March 20, 2022
Strasburg PA, and the adjoining small town of Ronks, is popular tourist destination in Lancaster County and for good reason. Strasburg boast rolling hills and absolutely gorgeous farms that dot the landscape. You’ll discover a new postcard-worthy view at every turn! In addition to scenic beauty, Strasburg PA is also home to wonderful museums, shops, restaurants, nationally recognized theaters and tours. Basically, a visit to Strasburg PA is a must-do activity during any Lancaster PA getaway!!
With so many things to see and do, it helps to have a game plan. We’ve pulled together this list of 45 Things to Do in Strasburg, PA to help you find your favorite attractions and make the most of your visit with us.
The most popular attraction in Strasburg PA is hands-down the Strasburg Rail Road! You can take a simple “out & back” tour or choose an enhanced experience like riding in a VIP car or taking in the special wine & cheese tour. This train ride is consistently in the running for the “Most Scenic Train Ride in the US”, so we highly recommend you check it out.
Related Post: All Aboard the Strasburg Rail Road
Located right across the street from the Strasburg Rail Road, you might be lulled into thinking you should skip this attraction because it’s a children’s activity. I’m here to emphatically tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong!! While children are definitely going to enjoy a visit to the Choo Choo Barn, it is NOT a ‘baby-place’. This model railroad is SERIOUSLY cool!
Tours are such a wonderful way to truly immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Lancaster County. These tours in or near Strasburg are some of the best in the area! From seeing farm animals up close, to soaring above it all in a Hot Air Balloon, these Lancaster PA experiences are ones you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Lancaster County is home to one of the largest concentrations of Covered Bridges in the country. There’s a fantastic cluster of them just a stone’s throw from Strasburg and we love sending our guests to this loop.
Pro-tip: If you have any difficulty finding any of Lancaster County’s covered bridges, simply open a web browser on your phone. Type in “Covered bridges near me” and you’ll be directed to the bridge closest to you.
Strasburg is home to nationally the nationally known theater, Sight & Sound, as well as some other small theaters & music venues. While Sight & Sound Theater is literally the most visited attraction in Lancaster County, the other theaters and performance halls in and near Stroudsburg offer fantastic entertainment for visitors as well. Sight & Sound and Living Waters are both biblically-oriented experiences, while American Music Theater, as the name suggests, is a concert venue that also hosts special events like Dancing with the Stars. Magic & Wonder Theater will wow you with amazing illusions that will have you thinking you’ve been transported to Las Vegas! Enjoy!!
Related: 11 Things to Know about Sight and Sound Lancaster
Ice Cream in Lancaster County is a special treat. Why? Well basically because Lancaster County is Amish Dairy Country! The majority of farms you see as you drive the backroads of Lancaster PA are dairy farms and as a result, we’ve got some crazy-good ice cream for visitors to enjoy. There are three particular shops in or near Strasburg that we recommend:
Strasburg’s biggest claim to fame is clearly related to the Railroad, and so its fitting that there are two really interesting museums in or near Strasburg related to Railroads and toy trains.
Mud Sales are something special and unique to Lancaster County! Sure you can go to flea markets and auctions everywhere, but we’re here to tell you that a Mud Sale is a completely different animal! You’ll enjoy sensory overload as you’re surrounded by the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a Mud Sale. Try some authentic Amish foods, bid on a hand-sewn quilt, watch adorable Amish Children play and more!!
Strasburg has several terrific restaurants, from snazzy fine dining venues to relaxed cafes, you can find the perfect place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner while your touring around Strasburg PA
There’s a whole host of wonderful small shops in and near Strasburg. From pottery and Amish Furniture to quilt and gift shops, you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir of your Lancaster County getaway as you’re touring the countryside around Strasburg.
Feel like doing something active during your getaway? Children and young-at-heart adults LOVE getting their game on at these two Strasburg attractions:
There are a number of buggy rides that visitors can enjoy in Lancaster County, and three of them are based in or near Strasburg. That might be a clue that the countryside around Strasburg is seriously scenic!!!
Did you know that portions of the Thomas the Train movie were filmed in Strasburg, PA?! Its a special treat for children both young and young at heart to visit Strasburg during one of the Thomas the Train events hosted at the Strasburg Railroad. The Special Event happens two times a year, from late April to Mid June and then again in September.
Separate photo opportunities with THOMAS, RUSTY, and MAVIS (select days) are even available! Other activities include a visit with Sir Topham Hatt, play pods, a dance party, and more!
Not far from Strasburg PA you’ll find the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Smithton Inn is located in Ephrata PA, which makes it a great location for basing yourself as you explore the entire county. While you can see there’s a great collection of things to do in the southern section of Lancaster, the same can be said for the northern areas as well, so a popular strategy is basing yourself in the middle, and that’s where the Historic Smithton Inn has an advantage! Basically, the Smithton Inn is 20-30 minutes or less from every popular tourist destination in Lancaster PA. Choose from one of 9 luxurious suites (the Smithton Loft King Suite is shown here).
In addition to a top location, the Historic Smithton Inn offers guests fantastic customer service, luxury amenities, an on-site wine bar / restaurant that’s open on weekends (with LIVE music) and a fabulous home cooked farm-to-table breakfast each morning. CLICK HERE to take a look at our rates availability to see if we’re a good fit for your Lancaster Getaway.
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