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Lancaster was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734 and incorporated as a borough in 1742. Lancaster County was part of the original land grant William Penn received by Royal Charter from King Charles II in 1681 and become a separate county in 1729. Lancaster as a destination offers the rare opportunity to observe and appreciate the first, oldest, and second largest community of Old Order Amish in the country. As might be expected, an exciting selection of scenic rural adventures and wholesome family activities exists here. And there’s a flip side to those rural characteristics for which Lancaster is so well known – a surprisingly sophisticated urban center presenting more than 90 respected galleries and other arts-related destinations and organizations, exquisite fine dining, unique upscale shopping, and hundreds of historical landmarks. Lancaster is, after all, among the very largest of National Historic Register Districts in the country.

The facility’s central location amidst the vibrant Downtown ensures that visitors will enjoy unparalleled experiences during their free time. Innumerable sites and experiences can be explored within walking distance, including Central Market, the oldest publicly owned market in the country. The Fulton Theatre, the nation’s oldest continuously operating theater and one of only three theaters named a National Historic Landmark, takes its place among most visitors' short lists of must-see places.

A plethora of museums, restaurants, shops, and galleries populate this energetic city, and just a short drive away are dozens of upscale shopping outlets, Clipper Magazine Stadium’s Atlantic-League Barnstormers baseball, Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre, American Music Theatre, and the renowned Hershey Park and Dutch Wonderland amusement parks.

For more ideas on things to see and do while in town, visit the following sites:

Downtown Lancaster: www.downtownlancaster.com

Downtown Arts Community: www.lancasterarts.com

Throughout Lancaster County: www.padutchcountry.com

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