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“A Professional Entertaining Indoctrination”

The Amish Experience
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Owner description: Amish Country Tours is the oldest operating tour company in Amish Country, and the only operator with certified guides. Far from the commercial clutter of Route 30, the Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm sits on Route 340 between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, a non-commercial AAA designated Scenic Cultural Byway, surrounded by Amish farms. Our exclusive Amish Visit-in-Person Tour is the only opportunity of its kind to allow for close interaction with the Amish at work, at milking time, and in the home, and the only tour designated by the County of Lancaster as an official Heritage Tour. It is limited to 14 guests on our mini-shuttles.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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437 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
“A Professional Entertaining Indoctrination”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

On this trip to Lancaster, which Mrs Too and I make frequently, we decided to put behind us the last of the tourist-oriented Amish Country attractions so that, in future, we could concentrate on the amazingly myriad cultural and epicurean venues.

We started out right after breakfast with a drive to September Farm, then headed directly to Bird In Hand to live The Amish Experience. We had purchased online ahead of time the “Amish Farmlands Super Saver Tour Package, which is basically a “one price covers all” package. This includes everything the site offers, and is quite a bargain, filling a whole day from after breakfast ‘til dinner time. Lunch, however, is still up to you. No need to clutter up this space with the details. Check their website for that.

Your day begins with a video, ingeniously projected onto the interior walls of a barn, recounting the difficult choices facing every Amish teenager as he or she approaches adulthood.
It is moving, and very informative.

A tour of a structure combining a one room school house and typical two story Amish home is led by a knowledgeable and entertaining docent, who explains the system of education as well as the clothing, possessions, toys, etc of the family and the way they live both with and without electricity. This is followed by a van tour of the countryside including a stop at a farm. It has been, and perhaps will be in the future, a dairy, but as of the date our visit was not. No herd, no water in the stanchion cups, no attention to the condition of the dairy house, etc.

The Experience ended with a very enjoyable buggy ride driven by Ben, a retired Amish farmer and pulled by his stocky, solid mare, Junior.

You can pack in a huge headful of Amish lore in this attraction, and will leave entirely satisfied.

Visited June 2014
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Chesapeake
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“Amish Experience Multimedia Theatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

The theatre presentation, "Jacob's Choice" was the story of how young Amish teens make a decision to stay or leave the Amish religion. It was really good! The only thing I did not like was sitting on too small, hard benches! I know it was to give you the feel of sitting in the Amish church, but I would just as soon they tell you about the hard benches!

Visited June 2014
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Grimsby, Canada
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“Fantastic Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

My mother and I visited Lancaster end of May 2014 from Niagara Falls Canada, and stayed at The Amishview Inn, really nice place and staff were very friendly and eager to assist. My mother has a walker and we were not sure about the bus tour, but it was a great experience. Anna was out tour guid and she made it a tour we will never forget. She pointed out things that you would have never found on your own and made us feel like very welcome. She is very knowledgeable about the Amish culture and shared some personal stories. I can not thank her enough for giving my mother a trip of a lifetime, at 75 years old she says this is a vacation she will never forget....Thanks again Anna, hope to see you again real soon...

Visited May 2014
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Newark, New Jersey
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“Wonderful Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

We went on this tour with a large group, mostly teenagers, and everyone loved it. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, answering our many questions. The company has a great way of making the entire experience move efficiently, so we were able to visit the homestead, take the bus tour, visit the gift/pretzel shop, eat and watch a movie all within the time we had allotted, and everything moved seamlessly. It is a tour I would definitely recommend.

Visited May 2014
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Toms River, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amish tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

The super saver tour was $40 each person and I got more than I thought. First we had a bus tour in an air conditioned bus for 1 1/2 hours. The tour director was well informed. we had one stop at a real farm and of course gift shop, When we got back we were given three different tickets to additional attractions. First an Amish dwelling that included a one room schoolhouse when a different tour guide explained everything about how they lived. Next was the Amish experience theater where they a film presentation on a young boy who had to make a decision about joining the church and committing to that way of life which was excellent. Next was a buggy ride in an Amish carriage which was not as interesting as the driver never spoke and we had to wait to long to get on a buggy.

Visited May 2014
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