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Visiting Campus? See Top Winter Spots

Touring Franklin & Marshall this winter? Whether it’s your first time on campus or you’re back for a return trip, make the most of your visit and browse the list below for ideas to fill a one-day voyage to Lancaster (or longer). 

Before you go: Please note that campus tours are by appointment only. They are currently offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m, and select Saturdays. Note: There is no 11 a.m. tour on Thursday. On-campus info sessions are held Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Register for tours and info sessions here.

For virtual tours and info sessions, see our current virtual offerings. 

Diplomatic Cafe in snow

1. Find a Cozy Cafe

Downtown Lancaster is home to dozens of coffee shops and unique cafes. 


2. Cheer on the Dips

Catch the Diplomats in action. In-season winter varsity sports include basketball, squash, swimming, track and field and wrestling. F&M is home to 28 varsity sports teams and eight club sports teams.

Theater production

3. Catch a Concert or Show

Warm up indoors with local theater and music – in the city or beyond. For a full list of performance venues, see upcoming shows in Lancaster

  • The Fulton Theatre, a national landmark, is the nation's oldest continuously operating theater.
  • Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, directed by F&M Conductor of Instrumental Ensembles Brian Norcross, makes music accessible to the Lancaster community in modern and playful ways. 
  • Prima Theatre bridges contemporary music with musical theater. 
  • Enjoy a beverage and bite to eat with live music at one of Lancaster’s many nightlife venues. 


Gallery Row Lancaster

4. Explore Lancaster on Foot or by Car


Jazz Night at the Phillips Museum of Art

5. Catch an Event on Campus

The semester is back in full swing on Jan. 16 – find the full schedule of campus events here

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