I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for short morning trips I can do before naptime. It keeps summer special for the kids, and for me! This year I seem to be finding new ones — I am eager to post about those soon — but in this post I want to share some of our favorites in years past!
Here are 15 Before-Naptime Trip ideas for you!
- Pretzel Hut and Petting Zoo (Newmanstown) – This petting zoo is quite large and nestled in the woods, which makes it unique. There are many exotic animals, and a small play area. Enjoy delicious food afterwards. There are often coupons available in newspapers and online for the restaurant.
- Hayloft Candles Petting Zoo (Leola) – Has barnyard and exotic animals, donkeys, a llama, pot belly Pig, bunny rabbits, a talking parrot and even a baby kangaroo! Bring your picnic lunch and sit by pond with a fountain and the ducks and the swans.
- Wilbur Chocolate Tour (Lititz) – Take a tour of the museum and sample a Wilbur bud. Tours are Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. (The factory was closed in 2015 but there is still a self-guided tour of the museum!)
- Sturgis Pretzel Factory (Lititz). Founded in 1861, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Tour the original bakery, get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting, and then taste a fresh soft pretzel. This tour works well with kids of all ages.
- Lapp Valley Dairy Farm, Ice Cream and Petting Zoo (New Holland). Watch for the peacock to open her feathers, pet the new calves, and even watch the cows being milked.
- Boehringers (Adamstown) – Creek play and good food.
- Historic Pool Forge (Churchtown) – Creek play and playground/picnic pavilion. Kids love to bring their nets and catch some crayfish!
- That Fish Place (Centerville) – Pet store with tons of animals and fish. Explore over 88,000 square foot retail store, great for kids of all ages.
- Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Tour (Mohnton) – You have to set this tour up ahead of time. This tour is unique because all the pretzels are hand twisted by conservative Mennonites!
- Eastland Alpacas (Mount Joy) – Call ahead to schedule a tour.
- Wolf Sanctuary (Lititz) – Quietly secured on 20 plus acres of natural woodland, you will find the home of the Speedwell Wolves. On weekends the tour admission is $12 per person, $10 for children 11 and under. Other events and opportunities throughout the year for around $10 per person. Check out their full moon tour!
- Landis Valley Museum (Lancaster) – Landis Valley Museum’s richly layered story is the history of an early Pennsylvania German settlement, an unusual farm family and the ongoing creation and exploration of a wonderfully diverse collection of artifacts. Reserve FREE passes from your local library.
- Hands On House (Lancaster) – Imagine, have fun, learn, and discover together. Explore interactive exhibits, experience a unique educational program, or visit the Play Garden. There is a fee for this.
- Choo Choo Barn (Strasburg) – The 1,700 square foot train layout features over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains. Kids 3-11 are $4.50, adults are $7.50.
- Roadside America (Hamburg) – The World’s Greatest indoor miniature village. Kids 5 and under are FREE, Ages 6-11 are $5, adults are $8. You can also take an all new Audio Tour with your smartphone.
- BONUS IDEA >> Tiny Town (Lancaster) – Tiny Town is an indoor playspace for children near Lancaster city. Made up of luxury playhouses, kids will go wild with imagination! Putting a fire out at the fire station, doing makeup in the salon, shopping in the market, driving the pedal cars, dancing up on stage and so much more! There is a fee for children and parents.
There are also tons of FREE places you can go and things you can go, especially in the summertime in Lancaster County. Here are 15 ideas for you if you are looking for something FREE to do!
Another great idea before naptime is to visit a playground by checking out this Google Map for all the Lancaster County Playgrounds! You can visit a new playground for FREE every day – there are over 100 in Lancaster County!!
You also might be interested in checking out Tiny Town—a truly unique experience for your children! Here is our completely honest review of Tiny Town.
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