Tuesday, October 23, 2012

~ Downtown ~
Though Lancaster County is often associated with Amish and “the simple life,” Lancaster City is alive with urban culture and filled with activity. The historic sites dating from the pre-revolutionary era to the clean lines of modern eateries and art centers create a picture of diversity that makes Lancaster City a vibrant place to visit.

There are so many places to go in Lancaster City’s downtown area that a day or two spent exploring would not be enough to see everything, but here are a few of the must-sees in Downtown Lancaster.


·        The Fulton Theatre is a National Historic Landmark. It first opened its doors in 1852 and has operated as the premier theater in the Lancaster area for more than 160 years. The Theatre has hosted some of the country’s greatest stars of the stage and screen including Lionel Barrymore, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and W.C. Fields. Visit their website for the current shows and for ticket information.

·        First Friday, held the first Friday of every month, is something like a street fair. The downtown is open late, and special displays and performers line the streets.


·        The Pressroom is located in the historic Steinman Hardware Building, which dates to the mid-1700’s. It is a truly unique experience. The interior is decorated in an early newsroom style, and guests may also eat on their outdoor patio in Steinman Park. Their menu, which is written in a news-like tone and format, is seasonal and it is never quite the same from one visit to the next.
·        Lancaster’s Central Market is the oldest continually operating farmers market in the country, now having passed its 275th anniversary. Here you can find just about any food that you wish, along with handmade gifts, linens and many other things. Fresh local and imported produce is a specialty, along with Pennsylvania Dutch foods like scrapple and Dutch sausage.

Museums ~

·        Lancaster’s Art Museum, located on Lime Street in Downtown Lancaster, offers the county’s residents a chance to view art from historic and local artists. Exhibition and admission information is available on their website.

·        The North Museum of Natural History and Science will enthrall any who enter its doors. From their planetarium to the exhaustive display of birds, to the dinosaur room and the live animal room, there is something here that will satisfy every child—and every parent too. You can visit their website for information about permanent displays, temporary displays that change from season to season, and displays that will be coming soon to the North Museum. There is an admission charge; however it is worth the fee.