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Lancaster

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Theme Parks · Theaters · Historic Sites
Red Rose City
The heart of Pennsylvania's famous "Dutch Country," Lancaster is one of the nation's oldest inland cities, founded in 1730. Although most people know this region because of its Amish community, Lancaster draws an increasing number of international visitors with its landmark buildings and renowned universities. The city includes not only one of the largest historic districts in the country, but also one of America's oldest colleges, established in 1787 and named after Benjamin Franklin, one of its benefactors. The country charm of the region draws up to 8 million visitors annually to this town of just under 60,000, which thrives primarily on tourism dollars. Begin your tour of Lancaster by getting to know its pedestrian-friendly downtown, the heart of all tourist action, especially noted for containing the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States. Our United States online journey planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Popular things to do in Lancaster

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Historic Site
The Amish Farm and House
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Theme Park
Dutch Wonderland
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Landis Valley Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Flea Market
Lancaster Central Market
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Lancaster

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Fountain
Longwood Gardens Kennett Square
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Theme Park
Hersheypark Hershey
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Battlefield
Gettysburg National Military Park Gettysburg
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Lancaster

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Historic Site
President James Buchanan's Wheatland
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Historic Rock Ford
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Biking Trail
Northwest Lancaster County River Trail
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Church
St Leo the Great Catholic Church
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Lancaster

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History Museum
LancasterHistory
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Rough and Tumble Historical Association
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Lancaster

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Art & Glassworks
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Shopping Mall
Tanger Outlets Lancaster
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Antique Store
Building Character
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Corn Wagon
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Lancaster

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Science Museum
The Lancaster Science Factory
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Children’s Museum
Hands-on House
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Natural History Museum
North Museum of Nature and Science
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Water Park
Carribean Indoor Water Park
3.2
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Lancaster

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