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where exactly do I go for amish experience?

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where exactly do I go for amish experience?

So what address do I put into the GPS?. I want to take my 2 kids and dad to PA to see the amish area. The only tour I am definitely going to do is the buggy one. Other then that we would like to sight see and visit amish stores and markets. Do you actually see amish riding around the area? My kids would love to see that.

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1. Re: where exactly do I go for amish experience?

See my last post on your question on the Philadelphia forum

With your limited time, your best sightseing route would be Route 772 from Route 30(Gap)to Route 23 (Leola), crossing Route 340 in Intercourse. Probably 90% of the farms on this drive are Amish or Old Order (horse and Buggy) Mennonite. You should see buggys and, weather permitting, farmers harvesing corn and soybeans with horse drawn machinery.

My two favotie Amish shops are each about a mile off of 772, Riehls Quilts and Crafts, on East Eby Road and Countryside Road Stand on Stumptown Road. Both have many reviews on tripadvisor and are decribed on the tourist website I gave you on your Philadelphia thread. Both are open until dusk.There will be farmstands as well.

Intercourse, which will be crowded with tourists has many craft/quilt shops, but none are Amish run as far as I remember.

The easiest farmers market for you to visit would be Bird in Hand, Farmers Market. on route 340, in Bird in Hand. Kaufmans, on Route 340 between Bird in Hand and Intercourse is worth a stop, especially if you like apples and apple cider.Bird in Hand has a couple Amish vendors, Kaufmans is run by Mennonites.

A buggy ride is fine, as long as you are doing it for the experience of riding in a buggy and possibly visiting an Amish farm. It is a poor way to sightsee, since, obviously, buggys don't cover much ground.

Any of the three recreated Amish houses will give you a decent overview of how the Amish live,

although Amish Homestead, in the Plain and Fancy complex between Intercourse and Bird in Hand on Route 340, is probably the most convenient.

Kid friendly activities would include the Straburg Railroad and Railroad Museum as well as the nearby Cherry Crest Adventure farm, but I doubt you have enough time for these

Hope this helps.

Edited: 5:36 pm, October 28, 2013
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2. Re: where exactly do I go for amish experience?

First, advoid the tourist areas, travel on the backroads and you will see many amish and mennonite farms. Also, definitely go to the Central Market in downtown Lancaster! It's all locally grown and produced items including ice cream, milk, baked good, veggies, homemade sausages, and other culinary treats. The market is open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

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3. Re: where exactly do I go for amish experience?

Best day to see Amish buggies out and about is Sunday, mornings and mid afternoon.

Agree with brookquarry that a buggy "tour" is a poor way to sightsee but will give you an idea of what the Amish deal with traveling on busy roads with impatient drivers....scary enough for those of us in cars!

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