Searching for some fun activities to do outside this spring and summer? Lancaster County is sure to have you covered on all fronts! Lancaster is home to 8 different county parks all consisting of great hiking and biking trails. The largest park is Lancaster County Central Park; this park totals 544 acres and is located on the southern end of Lancaster city. It boasts a nice sized community pool, skate park, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts as well as numerous pavilions making it the perfect picnic spot. They even have trails for horseback riding and have a special portion designated specifically for camping! Looking for a park with great views? Be sure to check out Chickies Rock County Park. Chickies Rock offers multiple great lookout spots over the Susquehanna River with the main lookout spot being the large rock (Chickies Rock) that stands 200 feet above the water.
Want to get out on the water? Lancaster also has many great spots for boating, kayaking, canoeing, and more! If you’re looking to take a boat out on the water then look no further than the Susquehanna River. Sickman’s Mill, Speedwell Forge, and the Conestoga River also offer great kayaking, canoeing, and tubing trips. If you’re interested in fishing then Lancaster also has a plethora of great spots for that as well, with many along the Susquehanna River. There are also some smaller creeks such as the Conowingo Creek, Hammer Creek, and Fishing Creek as well as some great lakes for fishing such as Lake Aldred, Lake Grubb, and Muddy Run. If you’re looking to go on a guided tour for any of these activities then be sure to check out Adventure Explorations. Adventure Explorations offers tours in rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, clay shooting, and fishing.
Love amusement parks? Dutch Wonderland is an amusement park located right outside of Lancaster City. The amusement park is geared more towards younger children but it is great for families as well. The park offers 35 rides and activities including roller coasters and water slides. They also put on numerous shows for kids with their most popular one being their diving show. Having places to grab food and treats within the park make it great for an all-day affair if you choose! Dutch Wonderland also happens to be located right across the street from the Tanger Outlets which is another major attraction we have here for all of you shoppers out there.
One of the very unique things Lancaster has is The Wolf Sanctuary of PA. The sanctuary was created about 40 years ago in hopes of saving and rescuing displaced gray wolves. It is surrounded by 80 acres of natural woodland. The sanctuary has grown a lot over the years and has become a local attraction for many. It now offers guided tours where you are able to see the wolves in their natural habitat and learn a lot of cool facts about them. The sanctuary puts on a very cool “Full Moon Tour''. They do this tour once every month on the Saturday evening closest to the full moon. This tour is similar to the regular tours where they take you through the natural woodland and teach you facts about the wolves but it concludes with sitting by an awesome bonfire. Whichever tour you choose, you should be prepared to do a lot of walking.
Lancaster County has so much to offer when it comes to getting outside and exploring. There are hundreds of different things to do. If you are interested in any of the things discussed here or you are interested in learning what else Lancaster has to offer, be sure to reach out to me! I’d love to chat with you about all of the great things to do around the area because no matter what you enjoy doing, Lancaster is sure to have something for everyone.
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