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Amish culture is truly intriguing, even to kids, and there are plenty of opportunities in Lancaster to get a feel for Amish life.

The Amish Farm and House, dating to the 1700s, offers tours of the farmhouse, one-room schoolhouse and farm with goats, chickens, sheep and cows. The Amish Village offers a similar experience with tours of the 12-acre property, farmhouse, one-room schoolhouse and barn with animals.

Central Market claims to be the world's oldest working farmers market and is located in downtown Lancaster. Sample regional foods like chow chow (pickled vegetables in spicy mustard sauce) and scrapple, along with baked goods and souvenirs.

For more Pennsylvania Dutch eats, try a traditional pass-the-platter family style restaurant. Plain and Fancy or Good 'N Plenty are good bets, as well as Bird in Hand Family Restaurant with sweet rolls and pies.

Before you leave Amish country, don't forget the horse-and-buggy ride. Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides is a good option.

"In Lancaster County — the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country—families can explore the nation's original Amish community and so much more," says Joel Cliff, director of communications and advocacy for Discover Lancaster. "You can stay here for three or four hours or three or four days."

It's important to note that Lancaster pretty much shuts down on Sundays, so restaurants and shopping will be slim pickings that day.

Details on Lancaster

Distance from Annapolis: 2 hours

Discover Lancaster website discoverlancaster.com

Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides
3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks, Pa.
717-768-8828, amishbuggyrides.com

The Amish Farm and House
2395 Lincoln Hwy., East
717-394-6185, amishfarmandhouse.com

Lancaster Central Market
23 North Market St.
717-735-6890, centralmarketlancaster.com

Plain and Fancy Farm
3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand
717-768-4400, plainandfancyfarm.com

Good 'N Plenty Restaurant & Bakery
150 Eastbrook Rd., Smoketown
717-394-7111, goodnplenty.com

Bird in Hand Family Restaurant
2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand
717-768-1500, https://bird-in-hand.com/

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