Lancaster County is absolutely brimming with history, diversity, and the arts – and its dining, shopping, educational, and entertainment opportunities are endless. Named one of Forbes’ top 10 Counties for Retirement, this lovely spot welcomes seniors looking for the best in retirement living. A sophisticated small city set amidst a charming and scenic countryside, the Washington Times recently referred to Lancaster as a hotbed of creative pursuits.
Discover the arts
The vibrant arts community of Lancaster City is an integral part of our rich and diverse culture. In our highly walkable urban center, you will find the arts in many variations, from museums and an art college to live performances, beloved art galleries (with reasonably priced original art), and artists’ studios. Lancaster’s First Fridays, held in historic Downtown Lancaster on the first Friday of each month, represent a vibrant celebration of the arts that you won’t want to miss. Visit LancasterARTS.com to learn more.
Explore Lancaster’s rich history
Lancaster boasts one of the largest National Historic Districts in the country. History buffs can explore dozens of historic sites, museums, mansions, gardens, and a Presidential estate (James Buchanan’s Wheatland Estate).
Appreciate the Amish
Lancaster offers the rare opportunity to observe and appreciate the first, oldest, and second largest community of Old Order Amish in the country. The 20,000+ members of the Amish community here still use the horse and buggy as their primary mode of transportation. The Amish live without many of the modern conveniences that we take for granted such as television, telephones, and computers. Instead of electricity, they use propane gas or battery-run devices, believing that the “worldliness“ of modern technology would keep them from being close to God. Despite these differences, the Amish regularly interact with the “English,” the term they use to refer to non-Amish individuals.
Enjoy a wide variety of entertainment opportunities
The Fulton Theatre, Central Pennsylvania’s premier regional theatre and a National Historic Landmark, is a must-visit gem in Downtown Lancaster, combining Broadway caliber musicals, comedies, and dramas with the grandeur of its ornate Victorian architecture.
Clipper Magazine Stadium’s Atlantic-League Barnstormers baseball, Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre, American Music Theatre, and the renowned Hersheypark and Dutch Wonderland amusement parks are just a few more examples of the broad array of entertainment available here.
You can also enjoy tennis, golf, hot air balloon rides, a vast number of scenic bike trails, and so much more!
Visit the Antiques Capital of the U.S.
Lancaster County is home to Adamstown—known nationally as the “Sunday Antiques Capital of the United States” with more than 3,000 antiques stands that offer all types of treasures and collectibles.
Revel in shoppers’ paradise
Along with the many convenient department stores, shopping malls, farmer’s markets, and one-of-a-kind boutiques, there are more than 250 factory outlet stores in Lancaster County. These brand name outlet stores carry quality merchandise at discounted prices.
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Lancaster Central Market (named one of America’s “10 Great Public Spaces”)