Kids Day Out!

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When my kids were growing up we loved exploring the different kids activities in the area. Anything from Hershey Park to loading up in our van and driving to the Sesame Street Place in Bucks County PA. Those are great – definitely recommend! 

However there are some true local gems that my kids loved just as much as those big attractions. I’m highlighting three of their favorite museums below. They were great years ago, and they’ve gotten even better today.

THE NORTH MUSEUM

You need to visit! Every month features a new theme designed to educate and spark interest in kids (and parents)! There is a focus on nature and science – what is amazing here is their Planetarium. Not to mention the live animal room, the lego lab, coding corner, and exploring the past with a life-size dinosaur skeleton. 

LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY

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With a focus on Science, Lancaster Science Factory is an interactive and fun museum for kids to explore STEM. It’s located in a reclaimed factory downtown. They offer activities almost daily – on weekdays and weekends. Check out their events schedule to plan your visit!

HANDS-ON HOUSE

This has to be my daughter’s favorite from her childhood. Hands-On House offers multiple self-directed exhibits which lets kids learn and play with their parents in a fun setting. Kids can use their imaginations and explore in this fun and safe hands-on environment. There is a play grocery store, science room, tree house and so much more. We went weekly and it seemed to never get old to them. They also have amazing camps in the summer. 

If you have kids (or grandkids), any of these would be great options for a fun, new activity for your little one. These are Lancaster classics for a reason!

Little Lancaster Dictionary

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If you just moved to the area, or are in town visiting, odds are you’ve picked up on the Lancaster slang and verbiage. You’ve heard it, but do you know what it means to native Lancastrians? Read the list below so you can speak in Lancaster tongue, too!

  • Outen the lights = turn the lights out
  • Red up your room = clean up your room
  • It’s spritzing out = it’s raining
  • Cellar = basement
  • Is it all? = is it all gone?
  • Philly = Philadelphia
  • State store = liquor store
  • Wooder = water
  • Slippy = slippery
  • Left the dog out = let the dog out
  • Look here once = look here for a second
  • I’m coming with = i’m coming with you
  • Macadam = black top/pavement
  • Jimmies = sprinkles
  • Rutts = correct pronunciation for Roots Country Market
  • Buch = “boo-que” Avenue

And of course, the classic names of towns you must know!

  • Lancaster = lang-kiss-ter
  • Ephrata = Eff-er-tah
  • Lititz = Lit-its
  • Amish = Ahhh-mish
  • Reading = Red-ing

Hopefully this makes understanding natives a little easier, and you’ll feel at home in no time!

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All Aboard, Thomas the Train

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Is there a Thomas the Tank Engine lover in your family? If so, make their day by taking them to ride a real-life Thomas the train at the Strasburg Rail Road

This summer, on select days, you will have the chance to board this famous train through the beautiful countryside of Lancaster County. It is a 45 minute train ride, pulled by the fully operational tank engine, Thomas!

For the parents benefit, Thomas’ seats have been beautifully restored to mimic the Victorian era coaches. They are gorgeous!! If you go on a warm Summer day, you will even get to experience the fresh air from the train with the windows opened.

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For $25, you can ride Thomas and have access to all Day Out With Thomas activities at the Rail Road. Some of this includes a visit with Sir Topham Hatt, play pods, dance parties, and more. You will also have the chance to take pictures with Thomas (& friends).

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Dates for the 2022 season are as follows:

  • April 29 – May 2
  • June 17 – 20
  • September 16 – 19

Note that tickets must be purchased in advance, not onsite.

Did you know Thomas the Tank Engine talks? When he rolls into the station, Thomas has a few words to say to everyone gathered at the platform. So instead of watching Thomas on TV, have your family experience actually riding on board Thomas’ tank engine! Your kids will LOVE this activity this summer.

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Be A Tourist In Your Own Town!

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They say when you get married that you should never stop “dating” your spouse. Well, we think this applies to where you live, too – never stop exploring where you live! It’s easy to fall into your routine at home and stick to your usual circle, but there are so many things to do that you probably have not done…right down the street! This is your friendly reminder to get out and try something new in our town this month!

Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Lancaster County…let us know if you try anything below, or have other local favorites!

Ride a Horse & Buggy

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If you take a drive through our beautiful Amish country, through Paradise and Bird-in-Hand, you will pass several horse and buggy spots where you will be able to sit in the buggy! We recommend Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides in Bird-in-Hand for your one stop shop. Ride through a covered bridge, cruise past Amish farms, and see what it’s really like on board a buggy! Times and routes vary – visit their website for more!

Visit a Local Farmer’s Market

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There are so many delicious stands that you will randomly stumble upon while driving the roads of Lancaster. We love Roots Country Market on Tuesdays, the Corn Wagon in Willow Street, and Spooky Nook Farms for flowers. Each is unique and has their own eclectic offerings, but one thing they all have in common is delicious, farm-fresh produce. You’ll love it!

Go to Shady Maple

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Typically if you talk to an out-of-towner about Lancaster, they talk about Amish and Shady Maple. It’s truly a must-try restaurant just for the sake of going to a Lancaster County classic. We can’t promise it will be the best meal of your life, but we can guarantee it will be memorable and you will have a good time! It’s a Smorgasboard, so go hungry and eat a lot! 

Lancaster Nightlife

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We all know days fill up quickly, whether it be with activities, errands, sightseeing, or eating at a delicious restaurant. Luckily, downtown Lancaster has tons to offer at nighttime too! If you are looking for a new place to head to after dinner, check out our list of some of our favorite downtown hot spots!

TELLUS 360

A hot, hot, hot spot for anyone over the age of 21! It’s truly one of the only places where you will see people of all ages mingling – young 20-somethings up to 60-somethings. It is an Irish pub with multiple floors. There’s a speakeasy in the basement, 2 floors of dance floors, a traditional Irish bar, and a green rooftop bar that is open year-round. If you are looking for FUN, go here!

ALTANA ROOFTOP LOUNGE

Right next to Tellus360 is Altana. With an equally as gorgeous city skyline view as Tellus, this is the spot you’ll want to try if standing and socializing is not what you’re in the mood for that night. Altana is sit down with delicious food and an extensive drink menu. The overall ambiance is great, especially if you go while there is live music.

LANCASTER DISPENSING COMPANY

Fondly nicknamed “DipCo” by locals, this is a great, affordable option for a weekend meal in a fun atmosphere. It’s tucked in right next to Central Market – odds are you’ve passed it before. But it’s definitely worth visiting the inside and seeing why all the locals love it.

Yorgo’s

Yorgo’s has been around for nearly three decades! Located on the corner of North Queen and West Orange, you’ll find the recently renovated Yorgo’s restaurant, bar and lounge. It offers several floors of food (Greek!) and a lounge on the top floor which will make you feel like you are in a New York City club. There is usually a DJ or some live music. 

Decades

A more relaxed option, Decades is where you’ll go for FUN and drinks. It has a variety of hand crafted cocktails, beers and wines, not to mention delicious apps and entrees. What brings the FUN here is that it is an adult arcade! Remember how much you loved playing PacMan back in the day? They have it! Skeeball is there too! They even have a few lanes of bowling available. It’s always fun walking around playing arcade games, but even more fun with a delicious drink in hand and good company around.

Lancaster Bucket List – Part 3

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It’s the third installment of the Lancaster Bucket List! Check out the other two previous posts for more fun, local activities. Now sit back, grab a coffee, and plan which adventure below you will do this weekend.

  • Turkey Hill Experience
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Calling all sweet-lovers! This is a fun, out-of-the-norm activity run by Turkey Hill. The experience is essentially a self-guided tour through their HQ. You get to sample teas and ice creams and even milk a mechanical cow. If you want to pay a small fee, you can enter the “taste lab” where you can create your own ice cream flavor! Mine would definitely have peanut butter!

  • American Music Theater
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Live music is back and better than ever. Catch a concert at AMT and enjoy the smaller crowds and more intimate concert venue.

  • Long’s Park
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The weather is heating up! Grab your kids or your pet and head to Long’s Park. Try one of the many playgrounds, or hit them all. Long’s Park is huge and centered around a gorgeous lake. You may even get to feed the ducks.

  • Holtwood Dam
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Looking for some physical activity? Head to Holtwood Dam and choose from over 30 miles of hiking trails. Depending on your interest in hiking – there are leisurely, scenic trails (where you can find me), or strenuous hikes that offer the most rewarding views. 

Get out there and explore our beautiful area. There is always so much to do here!

3 Brunch Places to Try This Month

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Brunch is one of my favorite ways to celebrate the weekend. It’s laid back, it’s fun, and it’s delicious! These are three of my favorite brunch locations, all in different areas of Lancaster, that you should try this month…and if you have a favorite spot, let me know so I can try it this weekend!

Max’s Eatery

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Just opened it’s second location on Fruitville Pike, the flagship Max’s Eatery is downtown on West King Street, just a block away from the Fulton and the Marriott. Max’s is the perfect take on “modern diner” food. The atmosphere is hip, colorful, and just all around pretty – not your typical shiny diner. Their menu features breakfast cocktails, spiked (and reg) milkshakes, and everything from traditional biscuits and gravy to buffalo chicken waffles…try  it!

Hudson Botanical Cafe

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I went here with my girls for the first time last weekend. We left saying we could not wait to return! Located in Lancaster near the Smoketown airport, we decided to drive on back roads and take the scenic route on the way here. Hudson Botanical has a great backstory – check out their website to read it! It offers delicious food, catering, and plants available for purchase – all with a cool and unique Australian vibe. All the food was delicious, but you cannot go without getting their banana bread with espresso butter, AND their blackberry mint green tea. We will definitely return.

Bull’s Head Public House

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This place is a gem in downtown Lititz. It’s an iconic English pub with a variety of beers and drinks on tap. Most people have been for the drinks, but did you know they also offer a traditional English breakfast on Saturday mornings? Scotch eggs…bangers and mash…fish and chips…steak and ale pie…shepherd’s pie…there are so many more traditional dishes served here! Be transported some Saturday morning across the pond and experience this divine cuisine. 

The Lancaster Bucket List – Part 2

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We love our city! I’ve lived here for over 30 years and am still constantly discovering new things to do in the area. 

Did you catch our 1st part of our Lancaster Bucket List? If not, check that article out next for more fun local activities!

Here are 5 things we recommend in the Lancaster area, that might be out of your “norm”:

  1. Taste delicious hand-rolled soft pretzels at Immergut in Intercourse
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  1. …Then go to Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz and see which you like more!
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  1. Visit Wheatland – the home of our 15th President, James Buchanan
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  1. Bike along the river at the Northwest River Trail (Marietta-Bainbridge)
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  1. Grab a drink and take in the panoramic views at the Exchange – located on the roof of the Marriott
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Stay tuned for a list of more fun bucket list items in our area! Did we miss something? What’s your favorite store or activity in Lancaster County? Let us know in the comments or email us at wolfdenrealtor@gmail.com!

The Lancaster Bucket List – Part 1

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Rather than our typical blog post highlighting small businesses or local activities, this post will share a bulleted list we call the Lancaster Bucket List. Each line will give you ideas of what you can do in our area this weekend, today, or in a month – whenever you want to try it! Or, remind you of your favorite Lancaster place/thing that you just haven’t thought about in awhile. Either way, we hope you add a few of these to your “bucket list” and try something new!

  1. WATCH THE SUNSET AT CHIQUES ROCK
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  1. CHECK OUT MIDDLE CREEK (ESPECIALLY FOR THE SNOW GEESE)
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  1. VISIT ROCKFORD PLANTATION
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  1. SHOP SMALL AND SUPPORT MANDROS IN LANCASTER CITY FOR GREEK OLIVES AND CHEESE
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  1. TAKE IN A SHOW AT ZOETROPOLIS 
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  1. CHECK OUT THE VIEW OF SUSQUEHANNA FROM THE PINNACLE
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  1. VISIT THE RAILROAD MUSEUM IN STRASBURG
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  1. CURE YOUR SWEET TOOTH AT CANDYOLOGY IN LITITZ
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Stay tuned for a list of more fun bucket list items in our area! Did we miss something? What’s your favorite store or activity in Lancaster County? Let us know in the comments or email us at wolfdenrealtor@gmail.com!

Blue Collar: Dine with a View

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Have you ever been to the Four Seasons Golf Club in Landisville? While its a great place to hit the range and play a round of golf, it’s also a great place to go to check out their newest addition: Blue Collar Restaurant and Bar!

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After a major renovation to a banquet room, Blue Collar opened its doors to the community less than one year ago, offering a delicious and eclectic menu that you need to give a try. The menu features anything from steak to salads to cheesesteaks and burgers and nachos. If you want to be transported to a tropical climate, try their poke and acai bowls! Or try one of their infamous spicy tuna sushi tots. How delicious does that sound?!? 

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Aside from the menu, the ambiance is another reason to visit Blue Collar. It offers 170 seats with gorgeous panoramic views of the golf course. You can pick from a seat at the U-shaped bar, a booth, or a table.

Speaking of their bar, look how gorgeous it turned out! They have several beers on tap – anything from nationally recognized names to local brews too.

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The inside is bright and overflowing with natural light. Imagine eating dinner there and overlooking the golf course when the sun starts to set later – what a way to wind down at the end of a day!

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The idea of Blue Collar was created during March 2020 – a Covid opportunity. The two owners came together and found the perfect venue at the Four Seasons. They have plans to expand and open a cafe later this spring onsite. We highly recommend trying this hidden gem out – it has nothing but rave reviews and we know you will love it too. 

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