15 Before-Naptime Trips You May Not Have Thought About in Lancaster County

15 Before Naptime Trips You May Not Have Known About in Lancaster County, PA

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!

  1. 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 if you watch for them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Boehringers (Adamstown) – Creek play and good food.
  7. Historic Pool Forge (Churchtown) – Creek play and playground/picnic pavilion. Kids love to bring their nets and catch some crayfish!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Eastland Alpacas (Mount Joy) – Call ahead to schedule a tour.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

And just in case you missed it – I created a Google Map for all the Lancaster County PlaygroundsYou can visit a new playground for FREE every day – there are over 100 in Lancaster County!!Lancaster County Playground Map

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