Lancaster, PA

Family-Friendly: 3 Parks & Playgrounds in Lancaster City, PA

Melissa Frost

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The City of Lancaster, PA is home to several public parks and playgrounds. Some of the more family-friendly green spaces are perfect places to relax and let the kids play and unwind. I've listed three of my favorite city parks below.

Buchanan Park

Buchanan Park, located close to Franklin & Marshall College and the North Museum of Natural Science and History includes a large grass area, basketball courts, playground and a pavilion. It's a well-kept park, easy to get to.

Buchanan Park is also the location of our furry friends' favorite: Beau’s Dream Dog Park - featuring a small and large dog area, both with splash pads, a doxi tunnel on the small dog side, and a tennis ball tree that launches tennis balls on the large dog side.

Address: 901 Buchanan Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

Culliton Park

Culliton Park is known for Conlin Field, a go-to location for many softball and baseball games throughout the warmer season. Culliton Park also includes a wading pool, basketball courts, and a playground. There are also seasonal events happening for kids throughout the summer months, STEM Saturdays being a popular one.

Friends of Culliton Park is a resident group that seeks to protect and support the local park. They organize community events, including the annual Trick-or-Treat event and Egg Hunt.

Address: 200-238 S Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Long’s Park 

Long’s Park is not in the heart of downtown Lancaster, but is still considered to be a city park. This public, 80-acre park is filled with outdoor amenities including picnic pavilions, a petting farm, children’s playgrounds, a three-acre lake, tennis courts, and a fitness trail.

Every year Long's Park hosts several activities including free summer music series and an arts & crafts festival. The park is located on the northwest corner of town at the intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Route 30. 

It's a fun place to spend a couple of hours in the sun!

Address: 1441 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601

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