I had such a great time on my scooter ride around Lancaster County last week, but I also realize it may not be for everyone. For example, I don’t think I would take my 92 year old grandmother or my 3 year old niece on a scooter ride. Nor would I be able to take my 90 lb. Goldendoodle, Ted. So… what would be a great way to see the area, get a close look at the Amish, AND be suitable for all three? A buggy ride of course!
Last week I went on my first buggy ride at Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides in Bird-In-Hand with my three children, Katherine, Maddie and Jack, ages 12, 13 and 14 respectively. While I chose not to bring Goldendoodle Ted, I easily could have since the buggy rides are pet-friendly (as long as your dog plays nicely with the horses).
During our 30 minute ride, we saw beautiful Lancaster County countryside. We stopped at a real working farm where we were offered homemade cookies and lemonade. We learned so much about the Amish culture from our driver, John, who freely chatted about his Amish lifestyle and happily answered any questions we asked.
But the really neat thing about the experience was riding INSIDE the buggy and experiencing what it is like on a regular basis for the Amish who travel our roads daily. At Aaron and Jessica’s, along with the many other establishments throughout the county who offer buggy rides, there are a number of different tours from which to choose. You can visit an Amish farm, go on a leisurely tour (which was our choice), visit a roadside stand or two, or plan a personal, private tour for you and your family.
After our ride, the kids and I visited one of my favorite places, Strasburg Country Store & Creamery in downtown Strasburg. As you can guess, they specialize in homemade ice cream, but their menu also includes sandwiches, soups and fries, and is a delightful place to eat lunch. In addition to the most divine ice cream I have ever tasted (sweet cream and nuts is my favorite), they make their own fudge, caramel corn, and a number of other goodies. Their adjoining gift shop features everything from homemade honey (the working bees are actually on display) to dip mixes, to homemade peanut butter. My kids were both overjoyed and overwhelmed.
What a fun, relaxing and truly interactive way to spend a day with my children in Lancaster County. For more information on Aaron and Jessica’s buggy rides, please visit www.amishbuggyrides.com. For more information on Strasburg Country Store & Creamery, please visit www.strasburg.com/Strasburg-Creamery.