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!
- 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.
- 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.
And just in case you missed it – I created a 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!!
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