Lancaster Bucket List
Whether you're visiting Franklin & Marshall as a prospective student, parent or alumnus, these are some unique Lancaster and Central Pennsylvania experiences to…
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Balloon Ride by United States Hot Air Balloon Team • Plan on spending 2.5 to 3 hours for your hot air balloon ride from start to finish. Flight time is approximately one hour. Your balloon ride begins on the ground, where you’ll help the crew assemble the balloon and take some time for pictures. After your flight, you’ll return to your launch point to be treated to a light snack and champagne toast. You’ll also receive an official flight certificate suitable for framing.
Sickman's Mill Creek Tubing • Experience Lancaster County in a whole new way! Enter the creek with a canvas covered tubes at the Sickman's Mill property, and spend approximately an hour and 15 minutes drifting along a 2 mile stretch of this beautiful tree lined waterway. For a longer experience in nature you can do the kayak tube trip that lasts anywhere from 3-5 hours and winds through approximately 7 miles of scenic Lancaster County.
AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing at Heritage Hills Resort • With multiple downhill runs, including "Xtreme" lanes for experienced tubers and two new lanes for little ones, tubers enjoy fast moving lines and even faster tube rides. The engineering of the hill is in fact widely recognized as being the best along the East coast making for the most thrilling snow tubing experience around.
Strasburg Rail Road • Image the thrill of riding through the scenic Amish countryside of Lancaster County pulled by a historic steam locomotive! Enjoy 45 minutes aboard a real, authentic steam train. You can even dine aboard the train. And you can visit other fun shops and things for the kids at the station. They also have a Day Out With Thomas and Christmas events.
The Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm • For over 50 years the Amish Experience has remained the definitive interpretive center for guided tours of the Amish Farmlands. Tours of Lancaster County’s only officially designated “Heritage Site” Amish House & One-Room School, and the spectacular Amish Experience Theater, Farmlands, buggy rides, VIP tours and more
Zip Line Canopy Tours at Refreshing Mountain • Looking for high adventure? Take a ride on one of our Canopy Tours! Guides will accompany you as you "fly" through the trees and enjoy a "bird's eye" view of the beautiful woodscape.
Lancaster Cupcake • Insider Tip: While this bakery now has a shop down town, Fummers can often find the cupcake truck on Harrisburg Avenue on Thursday afternoons!
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.
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).