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Visiting Lancaster? See Our Students’ Favorite Spots

Visiting Franklin & Marshall College this summer? Check out this list of places to visit, curated by our very own students! The suggestions below are just the start – most are a short walk from campus. For maps and more fun things to do, see our F&M Visitors page

For more suggestions – including a comprehensive restaurant list – check out our spring edition of student favorites.

Pocket Books bookstore Lancaster PA
Book Shops

DogStar Books

401 W. Lemon St. 

“Walking or biking to local businesses to buy life’s necessities (including good reading material) and to experience music, art and performance are prospects unique to city living. DogStar Books seeks to be part of that revitalization as an excellent bookstore and as a gathering place for the neighborhood.” - DogStar 

Pocket Books Shop 

903 Wheatland Ave.

Opened in 2022, this new neighborhood bookstore is just blocks from campus and has an eclectic, indie charm.

Read Rose Books

23 N. Prince St.

"A super cozy bookstore and incredible staff!" - Muna Sultana '24

Mean Cup Coffee Shop Lancaster

Coffee Shops

Endo Cafe

237 N. Prince St. 

"Open seven days a week, Endo Cafe is a small, bike-themed coffee shop in downtown Lancaster. The shop has a large selection of great coffee, tea, pastries and plenty of seasonal drinks. The cafe offers an open and inviting atmosphere to spend time and relax. The cafe is a great place to study, get off campus for a while, hang out with friends and enjoy great food and drinks." - Julie McFadden '23

New Holland Coffee Co.

29 E King St.

"New Holland Coffee Co. is a downtown cafe that offers good food and great coffee that’s perfect for a breakfast or lunch. It also offers a calming atmosphere that is great for getting work done, which attracts numerous students. The cafe is small and aesthetic, and offers cute seating and decor as well." - Maddie Bickel '23

Passenger Coffee

7 W. King St. 

"I love the aesthetic of Passenger Coffee to get some work done and feel productive! They have great coffee and generally have a low noise level, making it a perfect spot for any college student!” - Muna Sultana '24 

Splits and Giggles Ice Cream Shop in Lancaster

Ice Cream

Pine View Dairy

2225 New Danville Pike 

"Pine View Dairy is one of the best ways to connect to local Lancaster and agricultural societies. Pine View offers some of the best ice cream that I’ve had to date, while also allowing me to pet baby cows and see how a dairy farm runs. This is one of my favorite places to go as the weather gets nicer. Not only is it great ice cream, but it’s a fun drive through scenic Lancaster farm country to get there." - Bennett Wasch '23

Rolled Cold Creamery

24 E. Orange St. 

"A fantastic family-friendly spot downtown that has some of the best ice cream in Lancaster!" - Ann Medina '22

Splits & Giggles 

500 W. Lemon St.

“Splits and Giggles is an ice cream shop only about a 10-minute walk from campus. Whenever I need a study break, some fresh air, and of course, some amazing ice cream, my roommates and I walk over and sit outside on their little patio. They even have a vegan ice cream! Splits and Giggles will always remind me of warm fall nights, good friends, and my college town I will treasure forever.” - Camryn Parsons ’23

Central Market exterior

Farmers Markets

Lancaster Central Market

23 N. Market St. 

"Central Market is a true gem of Lancaster. It is the best place to get fresh and locally sourced produce, flowers, coffee, sandwiches, baked goods and more. Market is affordable, unique, and a great way to support small businesses in Lancaster. Only a 15- to 20-minute walk from campus, it’s a must-do experience, especially in the warmer months." - Liz Joslin '24

Southern Market

100 S. Queen St. 

Reopened in January 2022, Southern Market has triumphantly returned to prominence as a marketplace and community hub. Its centerpiece is an international food hall and bar, along with coworking space, retail and community rooms.

Sunset hike at Chickies Rock

Outdoor Activities

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail

880 Chickies Hill Road (Columbia)

"On warmer days, I love to head to Chickies Rock with my friends. It’s a short drive from campus and a small hike with a beautiful view. Great spot to catch the last bit of light before the sun goes down." - Darbie Klopp '23

See photos from a recent student trip to Chickies Rock

Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball

650 N. Prince St.

"One of my favorite activities to do in Lancaster is to watch the Barnstormers! It is the perfect activity to do with a group of friends when it is nice outside. The tickets are very reasonable and the stadium is close to campus. Many interactive activities make the games very entertaining. They also have a lot of great food options!" - Sarah Delaney '23

Lancaster County Central Park 

1050 Rockford Road

Just four miles away from F&M, Lancaster County Central Park offers 544 acres for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Spalding Conservancy 

1402-1447 Vermont Ave.

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.

Learn about student field research at Spalding

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