1/20/2023 Kim O'Brien

Five Fun Winter Activities Near Campus

Visiting Franklin & Marshall College for the first time this winter? A snowy stroll around campus will quickly warm up your day. You might even catch students sledding at Buchanan Park! 

Make the most of your visit and browse the list below for ideas to fill a one-day visit to Lancaster (or longer). 

Before you go: Campus tours are by appointment only. They are currently offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m, and select Saturdays. Note: There is no 11 a.m. tour on Thursday. On-campus info sessions are held Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Register for tours and info sessions here.

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

1. Find a Cozy Cafe

Downtown Lancaster is home to dozens of coffee shops and unique cafes. Browse the full coffee shop and cafe list to find your new favorite java spot. Our very own Blue Line Cafe (pictured below) is a great place to start. 

The county is also home to many farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants. Students and their families love venturing to Central Market, the oldest continuously operated farmers market in the country. For the best farm-to-table cuisine, check out this local list.

  • Blue Line Cafe in F&M's historic Distler House is a popular spot for conversation and coffee. Blue Line Cafe in F&M's historic Distler House is a popular spot for conversation and coffee. Image Credit: Deb Grove

2. Catch a Concert or Show 

Warm up indoors with local theater and music – and that’s just in the city alone. For a full list of performance venues, see upcoming shows in Lancaster

  • 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. 
  • Enjoy a beverage and bite to eat with live music at one of Lancaster's many venues for nightlife.
  • Fulton Theatre is the nation's oldest continuously operating theater. Fulton Theatre is the nation's oldest continuously operating theater. Image Credit: Deb Grove

3. Cheer on the Dips

Catch a Diplomat sports match. In-season winter varsity sports include basketball, squash, swimming, track and field, and wrestling. F&M is home to 27 varsity sport teams and eight club sport teams.  

  • Fans cheer on the women's basketball team during a Centennial Conference clash vs. Dickinson in Mayser Gymnasium. Fans cheer on the women's basketball team during a Centennial Conference clash vs. Dickinson in Mayser Gymnasium. Image Credit: Staff photo

4. Get Outdoors 

Be among the first to explore two newly opened sites near Lancaster. The Safe Harbor railroad trestle offers a sweeping view of the Susquehanna River – a particularly awe-inspiring view when the river is coated in ice. Susquehanna Riverlands in neighboring York County is one of three state parks newly opened last fall.

The annual snow geese migration at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area attracts flocks of tourists between mid-February and mid-March. Stop by the visitors center for maps and viewing advice from the staff. Don’t forget your binoculars! Also, beautiful Millport Conservancy is only a short drive from campus in Lititz, Pa.

  • Nature's beauty is on full display at Millport Conservancy, a short drive from campus in Lititz, Pa. Nature's beauty is on full display at Millport Conservancy, a short drive from campus in Lititz, Pa. Image Credit: Deb Grove

5. Catch an Event on Campus

The semester is back in full swing – find the full schedule of campus events here

  • Yusef Salaam, poet, activist and inspirational speaker, addresses the crowd during Common Hour at Mayser Gymmnasium. Yusef Salaam, poet, activist and inspirational speaker, addresses the crowd during Common Hour at Mayser Gymmnasium. Image Credit: Deb Grove

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