5 of the Best Things to Do in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Located in southeastern Pennsylvania near Allentown, Hershey, Lancaster, Reading, and York, Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a beautiful part of our state.  As the name suggests, this area is inhabited by the Pennsylvania Dutch, a cultural group originally formed by early American immigrants and their descendants. Sometimes referred to as Amish Country, Pennsylvania Dutch Country is actually home to many religious groups including Amish, Mennonite, River Brethren, Moravian, and more. The Amish are simply the most well known of these groups.

When you visit the Lehigh Valley, plan a day trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country. While there, you’ll experience a variety of people, sights, and attractions. Horses, carriages, and buggies appear on the same roads as cars, markets are full of handmade food and goods, and there are dozens of of other ways to experience a unique culture

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1.Take an Amish VIP (Visit-In-Person) Tour

With a Visit-in-Person Tour from The Amish Experience, you can visit three unique Amish properties to get a better understanding of the Amish culture and way of life. On this exclusive tour, groups of no more than 14 people are invited to discover the day-to-day life of Pennsylvania Dutch Country residents. On the tour, guests stop at an Amish farm and learn about the Amish Cottage Industries. Then, the day ends with a visit with an Amish family.

2.Visit Central Market

Central Market is a must see destination in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The building was constructed in 1889, but the market itself dates back to 1742. It’s the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the country. Inside, you’ll find fresh flowers, baked good, produce, meat, and more at this Lancaster, PA, gem.

3.Head to Dutch Haven for Shoo-Fly Pie

A famous culinary delight, you’ll find the best Shoo-Fly Pie anywhere at Dutch Haven in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. These handmade molasses pies are a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert and make a great souvenir from your visit.

4.See Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction

Just over 30-acres in size, Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction is one of the largest farmers markets in the state. The market features more than 400 indoor and outdoor stands run by Amish and Mennonite farmers. The traditional agricultural market has a fun country-carnival atmosphere. Also at Green Dragon, there is a flea market and a small animal auction in the evenings.

5.Check out Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum is an open-air museum in Lancaster, PA, that you don’t want to miss. It is a great place to learn about Pennsylvania rural life and culture between 1750 and 1940. The museum features 15 historic buildings, including a farmstead and a country store. Landis Valley also has costumed guides, handcrafted gifts for sale, and weaving, pottery, spinning, and tinsmithing demonstrations.

Staying Near Pennsylvania Dutch Country

When you plan a visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, find the best Lehigh Valley accommodations in Bethlehem, PA. The Sayre Mansion is less than 20 minutes from Allentown and some popular Pennsylvania Dutch Country destinations. Other cities near Pennsylvania Dutch attractions are just one hour from Bethlehem.

With a stay at the Sayre Mansion, you’ll be a short drive from Amish country, but close to the most scenic areas and fun attractions in Bethlehem, PA, and the Lehigh Valley. Our area is full of great cultural and artistic events, festivals, exciting activities, and great things to do. The rooms and suites inside out 1858 mansion offer travelers the perfect combination of old world style and modern hotel amenities. Each stay at the Sayre Mansion includes a gourmet breakfast every morning, free WiFi, and a prime location. Step out of the ordinary and into the gracious hospitality and distinctive lodging of the Sayre Mansion. You won’t find a better way to experience the Lehigh Valley. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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