Ok, there's way more than 10 Things to Do in Lancaster, but we are glad you checked out this page!
When it comes to Lancaster, we can’t wait to show you all the Pennsylvania city has to offer. Just steps from our front door at The Hotel Lancaster you will find a vibrant, modern and walker friendly town. Steeped in history, our community is also a flourishing innovative place where you’ll find parks, art galleries, shops, cafés, and fine dining. Regardless of whether you’re here for business, an event or are just passing through, there’s always time to get to know the city you’re staying in. We invite you to take a look around and get to know the city we call home.
When it comes to Lancaster, PA we don’t want you to miss a thing so we’ve created this quick and easy reference guide to places and attractions both “very near” and “just a little further” that are well worth a visit.
Lancaster is home to a thriving art and theatre scene. Galleries abound and new shows and exhibitions open monthly on each First Friday. Featured artists include local favorites, up-and-coming talent, art and artists from around the world. There’s always something going on in Lancaster, go explore!
Life in Lancaster is varied, from the Amish countryside to the busy, thriving city scene. Because of this there is something guaranteed to please everyone. When you're staying with us in Lancaster, PA, there are no shortage of attractions and fun things to do!
No one does food better than Lancaster! Thanks to our rich and diverse heritage, we’ve got you covered on almost any kind of food from Pennsylvania Dutch favorites, like ShooFly Pie and soft pretzels, to real Italian pizza, pasta and Irish favorites! And best of all it’s the real deal, no formula or chain eateries, we’re proud to say that all the restaurants in our Downtown listing are Authentic Lancaster!
With dozens upon dozens of place to eat within a 3 block radius of The Hotel Lancaster, we've narrowed it down to our local favorites:
Experience professional, Broadway-quality musicals, comedies and dramas in this beautiful National Historic Landmark Theatre. The Fulton Theatre is Central Pennsylvania’s premier regional theatre and has put on performances of A Christmas Carol, The Woman in Black and The Sound of Music, just to name a few.
Climb aboard the Strasburg Rail Road, where guests will experience larger-than-life steam trains and enjoy a 45-minute, round-trip ride through the tranquil Amish countryside to Paradise, PA and back.
Open 7 days a week, Pennsylvania’s Railroad museum houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Spend an afternoon exploring the museum with displays of over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries.
Experience baseball in Lancaster and take in a Barnstormers game at Clipper Stadium.
Meet at Central Market to enjoy a day shopping at America’s longest continuously operating public market. More than 60 small businesses gather under one historic roof to offer you fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, fish, flowers, prepared foods and gifts.
Swing by the Central Market for a taste of Lancaster's finest.
Open year round, the Market hours are:
Traveling with the whole family? Look no further than Dutch Wonderland. A 48-acre amusement park just east of Lancaster, Dutch Wonderland is ideal for families with small children looking for a way to spend the day in Pennsylvania.
Just outside the bustling city are the beautiful expanses of Amish country, Pennsylvania. Quaint and peaceful, Lancaster is the ideal blend of city and country, both with a heart of gold.
Just steps from our front door you’ll find the city of Lancaster to be a modern, vibrant, and extremely walkable town. While we embrace and respect our historic past, our community loves to shake things up with new and innovative things to see, do, enjoy and experience.