Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Travel to southeastern Pennsylvania and you’re in Dutch Country. A popular hub of tourism any time of year, Dutch Country is a large area encompassing cities like Allentown, Paradise, and Gettysburg.
Tour museums to earn area perspective – don’t miss the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, or the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey.
You’ll want to find a taste of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Country brews and wines while exploring the area – plan a visit to the Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate. The Waltz Vineyards & Winery also deserves a visit, and it’s just minutes from Shillington.
One of the major draws in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is the city of Hershey, where you’ll want to venture through Hershey’s Chocolate World for attractions, rides, and free samples of the famous Hershey chocolate.
The Amish are well represented in Pennsylvania Dutch Country – just head to York for a charming and relaxing horse and buggy ride. Or visit Paradise for an afternoon full of rollercoasters and other thrill rides at Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park.
How ever it might be you end up spending your time in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, explore the many towns and cities with vigor and excitement.
Hershey Gardens in Dutch Country
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Visit Hershey's Chocolate World
Opened in 1973, Hershey’s Chocolate World works independently of the actual Hershey Factory, allowing chocolate lovers to get a taste (quite literally) of what the company has to offer.
Hershey’s Chocolate World features rides, attractions, and, of course, free samples. Make the trip in from Jonestown and enjoy an afternoon set around the Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure, and don’t miss the Hershey’s Dessert Creation Studio.
Discover the History of Pennsylvania
Take time to enjoy the journey between historic towns in Pennsylvania. You can explore Dutch Country in cities like Allentown, Paradise, and Gettysburg, and visit quaint shops and art galleries as you go. The Amish are well represented in cities like York, where you can enjoy a charming and relaxing horse and buggy ride. For fun time with the family, Hershey’s Chocolate World is a must stop attraction on your drive through Pennsylvania.
Spirits west of Philadelphia
Enjoy tastings of the Nissley Vineyards wines, and during the summer, from July through August, take advantage of a romantic evening at the Music in the Vineyards events. Don’t end your booze cruise without a visit to Manheim. This affable city is only minutes north of Lancaster, and a simple drive from Shillington. Tour the city and check out the Waltz Vineyards & Winery.
Dutch Country Culture
In Hershey, plan a visit to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum. Open every day save Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas, the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum gracefully displays over 100 finely restored autos – from muscle cars, to horse carriages. From there, take the kids over to Hershey’s Chocolate World.
Head to Allentown and check out the Da Vinci Science Center. Perfect for the bright eyed little ones in the family, the Da Vinci Science Center yields hands-on activities, exhibits, and is an easy drive from Quakertown, and Bethlehem.
Outdoor Dutch Country
It might be a hot air balloon ride. It might be a horse and buggy tour of a small town. It might also be a covered bridge tour – a staple of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Appreciate the scenic views of Pennsylvania Dutch Country with a horse and buggy ride. Visit Intercourse, south of Shillington, and try AAA Buggy Rides – it really is All About the Amish. No reservations required, AAA Buggy Rides offer two unique options for passengers – the Five Mile Covered Bridge Ride, or the Four Mile Country Buggy Ride. Choose one (or try both) and enjoy a relaxing trot around Lancaster County.
Take a Tour of Gettysburg National Military Park
Visit the solemn spot where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought. Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the spot of the turning point of the Civil War. Known as the largest battle ever fought in North America, it involved over 160,000 troops and was the end of Lee’s march into the North. Take a tour of self-guided driving tour through the park and take some time to see the Soldiers' National Cemetery - the final resting place for many of the Union soldiers killed during the battle.