I love fall! It’s my absolute favorite season of the year. That’s yet another reason why I love Lancaster; it is a quintessential fall destination. The countryside is beautiful and there’s lots of fun fall activities for all to enjoy. Here are my Top 5 favorite fall activities in Lancaster County:
Lancaster County offers many unique parks for your hiking and biking pleasure. Fall is the perfect time to soak in the beauty of leaves changing color, plus the temperature is perfect- the mornings are chilly and the afternoons are comfortably cool. My personal favorite spot to hike is to Chickies Rock, which is a “light to moderate” hike. Once you reach the top, you see a stunning view of the Susquehanna River and the surrounding farmland.
2. Lancaster City Cafes
When I think of fall, I think of putting on an over-sized sweater with a big scarf, drinking a cup of coffee, and reading a good book. Whether you want to get work done or meet up with friends, spend a relaxing afternoon in one of Lancaster City’s numerous cafes. My personal favorite is Prince Street Cafe, located across the street from the Fulton Theatre. The food is great and the hot beverages will warm up your heart and your fingertips.
3. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a great place for families to have a fun-filled day. The farm features a corn maize, a courtyard, and a barnyard with numerous activities. One can pet a llama, learn about farming, and go for a ride down a giant slide. A fun play area is also available for younger children. Oh, and don’t be surprised when you hear a loud train whistle – the Strasburg Rail Road steam engine passes right through the farm! It’s an incredible sight to see!
4. Haunted Attractions
For those of you who enjoy adding some thrill into your fall season, Field of Screams and Jason’s Woods are just two of many great Halloween attractions in the area.
5. Lancaster City Ghost Tours
Spend an evening walking around Lancaster City by candlelight. Explore the mysteries of one of America’s oldest cities. Experience the haunting tales of phantoms, unsolved mysteries, and star-crossed lovers. This 90-minute tour will be sure to send shivers down your spine!
I’ve driven a scooter once before, so I felt fairly comfortable the second time around. I’m not talking about an Amish scooter propelled by leg power; this one has 50 ccs of power and is a registered vehicle.
The day was gorgeous. The sun was out and the temperature was in the low 80’s. My friend Andrea and I were ready for a fun afternoon with Strasburg Scooters. We were excited for our guided tour through the back roads of Lancaster County with stops at several covered bridges and an authentic Amish farm. We joined 10 others for this adventure; most of which were from out of state. The owner, Marc Crusemire, was our tour guide. Marc was fantastic. He’s personable, patient, but above all, safety conscious.
We spent about an hour practicing with our scooters before heading on our tour. I was chomping at the bit to get on the road. There’s nothing like cruising the back roads on an open scooter at a leisurely pace!
The tour lasted 3 hours and was well worth the price. The price includes scooter rental, a helmet, a professional guide, and plenty of bottled water. All you need to bring is a valid driver’s license and eye protection (sunglasses/eye glasses). Feel free to bring along your camera, phone, handbag, etc. as there is plenty of storage in the compartment under the seat.
Strasburg Scooter has single and double seat scooter as well as the new Scoot Coupe (it looks like a mini car). They offer several tour options including a Thanksgiving Day Tour (talk about a memorable holiday!).
Our tour was so much fun! I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.
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One of the best parts about driving through Lancaster County is the gorgeous rolling hills and picturesque farms. Each farm has its own personality and roadside stands selling fresh produce and flowers abound. Now, imagine a leisurely bike ride through the small towns and green countryside of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Farmers are out in full-force planting fields, making repairs and working with livestock.
Whether you are in the area or looking for an excuse to come back to Lancaster, we have the perfect opportunity for you.
Every June the Lancaster Farmland Trust is hosts its annual Pedal to Preserve bike ride. It’s a non-competitive, leisurely ride through iconic Lancaster countryside to benefit farmland preservation. You can choose between 6, 20, and 51-mile rides that offer breathtaking views of over 75 preserved family farms. Since it’s non-competitive, riders can start anytime after 7:00 AM registration – which is great for those who want to beat the heat.
All riders begin and end at Garden Spot Village Retirement Community in New Holland, PA – just a few miles east of Lancaster City. Beginners, families, and experienced cyclists are all welcome at every age and ability level.
If we haven’t convinced you, at the end of the ride you can enjoy fresh made-to-order omelets and Turkey Hill ice cream – for free!
Children under 12 ride free with an adult, so bring the whole family and spend the day in Lancaster County helping to preserve one of the most important parts of our history and culture here!
Emily Long is a Lancaster County native, singer/songwriter, and all around music lover. She is an Online PR Specialist and, on the side, works at her family’s business, Long’s Horseradish, at Lancaster Central Market. To learn more about Emily, visit her website: www.EmilyLongMusic.com.
One of my favorite Lancaster County hiking trails to conquer on a weekend morning is Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve, a nice moderate 2 mile loop in the southern end of the county. The hike is along a tributary in a ravine that ultimately feeds into the Susquehanna River. The Glen itself is part of the Lancaster Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Lancaster County’s open lands.
Walking along the stream, at points both peaceful and rushing depending on the time of year, is a perfect way to relax and unwind. The trail is heavily canopied by a variety of trees and rhododendron thickets. Towards the end of the trail the stream comes to a head and flows past several rock and boulder placements for some runs of spectacular falling water. The water in the tributary is usually very pristine and has been designated a Wild and Scenic Pennsylvania River by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
I like to get out to the Glen in the early spring to check out the various wildflowers in bloom and then again in the fall to see the spectacular foliage. It takes about 2 hours for me to hike the loop, but I usually spend the better part of the morning there, taking in the fresh air and beautiful scenery, not to mention taking a photograph or two.
I recently went with my family to the Landis Valley Museum’s Harvest Days. We arrived, and got some free Turkey Hill ice-cream samples – they were delicious – and of course, got our photo taken with the huge Turkey Hill cow.
When we entered the “museum” (If you’ve never been to Landis Valley, you need to know that it’s not your traditional indoor museum. Landis Valley is a town – buildings that have been restored, it’s pretty much a living history!) and went from building to building to see what they had there. They’ve got crafts, food demonstrations of cooking in the times of 1740 or later. We got to watch as they made apple butter outside over a fire in a huge kettle, and got to taste some (mmm…). They have a straw maze, as well as a pumpkin patch where you can pick out your own pumpkin – it’s just a great way to experience what life was like in the 18th & 19th centuries – learn about village & farm life in Lancaster County!
You can go on horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, enjoy live music, and great food. Pulled pork sandwiches are my favorite treat of Harvest Days, as well as fresh squeezed lemonade.
See their website for more details. It’s a wonderful excuse to get outside!
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