1. Visit several farmers’ markets in Lancaster County.
- Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction (Friday’s only)
- Bird-in-hand Farmers Market (days vary based on season)
- Lancaster Central Market (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday)
- Strasburg Market Place (Monday-Saturday)
- New Holland Farmers Market (Saturday May-September)
- The Columbia Historic Market House (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
2. At Mount Hope Winery you can sample wine AND beer! (Be sure to have some cash to tip)
3. Spend the afternoon shopping and trying free samples at Kitchen Kettle Village.
4. That Fish Place – That Pet Place is the ultimate pet store with fish, snakes, bunnies, and more to check out.
5. Dutch Haven is the first tourist attraction in Lancaster County and home to shoo-fly pie.
6. Antiques Capital Adamstown, PA. The name says it all!
7. Checking out the many covered bridges throughout the County is a nice way to spend an afternoon and as a kid, I always enjoyed driving through them.
8. Shopping, fresh baked goods, and petting adorable miniature horses at the Lil’ Country Store and Miniature Horse Farm.
9. Strasburg Railroad is a fun place to see the trains, enjoy their train themed playground, and have a picnic in their picnic area. Train rides available for a fee.
10. The Lancaster Playground is located at Kings Swings and completed fenced in, which makes it a great place to let your kids play.
11. After you enjoy your free samples of chocolate, you can buy more delicious chocolate at Wilbur Chocolate.
12. Mud Sales are big deal in Lancaster County and they have everything from produce to livestock to baked goods to auction items. Most mud sales are held from February through April, but also check to see if there are some late spring too.
13. Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has open rehearsals that are free for students and their families. They also have a special seating area for kids under 6.
14. Intercourse Pretzel Factory offers free tours to see how they make their pretzels.
15. Shops filled with local items and food, farm animals you can visit, and beautiful grounds to walk around all at the Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn.
16. George’s Furniture offers free woodshop tours.
17. It is free to visit this beautiful historic site of Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home.
18. Locally Made Food Shop has over 50 free samples of locally made food.
19. Learn more about the Mennonite cultural by watching their free video at the Mennonite Information Center and Personalized Country Tours.
20. Events on Fridays in Lancaster County.
First and Third Friday in Downtown Lancaster
21. Old Candle Barn offers free self-guided tours.
22. Lancaster Brewing Company offers free tours at 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
23. Long’s Park Summer Music Series has free concerts every Sunday June-August.
24. Free garden tours are available from June-September at the Gardens at Conestoga House.
- Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve
- …and a ton more!
What free things have you done in Lancaster County, PA? Tell us in the comments below!