Downtown Lancaster & Amish Country Experience

Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 37 customer ratings
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Duration

2 Hours

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Experience Type

Culture Walk

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Group Size

12

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Language

English

Overview

We will then take a delightful stroll through the beautiful streets and byways of downtown Lancaster. You will discover a city of today, steeped in the history and traditions of over 250 years of America’s colorful and exciting past. We will then visit the oldest settlement in Lancaster County, followed by a trip to one of our 19 remaining covered bridges, a visit to an Amish creamery where you’ll get to choose from more than a dozen homemade ice cream varieties, a stop at a scenic looking spot for pictures, and wrapping up with a tour of an Amish farm where you can feed bottle-feed calves and milk cows by hand among interacting with many other types of farm animals.

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37 reviews for Downtown Lancaster & Amish Country Experience

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Jackson

    This is a MUST authentic experience when in Lancaster County — Phil grew up in this stunning region and has a first hand account of Amish life. We toured a working farm, which included seeing tiny baby piglets (one week old!!), milking a very large cow, feeding chickens who ate our of our hands, and holding baby goats. We also got to sample the creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted (and, I make my own ice-cream, with the eggs from my own chickens – so I’m a tough customer!!) The tour also included a narrative of the history of downtown Lancaster and a brief stop in the Central Market, which is a MUST see… I went before and after the tour — hint: an Oola Bowl will keep you energized for the entire day!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Lovely tour of both downtown Lancaster plus the Amish/farm countryside. Phil knew all the interesting sites; and created a fun farm experience.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Highly enjoyable tour for 3 very different generations of family. Comfortable, interesting, and informative tour for all.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Great experience provided by a guide who is truly connected to the Amish community and to Lancaster history.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Enjoyed seeing and hearing about Lancaster and it’s history.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucila

    Phil is very knowledgeable and provides an unique experience in Lancaster. He was understanding that we had a toddler with us and sometimes had to slow down. The ice cream stop is a plus 🙂

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Constantine

    No cookie-cutter tour here! Very personal, very detailed, and most importantly, very respectful of the Amish people whose culture and daily life we came to experience. Beautiful scenic routes, brand new van ( quiet ) , and thoughtful photo stops. Phil communicates clearly, and your car will be safely parked at his meeting spot. We will most certainly re-experience this tour with our family visiting from abroad. Highly recommend.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Phil was very knowledgeable and conveyed his understanding and respect for the Amish. I understood them a lot better after our tour – and the baby animals were just a bonus!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luisa

    We went and got to know great places and a lot of their history. The ice cream was delicious! Our favorite part of the experience was the farm 🙂 we got to see a lot of animals, feed them and take some pics

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    George

    Phil was great. His family comes from Amish roots and he grew up in the community which gives him a unique perspective on the culture. His connections to the Amish enabled us to get access to an Amish farms and other places. Also very knowledgeable about the history of Lancaster. Highly recommend!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rod Sue

    We are a party of 4 Australians who experienced in a unique way the Amish culture, we loved the complimentary ice cream and up close farm animals. We also were taken on a Lancaster town walk which was extremely informative. I would highly recommend this tour! Thanks Phil!

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kellie

    Phil and his wife have great energy and ingenuity. We had some physical limitations that would have prohibited participation had we known. There is a fair amount of walking involved. Definitely had doors open that on my own would never have been.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Maja

    I think it was a great opportunity to have “behind the scenes” access to Lancaster and a working Amish farm. Make sure you choose a day when the market is open!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Phil was great! Tour was better than expected and had deep connections with the local Amish. Highly recommend this tour as it is more of a backstage pass into the Amish lifestyle, while remaining respectful to the culture.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gayleen

    The tour was very enjoyable, relaxed and comfortable. We had many questions that Phil was able to answer easily and with confidence. I learned much more than I expected to about the area and the Amish people that live here. I highly recommend this experience.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Phil did an amazing job on the tour. He was extremely flexible in catering the tour to my Fiancee and I. He introduced us to the Amish lifestyle and culture in an immersive and informative manner while respecting the privacy of the Amish we interacted with. We had a wonderful time on the walking city tour learning about all of the hidden gems and history of downtown Lancaster, then got to visit the working Amish farm and the creamery. My fiancee and I loved to see all of the animals up close and play with them. Phil did a wonderful job of answering all of our questions and keeping the tour fun! We will definitely be coming back for another Lancaster experience with him soon

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Phil was a great tour guide. We took a walk around downtown Lancaster and then were able to visit some farms. Phil was very knowledgeable, and you could easily tell he loves showing travelers around that beautiful area.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    We had a great time with Phil. Very knowledgeable, with a lot great insights into the city. The farm tour at the end was a special treat! Definitely worth the time for a wonderful introduction to Lancaster.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was our first time in Amish Country. The experience was interesting. We went through the town of Lancaster and learned the history. We walked through the Amish market and that day, downtown Lancaster was packed with people because they had a community breakfast. There were a band playing music which was a nice touch. Also, we visited an Amish farm and there we were able to pet some animals, feed cows, hold a piglet, feed some chickens etc. We also had some wonderful tasting ice-cream at an Amish Creamery. Over all, it was a nice day. We only wish we had a little more time to take better pics and ride on one of the horse &carriage. Nevertheless, we had an opportunity to do so, but with another tour.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Great chance to find some unique details about County, people and history. Much more than just Amish tour!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Knowledgeable and professional, but relaxed and comfortable. Great for a fun Saturday. Highly recommend.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    Phil was an amazing tour guide! It was a wonderful and educational experience. I definitely recommend Phil to all that want to learn about and witness the Amish lifestyle!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott

    We very much enjoyed the tour. We would have missed out on many authentic experiences had it not been for Phil. He gave us the context and history needed to have a wonderful experience.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Phil was a gracious host, knowledgeable and friendly. We walked around Lancaster and then went out into the countryside. It was fun exploring a farm and its animals and sampling homemade ice cream. A great time!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    Do not miss this tour! Phil is an amazing host and tour guide and a very kind and friendly guy! He is very knowledgeable about the history of Lancaster and showed us many interesting and historical spots on the downtown portion of the tour. Our visit to Central Market was fascinating! Phil is also very friendly with the local Amish & Mennonite communities and was therefore able to take us to several working farms where we met wonderful families, had many hands-on experiences with animals, and saw many different types of crops growing. We loved the stop at the dairy farm, where we sampled the most amazing ice cream! Phil drove us around in his very comfortable SUV and it was so fun taking in all of the beautiful countryside and even a covered bridge! Would recommended this tour to anyone who has 3 hours available during a morning in beautiful Lancaster!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charles

    My wife and I had a great experience with Phil on our Lancaster, Amish tour. Phil is very knowledgeable on the area and culture of the Amish. We got to experience Central Market where a lot of Amish sell the items they have grown and had a very informative walking tour of the town of Lancaster and learned it historical background. We then visited an Amish farm which had a creamy and from there went to another Amish farm where we had the opportunity to see and hold young calves, goat, pigs and chickens. We also experienced tobacco hanging to dry in the tobacco barn. Last we visited an Amish greenhouse. Phil was a great guide and we highly recommend the experience as part of your Lancaster visit. Thank you Phil.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    We had a great time on our 2 hour tour with Phil learning about the Amish. In the 2 hour span we did a lot of things- we got to see the Central Market (with a really cool spot above it that we could look down and see all the commotion of the people below), we went to 2 farms, got to pet a lot of animals, and even got to hold a baby pig. We even got to eat ice cream straight from one of the farms. Other than learning about the culture of the Amish with Phil, he also recommended we check out the restaurant Kaite’s Kitchen when we finished up the tour. It was a great spot with great food, and the place is even run by the Amish! It was great learning more about their perspective on life and how they go about living in today’s world. Phil was a nice guy and I would recommend this tour if you are like us, and like seeing things quickly and moving on to the next thing.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dede

    We really enjoyed our tour with Phil. He led us on a history/architecture walk through historic Lancaster……then out to the Amish countryside, where we learned so much about the lifestyle there because of Phil’s family background and current associations with the Amish people of that area. There were only 3 adults on our tour, which made it very intimate and personal……a wonderful experience!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Viktoria

    We had a great time with Phil. Very knowledgeable, with a lot great insights into the city. The farm tour at the end was a special treat! Definitely worth the time for a wonderful introduction to Lancaster.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Phil is the best! A Lancaster native, he shared historical information about the city and surrounding Amish farms. What sets Phil apart are his personal stories and relationships that enabled us to visit an Amish creamery and another farm. So much more enriching and memorable – and comfortable – than a standard one-size-fits-all tour. He was very generous and patient. Consider Phil’s tour as your first stop in the area, as he shared restaurant and activity recommendations, as well. We had a great time!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    John

    Because he is a local, Phil was not only able to show us the cool, vibrant scenes downtown, but he was also able to share stories of a more simple agrarian life in Amish country– and take us there first hand! Phil was friendly, thorough, and an excellent guide of the past and present Lancaster and surrounding towns. Thanks, Phil!

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    A lot of walking involved & cover a lot of the area by vehicle. Just wish we had time to shop since I was staying in York.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I highly recommend taking this tour with Phil. We saw/heard/enjoyed places in Lancaster County that we could not have on our own. Phil takes you through the city and the country with color commentary that is exceptional. We are retired folks, but I recommend this tour for all ages including children.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Fatima

    Phil’s tour was a lovely overview of Amish culture moving from their participation in Lancaster’s urban life (farmers market) to their rural lifestyle in the countryside, including Phil’s own first-hand stories. Main highlights were stopping at a creamery and farms where we saw free-range animals, literally! Thanks Phil for your time.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paulette

    We really enjoyed our tour with Phil! He is a wonderful tour guide and is very knowledgeable of the area and culture in both the city and the country. We definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn about and experience Lancaster and the Amish.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    What a fun and informative afternoon. So glad that we found and booked this experience. Phil and Annamarie were awesome and had a lot of local history and info to share. Fun visiting Amish homes and farms and interacting with the owners. Ice cream was delicious! Will have memories of all the animals we were able to see, pet and feed! This is definitely an experience you will want to enjoy ❤️

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Phil did a great job and was very knowledgeable about Lancaster and the surrounding area. He took the time to tell us some very interesting stories and information about the Amish lifestyle. The creamery was definitely a highlight, delicious ice cream!!!

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