Feeling cooped up from the long winter and want to get outside and enjoy the nice weather? Whether you’re new to Lancaster or a lifelong resident, you can find plenty of fun things to do in the spring and summer months!
Thrill-seekers can enjoy high-wire adventures among the treetops at Refreshing Mountain Retreat & Adventure Center near Lititz. Choose from various family-friendly activities including zipline courses designed for beginners or more experienced riders as well as aerial obstacle challenges sure to test your nerve and your balance! Other activities include a hands-on wildlife exhibit, climbing tower and mini splash park/community pool.
Natural Underground Attractions
Just a short drive from Lancaster, Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown, PA, offers walking tours through spacious, limestone caverns formed through 440 million years of underground erosion. Visitors can beat the heat (temperatures remain cool year-round) while learning about underground ecosystems, local history, and admiring the cavern’s natural beauty. Outside the cavern, visitors can enjoy a free picnic area and petting zoo.
Food lovers, rejoice: Lancaster county is well-known for our many farmer’s markets offering fresh, locally sourced meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables along with baked goods and ready-to-eat foods. Shoppers can check out hundreds of local vendors at Root’s Market in Manheim on Tuesdays, Green Dragon in Ephrata on Fridays, and Central Market in downtown Lancaster on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Remember to bring cash when you visit…and an appetite!
Head to downtown Lancaster on the first Friday of each month to celebrate Lancaster’s arts community! Centered around Prince St.’s Gallery Row, the city comes alive with locals and visitors alike browsing local art galleries and museums, taking in live music performances and dining at Lancaster’s many renowned restaurants. No matter your tastes, you’re bound to find something to enjoy at First Friday.
There’s nothing like seeing a ballgame in person, so don’t forget to pick up tickets to see Lancaster’s minor league baseball team in action! The Lancaster Barnstormers arrived in Lancaster in 2005 at the Clipper Magazine stadium in the city’s northwest corridor and have been wowing crowds ever since. Fans can take in games during day or night, with fireworks celebrations capping off each nighttime event in the summer. Ticket prices are a steal, as are concessions including a wide craft beer selection from local breweries.
Nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts have hundreds of miles of nature trails to hike and explore around Lancaster county. Whether you prefer rugged trails to test your endurance or gentle hikes to take in Lancaster’s unique natural beauty, plenty of options are available to you travel on bicycle or by foot. Check out a comprehensive list of Lancaster hiking trails HERE.
Long’s Park Summer Music Series
Each Sunday evening in the summer months, thousands of Lancastrians come together get their groove on at free concerts at Long’s Park! For over 50 years, the Summer Music Series has entertained music lovers at the Long’s Park Amphitheater, featuring a diverse selection of musical acts and food vendors. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, picnic basket and your dancing shoes – concerts start at 7:30pm and are held rain or shine.