Lancaster is a charming small city only 30 minutes southeast of Columbus. Widely known as the “Gateway to the Hocking Hills,” Lancaster also boasts gorgeous parks, trails for walking, biking, and climbing, and plenty of natural beauty. As the county seat of Fairfield County, Lancaster offers plenty of big city amenities along with small town charm. The vibrant downtown features a wealth of locally owned businesses, demonstrates the community’s pride in its history and heritage, and introduces you to some of the friendliest folks in the region.
A visit to downtown Lancaster is simply delightful. Stroll the streets of our vibrant historic district and discover a variety of unique locally owned shops. Keep your eyes open along the way so you don’t miss the murals, sculpture, and other public works of art.
Get ready to jump into exciting activities like axe throwing, splatter painting, glass blowing, and more. Immerse yourself in our rich heritage when you spend an afternoon at one of our fascinating museums.
Satisfy all your culinary cravings at one of our terrific restaurants, coffee shops, or bakeries. End your day with a toast to your Lancaster Experience at one of our friendly pubs or in our Outdoor Refreshment Area. Cheers to an amazing adventure!
Lancaster is proud of its heritage and ability to maintain its local flavor. Destination Downtown Lancaster spearheads preservation efforts, encourages the public to participate in special events, and leads a variety of civic programs throughout the year. Learn more about this local organization by clicking the button below.
Discover some of the great businesses and attractions downtown Lancaster has to offer.
The Lancaster Experience is an easy way for you to immerse yourself in a variety of fun activities. Participate in hands-on projects or use your creativity to really shine. This trail highlights activities taking place throughout downtown Lancaster and in the surrounding areas and is available to explore on the Visit Fairfield County app.