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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.)


Lancaster Bucket List

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Insider Tip: Of course, come here for the eclectic variety of top-notch musical acts, but also keep an eye out for more unusual events, like the monthly story slam, adult spelling bee and paint nights.

Tellus360

Irish Pub

24 E King St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 393-1660

1 week at Tellus360

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Rachael's Cafe & Creperie • Insider Tip: Not sure if you like crepes? From butter and cinnamon sugar to cheeseburger to veggie Santa Fe, trust us, there is something here to suit all palettes.

Rachel's Cafe & Creperie

Café

201 W Walnut St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 399-3515

Turkey Crepe at Rachel's Creperie

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Holiday lights at Conestoga House • Insider Tip: Lots of beautiful light displays to be seen in the School Lane Hills neighborhood north of Marietta Avenue.

Conestoga House And Gardens

Garden

1608 Marietta Ave
Lancaster , PA

(717) 397-5353

Lancaster - 1608 Marietta Ave.

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Northwest Lancaster County River Trail • Insider Tip: Park at Koser Park in Bainbridge and walk or bike this paved trail south for 1.5 miles to visit Lancaster's "white cliffs," which were formed from the slag of a nearby rock quarry.

Bainbridge Boat Launch

Harbor / Marina

107 Race St
Bainbridge , PA

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

Tourist Information Center

2209 Millstream Rd
Lancaster , PA

Mennonite Information Center

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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 Restauraunt

American Restaurant

2855 Lincon Hwy. East
Ronks , PA

(717) 687-9571

Dienner’s Country Restaurant

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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.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

History Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Rd
Lancaster , PA

(717) 569-0401

Cattails & Cobwebs: Landis Valley Farm and Museum

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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.

Hersheypark

Theme Park

100 W Hersheypark Dr
Hershey , PA

(800) 437-7439

Lancaster County Park • Insider Tip: Be sure to visit the Garden of the Five Senses and check out the Parks & Recreation calendar for events for all ages, covering topics from astronomy to maple sugaring.

Lancaster County Park

Park

Fenz Restaurant & Latenight • Insider Tip: Get a burger and draft beer for $10 after 10 p.m. on Friday.

Fenz Restaurant & Late Night

American Restaurant

398 Harrisburg Ave, Ste 100
Lancaster , PA

(717) 735-6999

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.).

Miesse Candies

Candy Store

735 Lafayette St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 299-5055

Hole in the Wall Puppet Theatre • Insider Tip: Arrive early for your show to explore the John Durang Puppet Museum and possibly get a backstage tour.

Hole in the Wall Puppet Theatre

Theater

126 N Water St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 394-8398

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).

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

Convention Center

2300 N Cameron St
Harrisburg , PA

(717) 787-5373

PA Farm Show: Six sensational foods to try at the food court

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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.

Building Character

Arts & Crafts Store

342 N Queen St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 394-7201

My Paisley World: Building Character – Lancaster, PA

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Downtown Lancaster Mayor's Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas • Insider Tip: Be sure to check out the free model train display on the second floor of Citizens Bank, located off Penn Square opposite the tree.

Tuba Christmas At Penn Square

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DogStar Books • Insider Tip: A great place to browse gently-used books, DogStar also offers arts events throughout the year.

DogStar Books

Bookstore

401 W Lemon St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 823-6605

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!

Penn Square

Plaza

King St
Lancaster , PA

Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant • Insider Tip: The small store front belies a beautiful interior space and an even larger outdoor deck at this Lancaster favorite.

Annie Bailey's Irish Pub

Pub

28 E King St
Lancaster , PA

(717) 393-4000

Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant: Great Food and Culture

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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!

'Poe Evermore' at Mount Hope Estate & Winery • Insider Tip: A more 'academic' dose of spooky fun, this show has in the past featured a character very loosely based on F & M's first president.

Mount Hope Estate & Winery Mansion

Winery

2775 Lebanon Rd
Manheim , PA

(717) 665-7021

Poe Evermore opens at Mount Hope Mansion on Oct. 31

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PA Renaissance Faire • Insider Tip: Brings cash and consider going in the evening for half-price admission.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Performing Arts Venue

2775 Lebanon Rd
Manheim , PA

(717) 665-7021

Field of Screams Haunted Attraction • Insider Tip: Buy your tickets online to save time in line.

Field Of Screams

General Entertainment

191 College Ave
Mountville , PA

(717) 285-7748

REVIEW: Field of Screams

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Cherry Crest Farm/Amazing Maize Maze • Insider Tip: A great outdoor activity for a group of friends, especially at night.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Theme Park

150 Cherry Hill Rd
Ronks , PA

(717) 687-6843

Lancaster Liederkranz Oktoberfest • Insider Tip: Make sure you bring cash to this end-of-September festival celebrating German food and culture.

Lancaster Liederkranz

German Restaurant

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.

Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn

Motel

240 Hartman Bridge Rd
Ronks , PA

(800) 827-8635