This past Friday, my mother-in-law and I took my four children to Lancaster County for an authentic Amish Buggy Ride! At first, I was hesitant to go since the temperature had plummeted to the low 30’s, but when I learned the buggy is enclosed (not heated, but not open to the elements), I put a blanket in the van and bundled us up and off we went!
Clearly we weren’t the only ones with this plan! We waved good-bye to two couples that went on the 30-minute ride and then after our buggy pulled away another trio of patrons waited for a 30-minute tour. When we returned, there was a family of 6 holding onto blankets with cameras around their necks in line for a private buggy ride. This was their family reunion trip! Going out in the buggy’s on this day was clearly a great idea!
Levi, our guide on the hour-ride experience, will be celebrating his 60th birthday in February. He’s married and has 3 children, his daughter got married on Halloween. We had such a wonderful time getting to know our new Amish friend as well as the community in which he lives in. Our tour took us to a working Amish dairy farm that actually has a contract with Land-O-Lakes! My girls were in awe at the sight of 80 cows lined up, 2 enormous mules, and 2 little ponies. Oh, and they were in love with the barn cat that followed us around.
After learning about how the farm works, thrives, and provides, we bought some of the children’s delicious cookies and then got back into the buggy.
Unless the buggy can not travel due to weather conditions, Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides are open for business from 10am to 4pm 7-days a week, including Thanksgiving and Christmas! Since my 4-year old said upon leaving “can we come back every year but bring MORE family next time”? I think we may have started a new family tradition!
After our tour, we stuck around Lancaster County for some other awesome learning experiences. We went to Kauffmans Fruit Farm Market right next door where we bought amazing apple cider, some locally made pretzels, and Wilbur buds (my favorite!). Then after leaving the market we went 2.5 miles down the road to Kitchen Kettle Village.
Would you like to win tickets to have your own family experience this fall/winter? Enter here! And even if you don’t win, please check out their Facebook page and be sure to consider Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides for your next family fun, educational outing.
Disclaimer: My family was sent on this buggy ride for free in exchange for this very honest review. The company is providing free tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader.