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Situated in a county long known for its agricultural traditions and Amish, Lancaster City is home to 60,000 residents who make up a rich, culturally diverse community – nearly 40 percent of residents are Latino, and 18 percent African American. It has a long tradition of welcoming and as a place of refuge for those seeking safety and a better life. In 2017, BBC News named Lancaster City “America’s refugee capital” as refugees resettle here at a rate over twenty times higher than the national average. It was recently recertified as a Certified Welcoming City, the first in Pennsylvania.


Lancaster City has a rich history, dating back to its founding nearly 300 years ago. During the Revolutionary War, it served as the nation’s capital for a day on September 27, 1777, when the Continental Congress met there to escape the British. It is proud to be the home of Thaddeus Steven and Lydia Hamilton Smith, abolitionists and advocates for public education. Its history is highlighted through its historic buildings and architecture, including the Central Market. The Lancaster Central Market is the longest continuously operating farmers market in the nation, dating back to 1730.


Lancaster City is serious about great food.

Explore our nationally recognized food scene, including a vibrant mix of world cuisines, farm-to-table fare, and some of Pennsylvania’s most awarded fine dining.

Plan a visit to one of the many breweries and bars in the city. If coffee is more your speed, Lancaster is the place to find your perfect cup—plus a sweet treat!

And, if you’re plant-based, Lancaster City has a number of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly spots with healthy, environmentally sustainable options for everyone.


Compelling adventures for folks of all ages.

Whether you want to explore family fun, take a historic walking tour, meet emerging and established creatives, or enjoy beautiful views of the city from lush rooftop terraces, Lancaster City blends old and new into fresh experiences for people of all backgrounds to enjoy.

You’ll find yourself surrounded by history, from repurposed buildings to interactive museums bursting with visual arts, engaging experiences and stories. Plus, some of the region’s best performing arts.


Explore nearly 150 independent retailers.

Lancaster City is a charming destination that offers a unique shopping experience. You’ll never know what you’ll find in the city’s range of vintage shops, art galleries, indie boutiques, and unique marketplaces.

Score original works of art, prints, and posters directly from an artist at their gallery; explore boutique shopping experiences offering an array of trendy and fashionable clothing and accessories; or search for hidden treasures at the vintage shops that line the downtown streets.