Amish Country attractions are spread out over a large area in and around Lancaster, so you'll need to plan ahead to make the best use of your time. Consider our itineraries, then note the highlights in each town.
If You Have 1 Day
Start in the town of Intercourse, where you can shop for quilts, food, and more in the marketplace of Kitchen Kettle Village. Head west into Lancaster to visit the lovely Wheatland estate, once home to President James Buchanan. Then drive 20 minutes northeast to the bucolic and historic Ephrata Cloister and, if it's a Friday, to the Green Dragon Market for its transactions featuring live animals and local wares.
If You Have 2 Days
Follow the itinerary above for Day 1. On Day 2, head west to Hershey, PA. This drive affords you beautiful views of serene-looking farms where great quantities of milk are produced by the Amish (whom you'll be passing in their modest black buggies). Once in Hershey, the kids will want to visit Hershey's Chocolate World for a demonstration of how the treats are made. In season, they'll enjoy the rides and animals of Hersheypark and Zoo America; you'll wander the rose garden and check out the spa at the Hotel Hershey.
If You Have 3 Days or More
On Days 1 and 2, follow the itineraries given above. On Day 3, spend the morning in Adamstown at the excellent flea and antiques markets there: Renninger's, Shupp's Grove, and Stoudt's Black Angus. The latter has an adjacent beer garden and restaurant. Next, you can prepare for your reentry into the real world by shopping at the stylish outlets of Rockvale and the Tanger Outlet Center.
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