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Never have been to Hershey before

We are spending almost a week in Hershey May 22-29.

We are traveling w/our 8 & 12 yr old girls. We love rides and history and of course chocolate.

We are staying at our timeshare The Suites at Hershey - I think. I would love some suggestions on things to do and places to eat.

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1. Re: Never have been to Hershey before

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 (many hands-on exhibits) and an IMAX Theater (Harrisburg). (www.whitakercenter.org/science/index.asp).

2. Also in Harrisburg, 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, both are in Harrisburg. (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/toursWelcome.cfm and http://www.statemuseumpa.org/).

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

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

6. Harrisburg’s 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/).

10. Hershey attractions which include HersheyPark, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Museum, and Chocolate World. (http://www.hersheypark.com/index.php & http://www.hersheypa.com/)

There is plenty to do in the Harrisburg-Hershey area. Enjoy your visit.

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As for places to eat, there are, of course, many restaurants (chain & local) in the area of Hershey Park. Among them are Bob Evans, Panera Bread, Applebee’s, Fudruckers, Friendly's, Pizza Hut, Houlihans, Isaac’s Deli, Taco Bell, the Hershey Pantry, Hoss’s Steakhouse, and the Cocoa Diner. I would recommend Isaac’s Deli, the Cocoa Diner, and the Hershey Pantry. Also, Bob Evans and Panera Bread offer good food at very reasonable prices.

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I 2nd the Hershey Pantry suggestion. Great breakfasts! It's a small facility and they are closed on Sundays. If you can, arrive early! Hoss' Steakhouse is good also. It's a chain, but they have an extensive salad bar. I find it a good kids place.

You've gotten a great list of activities already. You can also consider Gettysburg is you are into Civil War History and Lancaster for tours of the Amish country if time permits. Both are manageable day trips from Hershey.

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We went to Hershey for a weekend about 2 yrs ago (for time reference). One thing both of us enjoyed more than we expected was the trolley tour (History Trolley Works). I departs from Chocolate World and gives a very comprehensive and interesting narrative of Milton Hershey's life and how the factory/town progressed. It was the best aspect of our trip up there.

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Since you love history and you have the time, I definitely recommend a day or 2 in Gettysburg while you're North - it's only about an hour's drive from Hershey. Even if your girls aren't interested in the monuments, they'll love exploring the battlefield, and there are quaint shops, msny museums & some great restaurants in very historic buildings, many of which will allow you to tour before or after your meal. And, if you can manage an overnight or don't mind a late drive back to Hershey, there are ghost walks and storytelling in the evenings, too.

Enjoy your visit North, whatever you decide!

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The person who posted all the attractions really gave you a comprehensive list. There really is alot to see and do in the area, but I know that when we travel with the family, sometimes you can overdo it and do so much you need a vacation from your vacation.

We live in Hershey and would really recommend spending Thursday-and perhaps even Friday- in Hersheypark. By all means avoid the weekends if at all possible. There really is alot to do in the park including some really great in house shows.

Also included in admission is ZooAmerica, which is a small park with animals native to North America. It only will take an hour or so, but is a nice change of pace to the park.

I also agree with the poster who recommended the trolley ride. It is fun and informative. It also takes you by many of the things worth visiting in a great American town.

Places to visit in Hershey itself:

1/Hersheypark/ZooAmerica

2/Hershey's Chocoalte World

3/Hershey Gardens

4/The Milton Hershey School- Founder's Hall (this tells you what was truly important to M.S. and Kitty Hershey and the incredible legacy they left behind!)

5/The Hershey Museum

6/Tour of the Hershey Theater (only Fridays and Sundays but an amazing venue especially if you have any interest in either theater or architecture)

7/The Hotel Hershey (beautiful building,gorgeous grounds! Just walk through the building and look at the historic pictures throughout. The Fountain Cafe is a nice place to eat outside on the patio - pricey, but not like the Circular Dining Room, which is great but very pricey!)

8/Auto Museum (completely an unexpectedly wonderful place! I have 3 girls who absolutely loved it even though they could care less about cars typically. It is a really unique place)

9/If you bring bikes or anything, we have a superb bike path that winds its way through the entire town. Parts are in public parks, others are more "connectors" but it is nice, too.

This is a great town to visit and even better to live in! If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Have a great trip!

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Thanks you so much for all your suggestions. I can't wait to plan the trip.

Is there much to do if we take a day trip to Amish Country?

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A day trip to the Lancaster is definitely worth it. There's an Amish Farm on Rt. 30 you can tour, and there are many places to take a buggy ride. You also have the Strasburg Railroad attractions if the group is interested in trains.

If you go on a weekend, you can check out Bird in Hand Farmer's Market to see local crafts and sample delicious food.

Another neat attraction is Wheatland, the home of our 15th president, James Buchanan. The home is in downtown Lancaster and is open for tours.

And of course, you have the outlets!!!

Have a great trip!

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