Plenty of New Surprises in Store this Year in Lancaster County, Pa.

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Discover Lancaster helps visitors realize how much more there is to do and see in Lancaster than just the traditional activities, particularly the area's new offerings in 2016.

Catch the debut of “Samson” – the world’s first superhero – at Sight & Sound Theatres!

The hip dining & drinks scene just keeps on growing in Downtown Lancaster.

With Memorial Day weekend in sight, travelers to Lancaster have more to look forward to in 2016, with fresh area offerings like:

-- In the tradition of its historic nickname “Little Munich of America,” Lancaster County now leads the entire state with 25 craft brew licenses, spread throughout many of its charming small towns, from Columbia Kettle Works in Columbia to Bube’s Brewery (pronounced BOOBIES) in Mount Joy – the only U.S. brewery from the 1800s that has survived intact.

-- Get an outdoors “fix” with Chiques Rock Outfitters’ new bike & paddle (kayak or canoe) combo on the Northwest River Trail along the mighty Susquehanna.

-- Sight & Sound Theatres has unveiled its latest blockbuster – "Samson," a captivating production for the whole family, filled with colorful characters and the extraordinary feats of the world’s first superhero. An invigorating story about faith, where weakness is turned to strength.

-- The hip dining & drinks scene keeps growing in Downtown Lancaster, with the brand new Root – a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in a historic re-used space – as well as makeovers of Café One Eight and The Pressroom, and the upcoming Luca on James (from the owners of local gem Ma(i)son).

-- Check out American Music Theatre’s new original show "Crooners" – celebrating the smooth sophistication of old-time faves and contemporary stars – or take in a performance at the totally revamped and renamed Lancaster Marionette Theatre.

-- Bring a steady hand to Strasburg Rail Road’s first full season of its unique Pinball Pendolino train car. Furnished with 12 vintage pinball machines, this authentically-restored wooden passenger car offers a new challenge for players as the train taunts them with her own unpredictable tilt.

-- Explore Lancaster's beautiful landscape from 100 feet up, in Kreider Farms’ new observation tower, or closer to the ground astride a steed at Nookside Stables, a newer horseback experience that features learning to ride & handle a mount, then directing them through a series of field activities.

-- Enjoy a unique overnight at Strasburg’s completely renovated Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant.

-- And on the recent “kudos” beat: (1) the Inn at Leola Village’s TE restaurant is now one of less than 25 in the entire U.S. with both AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star ratings; and (2) the Bulls Head pub in Lititz is the 2016 PA representative on’s “51 Best Beer Bars in America” list.

Added to all this are Discover Lancaster’s own new local driving trails highlighting distinctive shopping, bountiful beverages, and fascinating heritage, as well as the first two #DiscoverItForYourself marketing/social media videos of expected and unexpected experiences that provide visitors with more detail using authentic voices and compelling visuals. Both of these initiatives aim to further promote Discover Lancaster’s recently expanded tourism brand for the area.

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