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You'll find more than enough hours and days of family fun in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Dutch Wonderland offers 44 acres of rides, shows, and fun for all ages. Sight & Sound Entertainment Centre, the nation's largest Christian theatre, features spectacular shows with special effects, surround sound, and animation. Hershey and its many attractions is an easy 40-minute drive, while Chocolatetown, U.S.A., with Hershey Kiss street lights, is a great place to spend a day.

Visit the free simulated factory tour at HERSHEY's® Chocolate World, where you can see how the world-famous chocolate is made. Enjoy fantastic rides, live shows, and entertainment at HERSHEYPARK®, which features a new 3,100-foot-long roller coaster that reaches speeds up to 45 m.p.h.

For kids of all ages and families of all kinds, there are theatres, modern amusement parks, balloon rides, tours, train rides, and more. You can begin the day floating over miles of misty farms in a hot air balloon and marvel at the magnificent view of a Lancaster County sunrise. Afternoons are a good time to discover the many Amish cultural exhibits, or ride through miles of Amish farms on an original steam locomotive. Dinner theatres, Christian th

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is sure to be your kind of place for fun, entertainment, and excitement.

eatres, opera houses, and water shows will highlight your evenings in Lancaster County.

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The Amish Farm and House
(717) 394-6185
2395 Rt. 30 E., Lancaster 17602
Learn about the way of life of Lancaster County's Amish people via a guided tour through the farmhouse. Self-guided tours of the working farm, complete with live animals and exhibits. Sample the tastes of Lancaster County at the Dutch Food Pavilion. Open daily.

Amish Experience Theater
(717) 768-8400.
Route 340 at Plain & Fancy Farm.
The intimate story of an Amish family's struggle to survive in the modern world, told in our one-of-a-kind theater. 3-D sets, multiple screens, and special effects.
Choo Choo Barn
(717) 687-7911
Rt. 741., Box 130P96, Strasburg 17579
See the excitement one family created with their LIONEL train set. Seventeen operating trains, 140 animated scenes on a 1,700 square foot re-creation of Amish Country.
Cornwall Iron Furnace
(717) 272-9711
Off Rt. 419 in southern Lebanon Co. Uniquely well-preserved 1742-1883 ironmaking complex. Furnace, steam-powered blast equipment, related building intact. Visitor Center, exhibits, quality tours.
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
(717) 898-1900
510 Centerville Rd. at Rt. 30 W, Lancaster 17601
Dining/entertainment showplace with professional performers in musicals combined with a delectable buffet meal. Children's rates available.
Dutch Wonderland
(717) 291-1888
2249 Rt. 30 E., Lancaster 17602
Over 24 rides, botanical gardens, and shows. Great American High Diving Show. Forty-four acres of fun for all ages. Home of the famous Castle Gift Shop.
Ephrata Area Community Theatre
(717) 738-2ACT
Brossman Business Complex
124 E. Main St., Box 126, Ephrata, PA 17522
The "Ephrata Story", a unique live stage and media production in Art Deco Theater. Live shows and events through the year.
Ephrata Cloister
(717) 733-6600
Rts. 272 & 322, Ephrata
Eighteenth-century religious communal society. Twelve restored buildings interpret the austere life-style of the society famous for its architecture, painting, calligraphy, and music.
Robert Fulton Birthplace
(717) 548-2679
Rt. 222, Quarryville 17566
Strasburg Rail Road
(717) 687-7522
P.O. Box 96, Strasburg 17579
America's oldest short-line. Train ride through scenic farm country with wooden coaches behind steam locomotives. Fun for all ages. Gift shops restaurants, one mile east of Strasburg on Rt. 741.
George's Woodcrafts
(800) 799-1685
Reichs Church Road, Marietta 17547
1-1/2 miles West of Maytown off the Stackstown Rd.
Handcrafted solid wood furniture in walnut, oak, and cherry for kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and office.
Hebrew Tabernacle Reproduction/Mennonite Information Center
(717) 299-0954
2209 Millstream Rd., Lancaster 17602-1495
James Buchanan's Wheatland
(717) 392-8721
1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster 17603
Mansion of America's 15th president, featuring family furnishings and period rooms.
Living Waters
(717) 687-7854
Rt. 896, Strasburg
This triumph of artistry and engineering is sure to thrill and delight all ages. The only water show in the world to combine 600 fountains under 145 computerized lights, with 80-foot panoramic photography and beautiful music honoring God and country.
Kitchen Kettle Village
(800) 732-3538
Rt. 340, Intercourse
Stroll through a village of 32 shops that's built around one of Lancaster County's most famous kitchens. Sample fresh pepper jam, see fudge being poured, Shaker furniture being made, and listen as Banjo Jimmy plays a folk tune.
Longwood Gardens
(610) 388-1000
Rt. 1, Kennett Square 19348
The world's premier horticultural display on 1050 acres offers 40 indoor/outdoor gardens, breathtaking conservatory, spectacular illuminated fountains, festivals, holiday displays.
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Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad
(717) 944-4435
136 Brown St., Middletown 17057
Scenic 11-mile train ride from Middletown to Indian Echo Caverns along Swatara Creek. Live narration and music.

Historic Mill Bridge Village
(717) 687-6521
1/4 mile off of Rt. 30, Ronks Rd.
Colonial life and Amish culture in one admission. Tours of 1738 Grist Mill, see the film "Life of the Amish", tour Amish houses and schools, listen to Victorian music, catch a buggy ride, shop and see crafts.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
(717) 665-7021
On the royal grounds of Mt. Hope Estate and Winery.
Rollicking re-creation of 16th Century English Country Faire. Hundreds of colorfully costumed entertainers perform on Faire site over 87 acres in size. Jousting, Shakespeare, crafts, foods, and more.
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The People's Place
(717) 768-7171
3513 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse 17534
Cultural center which interprets Amish and Mennonite experience through documentary "Who are the Amish". Hands-on museum "Amish World" and feature film "Hazel's People". Book shop, crafts, gallery.

Penn Station
(717) 687-5153
Rt. 896, P.O. Box 53, Strasburg 17579
See an endless parade of trains roll over the Pennsylvania Railroad's 4-track main line, all in HO scale! Spectacular scenery featuring world famous Horseshoe Curve.
Rainbow Dinner Theatre
(800) 292-4301
Rt. 30 East, Paradise 17562
"The food is as good as the show!" Matinees, Saturday evenings and Sunday twilight shows. Appetizers and desserts served table side, with the main course "all-you-can-eat".
Seltzer's Lebanon Bologna Co.
(800) 282-6336
230 N. College St. Palmyra, 2 miles east of Hershey off Rt. 422
America's largest maker of Lebanon bologna welcomes visitors to see the 100-year-old smokehouses and bologna outlet.
Sight & Sound Entertainment Centre
(717) 687-7800
Rt. 896, Strasburg
The nation's largest professional Christian theatre performs awesome Biblically-based live stage productions on one of the largest stages in North America. The Gospel comes to life with beautiful music, costumes, live animals, and a wrap-around stage.
Weavertown One-Room Schoolhouse
(717) 768-3976
Old Philadelphia Pike, Rt. 340, Bird-in-Hand 17505
Witness a one-room school class in session like the Amish still attend today. Life-like animation. Original blackboards, desks, and building. Open daily Easter through October

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