We get a lot of questions from our guests, such as: “What is the best Amish town to visit? Which is the most interesting?” The question we get most, though, is, “When is the best time to visit Amish Country, PA?” The answer is, right now! There is so much to enjoy year-round. From festivals to family-friendly activities, Amish Country has something for everyone! If you want to get the most out of your stay at Historic Smithton Inn in Lancaster, check out a few of our favorite events.
Before you start planning your trip to Lancaster, remember to download our free Vacation Guide! Save yourself precious time and find the best local attractions right away. Our guide has information on local restaurants, outdoor activities, and the best time to visit the Amish Country, PA!
The Best Time to Visit the Amish Country, PA, and Why
Activities to Enjoy Year-Round
Ephrata Performing Arts Center
The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is just a three-minute drive from Historic Smithton Inn! There’s always something fun happening at the theater, from dramatic plays and musicals to kid-friendly camps.
Abe’s Buggy Rides
Come ride with Abe! Abe’s Buggy Rides is one of the best tours around. We suggest taking the one-hour tour, where you’ll pass an Amish schoolhouse and visit an Amish/Mennonite craft and bake store. The tour is $45 for adults and $12 for children. The tour guides are happy to answer whatever questions you may have about Amish culture!
The Amish Farm and House
Get a closer look at Amish culture with The Amish Farm and House. Take the Countryside Tour for an up-close look at the Amish community and their lifestyle. Or, tour the titular farmhouse and farm. The farm was originally built in 1805 and operated as a traditional Pennsylvania German farm for many years. Today, it’s one of the best tourist attractions in the area.
Long’s Park Art Festival
For almost 40 years, Long’s Park Art Festival has been transforming the city park of Lancaster into an outdoor gallery. Over 200 top artists and craftspeople participate in the show. There’s live music, fine food, wine, and craft beer! This yearly event happens at the beginning of September.
Early May means BrewFest at Mount Hope. While beer tasting is the focus of the festival, there is also live entertainment and vendors selling beer-related merchandise. Once you buy a ticket, sampling is unlimited at the festival.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Enter the castle gates! In early August, visitors can enjoy the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and its costumed characters, shows, and vendors! The Faire typically lasts until October, with each weekend showcasing a unique theme.
The Best Time to Visit Amish Country, PA, Is Right Now!
Now that we’ve helped you decide the best time to visit Amish Country, PA, you need to find the best place to stay! Historic Smithton Inn is a charming bed and breakfast located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Our modern amenities complement the historic decor of the inn.
Browse our accommodations and pick your favorite! After a delightful night in one of our rooms, join us downstairs where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits. You’ll have your choice of drink, a fruit dish, baked goods, homemade granola, and a delicious hot entree. We have incredible recipes that can accommodate all dietary preferences. Plus, we use fresh, high-quality products from Lancaster County farms. You can taste the difference!