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Thinking about taking a trip in Early June 2008, but have ??

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Thinking about taking a trip in Early June 2008, but have ??

My questions are this, does this sound like too much to do in a week or 8 days? Would like to do Gettysburg, Hershey's chocolate tours and Hershey park and zoo (probably this one for several days). Also I am wondering if there is anything else really worth taking the time to see in that region. I have 2 girls ages 8 and 4, The oldest loves History like me, and they both loved Disney our last two trips down, but am looking for something different to do. I forgot I planne on going up to New York City for a day and seeing some relatives and touring the hot tourist things like Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building and a few other things. I could stretch it to maybe 8 or 9 days. How long does it take to really see Hershey's amusement park, as I said my kids just love rides and all that kind of experience! Thanks!

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1. Re: Thinking about taking a trip in Early June 2008, but have ??

I would plan on at least 2 days in Hershey. One entire day for rides and the other day for the zoo, museum, etc.

Since you are into history you could drive to Ephrata, about 45 minutes from Hershey and visit the Cloisters. You could spend at least 3 hours there. It is very fascinating.

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The Harrisburg-Hershey area has a lot to offer, it depends on your interests.

1. There is the Whitaker Center, which has the Harsco Science Center and an IMAX Theater (www.whitakercenter.org/science/index.asp).

2. You can ride the “Pride of the Susquehanna” riverboat on City Island, play Water Golf, or catch a Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball game during the summer (www.harrisburgpa.gov/parksRec/cityIsland/).

3. The PA State Capitol has tours and there is the PA Museum with a variety of displays (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/toursWelcome.cfm and http://www.statemuseumpa.org/).

4. There is also a Civil War Museum (http://www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org/).

5. Fort Hunter Park has a Victorian-era mansion, restored barn, church, stable, and tavern house that illustrate life in the 1800s (http://www.forthunter.org/).

6. Wildwood Lake Sanctuary is a scenic wetland home to rare birds, delicate flowers, amphibians, and animals; the Olwine Nature Center has exhibits (http://www.wildwoodlake.org/).

7. In nearby Boiling Springs is the Allenberry Resort & Playhouse, which is a quaint small restaurant/theater and resort along the Yellow Breaches Creek (http://www.allenberry.com/).

8. If you are looking for a break from the HersheyPark scene, there are two family mini golf centers in the area worth checking out – Adventure Sports (http://www.adventurehershey.com/) and Challenge Family Fun Center (http://www.challengefamilyfun.com/).

9. The Middletown &-Hummelstown Railroad (http://www.mhrailroad.com/) is a nice relaxing old-fashioned railroad trip. You can combine it with a visit to Indian Echo Caverns (http://www.indianechocaverns.com/).

Enjoy your visit. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Thanks breezes and flyeagle for responding and giving me some ideas and for giving me your advice. My daughters both love trains so that would be fun to do the trains and the caverns in the same day. Thanks again and I think We will be booking in the near future. Thanks!

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I, too, am in the process of planning our annual family vacation. Right now the thought is to visit Busch Gardens Europe June 14 through June 19 and stay at the Hershey Lodge June 19 through June 24. As I've been checking various boards/forums, most people are recommending only 1 or 2 days to do Hershey, however, we always do about a 10 or 11 day vacation which enables us to visit attractions at a much more relaxed pace. We don't have to be up at the crack of dawn, be at the park all day, then get back to our room at midnight and be totally exhausted. We also plan to spend a day in Philadelphia and also tour Washington DC. We've been doing Disneyland/Disney World the past three years so we're looking forward to something different this time around.

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Your girls may also enjoy the Boyds Bears Barn near Gettysburg. Not sure if you, or they, are familiar with Build-a-Bear but Boyds offers the same thing-make your own stuffed animal along with several floors of shopping. My kids found it fun to browse around.

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Thanks ddenis and librarychick for you comments and suggestions. WE are still really thinking about it, but are not sure quite yet. We have done Disney a few times and I thought something different this year (since Disney is not in our grasps this year) would be fun. The area holds tons of things to do, from family close by, to Hershey, Gettysburg, Philadelphia history, New York City and Atlantic City, all of which I think my daughters and wife would love to see, I know I would. Thanks again and we have some serious thinking to do in the near future!

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Breezes Pleases suggests going to The Cloisters. I am wondering what this is? I plan to visit Hershey next July.

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The chocolate tour is a ride through a simulated "factory" watching films of how chocolate is made. Takes half hour tops. They don't let you into the real factory any more.

It lets you out right in the entrance to what can only be called a Mall of Chocolate -- all things Hershey.

The amusement park has a deal where they let you in on the evening before your day ticket, at about 7 or so. Check their website -- then you go in for the day, the following day. It is much less crowded in the evenings esp Fri evening & we found this a very nice intro to park. I love the lights on the rides after dark!

The first weekend in June is Girl Scout Camporee weekend at Hersheypark & you will be joined by thousands of GS -- very friendly nice girls but be warned. Oh btw, if your daughters are GS you can get a special admissions rate that weekend! Click on Groups on the bar at top of their homepage & scroll to Scouts. And they can also get a Camporee participation patch and if they answer a bunch of questions on a form you print out & mail in the ans they can get another patch -- that is the case no matter when you go there. They do not have to go with their troop in order to enjoy the GS camporee, and they can stay in a local hotel & still register for Camporee.

There is a small museum right across from the park entrance which is about Milton Hershey & the early days of Hershey. Milton bought artifacts (such as Native Amer gear) to give his employees some culture & they have these very nicely displayed in a modern way. What is fascinating is Mrs Hershey's rather large collection of silver things from her drssing table! This museum also has a really cool carved European clock and you sit & wait for all these things to come out & parade around on the hour. I am sure they mention it on their website.

Gettysburg should take at least 2 days itself & you could either drive there from Hershey or change your accomodations. Hershey is more expensive hotelwise. Your girls' ages might be a bit young for Gettysburg -- it is a battlefield where thousands died, after all -- Visit the Gettysburg forum here for loads of info & also visit the NPS website on the Military Park. The new Visitor Center will be open when you are planning to visit. We have just booked a weekend at the Quality Inn Motor Lodge on Steinwehr; it has very good ratings on TA for cleanliness & there is a complim. breakfast. Also it is right across street from battlefield.

When you do the Statue Lib think about appproaching from Liberty State Pk on the Jersey side & take the ferry. You can go to only the statue or get back on the ferry & go to Ellis I. Parking is free & easy to access the ferry in Liberty State Park & also easy on-off the NJ Turnpike to reach it. In early June you will want a sweater unless it happens to be very hot -- that statue is in the middle of a harbor & it is quite breezy there.

Also, if the girls are Scouts, visit this site:


Patchwork Designs is a small company that embroiders exquisitely detailed program & souvenir patches for Scouts & other kids & writes up their own programs (so kids will earn them). Scroll this page & you will see they have a Statue of Lib & Ellis I. program, and they also have State programs, including PA, NY, & NJ.

You can print out the program & yr 8 yr old could do some of the work for them in advance -- in fact if she does she will be much better prepared to enjoy the trip---and you can buy them for her & they go on the back of the Brownie or Jr vest. If she isn't GS (yet) order them for her anyway & add to the scrapbook.

Have a wonderful time!

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