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Discover Lancaster: A Sport-cation Destination

Apr 21, 2023 | By: SDM Staff
Discover Lancaster PA

Lancaster County is located in southeast Pennsylvania, near the heart of the mid-Atlantic. Its central location makes it easily accessible by road and air. In addition to its convenient location, Lancaster has over 1 million square feet of combined and flexible event space. Whether fields, mats, a pool, stage or track are needed, Lancaster can accommodate a variety of needs. Facilities include Spooky Nook Sports, the Classics Soccer Park, the Lancaster County Convention Center, the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center, Franklin & Marshall College, Clipper Magazine Stadium and more.

Between its location, accessibility and facilities, it is undeniable that Lancaster is an ideal tournament location, however, there are additional elements that transform Lancaster from an ideal tournament location into an ideal tournament destination. The many accommodations, activities and attractions offered in Lancaster County make it a perfect destination for tournament competitors and attendees to extend their stay and enjoy a sport-cation.

Kick off your sport-cation by choosing a hotel that best fits the needs and preferences of you and your group. Lancaster has over 8,000 overnight rooms and provides its guests many options, including top and independent hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and other unique lodging. Regardless of your choice, enjoy Lancaster’s economical room rates and culture of hospitality.

In addition to its wide selection of lodging, Lancaster features a variety of activities and attractions for groups of all ages and sizes. From a beautiful countryside to a walkable downtown, experience the expected and discover the unexpected before, between or after your tournament.

It is no surprise that Lancaster’s Amish population is a major attraction. Lancaster is home to the oldest and largest Amish community in the country and there are many opportunities to experience and learn about their way of life. Groups and individuals can enjoy tours of Amish houses, schoolhouses and farms. Complete your Amish experience by traveling like the Amish with a ride in a horse drawn buggy.

Discover Lancaster PA

For a change of scenery and pace, explore Lancaster City. The city was founded in the 1730s and since has evolved into a walkable downtown featuring a safe and vibrant day and nightlife. From historical experiences, local art, a variety of international and local fare, small business shopping and unique activities, Lancaster City has something for everyone. Downtown is a hidden gem, welcoming its guests with a big city experience at a small town price.

If you are looking to plan a group or team building activity, Lancaster has many options including axe throwing, entertainment complexes, escape rooms and more. For outdoor options, take advantage of Lancaster’s many hiking and biking trails or cool down with waterfront activities along the Susquehanna River.

Another popular activity is shopping. Throughout the county, Lancaster offers a variety of shopping options. From antiques, handmade Amish goods, outlets and shopping centers, vender marketplaces and charming small towns, Lancaster has something for every shopper’s preference.

For those on the go with little time to get away, experience the county through its diverse flavors. Enjoy a traditional PA Dutch meal at one of Lancaster’s smorgasbords and try classics like brown buttered noodles, chicken corn soup, shoofly pie, whoopie pies and more. Other dining options include farm to table experiences, international cuisine as well as cafes, diners, rooftop bars and restaurants and more.

In addition to its many activities and restaurants, Lancaster has a variety of annual attractions that locals and visitors look forward to. Some of these events include the Fire and Ice Festival, sunflower festivals, the Hot Air Balloon Festival, county fairs, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and more. Visitors can stay up to date on current and upcoming events by visiting the “Events” page on the Discover Lancaster website.

Regardless of if you have a couple hours or an extra day, make the most of your time, enjoying all Lancaster County has to offer. To learn more about Lancaster’s venues, accommodations and activities, visit the Discover Lancaster website to contact us and start planning your next sport-cation today.

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