While many know Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as simply Amish country, the city just a short drive from Philadelphia offers so much more than farmland and Amish markets (though those are both worth checking out).
On the outskirts of downtown Lancaster, stay at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. This boutique property offers a fun and modern vibe you’re sure to love. The free parking and free daily breakfast make it a good fit for budget-conscious families, too. The guestrooms, with exposed brick and wooden beams, reflect the property’s industrial past. The hotel’s modern focus on the arts, though, can be seen through little details, like the guest sketches hung in the elevator, the sketchbooks available in each guestroom and the piano awaiting your fingertips by the front door.
If your child has a thing for trains, you can’t miss a stop by the Strasburg Rail Road. Just a 10-minute drive out of town, this historic rail road station offers train rides of varying themes. You can book a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine, a simple scenic ride, a trip out to the perfect rural picnic spot or even a dinner date. Across the street from the station is a historical museum covering all things rail.
Kids will also love the Turkey Hill Experience at Turkey Hill Dairy. Learn all about how ice cream is created and, of course, enjoy lots of samples. The Taste Lab allows you to make your own ice cream flavor.
For a fun-filled day sure to burn off some of your kids’ endless energy, visit Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. The outdoor attraction includes wagon rides, farm tours, corn mazes, pedal karts, an animal center and more.
If you’re staying in downtown Lancaster and don’t want to make a drive out to the countryside for breakfast or dinner, you’re certainly not out of luck. There are plenty of options in the walkable downtown. Try Anita’s on Walnut, for fresh Italian baking and coffee, or Beiler’s Donuts for Amish donuts without leaving town. For dinner, Cork & Cap Restaurant gives Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine a modern update. For pizza, try LUCA, with its Neapolitan-style pies and handmade pastas. For dessert, stop by Rolled Cold Creamery for homemade, fresh, rolled ice cream.
The sister properties of the Park Royal Golden Cancun and the Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort, also in Cancun, offer families a vacation full of beach fun in a style personalized for your tribe’s vibe. Both properties, located two miles apart, open to the crystal-blue ocean, are framed by the fine white sand for which Cancun is famous, and are family-friendly, but that’s where their resemblance ends.
There’s not much spookier than getting lost in a maze cut through tall stalks of corn — especially in the dark. The first corn maze is attributed to a farm in Annville, Pennsylvania. Since then, mazes have become huge autumn attractions. Many of today’s larger mazes are cut with the help of Global Positioning Satellite technology, allowing maze makers to create intricate shapes that add to navigational challenges.
The National Museum of American Jewish History showcases a special exhibition based on a book of the same name: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
It’s the time of year that the creak of a door sounds sharper in the silence, that the footsteps in the hall seem foreign and the voices talking in the next room sound unfamiliar. This is the season we fear and celebrate the dead and they seem to know it. Here are the places that do both right: