickman's Mill Creek Tubing

Sickman's Mill Creek Tubing
Family, Kids, Event Space, Bucket
website | map it | 717-872-5951 | 671 Sand Hill Road, Pequea, Pennsylvania, 17565

Great for a relaxing tube ride on the Pequea creek. June through August.

Sickman's Mill is an authentic, 19th century flour and grist roller mill in working order. The structure is 4 1/2 stories high with sturdy, 30-inch stone walls. The power to operate its wooden-geared machinery comes entirely from the water that runs below it.

Take a Walking Tour of Lancaster

Historic Lancaster Walking Tour

Historic Lancaster Walking Tour
history, tour, Bucket, Historic Place, Things-To-Do
website | map it | (717) 392-1776 | 5 West King Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Discover the history and beauty of our wonderful city guided by a
costumed interpreter. Visit over fifty locations that span over 250 years of
Lancaster history. Average tour is between one and two hours,
including an introductory DVD presentation of local history and major
sites.

Visit Wheatland, the home of our fifteenth President

President James Buchanan's Wheatland

Things-To-Do, Museum, Historic Place, Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | (717) 392-4633 | 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Visit President James Buchanan's Wheatland to learn more about Pennsylvania's only United States President and to explore the important story of his presidency, the fractious political issues of the times, and his private life in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and at his Wheatland estate.

Satiate a Sweet Tooth at Wilbur Chocolate

Wilbur Chocolate Factory Store

Bucket, Tours
website | map it | (717) 626-3249 | 48 North Broad Street, Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543

Go to the Cloister in Ephrata

Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Things-To-Do, Museum, Historic Place, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 733-6600 | 632 West Main Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

Ephrata Cloister was one of America’s earliest religious communities and is known for its fraktur, unique music, and printing. Ten 18th-century buildings remain.

Get a taste of the past at the Landis Valley Farm Museum
Especially at Harvest Days.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Things-To-Do, Museum, Kids, Bucket, Historic Place, House-Tour, Event-Space, Weddings
website | map it | (717) 569-0401 | 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

Landis Valley Museum, a living history village and farm, collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940 and enhances understanding of their successful practices, interactions with others, and the impact on the state and nation for citizens of and visitors to the Commonwealth. Landis Valley Museum's richly layered story is the history of an early Pennsylvania German settlement, an unusual farm family, and the ongoing creation and exploration of a wonderfully diverse collection of artifacts. When brothers Henry Kinzer Landis (1865-1955) and George Diller Landis (1867 - 1954) opened the museum in 1925 at their Landis Valley residence, the area had been a small Pennsylvania German settlement since the mid 1800s. Expanded to its current size, we now invite visitors to experience 18th and 19th century village and farm life in Lancaster County, Pa, all in one visit. With over 100 acres and many historic buildings to explore throughout the four seasons, there's always something to see at Landis Valley Museum, a great museum in Lancaster County.

Visit the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Things-To-Do, Museum, Kids, Trains, Bucket, Event Space
website | map it | (717) 687-8628 | 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 17579

Pennsylvania's world-class museum of railroad history, with exhibits of over 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, uniforms, art work, tools and other artifacts from 1825 to the present. Unique programs and special events, vast library and archives, interactive railway education center, working restoration shop, outdoor restoration yard and turntable. Tours, facility rentals and other learning opportunities.

See Where Robert Fulton was Born

Robert Fulton Birthplace

Bucket
map it | (717) 548-2679 | 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, 17566

Catch a Ride on the Strasburg Railroad

Strasburg Railroad

Strasburg Railroad
Things-To-Do, Trains, Kids, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 687-7522 | 301 Gap Road, Ronks, Pennsylvania, 17572

Strolling through the historic East Strasburg Station and the neighboring town of Strasburg, exploring the engines and rail cars up-close and riding beautifully restored trains are so much fun that you'll almost forget that you're immersed in a richly educational experience — learning about steam railroading, agriculture, Amish culture and PA Dutch heritage. Enjoy all we have to offer. And, the memories you'll take with you. Come see why Strasburg Railroad is voted one of the top attractions in Lancaster County.

Visit Rock Ford Plantation and Kauffman Museum

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Take a Hike in the Lancaster County Park

Lancaster County Central Park

Lancaster County Central Park
Things-To-Do, Park, Bucket, Mountain Biking, Trail
website | map it | (717) 299-8215 | 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Nestled in the center of Lancaster County, this 544 acre park features gorgeous scenery, as well as a swimming pool, skate park, gardens, pavilions, and an environmental library. It is by consensus the best park in Lancaster County, PA!

Visit the North Museum and Planetarium

North Museum of Natural History & Science

North Museum of Natural History & Science
Things-To-Do, Museum, Kids, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 291-3941 | 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

In 2013, the North Museum of Natural History & Science marks 60 years of inspiring curiosity and a love of science in children and adults of all ages. Through exhibits, events and educational programming, we hope to plant the seeds of exploration leading to a lifelong journey of discovery. Visit us often to find out about upcoming events and activities. There’s always something new at the North, a great museum for kids in Lancaster.

Ramble through Tucquan Glen or Kelly's Run Glen

Kelly’s Run Pinnacle

Trail, Hiking, Bucket
website | map it | No direct road access (see LCC website), Martic Township, Pennsylvania, 17532

The remains of an old rocky road are visible where flat schistic rocks have been placed side by side in and beside the stream. The Conservancy’s “Kelly’s Run Pinnacle Preserve” now encompasses the Conservancy’s Kelly’s Run trails, the former PPL Pinnacle preserve and the former PPL Holtwood Nature Preserve.

Tucquan Glen

Trail, Hiking, Bucket
website | map it | River Road, Martic Township, Pennsylvania, 17532

A largely abandoned dirt road and well-worn trail meander through the heart of the ravine for nearly a mile. Occasionally the road and trail run together for short distances, but are generally apart. We suggest taking the trail down to the railroad and returning via the road. The round trip trail length is estimated at 2.4 miles.

View the Geese at Middle Creek and Visit the Wildlife Museum There

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

Bucket, Self-Guided Tour, Wildflowers, Birds, Hunting, Fishing
website | map it | (717) 733-1512 | 100 Museum Road, Stevens, Pennsylvania, 17039

The Visitors Center is closed Mondays and from Thanksgiving through January 31. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. The facility is handicapped accessible and has public restrooms and ample parking. Vending machines with drinks and snacks also are found in the Visitors Center.

Go to Moravian Square in Lititz. Walk across the street and twist a pretzel.

Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum

Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum
Museum, Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | (717) 626-8515 | 8 Church Square, Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543

The Lititz Moravian Congregation was organized on February 19, 1749. It was then known as the “Warwick Country Congregation” and included local farmers “awakened” by the preaching of itinerant Moravian ministers. The Moravian motto “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; and in all things, love” was appealing to these early settlers in Lancaster County.

Gaze at the Susquehanna from the Pinnacle

Kelly’s Run Pinnacle

Trail, Hiking, Bucket
website | map it | No direct road access (see LCC website), Martic Township, Pennsylvania, 17532

The remains of an old rocky road are visible where flat schistic rocks have been placed side by side in and beside the stream. The Conservancy’s “Kelly’s Run Pinnacle Preserve” now encompasses the Conservancy’s Kelly’s Run trails, the former PPL Pinnacle preserve and the former PPL Holtwood Nature Preserve.

Spelunk in Cold Cave

Wind / Cold Cave

Bucket, Cave
website | map it | Ridge Drive, Pequea, Pennsylvania,

Wind Cave is called Cold Cave because it's nearly freezing in there at all seasons.

It is one of the largest tectonic (created by moving rocks fracturing, not erosion) caves in the eastern United States. It is found in Pequea, Pennsylvania, about a 30 minute drive from Lancaster, in the Susquehanna valley.

To get there, follow 324 South from Lancaster. You will run into a T where the road ends when it hits the river. Take a left, onto Ridge Drive, before long on your right there will be a gated-off road entrance and several gravel parking spaces between the road and a guard-rail. Park here and follow the gated road about a hundred yards until you see a small path leading off to the left. Take this path, and keep going. It seems to wind on endlessly, but just keep going. You will come to a piling of rocks, and in this piling is a large entrance, with a sign posted by the York Grotto about taking care of the cave.

Find the Village of Mascot and Tour Ressler's Mill

Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home

Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home
Bucket
website | map it | (717) 656-7616 | Stumptown Road and Newport Road, Ronks, Pennsylvania, 17572

Visitors to the site, which features a remarkably preserved water-powered grain mill, step back in time to learn about milling history along the banks of scenic Mill Creek. The adjacent 1855 miller's house, home to three generations of Resslers, is a clear window to early 20th century housekeeping and family life. The home is preserved just as it was when brother and sister Franklin and Anna Ressler offered their neighbors the finest flour, along with neighborly hospitality.

Visit That Fish Place, That Pet Place!

That Fish Place - That Pet Place

That Fish Place - That Pet Place
Shopping, Things-To-Do, Bucket, Free
website | map it | 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

That Fish Place-That Pet Place is a family-owned pet supplies business founded in 1973 in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster, PA. Shop with us here or online at ThatPetPlace.com. Our massive 88,000 sq. foot retail store and attraction is believed to be The Largest Pet Store in the World and specializes in discount pet supplies, aquarium supplies, pond supplies and exotic animals.

We offer the region’s largest assortment of tropical freshwater and saltwater fish, coral and invertebrates - along with live reptiles, small pets and birds. That Fish Place - That Pet Place also offers onsite pet adoptions through the organization Lancaster C.A.R.E.S, as well as onsite pet grooming from the pros at That Groom Room. Our famous Pirate's Cove Touch Tank lets visitors pet a real string ray!

Visit Chickies Rock County Park and Find the Ruins of the Henry Clay Furnace

Chickies Rock Park

Chickies Rock Park
Things-To-Do, Park, Bucket, Trail
website | map it | (717) 299-8901 | Route 441 North, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17370

Perhaps SummitPost.org says it best: "Chickies Rock is merely a hill if you look at it by the map. Yes, it looks a little steep, but nothing like what you see when you stand at the base and look up the 220 foot vertical wall. Impressive........yes, definitely, especially for Pennsylvania. Chickies Rock is without a doubt the premier natural rock climbing location in the state. You can go there any day of the year and there will be at any one time at least 5-10 climbers heading up the steep precipice ... It has history, history, and even more history. It is now part of the Chickies Rock County Park which contains more than 422 acres of preservation land. Much of this land along the river was part of the old Pennsylvania Canal. Prior to that it was one of the largest Indian villages discovered in Lancaster County. Even more than that, it ran lines for the PA Railroad and still is active in shipping by rail. Geologically speaking Chickies Rock is something special to many people on the east coast. It is the largest exposed Anticline on the east coast. This geological feature is very easy to pick out as the rock arches up on the north and south sides of the outcropping. The center of the anticline is located right around the northwest corner of the outcropping and it forms a mini-cave." Simply put, Chickies Rock is breathtaking, and is worth a visit on your next trip to Lancaster County.

Check Out the Unique Rock Formation at Money Rock Co. Park

Money Rocks County Park

Bucket, Park, Dogs, Birds, Hiking, Horses, Trail
website | map it | (717) 299-8215 | Narvon Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17555

Money Rocks County Park, located near the Narvon Clay Mine, spans over 300 acres of woodland in the Welsh Mountains of eastern Lancaster County.

Make a Purchase at a Country Auction

Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction

Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction
Things-To-Do, Farmers Market, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 738-1117 | 955 North State Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

As the rooster crows early morn, the Green Dragon comes alive every Friday morning in the little country town of Ephrata in Lancaster County. Thousands of local shoppers have visited this local attraction since 1932 for their weekly shopping from over 400 local growers, merchants and craftsmen. Located on a 30 acre site in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Green Dragon Market has grown to be one of the largest Farmers Markets in the area. Featuring over 20 acres of FREE parking, the market offers visitors the choice of shopping indoors or outdoors. With 7 large market buildings and many other smaller shops, the Green Dragon merchants offer everything from "soup to nuts". 

Race the Goat at Falmouth Goat Races

Falmouth Goat Races

Falmouth Goat Races
Things-To-Do, Bucket
website | map it | 101 Governors Stable Road, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania, 17502

Once upon a time in a tiny village called Falmouth, there were several old timers sitting around the Village Store discussing life's misfortunes. Seeing as they all had goats as family pets, prompted Glenn to remark that they might as well bet on goats. Well, that was all it took for Ken, the practical joker of the group, to get an idea! The next day, Ken placed an ad in the local newspaper, advertising a Goat Race in Falmouth and giving his friend Glenn's phone number. Now as the "good ol' boys" got together that night, they decided the only way to save face was to hold a goat race. And it was such a huge success that they have done it every year from that day up to the present.

Stride Down Locust Street in Columbia. Visit Wright's Museum and the Market.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society

Columbia Historic Preservation Society
Things-To-Do, Museum, Historic Place
website | map it | (717) 684-2894 | 21 North 2nd Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512

Located in the original English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Columbia Historic Preservation Society is dedicated to the preservation of the river town, formerly known as Wright’s Ferry and Shawana Town. Once considered as a possible site for locating our nation’s capitol, Columbia was once the gateway to the American West.

Wright’s Ferry Mansion

Wright’s Ferry Mansion
Historic Place, Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | 717-684-4325 | Second and Cherry Streets, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512

Wright's Ferry Mansion is a historic home located in Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1738, and is a 2 1/2-story, rectangular limestone dwelling with a gable roof and pent eave. It was built for Susanna Wright, an English Quakeress, and its architecture reflects a mix of English and Germanic elements.

The house was restored to appear as in 1750 and is open to the public several days a week from May through October.

Go to a Dinner Theater or Attend a Play at the Ephrata Playhouse

Bird-in-Hand Stage

Bird-in-Hand Stage
Things-To-Do, Theatre, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 768-1561 | 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17505

The early tavern sign swinging in the wind showed a man with a bird perched in his hand, and the Conestoga wagoners (many of whom could drive a team of six horses a lot better than they could read) knew that they had arrived at the Bird-in-Hand Hotel. At that hotel today is the Bird-in-Hand Stage, where musicals and shows are performed regularly. Purchase a meal and show package and eat at the smorgasboard, or just come for the show - either way, it will be some fun theater in Lancaster County.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Things-To-Do, Theatre, Bucket, Event Space
website | map it | (717) 898-1900 | 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, now in its 26th year, consistently provides top quality productions, award-winning food and exceptional service to over 150,000 guests annually. The theatre seats 380 and is located in the heart of the Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. It features a simple yet sophisticated charm you won't find in many theatres.

Rainbow Dinner Theatre

Rainbow Dinner Theatre
Things-To-Do, Theatre, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 687-4300 | 3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, Pennsylvania, 17652

Rainbow Dinner Theatre is an all comedy dinner theatre in Lancaster County PA. Bring your friends and family to our dinner theatre and you'll enjoy fine dining, fine wines, and lots of laughs.

Visit Lititz Moravian or St. James Episcopal Church.

Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum

Lititz Moravian Church Square Archives & Museum
Museum, Bucket, House-Tour
website | map it | (717) 626-8515 | 8 Church Square, Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543

The Lititz Moravian Congregation was organized on February 19, 1749. It was then known as the “Warwick Country Congregation” and included local farmers “awakened” by the preaching of itinerant Moravian ministers. The Moravian motto “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, freedom; and in all things, love” was appealing to these early settlers in Lancaster County.

Saint James Episcopal Church

Bucket
website | map it | (717) 397-4858 | 119 North Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Visit Theodore A Parker III Natural Area

Theodore A. Parker III Natural Area

Bucket
website | map it | (717) 299-8215 | 244 Wesley Road, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, 17566

This 100-acre park is located in the southeast portion of Lancaster County and is named after the late Theodore A. Parker III, an internationally known ornithologist from Lancaster County.

Buy Some Cup Cheese at the Central Market.

Lancaster Central Market

Lancaster Central Market
Things-To-Do, Farmers Market, Bucket, Shopping, Food
website | map it | (717) 735-6890 | 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

The country's oldest farmers' market, in the heart of Amish country occupies a beautiful 120 year old red brick building chock-full of local character. Regional food specialties include Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple (a breakfast meat of pork scraps and cornmeal), and headcheese (like scrapple, an acquired taste). You'll also find preserves, including chowchow (pickled vegetables in a spicy mustard sauce), and bread and butter pickles. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm year-round; the market is also a great place to buy souvenirs.

Buy Some Schnitz, Scrapple, or a Whoopie Pie at the Green Dragon.

Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction

Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction
Things-To-Do, Farmers Market, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 738-1117 | 955 North State Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

As the rooster crows early morn, the Green Dragon comes alive every Friday morning in the little country town of Ephrata in Lancaster County. Thousands of local shoppers have visited this local attraction since 1932 for their weekly shopping from over 400 local growers, merchants and craftsmen. Located on a 30 acre site in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Green Dragon Market has grown to be one of the largest Farmers Markets in the area. Featuring over 20 acres of FREE parking, the market offers visitors the choice of shopping indoors or outdoors. With 7 large market buildings and many other smaller shops, the Green Dragon merchants offer everything from "soup to nuts". 

Go to a fair in Quarryville, Ephrata, Manheim or New Holland.

For more information on fairs in Lancaster County, read VLPA's summary of the Lancaster County fairs from our blog, Imagine Lancaster.

Lampeter Fair Grounds


website | map it | 1520 Mentzer Roa, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Solanco Fair Grounds


website | map it | 172 S. Lime St, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, 17566

Go to the Rough and Tumble in Kinzers

Rough and Tumble Historical Association

Rough and Tumble Historical Association
Trains, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 442-4249 | 4977 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, Pennsylvania, 17535

Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association is a unique 33 acre museum in that we don't clean the dust off our artifacts - because we're often out kicking up the dust WITH them. During our show days almost everything on the grounds is run! And during our annual Threshermen's Reunion EVERYTHING on the grounds that will move under it's own power can be seen in our daily Parade of Power, a ninety minute parade of antique and obsolete machinery both steam and gas.

Enter a 5K Run in Lancaster County.

Hands on House Race

Race
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The Hands-on House Half-marathon, 10K & 5K is a run to benefit Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster.

Superhero 5K

Race
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The SuperHero 5k and Kids Fun Run benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Lancaster County.

Take a hike in the Furnace Hills.

Furnace Hills

Furnace Hills
Bucket, Camping
website | map it | 1610 Girl Scout Road, Denver, Pennsylvania,

Camp Furnace Hills is located in northeastern Lancaster County. Accommodations range from modern facilities to rustic cabins and tents. The 19th century bank house located on the property is on the National Registry of Historic Places and home to the Foxfire Program.

Furnace Hills Bed & Breakfast

Furnace Hills Bed & Breakfast
Lodging, Bed and Breakfast
website | map it | (717) 733-3897 | 575 Mountain Top Drive, Denver, Pennsylvania, 17517

Welcome to Furnace Hills Bed and Breakfast. Here in the Furnace Hills of northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, you can enjoy our secluded retreat, yet be just minutes away from the many attractions in Lancaster Lebanon, Dauphin, and Berks Counties.
The log home Bed and Breakfast was designed and built with the comfort and enjoyment of our guests in mind. The spacious rooms feature queen size beds, private baths and a private entrance. You can choose to stay in the Woodland Room, Nature Room, Antique Room, or the Penn State Room. Recline in our Great Room in front of the wood-burning stove, or relax in our hot tub on the deck. As you peer out the window, you may catch a glimpse of songbirds, woodpeckers, squirrels, whitetail deer, or another furry or feathered resident.

Visit Bethel A.M.E. Church, a station on the underground railroad

Bethel A.M.E. Church


map it | 717-393-8379 | 450-512 E. Strawberry St. Church Towne, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Visit and sketch one of the many covered bridges in the county.

Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge

Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

The Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the oldest bridge in the county still in use. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Big Conestoga #2 Bridge. The bridge is also called Martin's Mill Bridge, Eberly's Cider Mill Covered Bridge, and Fiand's/Fiantz's Covered Bridge. -wikipedia

Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge

Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Stevens, Pennsylvania, 17578

The Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge or Butcher's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Cocalico Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. After the Landis Mill Covered Bridge, it is the second shortest covered bridge in the county.[3] A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Cocalico #2 Bridge.

Colemanville Covered Bridge

Colemanville Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Pequea, Pennsylvania, 17565

The Colemanville Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. After Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge, it is Lancaster County's second-longest single-span covered bridge still being used. The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design with the addition of steel hanger rods. The deck is made from oak planks. It is painted red, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges, on both the inside and outside. Both approaches to the bridge are painted red with white trim.

Eichelberger's Covered Bridge

Eichelberger's Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543

The Buck Hill Covered Bridge, Eichelberger's Covered Bridge, or Abram Hess' Mill Bridge is a covered bridge located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is located on the Buck Hill Farm's pond on private property.

Erb's Covered Bridge

Erb's Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543

The Erb's Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Hammer Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Hammer Creek #1 Bridge

Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge

Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Gordonville, Pennsylvania, 17529

The Leaman's Place Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Pequea #4 Bridge. The bridge is also known as Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge and Paradise Bridge.

Forry's Mill Covered Bridge

Forry's Mill Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512

The Forry's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Chiques Creek in West Hempfield in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Big Chiques #7 Bridge. (Chiques Creek was known as Chickies Creek until 2002).

Herr's Mill Covered Bridge

Herr's Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge, Historic Place
map it | Ronks, Pennsylvania, 17572

The Herr's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is also sometimes known as Soudersburg Bridge. The bridge has a double span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design. It is painted red on the outside, the traditional color of Lancaster County covered bridges. Both approaches to the bridge are painted in the traditional white color.

Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge

Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

The Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The bridge has a single span, wooden, double Burr arch trusses design. The bridge, which spans the Conestoga River, is 180 feet (54.9 m) long, making it the longest single span covered bridge in the county -wikipedia

Jackson's Sawmill Covered Bridge

Jackson's Sawmill Covered Bridge
Historic Place, Covered Bridge
map it | Quarryville, Pennsylvania, 17566

The Jackson's Sawmill Covered Bridge or Eichelberger's Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the West Octoraro #1 Bridge. The bridge is purportedly the only covered bridge in the county that is not built perpendicular to the stream it crosses due to the placement of the sawmill on one side of the bridge and the rock formations faced by the builders on the other side

Kauffman's Distillery Covered Bridge

Kauffman's Distillery Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17545

The Kauffman's Distillery Covered Bridge or Sporting Hill Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Chiques Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Big Chiques #1 Bridge. (Chiques Creek was known as Chickies Creek until 2002)

Keller's Mill Covered Bridge

Keller's Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 17522

The Keller's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Cocalico Creek in Ephrata Township, Lancaster County in the US state of Pennsylvania. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Cocalico No. 5 Bridge. It is also sometimes known as Guy Bard Covered Bridge (after a local jurist) and Rettew's Covered Bridge (after the person that Rettew's Road is named). -wikipedia

Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge

Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

The Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Mill Creek in the Lancaster County Park in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The bridge is also known as the County Park Covered Bridge, Baer's Mill Covered Bridge, Isaac Baer’s Mill Bridge, Keystone Mill Covered Bridge, Binder Tongue Carrier Covered Bridge, and Mill 2A Covered Bridge. The bridge is accessible to road traffic from within the park. -wikipedia

Landis Mill Covered Bridge

Landis Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

The Landis Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Little Conestoga Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Little Conestoga #1 Bridge. The bridge, built in 1873 by Elias McMellen, is today surrounded by a development, shopping center, and highways on the boundary of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At 53 feet (16.2 m), it is the shortest covered bridge in the county. -wikipedia

Lime Valley Covered Bridge

Lime Valley Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Willow Street, Pennsylvania, 17584

The Lime Valley Covered Bridge or Strasburg Bridge is a covered bridge that spans Pequea Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Pequea #8 Bridge.

Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge

Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Atglen, Pennsylvania, 17602

The Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge or Mercer's Ford Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the East branch of the Octoraro Creek on the border between Lancaster County and Chester County in Pennsylvania, United States. A Lancaster County-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the East Octoraro #2 Bridge

Neff's Mill Covered Bridge

Neff's Mill Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

The Neff's Mill Covered Bridge or Bowman's Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the Pequea Creek on the border between West Lampeter Township and Strasburg Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States.[1] A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the Pequea #7 Bridge

Pine Grove Covered Bridge

Pine Grove Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge
map it | Oxford, Pennsylvania, 19363

The Pine Grove Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the East Branch of Octoraro Creek on the border between Lancaster County and Chester County in Pennsylvania, United States. It is the longest covered bridge in Lancaster County.

Rendezvous Lounge


website | map it | (717) 207-4033 | 2 East King Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Trace your roots at the Mennonite Historical Society, The Lancaster County Historical Society or the Lancaster County Courthouse

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Bucket
website | map it | (717) 393-9745 | 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Experience 300 years of Lancaster County life through Amish and Mennonite garments, games, tools, handicrafts and artwork. Browse the bookstore for unique local gifts and in-depth resources on Pennsylvania German history and culture. Research your own family history in the genealogical library, one of the best in the state.

Listen to a concert at Long's Park

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Find Thaddeus Stevens' Grave

Shreiner-Concord Cemetery


website | map it | 717.808.2941 | North Mulberry and West Chestnut Streets, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

The resting spot of esteemed United States congressman Thaddeus Stevens, a notable Lancastrian, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery seeks to preserve its grounds for visitors to pay their respects to such an American hero.

Hike the Conestoga, Conewago or the Lancaster Junction Trail.

Lancaster Junction Recreation Trail

Bucket, Trail
website | map it | (717) 299-8215 | Route 283, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Visit the National Clock and Watch Museum in Columbia

National Watch & Clock Museum

National Watch & Clock Museum
Things-To-Do, Museum, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 684-8261 | 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512

The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. The latest expansion opened in October 1999 and featured an entirely new and redesigned exhibit space, as well as a new two-story addition. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America.

Go to a mud sale

For more information on mud sales in Lancaster County, watch Imagine Lancaster, our blog, for a future post.

Visit Steinman Park, especially near Christmastime.

Steinman Park Waterfall and Fountain

Bucket
map it | 717-291-4829 | 20 West King Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

Located behind The Pressroom restaurant, Steinman Park is a gorgeous location nestled beyond the hustle and bustle of the city to relax.

Attend the Renaissance Faire at Mount Hope

Mount Hope Estate & Winery

Things-To-Do, Entertainment, Winery, wine
website | map it | (717) 665-7021 | 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17545

Many people think that Mount Hope Estate & Winery is solely the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire running during the late summer and fall months only. Located 15 miles north of Lancaster, PA and 13 miles east of Hershey, we are so much more, indeed. Mount Hope Estate & Winery is an historic estate featuring spectacular indoor and outdoor entertainment on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire running almost year round providing incredible entertainment just for you.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Amusement Park, Bucket, Kids
website | map it | (717) 665-7021 | 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 17545

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is a Renaissance fair occurring over 12 weekends from early-August through late-October on the grounds of the Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim, Pennsylvania. In 1980, the Estate was sold and converted to a winery.

Go to a play or opera at the Fulton Opera House

Fulton Theatre

Fulton Theatre
Things-To-Do, Theatre, Bucket
website | map it | (717) 397-7425 | 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

Central Pennsylvania’s premier regional theatre and National Historic Landmark combines Broadway caliber musicals, comedies and dramas with the grandeur of ornate Victorian architecture. The Fulton first opened its doors in 1852. Today, 160 years later, this National Historic Landmark Theatre continues to entertain, educate and delight audiences, bringing live theatre, music, and more than 130,000 patrons into downtown Lancaster annually. Since its inception, some of the brightest stars of theatre, music and film have appeared on its stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, Mark Twain, Lionel Barrymore, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, W.C. Fields, George M. Cohan, Treat Williams and Lancaster’s own Jonathan Groff.

Visit Kauffman's Hardware in New Holland Especially at Christmas Time.

Lowell Parkes, aka Santa, first put on the red suit, black boots and red hat in 1981 after a Clyde Kauffman, owner of Kauffman's Hardware, asked him to be the store Santa.

From that year until December 2006, Parkes donned the Santa suit to delight children at the New Holland store every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

After the store closed in 2007, he became the New Holland Radio Shack Santa, before returning to former Kauffman's building this year.

"Santa has been part of the Kauffman building history for decades, and with the museum opening this year, we wanted him to return," said Steve Loewen, president of the New Holland Area Historical Society.

-http://lancasteronline.com/

New Holland Area Historical Society & Museum

New Holland Area Historical Society & Museum
Museum, Bucket
website | map it | 207 East Main Street, New Holland, Pennsylvania, 17557

The museum is on the second floor of the historic kauffman building, located on the corner of main street and railroad avenue in new holland pa. Hours are thursday, friday & saturday from 10 am to 2 pm or by appointment. The museum is open to the public. Admission is by donation

Smell some wildflowers at Shenk's Ferry.

Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Bucket, Trail, Hiking, Wildflowers
website | map it | Shenk’s Ferry Road, Holtwood, Pennsylvania, 17532

Shenk's Ferry Wildlife Preserve is one of the most impressive wildflower areas in the eastern United States and certainly one of the most popular natural locations in Lancaster County. PPL takes pride in preserving the glen as a wildflower sanctuary.

Canoe on the Conestoga, Pequea, Octoraria, or Chickies.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has some great resources on boating in the Commonwealth. Make sure to heed these safety precautions from the American Canoe Association!

Look at the Holtwood Dam from the Face Rock Overlook; maybe you can spot an eagle!

Holtwood Dam Face Rock Overlook


website | map it | 1-800-354-8383 | Holtwood, Pennsylvania, 17532

PPL Electric has done a nice job over the years maintaining environmental preserves depicting the gorgeous scenery of Lancaster County. One such preserve is at the Holtwood Dam where, at the Face Rock Overlook, one has a great view of the water, and may even be able to spot an eagle.

Spend an afternoon in Marietta and find the canal ruins.

Marietta was once a thriving industrial town dubbed "Little Pittsburgh"; it even had a canal to transport items to the west, but this was eventually usurped by rail travel. Read more about its history from Lancaster Newspapers

Visit Donegal Mills Colonial Plantation.

Donegal Mills Plantation


website | map it | 1190 Trout Run Road, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, 17552

Donegal Mills Plantation is a historic grist mill complex located at East Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The complex consists of the mill, mansion, miller's house, and bake house. The mill was built in 1775, and is a three-story building. The original section of mansion was built before 1790, and is a two-story, stuccoed stone building with a gable roof. The mansion was expanded about 1820, with a frame kitchen wing, and about 1830, with a stone two-story addition. It features a full length, two-story, porch supported by five brick and stucco columns. The miller's house was originally built about, and is a 3 1/2-story, stuccoed stone building with a gable roof. It was expanded to its present size about 1830. The bake house is a two-story, gable roofed frame building. The property was auctioned in May 2010.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Visit the Masonic Homes

Masonic Village


website | map it | 717-367-1121 | One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 17022

Visit Temple Shaaral Shomayim. The 4th oldest synagogue in the nation.

Congregation Shaarai Shomayim

Congregation Shaarai Shomayim

website | map it | 717-397-5575 | 57 E. James Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania,

Ride to the top of the Greist Building

W. W. Griest Building

W. W. Griest Building
Bucket
map it | (717) 392-1771 | 8 N Queen St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603

The W.W. Griest Building, also known as the Lancaster Federal Building and PP and L Building, is a historic skyscraper located in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Visit the Lancaster County Heritage Center

Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County

Museum
map it | 717-299-6440 | 5 West King Street, Lancaster , Pennsylvania, 17603

The Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County presents the history of life in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The museum collection focus is the decorative arts used throughout Lancaster residences. The museum is housed within the 1790s former city hall and Masonic Lodge No. 43. The city hall served as the state capitol building between 1799 and 1812.

See where the 1st U.S. Speaker of the House and the 15th U.S. President is buried.

Woodward Hill Cemetery


website | map it | Willow Street Pike and Chesapeake Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602

The burial site of James Buchanan (15th President of the United States) and Frederick Muhlenberg (1st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives)

See where the Christiana Riot started

The Christiana Riot took place on September 11, 1851 when Maryland slaveowner Edward Gorsuch and several of his relatives attempted to capture fugitive slaves at William Parker’s house in Christiana, Pennsylvania. Gorsuch was killed and several members of his party were wounded in the fight, but Parker and the fugitive slaves escaped to Canada.

Marker Location: Lower Valley Rd., South of Christiana, Sadsbury Twp., Lancaster

Christiana Underground Railroad Center

Christiana Underground Railroad Center
Heritage Tour, Bucket
website | map it | 610.593.5340 | 11 Green Street, Christiana, Pennsylvania, 17509

The persons, dates and the locations leading up to and following the Resistance at Christiana – originally called the Christiana Riot -- are presented in an authentic and easy-to-follow format of maps, photographs and narratives.

Walk across the bridge at Columbia and attend the Bridge Festival.

EXPIRED WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2014 (26th annual) – 8AM to 4PM

Bridge Bust is an annual arts and crafts festival with more than 300 antiques, crafts, arts and food vendors plus entertainment held on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge (officially known as Veterans Memorial Bridge) joining Columbia and Wrightsville PA.

EVENT CONTACT: Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, 717-684-5249

Visit Susquehannock State Park

Susquehannock State Park

Susquehannock State Park
Park, Hiking, Bicket, Trail
website | |

Four properties along the scenic Lower Susquehanna River comprise the Susquehannock State Park Complex. The 224-acre Susquehannock State Park is on a wooded plateau overlooking the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County.

Visit Quarryville on February 2nd for Groundhog Day celebration

Octoraro Orphie predicts whether we will have six more weeks of winter or perhaps an early spring annually at Quarryville's Groundhog Day festivities.

Watch produce being sold at the Leola Produce Auction

Leola Produce Auction

Leola Produce Auction
Bucket
website | map it | (717) 656-9592 | 35 Brethren Church Road, Leola, Pennsylvania, 17540

Started in 1985 the auction began as a marketing tool for local farmers to sell their produce and plants. Over the years the auction has become known for it's large variety of freshly grown produce and plants.

Buyers of all sorts finds Leola to fill their needs - from one box to skid lots. Farm Markets, Garden Centers, Wholesale Distributors, Supermarkets, and Institutions are among some of the buyers.

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