Things to do in Lancaster City

There are endless opportunities to explore Lancaster City! From historic attractions and city streets lined with distinct architecture to fabulous dining and unique shops and galleries, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Lancaster City.

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Attractions & Activities

As one of the oldest inland cities in the U.S., it’s no surprise Lancaster City has a number of historical attractions to visit like the Lancaster Central Market, Historic Rock Ford, and President Jame’s Buchanan’s Wheatland. Accompanying places steeped in history are new creative spaces, museums, and more like the North Museum of Nature & Science or the Lancaster Science Factory.

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We think locally here in Lancaster City. Lancaster’s small businesses are vital to the character of our city. Shop small at our eclectic shops, boutiques, bookstores, and more as you walk the city streets. You’ll find a number of curated vintage spots, sweets, and specialty items spread throughout downtown Lancaster City and our neighborhoods.

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Arts & Culture

Arts abound! Lancaster City is home to a renowned creative community of studio artists, artisans, gallery spaces, and performing arts venues. Experience dynamic theatre, one-of-a-kind art exhibitions, and captivating live performances.

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Wine & Dine

Come hungry! Lancaster City is filled with restaurants and has a cafe or coffee shop on practically every corner. You’ll find nationally-recognized restaurants, cuisine from all over the world, and hole-in-the-wall spots that will make your mouth water. Don’t miss happy hour or a night out experiencing our city bars, rooftop lounges, and pubs!

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Stay in the loop with Lancaster City’s Local’s Guide

Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or you’ve lived here for years, our Local’s Guide will keep you in the loop on everything happening in Lancaster City.

Event Calendar

Check out Lancaster City’s community event calendar. Explore upcoming and yearly events like Latin Music Fest, Lancaster City Restaurant Week, Harvest Breakfast and many others!

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