If you’re visiting Lancaster County PA this winter and lodging in Amish country – good for you and good choice! Lancaster has made many lists lately, including Top 10 Small Towns for the Holidays and 14 Great Winter Gateways.
Here are some fun and exciting things that Lancaster County PA holds for you this winter.
The Annual Snow-Goose Migration
Photo credit: Cindy Ross
Last two weeks of February and first two weeks of March is the best time of year to witness the annual snow-goose migration, where tens of thousands of birds create a white blanket in the sky over northern Lancaster County. The fields and roads around Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area become home to huge flocks of greater snow geese and tundra swans, who come to scour fields for winter wheat and waste grain left over from harvest season, before they migrate to Arctic regions.
As many as 150,000 snows have been spotted there in past years, along with up to 20,000 swans.
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area phone (717) 733-1512.
The Fulton Opera House, considered to be the nation’s oldest continuously operating theatre, is one of only eight theatres to be named a National Historic Landmark. In 1852 the Lancaster community celebrated the opening of Fulton Hall.
Beautiful old theatre combines Broadway caliber musicals, comedies and dramas with the grandeur of ornate Victorian architecture.
Fulton’s 2015 Family Series feature “Cinderella”, “Little Women” and “Peter Pan”. Their main stage shows include Agatha Christy’s “And Then There Were None”, “The Producers”, “The Full Monty” and “The Wizard of Oz”.
Fulton’s Phone Number: (717) 397-7425.
The Lancaster Science Factory
The Lancaster Science Factory is a hands-on museum full of interesting science phenomena. All of the experiments are well explained and easy to follow. Children of all ages can enjoy this factory and have fun while learning. They also have many fun events, so make sure you check them out!
So let your children see and do real “science stuff”. There are many activities to try, which both children & adults will enjoy.
This little gem is a great way to spend a few hours on a snow, rainy (or any other) day.
The Lancaster Science Factory’s Phone: (717) 509-6363.
Costumed guides conduct tours of this historic mansion, which used to be a home to President James Buchanan before and after his tenure in the White House. James Buchanan was the President that held office at the beginning of the Civil War, just before Abraham Lincoln.
Wheatland home and grounds are located in a very beautiful area of Lancaster, right next to the Lancaster History Center. The guides are very helpful in giving the history of the site, and you will get a true feeling of how people lived in the late 1800’s.
First Fridays in Lancaster City
The entire City of Lancaster is a National Historic District – which makes it the only city in the U.S. with that designation. No matter the season, it is a great walking city with a vibrant arts and music scene, and eclectic bars and restaurants. Downtown Lancaster becomes even more full of life from 5pm to 9 pm the First Friday of each month.
You’ll be swept up in the creative energy that pervades the city. Discover innovative exhibitions, performances and perhaps a few surprises as you walk our attractive streets lined with trees and distinctive architecture. Unique boutiques and excellent restaurants complement the art galleries, artisan studios, museums, performing groups, professional theater, symphony orchestra, and art college that comprise Lancaster’s arts community.
Phone: (717) 291-4758.
Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
This annual festival features great artists from the musical genres of roots and blues from around the USA and beyond, on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, in Lancaster PA.
At Lancaster Roots and Blues, A Festival of Music you’ll be able to enjoy a wide selection of artists, with lot’s to see, hear and do. With over 50 artists at 8 venues, with 10 stages all within a few blocks of each other, you are sure to have an experience to remember for the rest of your life.
2015 Lititz Fire & Ice Festival
The 10th Annual event in downtown Lititz, starting with the Friday Night Block Party when the streets close and the entire park becomes home to ice sculptures, vendors and entertainment.
Saturday is Chili Cook-off, Vendor Fair and Winter Wonderland Carnival. Sunday is Dodgeball Tournament and Community Movie Night. All day Monday take a stroll around the area and enjoy 50+ ice sculptures.
There is a lot of energy at this festival. Good food, music, ice sculpture and lots more – Fire and Ice Festival is a little winter gem that will help break the winter blues. A 5k run, fireworks, and contests add pep to dreary winter days. For great food, great music, and great times.
FEBRUARY 13 – 16.
So, if you need to – extend your stay to see it all!
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