There are many vacation spots that are good for families with older children, but not all of them are good for toddlers & preschoolers. Lancaster County, however, is the perfect destination for a family of wee ones. Even the tiniest of babies will feel quite at home in this delightful patch of Amish country with plenty of modern amenities.
Our family of four went to the Mennonite Information Center for a showing of "Who Are The Amish?" It's a 30-minute, 3-screen feature that answers common questions about the Amish community in a fair and objective way.
Afterward, we jumped upon a private buggy ride via Abe's Buggy Rides. This was my favorite part of our weekend. Our driver Earl was a warm and communicative Amish man in his 50's. He had nine children of his own and told us quite a bit about his way of life. Fascinating.
We also spent an afternoon at the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. Wristbands are $15 and provide you with access to a themed corn maze with clues, two bouncing pillows, a hayride, big slides, a chicken show, a small petting zoo, and much more! You can even bring your own picnic and eat it under a shaded veranda. Also - I was quite impressed to find a comfortable and well-stocked Nursing Mother's Room on-property, complete with rocking chairs, a changing table, diapers, and wipes!
On Independence Day, we whirled and screamed and laughed at Dutch Wonderland, a Kingdom for Kids. The amusement park is clearly designed for the pint-sized set. Kiddie rides abound and the shows have the perfect amount of cheesy predictability to be well-loved. Kayla said her favorite was the tiny roller coaster - she even put her hands in the air! Also, the bathrooms have miniature toilets and shortened sinks for easy access for little ones.
At the end of the day, we relaxed with root beer floats in our RV at Old Mill Stream Campground, which is directly next door to Dutch Wonderland. The campground is conveniently located to all of the attractions listed in this post (yay for saving on fuel costs!) and is a great weekend destination.
Have you ever been to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? What did you like/not like about it?
Do you have any questions about the Amish culture? I'm going to be writing a post about my thoughts soon!
* Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing passes for area attractions.