March 29, 2019
Are you visiting Lancaster this weekend? It can be challenging to find activities that are available on Sundays, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. We’re here to make your trip planning easier. In this blog, we’ll tell you our favorite things to do in Lancaster, PA, on Sunday, including hikes through the forests, museum visits, and scenic drives through the countryside. Don’t waste another minute; grab a pen and start taking notes! Be sure to use our free Vacation Guide, too. It offers even more recommendations for weekend activities!
It’s never easy to plan a Sunday vacation. How can you know for sure that the things you want to see are open, especially in a small town? Luckily, most museums in Lancaster are open to the public on Sunday. Here are some of our favorites!
Cornwall Iron Furnace
The Cornwall Iron Furnace is a preserved, 19th-Century charcoal ironmaking facility. Learn about Lancaster’s rich history as you experience what life was like 200 years ago.
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
The Landis Valley Museum gives you the chance to discover a living history village and farm inspired by the rural German life of the past centuries. Get ready for a journey into Pennsylvania’s past!
Railroad Museum of Pennsylavnia
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is hands-down the most popular Lancaster County museum. Located in Strasburg, this museum is family-friendly and has over 100 locomotives and rail cars on display
The Ephrata Cloister
The Ephrata Cloister is listed in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and with good reason. Here you’ll learn the intriguing history and beliefs of some early colonial settlers. Enjoy walking the lovely grounds while admiring the art, architecture, and contribution of Conrad Beissel’s followers.
Lancaster features some of the most gorgeous landscapes in Pennsylvania. So, why not take advantage of it? Enjoy your Sunday by going on a lovely hike or walk through the woods. It’s a great way to relax and unwind! Here are three spots we know you’ll love:
Sunday Drive Routes:
After your hike or bike ride, hop back in the car and take a road trip through the countryside! Discover gorgeous back roads, lush fields, rolling farms, and more. You can even set out to see Lancaster’s famous covered bridges! Don’t forget your camera; you’ll definitely need it along the way.
Take a Scooter Tour:
While you won’t be able to take an Amish Buggy Ride on a Sunday, you can still take a tour to see Amish Farms and PA Dutch Country. We encourage you to spice up your Sunday drive by switching to Strasburg Scooters! They offer a variety of guided tours that make for an unforgettable experience.
The Amish Experience Farmlands Tour:
The Amish Experience Tours and Plain and Fancy Farm are open 7 days a week! Take the 90 minute farmlands driving tour which takes you deep in the hart of the Lancaster Amish Community. Guides will answer your questions while pointing out interesting sites as you travel through rolling hills and Amish farms.
Sundays are a great day to combine a Sunday drive with visits to the many local craft wineies, breweries and distilleries that dot the landscape around Lancaster County. Here are some tours we put together to help you find our favorite spots:
Although Amish-owned businesses and small privately owned shops are likely to be closed on a Sunday, there are still some terrific options for visitors who want to do a bit of shopping while visiting Lancaster County.
It’s true, many Lancaster PA restaurants are closed on Sundays, but never fear, there are still some terrific options our there for visitors and these are some of our favorites:
We’ve given you the recipe for a perfect Sunday afternoon. But, what about Sunday night? The Historic Smithton Inn’s luxurious accommodations are ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Take a look at our Sage Room and see how cozy our inn is for yourself! You can book a special in-room massage with our local therapist, then hop in the rain shower before bed. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in the queen-size bed with a beautiful, hand-crafted headboard. Then, start the next day with a delicious homemade breakfast! You’ll love our strawberry Amaretto-stuffed French toast. It will help you start the week in a great mood!