10 Things to Do in Willow Street That You Shouldn't Miss

December 1, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Willow Street is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 8,908 at the 2016 census. In the early part of the 20th century the main thoroughfare in town was lined with willow trees on both sides for the length of the town, hence the community's name. As time marched on and the town grew, the road was widened and sidewalks were installed which required the trees be removed. Only a few of the original trees remain to this day.
Restaurants in Willow Street

1. Hans Herr House Museum

1849 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, PA 17584-9536 +1 717-464-4438
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Hans Herr House Museum

Reviewed By Lawrence G - Willow Street

I live very close to the Hans Herr house, and I am also something of a local historian.24 years ago I purchased and refurbished another historical property of the same circa, 1719.
The area I live in is replete with pre-revolutionary history and remarkably much of it had been preserved.
The house is a delight to visit and instantly brings you back to another era. The museum is staffed with knowledge people with many exhibits, books and maps.When I was researching my present home, the staff and their resourses were critical in allowing us to get an accurate history of the property.

2. Fulton Theatre

12 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603-3808 +1 717-397-7425
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5 based on 537 reviews

Fulton Theatre

Central Pennsylvania’s nationally regarded premier regional theatre, producing Broadway caliber musicals, comedies and dramas, employing professionals from New York City, the local community, and nationwide, experienced within a beautifully restored 165 year old national historic landmark of ornate Victorian architecture, walking distance from Lancaster’s historic attractions and one block from the Lancaster County Convention Center. MAINSTAGE: Guys and Dolls 03/06/18-03/31/18; Million Dollar Quartet 04/17/18-05/20/18; Hunchback of Notre Dame 06/15/18-07/22/18; GROFF STUDIO SERIES–99-seat Black Box–Intimate, Experiential: Blackbird 04/03/18–004/22/18; Red 05/08/18-05/27/18; FAMILY SERIES (Theatre for Young Audiences) one-hour performances at 11AM Saturday mornings: The Emperor's New Clothes 04/28/18-05/19/18; Aladdin 06/16/18-07/21/18

Reviewed By Wayne2227 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

We thoroughly enjoyed this historical and energetic musical set within an Irish Pub named McCourts. The 6 performers had marvelous voices and you could tell they enjoyed what they were doing. I highly recommend seeing this tribute to the Irish.So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how we are doing. We hope to have you with us again soon. Visit thefulton.org for all the latest info.

3. Sight & Sound Theatres

300 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks, PA 17572-9513 +1 800-377-1277
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5 based on 2 reviews

Sight & Sound Theatres

Reviewed By Suu_Yapa - New York

Amazing! I’ve been here 3 times for 3 different bible stories and have enjoyed/love all of them. Can’t wait to see go this year. Recommend for anyone. Church groups, friends, couples, family, is for everyone.

4. Strasburg Scooters

242 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
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5 based on 706 reviews

Strasburg Scooters

Get up close and personal with Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Enjoy a guided covered bridge tour through the back roads of Amish Country. Ride alongside horse and buggies as well as past Amish schoolhouses with an experienced guide. Strasburg Scooters offers a variety of tours including Bridges and Beer, Amish Country Mystery Tour and more. All tours are led by an experienced guide.

Reviewed By Carol B - Bensalem, Pennsylvania

What a great way to spend some family time! No better way to pass the day than getting some fresh air while touring the quiet, back roads of the Amish countryside & taking tons of pictures! The Fall foliage was absolutely beautiful! We couldn't have asked for a better day OR GUIDE. Cookie, our guide was a hoot! Very knowledgeable, funny & PATIENT. Highly recommended. You won’t be disappointed!

5. Shenk's Ferry Wildflower preserve

Green Hill Rd, Pequea, PA
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Shenk's Ferry Wildflower preserve

Wildflower Preserve / hiking / plants of interest

Reviewed By IBCruznSoon - Connecticut

I wanted to give this a 5 star....I really did! After reading the great reviews...with camera in hand, I eagerly drove down the path. Maybe I took the wrong route? The road is gravel...and not bad, until we went through the tunnel. After that it was downhill, both literally and figuratively. I was there on Aug 21st, and it has been a hot, dry summer, so this road was not rutted and washed out from any recent bad weather. At one point I had my passenger get out of the car to guide me over some LARGE holes. (I was driving a Honda CRV too). Fortunately I did not bottom out. We powered forward and got to the bottom of a hill, where there were a couple of pick up trucks full of teens. I felt like we were interrupting their hang out or party. Still, we kept going thinking that any minute we might find parking and a bounty of flowers. We didn't see either. We drove around a corner and now the road was looking washed out and I could not at all see if there were ruts or what was under the water. We had to slowly and carefully turn around (no easy feat) and head back the way we just came. I am sure the teenagers were getting a good laugh at our expense. Lol. The trip up the hill and through the tunnel was just as knuckle gripping as it was on the way in.

As I said earlier, based upon the reviews, I am sure there is some real beautiful flowers to be seen in this spot. I was just not able to make it that far. Use caution and I am sure you will be fine. I did lose cell service, so I was not willing to risk a break down without the ability to contact help.

6. American Music Theatre

2425 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602-1423 +1 717-397-7700
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

American Music Theatre

American Music Theatre is the only theatre of its kind in the country that features both touring concerts and Original Shows. This 1,600-seat theatre hosts more than 300 live performances a year – from Broadway tours to rock legends to famous comedians to today’s hottest acts. Since its debut in 1997, they’ve welcomed Grammy winners, CMA winners, Tony winners, and even Oscar winners to their stage. They’ve also featured some of the most talented musicians, vocalists, and dancers in the nation in their own Original Shows. No other theatre in the region offers a wider variety of performances, year in and year out. Take the opportunity to catch a show in the comfort of one of the most premier venues on the East Coast for live entertainment.

Reviewed By creativetraveler - New York

We always love the shows at the American music theater. The Christmas show was spectacular. The voices, the dancing, the music, the costumes all made to show a wonderful experience. I do wish the staff would be a little bit friendlier. Many seem to lose their patients very quickly when asked questions. Maybe it was just the hecticness of the season.

7. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

300 Gap Rd, PA Route 741, Ronks, PA 17572-9567 +1 717-687-8628
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4.5 based on 862 reviews

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a world-class collection of more than 100 historic locomotives and railroad cars, an immersive education center, a vast library and archives and a working restoration shop. Special events, museum store, free on-site parking, free WiFi.

Reviewed By Grayhare - Macungie, Pennsylvania

Huge collection of rolling stock all indoors. So you can visit anytime of year. Detailed descriptions of everything
Even have a small station set up inside. Strasburg railroad is across the street and the Choo choo barn right up the street.. From models to full size if you like trains, this is the place

8. Choo Choo Barn

226 Gap Rd, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579-1478 +1 717-687-7911
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4.5 based on 388 reviews

Choo Choo Barn

Over 70 years in the making, this gigantic model train layout is still owned and operated by the Groff family. Master modeler, Tom Groff, designs and adds new animations, scale buildings and local scenes each year. See a fire engine race to the rescue to put out the fire at a burning house – with real water! Watch in awe as night falls over Traintown, USA. You’ll recognize local landmarks like Dutch Wonderland and the Strasburg Railroad – in detailed miniature! This is much more than a train display – it is an amazing, hand-built work of art.

Reviewed By USFFrank - Orlando, FL

Back at the Choo Choo Barn again. This time to see it decked out for Christmas. As usual, we weren't disappointed. All of the Holiday decorations and little additions were perfect. And during when it's "nighttime" there, some of the decorations and Christmas trees even light up. Plan on going around the display at least twice in order to see some of things you might have missed the first time.

9. Village Greens Miniature Golf

1444 Village Rd, Strasburg, PA 17579-9625 +1 717-687-6933
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Village Greens Miniature Golf

Village Greens Golf combines the challenge of golf with the natural beauty of lush gardens to create a unique recreation experience for all generations to enjoy together! Two courses cover over 13 acres of beautiful Lancaster County, PA countryside enhanced with gorgeous gardens and meandering streams. The shorter 18 hole Orange course offers quaint obstacles in a spacious garden alive with color. The expansive Gold Course occupies a secluded, wooded hillside. The natural terrain supplies all the challenges amid the beauty of a manicured garden paradise. Both courses offer a true putting surface on grass carpet, as well as being lighted for night play. Village Greens' courses have been nationally recognized as one of Sports Illustrated's "25 Summer Essentials". The courses are consistently voted #1 by readers of local and regional publications. The Snack Shoppe features grilled sandwiches and yummy fries. Old fashioned hand dipped milkshakes or whipped cream topped sundaes are a favorite, but a huge Village Greens banana split is the ultimate ending to a wonderful visit! Dining is available inside or out on the umbrella shaded patio. Located in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country and just outside the historic borough of Strasburg, Village Greens invites visitors to the area to "Play a Round With Us!".

Reviewed By MEEEK - Suffern, New York

Although we paid for both courses, we only did the longer course. Because of the lines at each hole (and we chose the course with the shortest line), it took us a few hours just to get through these 22 holes. Although the shorter course...MoreCan't wait to see you back again! So glad we could be a part of your great day!

10. Lancaster Central Market

23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 +1 717-735-6890
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4.5 based on 724 reviews

Lancaster Central Market

Reviewed By ConnecticutLocavore - Connecticut

I "collect" visits to central markets around the world. Lancaster's is small in comparison to some, but delivers all the sights, smells, and experiences that one wants. About half of the stalls are true agricultural market stalls featuring produce and meats. All were fresh-looking and full of beautiful produce. About a fourth of the stalls were prepared foods where one could gather the components of a meal. Old Amish and central Pennsylvania dishes were prominent among these, such as pickled beet eggs, mac salad, and broccoli salad. And the final fourth of the stalls were "other" things such as dog biscuits, candles, and souvenirs. There were a couple small tables for eating one's purchases, but no real dining area. Prices were very reasonable. One could find gifts here to take back home, such as cheeses, sausages, and non-edibles. The market is located in the middle of a block, tucked behind the Lancaster City Visitors Center, just cater-corner from the front door of the Marriott at Penn Square. Don't mistake it for the building labeled "Southern Farmers' Market" a block away which is an office.

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