Lancaster Bucket List
Whether you're visiting Franklin & Marshall as a prospective student, parent or alumnus, these are some unique Central Pennsylvania experiences to add to your agenda. (This board is for informative purposes only and does not express an endorsement from the College.)
Mennonite Information Center
Mennonite Information Center • Insider Tip: Learn about Lancaster County's Plain population with a knowledgeable, personal tour guide who will travel with you in your own car to show you the area's truly hidden treasures.
Mennonite Information Center
Dienner's Country Restauraunt
Dienner's Country Restaurant • Insider Tip: This is where the locals go for PA Dutch food; be prepared for a short wait on weekends and be aware that they close at 6 p.m. most days.
Dienner’s Country Restaurant
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Landis Valley Museum • Insider Tip: If you enjoy Colonial Williamsburg, you will appreciate seeing how 19th-century Pennsylvania Germans lived at this living history site. Very little food is available, so pack a lunch or start your trip with breakfast at the nearby Oregon Dairy restaurant.
Cattails & Cobwebs: Landis Valley Farm and Museum
Hersheypark • Insider Tip: If you're not able to go in the summer, most rides are open during select weekends in the spring and fall. Don't miss Chocolate World (free!) and Zoo America (separately or with admission to park). Also, look for preview deals that give you an extra evening of fun with the price of one ticket.
Miesse Candies • Insider Tip: The name of this Lancaster candy company—which was established in 1875—is pronounced Mee-see, and you can sometimes pick up reduced-price, factory seconds at their retail location downtown (the new address is 118 N. Water St.).
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
Pennsylvania Farm Show • Insider Tip: OK, we admit the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a bit of a stretch for a "Lancaster" bucket list, but this showcase of PA agriculture is a one-of-a-kind event and well worth the 45-minute drive, if only for the Food Court alone. Take cash and know that walking around the outside of the complex is a great way to beat the crowds (and study the Depression-era architecture).
Building Character • Insider Tip: If you're a fan of Etsy, you'll enjoy the selection of hand-made and vintage items featured in this collection of shops all under one roof.
My Paisley World: Building Character – Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Art Walk • Insider Tip: Like an extended First Friday, Lancaster's semi-annual Art Walks are a wonderful opportunity to explore downtown's galleries. Look for some of the work being done by local school students!
Hong Kong Garden Chinese Restaurant
Hong Kong Garden • Insider Tip: It may not look like much on the outside, but this strip mall gem has been one of Lancaster's most popular Chinese restaurants for decades. Be prepared to bring home leftovers!
Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn
Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm Restaurant • Insider Tip: Explore 100 flavors of whoopie pies at this annual event! Come back to Hershey Farm on your birthday and enjoy a free meal at their smorgasbord.
Lancaster Dispensing Company
The Lancaster Dispensing Company • Insider Tip: A favorite among F students over the past three decades, downtown Lancaster's DipCo offers great food and is a key venue in the local music scene.
The Traveling Food Critic: I LOVE the Dipco!!
Jennie's Diner • Insider Tip: Drive past the outlets on Route 30 east, make sure to bring some quarters for the tabletop juke box and keep in mind that one of the plate-sized pancakes may be plenty.
Jennie’s Diner Ronks PA Open 24 hours | Retro Roadmap
Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly Pie Bakery
Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly Pie Bakery • Insider Tip: This icon from the kitschy era of Pennsylvania Dutch tourism is still a great spot for a photo opp, not too mention a free taste of one of Lancaster's signature desserts.
Splits & Giggles
Splits and Giggles Ice Cream Shop • Insider Tip: Just a few blocks from campus, this corner shop offers great soups and sandwiches in addition to 24 rotating flavors of Hershey's ice cream. Not super hungry? Get a kid's cone for just $1!
Chestnut Hill Cafe
Chestnut Hill Cafe • Insider Tip: Located just a few blocks from campus, this cafe is a favorite haunt for F&M students and employees seeking caffeinated beverages. Service can be slow, but the food (and ice cream!) is worth the wait.
North Museum Of Natural History & Science
North Museum of Natural History & Science • Insider Tip: Established with collections related to studies at F & M, the North Museum is now an independent organization located on the southeast corner of our historic campus. Admission is free for those with an F & M I.D.—see if you can find the collection of two-headed specimens in the basement!
Choo Choo Barn
Choo-Choo Barn • Insider Tip: Not just for kids, this model train display is 1700 square feet of miniature wonder. You can typically get free admission on several Fridays in December by bringing along a non-perishable food item.
Camp Martin Travels : Choo-Choo Barn / Traintown
El Serrano • Insider Tip: The already-enchanting ambiance of this long-time local favorite for Latin-American cuisine is greatly enhanced on weekend evenings by Dante, a guitarist who plays both festive hits and romantic boleros.
Chickies Rock Park • Insider Tip: This park, about twenty minutes from campus traveling west on Rt. 30, offers several hiking trails and an unparalleled view of the Susquehanna River, the largest river on the East Coast.
Chickies Rock Park in Lancaster County, PA
James Buchanan's Wheatland
Wheatland, home to President James Buchanan • Insider Tip: Within walking distance of F & M, be sure to also visit the adjacent museum/library of the Lancaster County Historical Society.
Clipper Magazine Stadium
Clipper Magazine Stadium • Insider Tip: Many home games for the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team end with a fireworks show that can also be viewed from the parking lot behind College Row.