Rent a House for Your Next Pennsylvania Dutch Country Vacation
From rolling hills and farmland to city-like shopping regions, Pennsylvania Dutch Country has options to please the whole family. Rental properties including houses, cottages, and farmhouses are available for your next vacation. Many exciting amenities may be offered including internet access, outdoor grills, cable television, washing machines, and fireplaces.
Discover Railroad Travel
Pennsylvania Dutch Country is home to many attractions for railroad fans. They are all located close to each other and can all be done on the same day or spread out over several days.
- The Strasburg Railroad offers passengers a ride on a real steam engine. The 45-minute trip takes riders through Amish Country for scenic views, history lessons and more. A picnic grove is available for those who choose to get off the train. Special themed rides may also be available at various times of the year
- The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is located across the road from the Strasburg Railroad. It features exhibits for train lovers with artifacts from old trains, photos, and much more.
- The Choo Choo Barn, also located in Strasburg, showcases a 1,700 square foot model train layout. It boasts of over 150 hand-built, animated figures and vehicles and 22 running trains.
Visit Amish Country
There are several different tours of the Amish countryside. The Amish Village in Ronks, PA, offers tours of an authentic farmhouse, barn, one room schoolhouse, blacksmith, smokehouse, and more. Their 12-acre property is open for visitors to explore. Other Amish tours are available in the area. Plus, you can ride in an Amish buggy with Abe’s Buggy Rides or AAA Buggy Rides.
Family Fun Attractions for All Ages
Dutch Wonderland, a theme park with 44 acres of amusements is geared for families with kids under age 12. Located in Lancaster, the roller coasters, rides, shows, and water park are a great diversion on a hot summer day. Or, perhaps you’d enjoy taking in a show. The Sight and Sound Theatre produces inspirational musicals with a Christian theme. Shows starring Noah, Jonah, and Moses are repeated along with newer shows.
Dining in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
While in the area, sampling traditional Amish cooking is a must. Many restaurants offer recipes commonly served by the Amish people. The Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant in Bird-in-Hand offers Amish recipes such as hand-made fried chicken, homemade noodles, and shoo fly pie, served in the traditional family style manner. Other restaurants, such as Millers, Good and Plenty, Yoders, and Shady Maple, offer all-you-can-eat food buffets with traditional and Amish recipes as well.
Weather in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The weather in this area of Pennsylvania is seasonal and quite fine. Winters are cold and sometimes snowy. Average temperatures in the winter are in the 40s. Summertime is much warmer with average temperatures in the 80s and an abundance of sun on most days. Spring and fall see temperatures in the 60s and 70s with a lovely spring growing season and extraordinary fall foliage. Anytime is a great time to visit Pennsylvania Dutch Country, depending on your choice of activities.
The Best Ways to Get to Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Whether in your own personal car or a rental car, driving to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country provides for a beautifully scenic ride. For those who wish to fly into the area, the Lancaster Airport offers limited service to the public. The Harrisburg International Airport fills a greater part of the demand with many more flights both in and out. Amtrak also makes stops in Lancaster for those who wish to ride the rails. By road, air, or rail the Pennsylvania Dutch Country offers a variety to all who visit.