In the Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch countryside, there is a great emphasis on living simply. Home to America’s oldest Amish settlement, Pennsylvania’s Amish Country allows you to step back to a time when life was slower. Horse and buggies are a common sight, as are windmills and cottages, and the modern conveniences of today have been foregone. Here are three attractions you should not miss out on when you visit the Amish Country:
- Take a Horse & Buggy Ride: There’s no better way to truly experience Amish Country than by taking a horse and buggy ride through the picturesque countryside. Numerous companies offer these tours, and each has their own unique way of showing you the landscape.
Visit the Amish Country Homestead and One-Room Schoolhouse: Designated as a Lancaster County “Heritage Site,” the Homestead and Schoolhouse guides visitors through an authentic Amish home, explaining the clothing and lifestyle of the people that live there. Sit in authentically furnished desks in the Fisher One-Room Schoolhouse as you take a glimpse into the era of eight-grades-one-teacher education.
Journey along the Strasburg Railroad: Take a ride on America’s oldest short-line railroad – circa 1832. At the station, test your strength on an authentic pump car, or go behind-the-scenes to see how passenger cars and steam engines are built, restored, and refurbished. Other options include a Wine & Cheese train ride, The Great Train Robbery experience, and a Murder Mystery Dinner Train.
Amish Country has something great to see and do for everyone on your trip, and these three items are just a few of the many things you could try!