I am finishing the last set of posts from a trip our family took a few weekends back. When I look back I smile and thank God for the area we live around. We have so many great towns in our near vicinity we have already started talking about all we want to do this summer! If you are looking for ideas for your family this summer, continue reading how much fun our little family had.
We had a whole Saturday to visit three sites starting with The Amish Village which houses an authentic Amish farmhouse. We had a 25-minute tour of the inside of the home. We learned a lot of the way the Amish people live, wear and farm.
We explored the area and enjoyed watching our toddler waving and petting the animals in the farmhouse. They even had a nice playground in the shape of a barn.
There were all sorts of animals and a garden to really show what Amish living is all about. There is also a nice picnic area where you can eat along with a shop and market to purchase food and crafts. We almost bought a bonnet for both our girls. 🙂
We next got to enjoy the lovely The Choo Choo Barn –Traintown, U.S.A.® – located in Strasburg, PA, features more than 150 animations and 22 operating trains, this 1,700 square foot handcrafted, work-of-art is packed with small-scale local landmarks and detailed scenes from Lancaster County.
It kept our toddler engaged especially while in her stroller. We were really floored by the way this whole display is cleaned. There was especially a fun scene that showed an fire truck pull to a house on fire and put the fire out. It was very entertaining!
We ended our afternoon by stopping at the Strasburg Rail Road. Even though our day had started around 10am, our babies were managing pretty well. We really tried to minimize the use of our strollers so we could get a lot done which made for happy babies. We have made it a point to try to travel as much with our children despite their young ages which is why our toddler loves being outdoors. That being said, the Strasburg Rail Road offers a lot of kid-friendly activities.
There is a pint-sized miniature steam train and a pump car too! We especially enjoyed the 45-minute train ride. There was a vintage baseball game happening on a stop the train made but we skipped it since our kiddos were getting tired.
There are options to ride First-Class, Coach, Open-Air, and Dining Car on the train so next time we hope to try the Dining Car. We really loved riding the train with the windows open. Right now there is a summer special called the Summer Pass that provides unlimited rides on Coach and the Fun Extras plus more! Valid May 25 through September 2. Thomas the Train will also be around starting June 15th through the 23rd along with some times in September and November.
We really enjoyed the weekend especially since it was a perfect sunny weekend. We hope to return soon to take another train ride. There is also so much more in the area in addition to these sites.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored media trip. All of my thoughts and opinions are based on my own personal experience.