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Help - need to plan a getaway

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Help - need to plan a getaway

Hi All! I want to plan a trip to Hershey for myself, boyfriend and his 5 year old son (Will be 6 soon). Can I have some recommendations on:

Things to do:

Where to stay? Is it a must to stay at one of the Hershey hotels to have the best experience? We would really like something where we can maybe have a seperate bedroom from the 5 year olds but in the same Room but it's not that necessary.

Area around Hershey - things to do, someone nice to stay?

Restaurants?Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Help - need to plan a getaway

The Harrisburg-Hershey area has a lot to offer, it depends on your interests. The following is a list of suggestions - some better suited for those with children, others for adults.

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, take a horse drawn carriage ride, 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, the Hershey Trolley Works, and Chocolate World. (http://www.hersheypark.com/index.php & http://www.hersheypa.com/)

11. Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax offers a safari tour and petting zoo. It is about a half hour drive north of Harrisburg. ( http://www.laketobias.com/)

12. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, a short drive northeast of Harrisburg, will appeal to those that like to gamble. (http://www.pnrc.com/)

13. In the colder months, Ski Roundtop offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. They also have some year round and warmer weather activities. (http://www.skiroundtop.com/)

As for places to stay, being in the immediate area, I haven't stayed at any of the local hotels. From reading this board, there are many folks that prefer the Hershey hotels and feel they are worth the price, others will recommend off site lodging. I have seen a lot of positive comments about the Spring Hill Suites which are very close to HersheyPark. Hopefully another poster can help you with lodging.

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Try the Hershey Pantry, good home cooked food and desserts. It is beside the Hampton Inn. Highly recommended, going back this Spring and will visit again.

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"What If" Restaurant, just down the street from the Hampton Inn; also I think visit www.hersheydining.com for coupons at area restaurants. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites, not sure what their suites are like but a regular room was spacious. Gonna stay there again, breakfast was nice and lots of rooms and seat.

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Oops !!! The website for coupons on dining is www.dinehershey.com but I just was looking at it and I do not see coupons like I used to. Now, they want you to pay $30 for a card you use all year long and can get 20% off at participating restaurants.

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When are you planning on coming to Hershey? There is alot to see and do all around the area, but having kids myself, I think sometimes you can overdo it and then end up not having as much fun.

If you've singled out Hershey, I'm guessing it is because of the park and Hersheypark really is a great place to take a kid. There are alot of rides that even the younger set can ride. If I were you, I would measure the youngester and see which rides he'll be able to ride...I think you'll be surprised. The other thing is that there are other things to do in the park - sea lion shows, entertainment, etc.

Of course, there is also Chocolate World, which is so much fun and can take most of the day now. In addition to the ride that talks about how chocolate is made, there is a 3D show that is really neat. The trolley tour is funny...not at all like the trolley tours you find in most towns.

I would also recommend the Hershey Gardens, which might seem like an odd choice for a child, especially a boy, but you might be amazed at what a great place the gardens can be. Hershey Gardens have a Children's Garden specifically set aside for kids that really allows them to roam, climb, and run around. The butterfly house is there and is phenomenal. The gardens aren't the stuffy place that I would have expected.

The Hershey Story is the new museum that just opened in January. It is very interactive and tells the story of everything Hershey - the man, the town, the school, and his legacy. In the summer they have special hands on activities for kids which make it even more kid friendly. As much as I like the museum, you'd know better whether this is something that would fit in to your guy's interest.

Indian Echo Caverns is only a couple of minutes away in Hummelstown and is a really fun way to spend some time, especially if you've never been in an underground cave. You can turn it into the better part of a day by going mini golfing at the Challenge family fun center at the entrance.

As far as where to stay, no, you don't need to stay at one of the Hershey resorts.

Let me know if I can be of any more help.

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I completely forgot what might be the best place to take a boy...the Auto Museum!! if your boyfriend's son likes cars at all, you should definitely go there! It is a wonderful museum even for those of us who aren't car nuts. I can't believe it slipped my mind!

In fact, it is situated among some of the better choices for lodging in Hershey that might offer a seperate bedroom.

I completely forgot about your question about restaurants. What kind of food do you like? A couple of my favorites:

*Bob Evans for breakfast (I know it's a chain...)

*Dafno's (Italian, family friendly, reasonably priced,located on Chocolate Ave by Fuddruckers in Hershey)

*The Warwick (American, family friendly,but you do need to walk through the bar to get to dining area, located on Main St in Hummelstown)

*Bricker's Pizza(Chocolate Ave, Hershey)

None of these are "fancy" but rather just good restaurants. There are many more, but these are my favorites. Keep in mind that some of them will not be open on Sundays, so if you'll be here on Sunday to call ahead to see which ones are or are not open.

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