September 27, 2022
Bird in Hand is probably one of the best known towns in Amish Country, most likely because of the silly name! If you’re wondering what there is to actually DO in Bird in Hand, we’re here to help. Here’s a great list of all the wonderful things to see & do, plus places to eat & drink as well. No visit to Lancaster PA would be complete without hitting at least a few of the places on this list!!
Taking a buggy ride is one of the most enjoyable ways to see Amish countryside and learn about Amish culture! Slow down and feel what it’s like to be Amish as you take in the lovely scenery.
Group and private tours are a great way to see the area, learn about Lancaster’s rich history and Amish culture. Each of these tours is unique and will bring you to places you might not have found otherwise. Choose the experience that’s the best fit for you & the time you have available.
Address: 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
Whether you’re really into quilts & quilting or you just want a truly authentic souvenir to bring home from your Lancaster PA getaway, checking out a few quilt shops is a great idea! If you’re visiting over a weekend, be sure to shop on Friday or Saturday… these will ALL be closed on Sunday.
If you want to buy some fashionable, quality clothing at a privately owned shop, then carve out some time to visit Ruthie’s. It’s located right next door to the Log Cabin Quilt shop, so you can check off TWO shops in one stop! With sizes from XS – 3XL, there’s something for everyone including dresses, accessories & even shoes to make your snazzy outfit complete!
Ruthie’s Apparel | 687 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
We’ve heard it over & over again from visitors who took a Scooter Tour during their Lancaster PA vacation, “This tour was hands-down the highlight of my trip!!”. They have traditional 2-wheel scooters for people comfortable riding (if you’ve never been able to ride a bicycle this is NOT the option for you!!). For anyone a bit nervous, they have 3-wheel scoot-coupes that are nice & stable & very easy to drive. The “Country Back Roads” tour that leaves out of Bird in Hand takes you around to some of the best Amish-owned businesses in the area, including a Ferrier (person who shoes horses) if he happens to be working on the day of your tour!
Bird-in-Hand Scooter Tour | 2705 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
Homemade Shoofly Pie, Whooie Pies, Apple Dumplings, Sticky Buns and Amish soft pretzels are just a few of the delicious treats you’ll find at the famous Bird in Hand Bake Shop. This is a MUST DO when you’re visiting Bird in Hand!!
Bird in Hand Bake Shop | 542 Gibbons Road, Bird-in-Hand | Website
Whether you prefer to pick your own fruit (whatever’s in season) or browse the aisles for bushels of fresh, locally grown produce, these shops in Bird in Hand will totally fit the bill!
Prepare to be entertained, uplifted and educated all in one at these Bird in Hand Theaters:
Lancaster’s rolling hills and farmland is absolutely gorgeous from ground level. Just imagine the splendor of seeing Lancaster from above!!! For obvious reasons, these rides are weather-dependent. If there’s rain or high winds the trips will be cancelled and you’ll be rescheduled for another day. So if you’re in town during times of year when the weather is ‘iffy’, it’s best to plan a 3 day trip or longer to be sure you get your ride in. (if you can’t, they’ll give you a voucher for another time).
Lancaster Balloon Rides | 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
The Amish are famous for their handcrafted furniture. Check out these furniture stores in Bird in Hand to see the craftsmanship for yourself.
Smoketown Helicopter offers a variety of Lancaster County tours based on your budget and the amount of time you want to spend in the air. Tours range from 15 minutes ($79.99/pers) all the way to 2 hours ($369.99/pers), with lots of intervals in between!
Smoketown Helicopters | 311 Airport Dr, Smoketown | Website
Waters Edge Mini Golf is a totally cute putt-putt golf course with lots of water features throughout. The course is surrounded by Amish Farms. This is a great way to spend some time enjoying the fresh air and sunshine during your visit.
Waters Edge Mini Golf | 230 N Ronks Rd, Bird in Hand | Website
You might not expect to find locally crafted adult beverages right in the heart of Amish Country. Yet set in a historic barn located along the Old Philadelphia Pike, you’ll discover a Craft Winery, Brewery and Meadery! Downstairs is the wine shop / gift shop and tasting room for the wines and meads. Upstairs you can experience a British-style pub with craft brews by the bottle or growler, along with wine flights & bar eats.
Forget the chain stores! Shop at some fantastic privately owned stores for unique gifts that are often hand-crafted by the owner!
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website
The Bird in Hand Farmers Market has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. It’s open from 9 am – 5:30 pm Friday & Saturday year-round with Wednesday added from April – November and Thursday from July – October. There are over 30 unique stands, here are a just a few:
After all your tourist-ing in Bird in Hand your bound to work up a appetite. Here are some delicious options for lunch or dinner while you’re in the area.
Rated the #2 Bed and Breakfast in the entire country by TravelAwaits, the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast is just a short drive away from Bird in Hand. Located in Ephrata PA, the Inn was built in 1763 as a stagecoach stop along the route from Philadelphia to Harrisburg! Guests enjoy the historic charm of a Colonial era stone Inn while basking in luxurious amenities and modern updates like screaming-fast WiFi, flat screen TVs and an on-site wine bar with live entertainment on weekends.
There are nine guest rooms & suites to choose from and each one has its own private bathroom & working or electric fireplace. (Smithton Loft Pictured here)
Book your luxurious getaway today! You can Book Online or call 717-733-6094 to speak with the Innkeeper directly.
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