20 Things to Love About Lancaster
Lancaster County is a beautiful area with a rich local culture and history, and plenty to do for people of all ages. Here are twenty reasons for anyone to fall in love with Lancaster:
1. Art galleries – Lancaster city has more than fifty art galleries within walking distance of the seminary.
2. Performing arts centers – There are multiple theaters within and nearby the city, including the historic Fulton Opera House, and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.
3. Religion – There are over one hundred places of worship in Lancaster, offering services for people of a variety of faiths.
4. Walkability – Lancaster City is walkable and safe, with a new “Ambassador Program” designed specifically to help newcomers find their way around.
5. Susquehanna River – The Susquehanna runs through Lancaster, and there are many beautiful spots along its shores to watch the sunset, as well as kayak and tube rentals.
6. Amish countryside – The city is surrounded by a beautiful countryside which reflects the rich local agricultural community, including one of the largest Amish communities in the US.
7. County parks – Chickies Rock and Lancaster County Park are two of several local public parks.
9. Higher education – There are multiple colleges and universities in addition to Lancaster Theological Seminary, including Franklin and Marshall College, Millersville University, and Lancaster General College, among others.
10. City cafes – Lancaster offers a variety of dining options, from small local cafes to upscale restaurants.
11. Farmers’ markets – There are three major farmers’ markets in the area – Green Dragon, Roots, and Central Market, which is located in the city only a few minutes away from the seminary. Visitors can buy a variety of goods at all three markets, including locally grown produce.
12. Top school districts – The Hempfield and Manheim Township school districts are some of the best in the state, and both offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities as well as adult classes.
14. Local towns – Nearby towns such as Hershey, Lititz, and Ephrata add their own unique charms to the area.
15. Baseball stadium – Clipper Magazine Stadium, just outside the city, is the home of the local baseball team and hosts plenty of games each season.
16. Transportation – Lancaster is conveniently situated close to both New York City and Washington, DC. A nearby Amtrak station offers convenient transportation to New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.
19. Beaches – Lancaster is located three hours away from the Atlantic coast.
20. Historic buildings – Lancaster City has a rich history. Within and nearby the city, there are buildings which were used as stops on the Underground Railroad, as well as President Buchanan’s house and other historic buildings.