6/16/2022 Kim O'Brien

Top 5 Things to See When You Visit F&M

Are you exploring Franklin & Marshall College for the first time this summer? Make the most of your visit! Our College campus is adjacent to bustling downtown Lancaster City and a sprawling conservancy. 

Most students depart F&M saying it feels like home. We hope you’ll agree. Below, browse a quick list of things to do during a one-day visit to Lancaster.

Before you go: Campus tours are by appointment only. They are currently offered Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m, and Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. On-campus info sessions are held on Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. Register for tours and info sessions here.

For virtual tours and info sessions, see current virtual offerings. 

  • The Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium Image Credit: Nick Gould
  • Franklin and Marshall College students attend a Barnstormers baseball game at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in the summer of 2014. Photo by Melissa Hess.

1. Catch a Ballgame

F&M is less than a mile from Clipper Stadium, named for two F&M alums who began Clipper Magazine as a business venture when they were students. It is home to the Lancaster Barnstormers, and with tickets ranging from $7 to $16, a ballgame is the perfect way to end your day in Lancaster. 

Some of our students even intern at Clipper to gain a better understanding of business and sports management.

  • Spalding Conservancy Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Just one mile from campus, the 50-acre Spalding Conservancy has been used in F&M coursework and research since the 1980s. Image Credit: Deb Grove

2. Go for a Hike on Campus (or Off)

Just one mile from campus, the 50-acre Spalding Conservancy has been used in F&M coursework and research since the 1980s. This urban conservancy serves as a natural laboratory for students and local environmental groups. View Google map.

Want to get off campus? Lancaster County Central Park is just four miles away from F&M, offering 544 acres for hiking, biking and horseback riding. View the Central Park Trail Guide. 

For hikes just outside of the city, view the Lancaster Conservancy list of hiking spots.  

  • F&M students enjoy a visit to Lancaster Central Market. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Central_Market,_Lancaster.jpg Image Credit: Elisa Rolle
  • Lancaster Central Market. Photo by Melissa Hess.
  • F&M students enjoy a visit to Lancaster Central Market. Image Credit: Deb Grove

3. Visit Central Market

No visit to Lancaster is complete without a stop at Central Market. Sample Lancaster’s melting pot of cuisine at the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States. It’s the perfect spot to grab souvenirs or delectable treats to share, from Amish baked goods to imported spices and snacks.  Central Market is open only three days a week: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. View more visitor information

While you’re downtown, take in Market Alley's shops, boutiques and historic architecture. 

  • Gallery Row on a First Friday in downtown Lancaster Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • F&M students enjoy a visit to downtown Lancaster's shops and galleries. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Americans for the Arts recognized the Lancaster mural as one of the 50 most outstanding public artworks created in 2018. Image Credit: Michelle Johnsen
  • Salina Almanzar ’13, photography technician at F&M, was hired to paint a mural in a Lancaster neighborhood. Image Credit: Dave Parry
  • Students enjoy a walk to downtown Lancaster. Image Credit: Deb Grove

4. Appease the Eye at Gallery Row 

Did you know Lancaster is a nationally recognized art center? Concentrated on the first and second blocks of North Prince Street, Gallery Row is the center of the local art scene. Fans of abstract painter Charles Demuth will delight in spotting the cityscapes that inspired his work. 

On the First Friday of each month, some 90 art galleries, shops and restaurants extend their hours for the evening. 

Up for an extended trip? Spend the weekend searching for Lancaster Public Art installations (several of which are created by F&M alumni and staff artists). For an Instagram-worthy backdrop, view a map of Lancaster murals in the city and surrounding county.  

  • 2 slide show 10 25 hair dress dg Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Fulton Theater, Downtown Lancaster Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • Brian Norcross works with students in his conducting class. Image Credit: Deb Grove

5. Catch a Concert or Show 

Downtown Lancaster offers theater and music venues for all interests. The Fulton Theatre, a national landmark, is the nation's oldest continuously operating theater. Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, directed by F&M Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles Brian Norcross, makes music accessible to the Lancaster community in modern and playful ways. Prima Theatre bridges contemporary music with musical theater. And that’s just in the city alone. For a full list of performance venues, see upcoming shows in Lancaster.  

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