Things to do in Strasburg PA

March 20, 2022

51 Things to do in Strasburg, PA

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.


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1- Take a Scenic Ride on the Strasburg Rail Road

train and corn
Source: Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Rd, Ronks | Website

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

2- Experience an Epic Model Railroad – Choo Choo Barn

226 Gap Rd, Strasburg | Website

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!


3 - 9  Score a Spot on These Fantastic Tours

Scooters and Covered Bridge
Source: Rebecca Gallagher

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.

  • Strasburg Scooter Tours |  246 N Decatur St, Strasburg | Website
  • Verdant View Farm Tours | 429 Strasburg Rd, Paradise | Website
  • Amish Village | 199 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Old Windmill Farm – Amish Farm Tours | 262 Paradise Ln, Ronks | Website
  • Ghost Tour of Strasburg | 1 E Main St, Strasburg | Website
  • Old Order Amish Tours | 63 Eastbrook Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Lancaster Balloon Rides | 2727 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website

10 - 13 Embark on a Quest to Find 4 Covered Bridges

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.

covered bridge
Source: Strasburg Scooters

Southern Lancaster Covered Bridges Tour:

  • Mercers Mill: The Mercer’s Mill Covered Bridge or Mercer’s Ford Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the East branch of the Octoraro Creek on the border between Lancaster County and Chester County in Pennsylvania, United States. Plug this address into your GPS: 3771 Bailey Crossroads Rd, Atglen, PA
  • Pine Grove: The Pine Grove Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the East Branch of Octoraro Creek on the border between Lancaster County and Chester County in Pennsylvania, United States. It is the longest covered bridge in Lancaster County. The bridge was built in 1884 by Elias McMellen. Plug this address into Google Maps: Pine Grove Covered Bridge, Nottingham, PA
  • White Rock: The White Rock Forge Covered Bridge or White Rock Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek in southeast Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the West Octoraro #2 Bridge. Plug this address into GPS: 248 White Rock Rd, Kirkwood, PA
  • Jackson’s Mill: The Jackson’s Sawmill Covered Bridge or Eichelberger’s Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that spans the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. A county-owned and maintained bridge, its official designation is the West Octoraro #1 Bridge. Plug this address into GPS: 1128-1198 Mt Pleasant Rd, Quarryville, PA

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.

14 - 16  Catch a Live Show

David Banner
Source: Sight and Sound Lancaster

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!!

  • Sight & Sound | 300 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • American Music Theater | 2425 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster | Website
  • Magic & Wonder Theater | 3065 Lincoln State Rte, Paradise | Website

Related:  11 Things to Know about Sight and Sound Lancaster

17 - 19 Taste Delicious Ice Cream

Ice Cream
Source: Down on the Farm Creamery Facebook Page

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:

  • Down on the Farm Creamery |509 May Post Office Rd, Strasburg | Facebook
  • Son’s Ice Cream |2 Miller St, Strasburg | Website
  • Strasburg Creamery | 1 W Main St, Strasburg | Website


20 - 21 Visit a Museum

Source: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Facebook Page

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.

  • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania | 300 Gap Rd, Strasburg | Website
  • National Toy Train Museum | 300 Paradise Ln, Ronks | Website


22 - Experience a Mud Sale

Source: Don Reese

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!!

CLICK HERE for a link to the complete list of this year's Mud Sales

23 - 33 Wine & Dine Your Way Through Strasburg

Source: Fireside Tavern Facebook Page

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

  • Agape | 366 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Café 1832 | 305 Gap Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Fireside Tavern | 1500 Historic Dr, Strasburg | Website
  • Casey Jones Restaurant | 312 Paradise Ln, Ronks | Website
  • Hershey Farms | 240 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Speckled Hen Coffee | 141 E Main St, Strasburg | Website
  • Tavern by Springhouse Brewing | 8 E Main St, Strasburg | Website
  • Bespoke Brewing | 242 Gap Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Isaacs | The Shops at Traintown Route 741 East, 226 Gap Rd, Strasburg | Website
  • Katie’s Kitchen | 200 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Miller's Smorgasbord Restaurant | 2811 Lincoln Hwy E, Ronks | Website


34 - 44 Shop 'til You Drop

Amish Shop
Source: Dutch Haven Facebook Page

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.

  • Strasburg Shoppes Center Square | 1 W Main St, Strasburg | Website
  • Antique Village of Strasburg | 227 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Beautiful Home Interiors | 366 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Little Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm | 264 Paradise Ln, Ronks | Website
  • Peaceful Valley Furniture | 421 Hartman Bridge Rd, Strasburg | Website
  • A Find in Time | 17 W Main St, Strasburg | Website
  • Country Creations Country Store | 321 N Star Rd, Strasburg | Website
  • Country Loft Antiques | 215 Hartman Bridge Rd #9793, Ronks | Website
  • Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly Pie Bakery | 2857 Lincoln Hwy A, Ronks | Website
  • The Quilt Shop at Millers | 2811 Lincoln Hwy, Ronks | Website
  • Fashion Cents Consignment | 255 N Decatur St, Strasburg | Website

45 - 46 Play Hard!

Putt Putt Golf
Source: Village Greens Golf Course Facebook Page

Feel like doing something active during your getaway?  Children and young-at-heart adults LOVE getting their game on at these two Strasburg attractions:

  • Village Greens Mini Golf | 1444 Village Rd, Strasburg | Website
  • Cherry Crest Adventure Farm (Corn Maze and MORE!) | 150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks | Website


47 - 49 Ride in an Amish Buggy

Source: A is for Amish Buggy Rides

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!!!

  • A is for Amish Buggy Rides | 150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks | Website
  • Aaron & Jessica’s | 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks | Website
  • Ed’s Buggy Rides | 23 Hartman Bride Road, Ronks | Website


50 - Take a Train Ride with Thomas the Tank Engine

Source: Strasburg Railroad Facebook Page

301 Gap Road, Strasburg | Website

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!


51 - Stay at a nearby Historic Bed and Breakfast

King Bed 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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