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One of my goals this year is to travel more with my family. My boys are at a great age and I love sharing new experiences with them. Plus, there’s nothing better than being away with the family and spending time together.
This weekend I’m headed off to Lancaster for an overnight trip with 12 other local bloggers and their families. We have a fun weekend planned to visit some of Lancaster County’s great family destinations.
There are a TON of things to do for families in Lancaster, and we are going to show you the best of the best. From Amish Village tours, to historic railroad rides, follow our adventures with #VisitLancaster, and get some tips on this great family-focused destination.
Let me give you a sneak peek on where we will be staying and visiting!
Staying at: Bird-In-Hand Family Inn
All of the families will be staying at Bird-In-Hand Family Inn. The property and rooms look so nice and there’s a ton of stuff to do there.
- 125 clean comfortable Guest Rooms
- Family Suites & King Rooms
- Complimentary Wireless Internet
- Complimentary Tour of the Amish Farmlands
- Two Heated Indoor Pools
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Pool with unique walk-in entrance
- Lighted Tennis Courts
- Playground & Game Room
- 2 18-Hole Miniature Golf courses (fee to play)
- Acres of Lawn
- Family Restaurant including Smorgasbord and menu dining
Bird-In-Hand offers many fun family activities including:
- Petting zoo
- Complimentary 2-Hour Amish Farmland Tour
- Fitness room
- Game room
- Indoor pools/hot tub
- Outdoor pools
- Picnic pavilion
- Pond & walking trail
- Tennis & basketball courts
The Amish Village
This will be our first visit to Amish Village and I’m really looking forward to it. Everyone is going to meet here to kick off our weekend. We will enjoy a nice lunch and then go on a tour of the property.
The Amish Village includes:
- The Amish house & barnyard
- Windmill & water wheel
- Amish schoolhouse
- Blacksmith shop
- Outdoor picnic grounds
- Smokehouse Market (featuring local food)
- Amish Village Store (featuring Amish handmade crafts)
Strasburg Rail Road
My family has been to the Strasburg Rail Road a few times and this is hands down our favorite place. The above photo was taken during the holidays. It’s one of our traditions to visit Santa and take a ride on the train…oh and stop for hot chocolate, my boys never forget that part!
Strasburg Rail Road is one of Pennsylvania’s leading family attractions and is home to museum quality, working, turn-of-the century steam locomotives, freight cars, dining cars, private cars and one of the largest fleets of historic wooden passenger cars in the world. Founded in 1832, Strasburg Rail Road also holds the unique distinction as being America’s oldest short line railroad.
Plus, Saturday is also Vintage Baseball Day, how fun!
Choo Choo Barn
My boys and husband could stay here for hours. There’s something about boys and trains but I admit the display is really amazing!
The Choo Choo Barn features more than 150 animations and 22 operating trains, this 1,700 square foot handcrafted, work-of-art is packed with small-scale local landmarks and detailed scenes from Lancaster County.
Here are some of the highlights of the Choo Choo Barn:
- Amish barn-raising
- Three-ring circus and parade
- Display transformation into nighttime (every 10 minutes)
- Dutch Wonderland, enhanced with new lighting this year
- A house fire and the fire crew that puts it out
If you are interested in learning more, I’ve written about Lancaster a few times:
Make sure to follow along on twitter by using hashtag #VisitLancaster. We will be sharing our adventures and photos of the properties!