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Central Market

Featuring produce from Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch and other farmers, this is one of the country’s oldest continuously operating markets, a source of local pride.

Dating back to the 1700s, Lancaster’s Central Market is a historic bazaar in the heart of the city of Lancaster. More than 60 vendors trade within the 19th-century Market House. Its stalls are filled with meats, cheeses and other products from the region. During your visit to Central Market chat with vendors for a glimpse into local culture and traditions.

Admire the redbrick exterior of the building, with its gabled roof and side towers. Enter through one of the arched doorways in the center of the façade and make your way along corridors skirted with stalls selling local produce. Traders display many different kinds of foods that reflect the range of cultures in the state. Sample products from Amish, German and Pennsylvania Dutch backgrounds. Pick out ingredients from Asian, Middle Eastern and Italian roots.

Purchase everything from doughnuts and pretzels to goat cheese and herbs. Prepare a picnic to enjoy near the fountain of nearby Binns Park. Check out the quality fresh meats and dairy products and savor seasonal desserts.

Flowers and garden crafts can also be found in this comprehensive market, whose other specialties include bread, candy and pickles.

Consider the key role the site plays in the history and culture of the city. The market was inaugurated in 1730, long before its current building was constructed in 1889.

The market runs Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from early morning until early afternoon. It is free to enter.

To reach Central Market, walk south from the Lancaster train station for 1 mile (2 kilometers) to get here in about 25 minutes. You can also drive and pay to leave your vehicle in one of the surrounding parking lots and garages.

While you’re in this central spot, visit nearby attractions such as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Lancaster County Convention Center and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


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Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square $136
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Lancaster, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Market and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College and Millersville University are also within 6 mi (10 km). Lancaster Station is 23 minutes by foot.

    Holiday Inn Lancaster $99
    Holiday Inn Lancaster

    Holiday Inn Lancaster

    26 East Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Lancaster, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Lancaster Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Sycamore Downtown Vista $169
      Sycamore Downtown Vista

      Sycamore Downtown Vista

      Lancaster, PA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Lancaster, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Hole in The Wall Puppet Theater and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Lancaster Station is 22 minutes by foot.

        The Sycamore Downtown Modern Home $139
        The Sycamore Downtown Modern Home

        The Sycamore Downtown Modern Home

        Lancaster, PA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Lancaster, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Hole in The Wall Puppet Theater and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Lancaster Station is 22 minutes by foot.

          Lancaster Arts Hotel $129
          Lancaster Arts Hotel

          Lancaster Arts Hotel

          300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Lancaster, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clipper Magazine Stadium, Franklin and Marshall College, and Lancaster County Convention Center. Lancaster General ER and Lancaster General Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Lancaster Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Charming Lancaster City Unit
            Charming Lancaster City Unit

            Charming Lancaster City Unit

            Lancaster, PA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Lancaster, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Demuth Museum and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away. Lancaster Station is 25 minutes by foot.

              Gorgeous Single House With Deck, Wide Play Ground and own car Parking Spaces
              Gorgeous Single House With Deck, Wide Play Ground and own car Parking Spaces

              Gorgeous Single House With Deck, Wide Play Ground and own car Parking Spaces

              Lancaster, PA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Lancaster, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Historic St. Mary’s Church and Lancaster County Convention Center. Franklin and Marshall College is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

                6 Bedroom Downtown Home // Remodeled + Close to all $400
                6 Bedroom Downtown Home // Remodeled + Close to all

                6 Bedroom Downtown Home // Remodeled + Close to all

                Lancaster, PA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Lancaster, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of North Museum of Natural History and Franklin and Marshall College. Lancaster County Convention Center is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Lancaster Station is 25 minutes by foot.