What are the best things to see and do in Lancaster?

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Daniel Klotz

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a quaint and easily accessible destination for those looking to escape the nearby cities. Here are five things to see and do during a visit to Lancaster:

1. Lancaster residents agree that the essential experience is Central Market, located at the center of town. Central Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated farmers’ market, and wares at the stands range from locally grown organic produce and free-range beef to Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods and trinkets.

2. Lancaster is also a great place to catch a theater show, whether at the Fulton Opera House, the Ware Center, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, or with one of the theater groups, such as PRiMA and Creative Works of Lancaster, that “float” between various venues.

3. There are always concerts throughout the week at the Chameleon Club and American Music Theatre,
plus more intimate house concerts at the Wood Stove House, the Row House, the Community Haus and Live from the Cellar. There are even more concerts during the annual week-long Launch Music Conference, held in Lancaster each spring. During the summer, outdoor concerts and other events are held every weekend at Long’s Park Amphitheater.

4. Local artists cluster along Gallery Row, with more galleries scattered around the city, plus the Lancaster Museum of Art, a small and charming gallery with frequent changes in shows.

5. For those with an interest in history, a visit to Wheatland (the home of U.S. president James Buchanan) is a must, along with stops at Historic Rock Ford Plantation and the Demuth Museum, home of the early 20th-century precisionist painter Charles Demuth.

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