Monday, January 6, 2014

Out of the Weather and Into the Fun: Indoor Activities in Lancaster County

Baby, it’s cold outside during this time of year in our neck of the woods! If braving the chill to enjoy outdoor

activities isn’t your thing, you’ll find plenty of things to do indoors in Lancaster County within just a half hour's drive of the Historic Smithton Inn.

From shopping to sports & fitness to arts & culture, here are a few ideas you and your family can warm up to this winter…


For your inner explorer…

Lancaster Science Factory
454 New Holland Ave #300, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 509-6363

Consider taking your kids to this interactive science and technology center. They’ll love exploring the many hands-on exhibits relating to the physical sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics. Fun and educational!

Hands-on House Children’s Museum 
721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 569-KIDS

When cabin fever sets in, this hands-on museum is the perfect remedy! Your kids will not only have a ton of fun, they’ll also learn as they visit the interactive exhibits.

Campus of History (Lancaster Historical Society / James Buchanan’s Wheatland Estate) 
230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717)392-4633

Travel back through time to learn about Lancaster County history through the featured exhibits of objects collected through years of research and exploration. The Campus of History is a beautifully designed facility and is adjacent to President Buchanan’s Wheatland Estate (which is open for tours in all months except January).


Retail therapy…

Park City Center
142 Park City Center Lancaster, PA
(717) 393-3851

In the mood for some shopping to chase away the winter blues? Park City is the place to go! You’ll find all of your favorite nationally known stores and some specialty shops with their roots in Lancaster County, too – all under one roof.


Inside on the ice…

Looking to do something a little different on a Saturday night? Instead of “dinner and a movie,” how about “dinner and skating”? These ice rinks offer public skating at select times on weekends:

Lancaster Ice Rink
371 Carerra Drive, Lancaster, PA
(717) 581-0274
Saturday Night Skate - Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday Family Skate – Sundays from 2:40 to 4:40 p.m.
See website for costs and to verify schedule.

Regency Ice Rink
2155 Ambassador Circle, Lancaster, PA
(717) 391-6065
Public skating on Saturdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
See website for costs and to verify schedule.


Climb to new heights in the New Year…

Is your inner voice is screaming for adventure, but you don’t want to brave the elements? Why not consider some indoor rock climbing?

Spooky Nook Sports 
2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim, PA
717-945-7087

Spooky Nook’s indoor climbing area offers challenge to climbers of all experience levels. They even offer a Clip N’ Climb area (the first in the U.S.) which provides a unique climbing experience for people of all ages. And if you’re not into climbing, the facility also has batting cages, an arcade, and more. Check out their website for details.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the indoor fun you can find in Lancaster County. For more ideas about what to do while you’re in our area, check out the following websites for the latest on what’s happening.

Things To Do Lancaster PA 

Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau



By Rebecca Gallagher

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