Top 3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump in Lancaster

Even though I’ve lived here most of my life, sometimes I need a little reminder and a nudge to revisit some of the great places close by!

We’re there, aren’t we? July is gone and you all know what that means: summer vacation is drawing to an end, the boredom, bickering and whining has set in (probably a while ago) and school hasn’t started yet. Sometimes we just settle into the same old daily rut and all we really need is to change things up a bit.

I find myself surprised at how all of our attitudes change for the better when I take the time to be intentional about getting out of the house and explore one of the many sights or experiences Lancaster has to offer! Even though I’ve lived here most of my life, sometimes I need a little reminder and a nudge to revisit some of the great places close by!

In case you’re feeling the summer slump like me, here’s the 4 top ideas of local things to do that’ll keep the kids/grandkids (and yourself) entertained.

1. Check out your local library! 



The Lancaster Library system is such an underrated resource for young families! Not only can you and your children stock up on books to read for a week or two, but there are also SO many fantastic activities and programs available. I think many local families are simply unaware of the incredible amount of free programs and events offered through the local libraries! They host weekly programs such as parachute and duplo playtime for toddlers, movie nights for families, book clubs just for tweens, reading time with dogs, and more! Sign your children up for the summer reading program while you’re there to earn coupons and free tickets as they read.

2. Try out a new park, playground or biking trail

One of my favorite things about this area is great outdoor recreation options we have at our disposal! Some of our family favorites are: The River Trail Daniel’s Den in Manor Township, the Safe Harbor playground and walking trail, and Oregon Dairy’s play area. Two relatively new playgrounds that we are excited about are the new Long’s Park playground and the Amos Herr Dream Park. Go here to see our blog post on great biking trails around Lancaster County.

Also, Take a look at this entire category of blog posts totally devoted to ‘Just For Fun’ in Lancaster County

And finally…3. spend a little bit of money

We can’t say enough about these local places, so check them out for yourself:


Tiny Town
Turkey Hill Experience
*Hands On House
*The Science Factory
Go N Bananas
Big Dreams Creative Arts Studio

I saw something going around recently on social media reminding parents that you only have 18 summers with your kids before they’re off into the world. Make the most of them!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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The “Dog Days” of Summer

It’s almost August, and at this point in the summer many of us have already taken beach trips, mountain and lake excursions, and even some international adventures by now.  I don’t know about you, but when August rolls around I find myself wondering:  What in the world do we do with the rest of the summer?!  This is especially true when you have kids home from school. 

You’ve been to Dutch Wonderland already, as magical as it is, and maybe you’ve even been to Hershey Park a few times.  But there’s a reason this time of year is often referred to as “The Dog Days of Summer”.  Most of us are lounging like our canine friends, tired of the heat and getting antsy for activity.

The good news is that Lancaster has absolutely no shortage of late-summer activities and entertainment, and there’s plenty available for families with children, too!  We know some of the hidden gems you haven’t seen yet, and we’re only too happy to share.

For starters, are you dreading the heat each day?  As I type, the weather forecast for the next 5 days in Lancaster says the highs are in the 90s, and you know in central PA it’s not a dry heat!  What better way to spend these days at than at Sickman’s Mill, floating down the river?

Sickman’s Mill

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https://www.sickmansmill.com/

Nestled between Willow Street and the Susquehanna River in Pequea, PA, Sickman’s Mill  has perfect summer fun!  Tubing, live music, and a hang out spot called Jimmy’s Place, where you’ll find the finest brews and spirits, sandwiches and even an array of food trucks that visit the Mill.  The tubing is family-friendly, with a shuttle that runs from Downtown Lancaster every hour on the hour directly to the Mill: you can’t go wrong.

Long’s Park

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If you’re looking for fun closer to the City, or for your smaller kiddos, look no further than Long’s Park.  They’re celebrating the Amphitheater’s 60th anniversary this year, and there’s a host of live-music events left for the summer!  Not only that, but the playground was completely redone in 2018 and has fun features galore for small kids, including: sensory toys, puzzles, educational stations with  sound and playable chimes!  There are also plenty of physical activities for older kids, too.

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Check out the Long’s Park Summer Music Series schedule for the rest of the summer here:

https://www.longspark.org/

Big Boy Brass at Tellus 360

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Maybe more music is definitely what you’re looking for to fill the summer evenings with a fun, cool twist.  Check out Big Boy Brass, a Lancaster-based all brass band punching out fun, energetic New Orleans-style brass music with added rock, funk and pop influences.  The band started out in 2016 playing on the street corners of Downtown Lancaster and ended up playing at various venues in and around the city, developing their own unique sound.  To me, it is the perfect way to round out a summer night! 

Check out their schedule below:

https://www.facebook.com/BigBoyBrassBand/


You can also catch them on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month on the Rooftop at Tellus360 from 6-8 pm!

This is just a snippet of the many “Dog Days of Summer” events in Lancaster, and you won’t find a better place to be with your families and friends.  Enjoy!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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