The Pretzel Hut and Petting Zoo – Newmanstown, PA

While we normally don’t cover places to eat, The Pretzel Hut doubles as a restaurant and kid-friendly entertainment. It’s located along Route 501, north of Lititz, Pennsylvania. It’s also a close to Route 322.

Pretzel Hut Tables
Seating with Playground

The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating. It’s the kind of place where you order your food at the counter inside the restaurant. Then, they have a buzzer to let you know when your food is ready. Of course, the buzzer works out by the tables and the playground, so you can start playing while waiting for your food. There’s also an outdoor counter for ordering ice cream.

Pretzel Hut Ice Cream
Pretzel Hut Ice Cream

Pretzel Hut Menu Options

There are lots of kid-friendly food options on the menu like soft pretzels, ice cream, chicken tenders, and more. Note that for their Sunday hours they serve ice cream, but not their full food menu. Check their Facebook page for any updates. Obviously, since the restaurant has “pretzel” in the name, they have soft pretzels and several dips. Therefore, I just had to order one.

Pretzel Hut Pretzel
Pretzel Hut Pretzel

They also had a pretzel sandwich, and several other options, including quesadillas, cheese steaks, and much more. Kid’s meal options include chicken tenders, a hot dog, hamburger and quesadilla meal. Note that new owners recently took over The Pretzel Hut, so they will be adding to their menu over time.

Pretzel Hut Quesadilla
Pretzel Hut Quesadilla

In addition to the food, it’s the petting zoo behind the restaurant that will really make this place a fun spot for the kids. There’s a larger parking lot to the side of the Pretzel Hut. In the back of the parking lot there’s a trail that leads up a hill to the animal area.

Pretzel Hut Zoo Animals

Pretzel Hut Bunny Cages
Bunny Cages

There are bunnies, pigs, goats, a peacock and turkey that roams the area. The goats and pigs are within a gated area while the bunnies are in individual cages. Goat food is available in a dispenser. It appeared to take quarters.

Pretzel Hut Goat Food
Goat Food

The bunnies are adorable, and so soft! When we visited, there were several baby bunnies in a pen with their mother.

Pretzel Hut Bunny

The kids really liked the baby pigs, as well as feeding the goats.

Pretzel Hut Pigs
Pretzel Hut Pigs

Just be sure to hand sanitize before eating your meal. If possible, it’s probably best to eat first and then go to the petting zoo. There’s plenty of space to roam around and check out the animals.

More Fun in the Lancaster Area

Here’s a list of 20 things to do in the Lancaster area, as well as 5 things to do in the Lititz area.

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