Category: Pennsylvania

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

A- Overview:
Wilkum! to Lancaster County and the scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This is an area that visitors have grown to love. Here, they discover Amish communities where life moves at a slower pace and centers upon time-honored traditions and values. The scenery is breathtaking. Rolling hills of rich farmland dotted with one-room schoolhouses and wooden covered bridges, modern farm machinery pulled behind four-and six-mule teams, homemade clothing and quilts gently blowing in the breeze, and the sound of the clip-clop of horses’ hooves echoing down quiet country roads.

The relaxed atmosphere, the peaceful scenery, and the variety of the many unique attractions and family activities have made Lancaster, Pennsylvania one of America’s favorite vacation destinations.

The extensive Amish and plain communities give this area a tranquil ambience. The Amish as a whole place value not on the materialistic concerns of our modern society, but on an adherence to a more traditional way of life. Their emphasis is on the value of the family and the community. This influence is apparent throughout the local society. Visitors are welcome to glimpse the community’s lifestyle first hand by visiting an actual Amish farm and house. There is one conveniently located on Route 30 (east) in Lancaster, which is appropriately called The Amish Farm and House. This is one of the most intimate ways to learn about the Old Order Amish of Lancaster County. Visitors experience life on a 25-acre farm where they learn about the simple lifestyle of the Amish people, their farm animals and various crops, and view a variety of farm buildings. During and after such a visit, visitors gain a perspective on the life and values of the “plain people,” and have an opportunity to reflect on the values that make them so “different”. There is much to be said for the slower-paced lifestyle of the Amish.

There is no shortage of amusements and attractions for all ages in and around Lancaster. They are nestled in and among the Amish farms and the country villages, just waiting to be discovered! Where else can visitors ride in an Amish buggy, whip around on a roller coaster, ride an historic steam locomotive, play a round of championship golf, tour an operating farm, enjoy a peaceful hot air balloon ride, and take in a Broadway play all in the same day? Lancaster has all of this and much more.

Summer tends to be the busiest time of year due to the tranquil beauty of the region as well as its proximity to world famous Hershey, Pennsylvania. A visit to Hershey is worth the calories. With the daytime temperatures during the summer reaching the mid 80’s F and the evenings dropping to the pleasant 60’s, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the many enjoyable outdoor activities available in the area. Spring and fall are simply beautiful and quite comfortable. In the daytime a light sweater is all that is needed and at night, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a fine meal while sitting by a warm fire at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area. Winters can be cold at times and snow is quite likely, and heavy at times. Although the temperatures are low during this time, getting wrapped up in a warm blanket while take a local buggy ride is something that won’t be forgotten. Add a little falling snow, and it’s a Rockwell-like picture. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for visiting, beautiful and tranquil Lancaster is waiting.

B- City Information:
Population: 56,348

Elevation: 368 feet above sea level

Land Area: 7.4 square miles

Location: Located in the south central section of Pennsylvania, approximately 80 miles west of Philadelphia and 65 miles southeast of Harrisburg

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (when it’s noon in Lancaster, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Lancaster observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
29.1
31.5
40.7
50.8
61.2
69.8
74.4
72.9
65.3
53.7
43.4
34.1

High temperature (°F)
37.5
40.6
50.5
61.7
72.1
80.2
84.7
83.1
75.9
64.7
52.9
42.3

Low temperature (°F)
20.8
22.4
30.8
40.0
50.1
59.2
64.1
62.6
54.8
42.6
33.7
25.9

Precipitation (in)
3.4
2.5
3.5
3.3
4.3
4.0
4.3
3.4
4.4
3.6
3.4
3.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
11
10
11
13
13
11
10
9
9
9
10
10

Wind speed (mph)
8.6
9.3
9.8
9.4
7.9
7.1
6.6
6.2
6.4
7.0
8.1
8.3

Morning humidity (%)
73
72
72
70
74
77
79
83
85
82
77
74

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
55
52
49
52
53
52
55
56
54
57
58

Sunshine (%)
49
54
58
58
59
65
67
66
62
58
47
44

Days clear of clouds
7
7
7
6
6
7
7
8
9
10
6
6

Partly cloudy days
7
7
8
9
10
12
12
11
9
8
8
8

Cloudy days
17
14
16
15
15
12
12
12
12
13
15
17

Snowfall (in)
9.1
8.6
5.5
0.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.8
6.1

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be the busiest time of year due to the tranquil beauty of the region as well as its proximity to world famous Hershey, Pennsylvania. With the daytime temperatures reaching the mid 80’s F and the evenings dropping to the pleasant 60’s, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the many enjoyable outdoor activities available in the area. Spring and fall are beautiful and quite comfortable. In the daytime, a light sweater is all that is needed and at night, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a fine meal while sitting by a warm fire at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area. Winters can be cold at times and snow is quite likely, and heavy at times. Although the temperatures are low during this time, getting wrapped up in a warm blanket while take a local buggy ride is something that won’t be forgotten. Add a little snow falling, and it’s a Rockwell-like picture. Whatever the season and whatever the reason for visiting, beautiful and tranquil Lancaster is waiting.

How to Get There:

By Air

Harrisburg International Airport

208 Airport Drive

Middlestown PA 17050

717- 948-4642

Located approximately 60 miles northwest of Lancaster, the airport is served by many of the national carriers as well as center local and regional airlines as well.

Philadelphia International Airport

8000 Essington Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19153

215-937-5499

The airport is located approximately 2 hours east of Lancaster and is one of the largest airports in the United States. It is served by many of the national and international airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

All of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at both airports.

By Car

Lancaster is easily accessible by car as all of county’s major highways (US Routes 30, 283, and 222, and PA Routes 501, 462, 272 and 23) meet in Lancaster City with the exception of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (US Route 76), which travels in an east-west direction across the northern part of Lancaster County.

By Train

Amtrak

53 McGovern Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17602

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

53 McGovern Avenue

Lancaster PA 17602

717-397-4861

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do, both in Lancaster as well as throughout the entire region, the best way to get around is by car, either personal or rental.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Amish Farm & House
2395 Route 30 East

Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-6185

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Amish Farm and House is one of the most intimate ways to learn about the Old
Order Amish of Lancaster County. A visit to this 25-acre farm begins with a guided tour through the house where visitors learn about the simple lifestyle of the Amish people. Next explore the farm complete with animals, various crops, and a range of farm buildings.

Bethel Harambee Historical Services

450-512 East Strawberry Street

Churchtowne of Lancaster

Lancaster, PA 17602
717-509-1177

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

“Living the Experience” is a creative, living history production of the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania. Individuals such as Eliza Parker, Rev. Stephen Smith, Rev. Jarena Lee, and Lydia Hamilton Smith tell their courageous stories about their work on the Underground Railroad.

Historic Lancaster Walking Tour
100 South Queen Street

Lancaster, PA 17603
717-392-1776

Hours: Call for further information

Admission Charged

Mennonite Information Center

2209 Millstream Road

Lancaster, PA 17602

717-299-0954

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Knowledgeable staff and exhibits interpret the faith and the practices of Amish and Mennonite peoples, explain the meaning and purpose of the original Old Testament Tabernacle, and help area visitors to better understand the background and origins of the people of the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area.

Dutch Wonderland

2249 Rt. 30 East

Lancaster, PA 17602

717-291-1888

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

An amusement park for the whole family that includes a water park and a museum!

Hands on House, Children’s Museum

2380 Kissel Hill Rd.

Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-5437

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The museum is designed for children ages 2-10 years. At Hands-on House, adults and children play and learn together. The philosophy of childhood learning is simple: it lasts longer if it’s more fun, and it’s more fun if it includes doing. The exhibits, classes and programs are short on lectures, and long on interactive, participatory activities.

Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County

13 West King Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-299-6440

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Lancaster Cultural History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Lancaster County’s history and decorative arts through its permanent collection, annual exhibitions and education programs.

James Buchanan’s Wheatland

1120 Marietta Ave.

Lancaster, PA 17603
717-392-8721

Hours: Open daily from April 1 through October 31 and Friday through Monday in November.

Admission Charged

During his lifetime, James Buchanan welcomed numerous visitors into his home. Visitors are invited into his home today to learn more about Pennsylvania’s only President and the times surrounding his life at Wheatland. Wheatland is situated amid four landscaped acres where Buchanan’s outbuildings, the smokehouse and the privy, can still be seen. Guided tours begin in the Carriage House Visitors Center with a video and introduction and continue in the mansion. Visitors will want to take a few minutes to enjoy Wheatland’s two museum shops, as well as strolling through the Victorian herb garden.

Landis Valley Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Rd.

Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-0401

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Landis Valley Museum is a nationally significant living history museum that collects, conserves, exhibits, and interprets Pennsylvania German material, culture, history and heritage from 1740 through 1940.

North Museum of Natural History & Science

400 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-291-3941

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

From the foundations of our earth to the wonders of space, dinosaurs to Native Americans, hands-on discovery for children to live snakes and turtles, the North Museum offers a universe of fun learning experiences about science and the natural world.

Lancaster Newspapers Newseum

28 S. Queen St.

Lancaster, PA 17603
717-291-8600

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Nearby

Strasburg Rail Road Company

Route 741 East

Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-8421

Hours: Call for train schedule

Admission Charged

Enjoy the 45-minute ride while relaxing to the rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels rolling down the rails at a leisurely pace through the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

The People’s Place Quilt Museum

3510 Old Philadelphia Pike

Intercourse, PA 17534

800-828-8218

Hours: Jun.-Oct: 9am – 8pm, Nov.-May: 9am – 5pm, Closed Sundays

Admission Free

The People’s Place Quilt Museum features exhibits of antique Amish and Mennonite quilts (usually pre-1940) and other decorative arts. Recommended by The New York Times and many others.

Amish Village

Route 896, 1 mile south of Route 30
Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-8511

Hours: Spring, summer, and fall, Mondays – Saturdays – 9am – 5pm, Sundays, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Take a guided tour through an authentically furnished Lancaster county Old Order Amish farmhouse. Learn about the history and customs of the 18,000 Amish living in Lancaster County today. Discover why the Old Order Amish live as they do.

Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides

3121a Old Philadelphia Pike

Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

717-768-8828

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

At Aaron and Jessica’s you can have your own private buggy. As couples
or families you may have your choice of buggies or open wagons.

Choo Choo Barn
Rt. 741 East,

Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-7911

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

See Lancaster County in Miniature…bring your camera.

National Toy Train Museum

Paradise Lane

Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-8976

Hours: Open weekends in April, November and December; Daily May – October, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Toy trains are presented in a colorful and exciting turn-of-the-century setting. The Museum’s vast collection of floor toys, electric trains and train-related accessories includes those from the mid-1800s through the present. See Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Marklin, LGB and many, many others.

The National Watch & Clock Museum

514 Poplar St.

Columbia, PA 17512

717-684-8261

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Take a tour through the history of timekeeping, from early non-mechanical devices to today’s atomic and radio controlled clocks. With over 12,000 items in its collection, this museum is purportedly the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America.

Hershey Park

800 Hershey Park Dr.

Hershey, PA 17033

717-534-4900

Hours: Open rain or shine daily! If rain dampens your day stop by the Guest Services Building for details on the “Come Back Guarantee.”

Admission Charged

You’ll want to ride the coasters and water rides first because the lines for these popular rides are much shorter at the beginning of the day. The park has several drenching water rides. If you’d rather not walk around in wet clothing, be sure to pack a spare T-shirt and shorts. Changing rooms and lockers are available.

Zoo America

100 West Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033-0866
800-HERSHEY

The Zoo is located just across the walking bridge from Hershey Park.

Hours: Open year-round, call for exact hours of operation

Admission Charged

Zoo America is an 11-acre walk-through zoo home to animals and living plants native to five regions of North America. Over 200 animals, representing 75 species, serve as ambassadors to provide us with a new perspective on our natural environment and to teach us about preserving our wildlife.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Amish Farm & House
2395 Route 30 East

Lancaster, PA 17602
717-394-6185

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Amish Farm and House is one of the most intimate ways to learn about the Old
Order Amish of Lancaster County. A visit to this 25-acre farm begins with a guided tour through the house where visitors learn about the simple lifestyle of the Amish people. Next explore the farm complete with animals, various crops, and a range of farm buildings.

Dutch Wonderland

2249 Rt. 30 East

Lancaster, PA 17602

717-291-1888

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

An amusement park for the whole family with a water park and a museum!

Hands on House, Children’s Museum

2380 Kissel Hill Rd.

Lancaster, PA 17601
717-569-5437

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The museum is designed for children ages 2-10 years. At Hands-on House, adults and children play and learn together. The philosophy of childhood learning is simple: it lasts longer if it’s more fun, and it’s more fun if it includes doing. The exhibits, classes and programs are short on lectures, and long on interactive, participatory activities.

James Buchanan’s Wheatland

1120 Marietta Ave.

Lancaster, PA 17603
717-392-8721

Hours: Open daily from April 1 through October 31 and Friday through Monday in November.

Admission Charged

James Buchanan welcomed numerous visitors into his home. Visitors are invited into his home today to learn more about Pennsylvania’s only President and the times surrounding his life at Wheatland. Wheatland is situated amid four landscaped acres where Buchanan’s outbuildings, the smokehouse and the privy, can still be seen. Guided tours begin in the Carriage House Visitors Center with a video and introduction and continue in the mansion.

Nearby

Strasburg Rail Road Company

Route 741 East

Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-8421

Hours: Call for train schedule

Admission Charged

Enjoy the 45-minute ride while relaxing to the rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels rolling down the rails – at a leisurely pace – through the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Amish Village

Route 896, 1 mile south of Route 30
Strasburg, PA 17579
717-687-8511

Hours: Spring, summer, and fall, Mondays – Saturdays – 9am – 5pm, Sundays, 10am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Take a guided tour through an authentically furnished Lancaster county Old Order Amish farmhouse. Learn about the history and customs of the 18,000 Amish living in Lancaster County today. Discover why the Old Order Amish live as they do.

Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides

3121a Old Philadelphia Pike

Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

717-768-8828

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

At Aaron and Jessica’s you can have your own private buggy. As couples
or families you may have your choice of buggies or open wagons.

Hershey Park

800 Hershey Park Dr.

Hershey, PA 17033

717-534-4900

Hours: Open rain or shine daily! If rain dampens your day stop by the Guest Services Building for details on the “Come Back Guarantee.”

Admission Charged

You will want to ride the coasters and water rides first because the lines for these popular rides are much shorter at the beginning of the day. The park has several drenching water rides. If you’d rather not walk around in wet clothing, be sure to pack a spare T-shirt and shorts. Changing rooms and lockers are available.

Zoo America

100 West Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033-0866
800-HERSHEY

The Zoo is located just across the walking bridge from Hershey Park.

Hours: Open year-round, call for exact hours of operation

Admission Charged

Zoo America is an 11-acre walk-through zoo home to animals and living plants native to five regions of North America. Over 200 animals representing 75 species serve as ambassadors to provide us with a new perspective on our natural environment and to teach us about preserving our wildlife.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

February

Annual Honeybrook Fire Co. Auction & Sale – Honeybrook Fire Company

Location: Honeybrook, PA.

610-273-2688

Call for additional information

March

Charter Day

Held in mid March

Location: Railroad Museum

Route 741

Strasburg, PA 17579

717-687-8628

Admission Free

Observe the birthday of the Commonwealth – amid Pennsylvania made and operated historic rolling stock at the Keystone State’s official railroad museum. Open to the public free of charge.

April

Quilters Heritage Celebration

Held in early April

Location: Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center, Lancaster

800-233-0121

Call for additional information

Shakespeare & A Classic – Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Held in mid April

Location: Route 72, Cornwall, PA 17016

717-665-7021

The excitement and imagery of Shakespeare plus the riveting drama of a literary classic unfold in Victorian Mount Hope Mansion.

Art Walk

Held in late April

Location: 120 N. Duke Street

Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Admission Free

A free two-day walking tour of 25 arts organizations, artist’s studios and businesses in downtown Lancaster.

May

Herb & Garden Faire

Held in early May

Location: Landis Valley Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Road

Lancaster, PA 17601

717-569-0401

Admission Free

This is one of the East Coast’s largest sales of heirloom varieties of herb, vegetable, and ornamental plants. Over 90 vendors of plants, seeds, garden equipment, and outdoor art and crafts are featured.

Season Opener – Mud Bog / Tuff Trucks

Early May

Location: Buck Motorsports Park

Route 272, Lancaster, PA 17604

717-859-4244

Call for additional information

June

Wachovia Cycling Series

Held in early June

Location: Lancaster

717-859-4244

91-mile cycling race through the streets of Lancaster and the adjacent Lancaster County Park. Race starts at 4:30 pm on Queen Street in center city Lancaster.

Dave Martin’s Championship Rodeo Presents The Buck-A-Roo Bull Ride Mania

Held in early June

Location: Buck Motorsports Park

Route 272, Lancaster, PA 17604

717-859-4244

The Wild, Wild West Comes to the Buck! Bronc Riding, Cowgirls barrel racing, wild cow milking contest, bull hockey, rodeo clown act and America’s most dangerous sport – bull riding…plus Little Buck-A-Roo rodeo events.

Lucas Oil East Coast Series – Smoke & Thunder Nationals

Held in mid June

Location: Buck Mototsports Park

Route 272, Lancaster, PA 17604

717-859-4244

Super Stock/Pro Stock Smoker Tractors, Wheelstanding 2WD Trucks, Multi-engine Modified Tractors, S.S. 4WD Trucks.

Annual Berry Festival

Held in mid June

Location: Kitchen Kettle Village

Rt. 240, Intercourse, PA.

717-768-8261

No one goes away hungry at this turn-of-the-century community social complete with down-home banjo music and old fashioned family festivities. Indoors and out, guests will find all types of food displays and cooking ideas featuring berries – from great beverages and tempting sweets to colorful side dishes and barbecued meats grilled with berry sauces.

Celtic Fling – Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Held in late June

Location: Route 72, Cornwall, PA 17016

717-665-7021

Enjoy the sounds, scents, sights and tastes of Ireland and Scotland, both traditional and new.

July

Musser Park Old Fashioned 4th of July

Held on the fourth of July

Location: 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Food, games, crafts, entertainment and fun. An Independence Day celebration held in Musser Park.

August

Annual Heritage Day

Held in early August

Location: Hans Herr House & Museum

1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA.

717-464-4438

Heritage Day is a fun-filled farm festival featuring demonstrations of farm life and activities from the 18th century through the early 20th century. Watch demonstrations of plowing with oxen, hay making, threshing, 18th century gardening, broom making, carpentry, meat smoking, home textile manufacture, quilting, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and much more!

Lucas Oil East Coast Points Series Summer Truck & Tractor Pulling Championships Fan Appreciation Night

Held in early August

Location: Buck Motorsports Park

Route 272, Lancaster, PA 17604

717-859-4244

Multi-engine modified tractors, hot rod 4WD trucks, limited pro-stock tractors and diesel pick-up pulling.

Lancaster Fest

Held in mid August

Location: 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Admission Free

Celebration of cultures in music, dance, food and crafts with an international theme right in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Over 100 craft vendors, 25 musical acts and food!

Annual Art in the Park

Held mid – late August

Location: 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Admission Free

A celebration of art featuring free hands-on projects of all ages.

Lancaster Airport Community Days Airshow

Held in late August

Location: Lancaster Airport

500 Airport Road (off Rt. 501), Lititz, PA 17543

717-569-1221

See a variety of civilian, military, and vintage aircraft, the US Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team the “Black Daggers”, and military and warbird flybys. Helicopter and aircraft rides are available and many of the aircraft are open for display. Talk with the pilots, tour the planes, and see them in the air as they perform.

September

The Amazing Maize Maze

Held all of September – October

Location: Cherry-Crest Farm

150 Cherry Hill Rd., Ronks, PA 17572

717-687-6843

Described by Discover Channel as the “world’s biggest free standing mind bender…”

Annual Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival

Held in early September

Location: Long’s Park Amphitheater

Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-295-7054

Call for additional information.

Anniversary Labor Day Weekend Demolition Derby Finals Plus Spectacular 3-D Fireworks Display!

Held in early September

Location: Buck Motorsports Park

Route 272, Lancaster, PA 17604

717-859-4244

Call for additional information

Christian Family Fest

Held in mid September

Location: Dutch Wonderland

Plenty of Christian music and loads of fun riding the great rides at Dutch Wonderland.

Heritage Folk Art & Crafts Festival

Held in mid September

Location: Landis Valley Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

717-569-0401

Admission Free

Heirloom-quality traditional handcrafts will be demonstrated and offered for sale at this unique craft show. The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen and Landis Valley Museum are proud to present traditional crafts of the finest quality displayed in the museum setting. Meet the artists and watch as their work is created as it was in the past.

Keystone International Balloon Festival

Held in late September

Location: Lancaster Central Park, Lancaster, PA.

717-299-2274

The festival features hot air balloon teams from the U.S. and the international balloon community, hot air balloon launches, hound & hare races, tethered hot air balloon rides, night time balloon glow, entertainment, ethnic food court, antique car show, crafts, children’s activity center, carnival rides, and contests.

October

JazzFest, Art Sunday, and Outdoor Restaurant Fair

Held in early October

Location: 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Admission Free

Music, art and food combine to make a great afternoon in Downtown Lancaster. Well-known national and regional musicians perform, art presented by 30 regional non-profit organizations, businesses and artists and area restaurants also participate.

Snitz Fest

Held in early October

Location: Hans Herr House & Museum

1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA.

717-464-4438

Snitz Fest celebrates the apple and its part in everyday Lancaster County history. Apples constituted an important part of early Pennsylvania settlers’ diets. Watch cider being pressed and snitz being “cut and dried”. Sample some 18th century recipes using apples in the Küche of the 1719 Herr House. Take a wagon tour of the Museum’s orchard of historic apple varieties, and afterwards taste and compare the apples that came from these trees at the apple tasting table.

Harvest Days

Held in mid October

Location: Landis Valley Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

717-569-0401

The annual celebration of Pennsylvania German Life! Come see over 80 demonstrators participating in activities that date back as far as the mid-1700s, such as threshing, food preserving, cider and apple butter making, as well as open hearth cooking and traditional craft demonstrations.

Autumn’s Colors

Held early – late October

Location: Longwood Gardens

Route 1, Kennett Square PA 19348

610-388-1000

Glowing shades of yellow, orange, purple, and red illuminate the trees and flower gardens throughout the former du Pont estate.

Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Held in mid October

Location: PA Farm Show Complex

2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

717-787-5373

Call for additional information

November

A Dickens of a Christmas – Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Held late November – late December

Location: Route 72, Cornwall, PA 17016

717-665-7021

Experience a fun-filled, turn-of- the-century Christmas celebration as Master Charles Dickens, luminaries of the times and even a few fictional favorites from Dickens’ novels welcome guests to a joyous and festive Holiday celebration.

December

Days of the Belsnickel

Held in early December

Location: Landis Valley Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

717-569-0401

Start the holiday season with the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of a visit from the Belsnickel. Luncheons with tours that bring to life holiday traditions of the past.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting

Held in early December

Location: 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Admission Free

The official kickoff of the holiday season begins with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Penn Square. Carolers and the infamous “Tuba Christmas” lend to the festivities.

Christmas Spectacular

Held in late December

Location: Village Greens Gold

1444 Village Road, Strasburg, PA 17579

717-687-6933

Admission Charged
Come feel the warm and exciting holiday spirit radiating from over 100,000 lights as you stroll through 10 acres of holiday displays!

Countdown Lancaster

Held on New Year’s Eve

Location: 120 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608

717-291-4711

Admission Charged

New Year’s Eve celebrated in the good old-fashioned Lancaster County way. Family-oriented entertainment features over 100 performers with fireworks and a grand finale to usher in the New Year. All events are within easy walking distance. Shuttle service provided

Arts & Entertainment

American Music Theatre

2425 Lincoln Highway East

Lancaster, PA 17602
717-397-7700

American Music Theatre is all about the music and there’s enough of it to suit any age and every taste. During the spring and summer the theatre presents a show hailed by reviewers as remarkable and equal to any Broadway production. In this unique and entertaining tribute, favorite songs are brought to life by an incredible cast of singers and dancers accompanied by the amazing AMT band. When the holidays arrive, the sounds of the season are always at American Music Theatre. Combining heartwarming family humor with the very best in traditional and contemporary holiday music, AMT Christmas is a Lancaster County tradition.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

510 Centerville Rd.

Lancaster, PA 17601
717-898-1900

Sizzle, romance, surprise, intrigue, spirit, and joy.

Fulton Opera House
12 North Prince St.

Lancaster, PA 17608
717-394-7133

The Fulton offers another year of nourishing the heart and soul of its patrons. The National Historic Landmark Theatre proudly serves as an artistic home – entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences, both young and old, from Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Theatre of the Seventh Sister
31 S. Duke St.

Lancaster, PA 17602
717-396-7764

Call for performance schedule

The Theater of the Seventh Sister continues to explore the human connection by providing heartfelt, diverse, thought provoking theater.

Lancaster Opera

Performances at the Fulton

12 North Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17608-1865

717-397-7425

Fifty years after the first production of the Lancaster Opera Workshop in 1952, Lancaster is still watching as the Lancaster Opera Company continues to delight critics and audiences alike with its professional quality productions, mounted by one of the oldest and most unique amateur opera companies in the country.

Lancaster School of Ballet

214 W Grant St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

717-393-9221

Call for performance schedule

Pennsylvania’s’ premier dance studio and home of the Ballet Theater of Lancaster follows the Cecchetti method and also provides training in tap, jazz, modern, Middle East, Irish and others.

Lancaster Symphony

44 North Queen St.
Central Market Mall
Lancaster, PA 17608
717-291-6440

Call for performance schedule

The core purpose of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is to enrich, entertain, and educate the Central Pennsylvania Community through unique live musical performances and to provide opportunities for music education and appreciation to area school students.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A- Overview:
Pennsylvania’s capital city and its surrounding areas promise a visit that is entertaining, educational, and

recreational. Harrisburg sits upon the shores of the Susquehanna River about 90 miles west of Philadelphia. The

State Capitol building features an impressive 272-foot dome, patterned after that of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The building’s elegant interior is a museum in itself with stained glass windows, 43 outstanding murals painted by Philadelphia artist Violet Oakley, and a grand spiral staircase made of marble.

Across from the capitol is the 68-acre City Park with several museums of natural science and history, including

the William Penn Memorial Museum. The State Museum of Pennsylvania, which covers the state’s history from

prehistoric times to the present, displays many artifacts and work of art. A Planetarium is also featured.

Whenever you visit, you will have four distinct seasons to enjoy it. While the east coast of the state tends to

experience very hot temperatures, the summer in Harrisburg is actually quite pleasant. It’s the perfect time to enjoy

Music Fest, the state’s largest holiday festival. The pleasant warm temperatures linger far into autumn, with

October daytime temperatures in the 60’s F, making the change of seasons ideal for a stroll through one of the many

parks in the city. You can expect a nice snowfall or two during the winter, so bundle up and get ready to enjoy some

of the many enjoyable outdoor winter activities. Spring brings a new day with temperatures averaging highs in the

60’s F and lows in the 40’s F. Any season is a wonderful time to visit the city’s many museums and art galleries.

The Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20-mile parkway used for bicycling, jogging, walking, and nature studies, loops

around the city and passes through many scenic parks. Reservoir Park, 21st and Walnut streets, has art galleries,

gardens, plazas, fountains, playgrounds, basketball courts and other facilities. Riverfront Park, along a 5-mile

stretch of scenic waterfront, features sunken gardens, public art, and various memorials. Other recreational

facilities are in Italian Lake Park, 3rd and Division streets.

City Island, located in the middle of the Susquehanna River and only a few blocks from the State Capitol Building, has

been called Harrisburg’s Playground. It’s a great place to spend time, whether day or night. It is accessible to

pedestrians via the Walnut Street Bridge, as well as to limited vehicular traffic via the Market Street Bridge. In

addition to being the “home port” for the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, it boasts two marinas and many other

attractions, including a beach for swimming, “Water Golf,” a championship 18-hole miniature golf course, a mini steam train, a free nautical themed playground, Riverside Stadium home of the Harrisburg Senators (a baseball farm team for the Montreal Expos), Riverside Village Eatery, not to mention an arcade, batting cages and carriage rides. The whole family will love it!

Originally constructed to highlight the state’s extensive agricultural base, The Pennsylvania Farm Show Building

covers 14 acres at Cameron and Maclay Street. Among the many events held are the Pennsylvania Farm Show and the Auto Show in January, the Eastern Sportsman Show in February and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October.

Of special interest to Civil War buffs is the new Civil War Museum. Harrisburg also is a convenient distance to the

Gettysburg National Park, which is rich in historical documentation of the many aspects of the Civil War in

general and the Gettysburg battles in particular.

A visit to Harrisburg in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will reveal its natural beauty, its friendly and welcoming residents, and its many sites of historical significance. The experience is sure to be memorable.

B- City Information:
Population: 52,376

Land area: 8.1 square miles

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (When its noon in Harrisburg, it’s 11:00am in

Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles).

Harrisburg observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Location: The capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg rests on the Susquehanna River about 90 miles west of Philadelphia.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
28.6
31.2
40.3
50.6
60.3
68.9
73.5
71.6
64.3
52.7
42.7
33.2

High temperature (°F)
37.3
41.1
51.3
63.0
72.6
80.4
84.8
82.7
75.3
64.3
52.6
41.5

Low temperature (°F)
19.8
21.4
29.3
38.2
48.0
57.3
62.1
60.3
53.1
41.1
32.6
24.8

Precipitation (in)
3.3
2.7
3.4
3.3
4.1
4.1
3.6
3.2
3.9
3.1
3.4
3.1

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
11
10
11
13
13
11
10
9
9
9
10
10

Wind speed (mph)
8.2
9.0
9.5
9.1
7.6
6.8
6.2
5.8
6.0
6.6
7.8
8.0

Morning humidity (%)
72
71
72
70
74
77
79
83
85
82
77
73

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
55
52
49
52
53
52
55
56
54
57
58

Sunshine (%)
49
54
58
59
60
65
68
67
62
58
47
44

Days clear of clouds
7
7
7
6
6
7
7
8
9
10
6
6

Partly cloudy days
7
7
8
9
10
12
12
11
9
8
8
8

Cloudy days
17
14
16
15
15
12
12
12
12
13
15
17

Snowfall (in)
9.7
9.2
6.1
0.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
2.0
6.8

Local Seasons:

Harrisburg has four very distinct seasons. As the capital of Pennsylvania, the city is located in the lower Susquahanna area near a plateau. While the east coast of the state tends to experience very hot temperatures, the summer in Harrisburg is actually quite pleasant. It’s the perfect time to enjoy MusicFest, the states largest Holiday festival. The pleasant warm temperatures linger far into autumn, with October daytime temperatures in the 60’s F, making the change of seasons ideal for a stroll through one of the many parks in the city. You can expect a nice snowfall or two during the winter so bundle up and get ready to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. Or, if you prefer, a warm cup of cocoa by the fire is a terrific alternative. Spring brings a new day with temperatures averaging a high in the 60’s F and lows in the 40’s F. Why not take some time and visit one of the city’s museums or art galleries? Whatever the season, Harrisburg has much for everyone to do and see.

Getting There:

By car:

The Hershey-Capital Region of Pennsylvania is located right along the beautiful Susquehanna River, near the center of the Commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-73) passes right through the center of this region, as does Interstates 81 and 83, and Pennsylvania Routes 11, 15, 322, 422, 74, and 743.

Numbered streets run north and south, parallel to the river. North-south addresses are divided by Market Street.

By Air:

Commercial flights land at Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), located about nine miles southeast of downtown Harrisburg on the east side of the Susquehanna River.

717-948-3900

Capital City Airport (HAR), located four miles south of downtown on the west side of the river, handles corporate flights.

717-774-0145

Transportation from airport to downtown

Rental Cars:

Most major rental car companies are located at or near the airports as well as downtown.

Taxi:

Cabs can be found at the main terminal at Harrisburg International.

At Capital City Airport, cabs must be ordered by phone.

Yellow Cab

717-944-0200

By Bus:

The city is served by Greyhound

411 Market St.
Harrisburg PA 17101
717-255-6970

By Train:

Amtrak Station

4th and Chestnut Sts.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Getting Around Town:

The best way to get around town is by either rental or personal car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
City Island
717-558-5785
These 63 acres were transformed in 1987 into the center of activity for Harrisburg. City Island is the very center of life offering everything from quiet streets and walks to bustling downtown and sports centers.

Rivers Side Stadium
717-231-4444
This is the home of the Harrisburg Senators, Harrisburg’s AA baseball team.

City Island Miniature Railroad at Walnut Station
717-232-2332
Open noon to dusk daily
Some of Pennsylvania’s premier miniature railroads are on display at this attraction.

“Pride of the Susquehanna” Riverboat
717-234-6500
Leaving from City Place, the “Pride” tours the Susquehanna River in all its glory. Cruises amble along the river and are a great way to spend some time.

RiverSide Village Park
The Pavilion Picnic Area on the east bank of City Island offers a splendid place for picnicking or just relaxing. (The Pavilion can also be rented for private gatherings.) Just north of the Pavilion Area stands the John Harris Trading Post, a replica of the trading post Harris established on the east shore in the early 1700’s. Just south of the pavilion stands The Family Kite featuring kites and novelties in a wide range of prices.

City Island Beach
Located on the North End of the Island, City Island Beach offers a scenic view of the Susquehanna River Valley and Harrisburg’s skyline, and is an excellent place to swim and relax. The beach is open Noon to 8pm on weekends starting May 25th and daily June 15 to Labor Day. The Bath House adjacent to the beach provides changing and showering facilities.

Art Association of Harrisburg
21 N. Front St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-236-1432
The Art Association is dedicated to coordinating Harrisburg’s numerous art venues. In addition, the Association organizes new exhibits to come to Harrisburg.

The Doll House Museum
2000 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103
717-233-3099
As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to everything related to dolls and their houses. Featuring numerous dollhouses of varying sizes, the museum treats the houses as if each were a work of art. And some of them are!

Fire Museum of Greater Harrisburg
1820 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-232-8915
This museum is dedicated to Harrisburg’s fire department, as well as many items related to fighting fires in Pennsylvania over the years.

Fort Hunter Mansion & Park
5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-599-5751
The Fort Hunter Mansion and Park offer splendid day trip opportunities for kids and adults. The park’s trails and picnic facilities are always appreciated by guests at the mansion.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
City Island Miniature Railroad at Walnut Station
717-232-2332
Some of Pennsylvania’s premier miniature railroads are on display at this attraction.

“Pride of the Susquehanna” Riverboat
717-234-6500
Leaving from City Place, the “Pride” tours the Susquehanna River in all its glory. Cruises amble along the river and are a great way to spend some time.

RiverSide Village Park
The Pavilion Picnic Area on the east bank of City Island offers a splendid place for picnicking or just relaxing. (The Pavilion can also be rented for private gatherings.) Just north of the Pavilion Area stands the John Harris Trading Post, a replica of the trading post Harris established on the east shore in the early 1700’s. Just south of the pavilion stands The Family Kite featuring kites and novelties in a wide range of prices.

City Island Beach
Located on the North End of the Island, City Island Beach offers a scenic view of the Susquehanna River Valley and Harrisburg’s skyline, and is an excellent place to swim and relax. The beach is open Noon to 8pm on weekends starting May 25th and daily June 15 to Labor Day. The Bath House adjacent to the beach provides changing and showering facilities.

Art Association of Harrisburg
21 N. Front St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-236-1432
The Art Association is dedicated to coordinating Harrisburg’s numerous art venues. In addition, the Association organizes new exhibits to come to Harrisburg.

The Doll House Museum
2000 State Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103
717-233-3099
As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to everything related to dolls and their houses. Featuring numerous dollhouses of varying sizes, the museum treats the houses as if each were a work of art. And some of them are!

Fire Museum of Greater Harrisburg
1820 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-232-8915
This museum is dedicated to Harrisburg’s fire department, as well as many items related to fighting fires in Pennsylvania over the years.

Fort Hunter Mansion & Park
5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-599-5751
The Fort Hunter Mansion and Park offer splendid day trip opportunities for kids and adults. The park’s trails and picnic facilities are always appreciated by guests of the mansion.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

July

American MusicFest

Riverfront Park, City Island

717-255-3020

Admission Free, except for certain concerts.

The American MusicFest is Pennsylvania’s largest Independence Weekend Music Festival. Hosting over 200 hours of musical entertainment with over 80 musical & entertainment performances, the American MusicFest offers you All Your Favorite Music, in One Weekend!! The American MusicFest stretches over 12 blocks on Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park and uses much of City Island for its activities and concerts. With eleven stages on Riverfront Park, City Island and downtown, the festival brings music from local, regional, national, and international artists and performers throughout the holiday weekend. As always the American MusicFest concludes with a Gala Fireworks extravaganza.

Call for exact dates and hours

July and August

Italian Lake Concert Series

Third and Division Streets

717-255-3020

Admission Free

Set among the beautifully restored Renaissance gardens of Italian Lake, the concert series features eclectic and versatile acts like the Arcona Reel Band, Dixieland Express Band and the klezmer group called Simple Gifts. The concert series also hosts string quartets, brass ensembles, big band and Dixieland style music.

Performances are given over six consecutive Sunday evenings during July and August.

September

Kipona

RiverFront Park & City Island Parallel to Susquehanna River)

717-255-3020

Kipona is Central Pennsylvania’s largest annual festival. One of the oldest annual festivals in the nation, Kipona (which means “sparkling water” in Native American language) was named one of the top ten festivals in the state by the Pennsylvania Festivals Association. Kipona activities include a Riverfront Park festival of food, children’s rides, entertainment from several stages, nightly barge concerts, the State Chili Cook-Off, drag boat races, arts and crafts, and a wide variety of other entertainment. The festival is capped by the largest fireworks display of the year.

November

Holiday Parade At A Glance

Downtown Harrisburg

Admission Free

The Harrisburg Holiday Parade is the largest annual parade in Central Pennsylvania. Each year thousands of spectators visit downtown Harrisburg to watch the parade in person, and thousands more enjoy the parade on television. The Parade features more than a dozen bands, several giant helium balloons, and a variety of specialty units and floats.

December 31

Countdown – Harrisburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Downtown Harrisburg

717-255-3020

Admission Free

The Mayor’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration features musical entertainment, food, hot drinks, jugglers, carriage rides, a fireworks display, and the dropping of a giant lighted strawberry at midnight to the delight of the crowds inside the City Government Center and outside on Market Square. Residents from Central Pennsylvania gather in downtown Harrisburg to ring in the New Year at the area’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration. The New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature something for all ages, including live music, strolling jugglers, clowns, carriage rides, children’s theatre performances, and plenty of food, drink, and merriment. The evening concludes as a giant lighted strawberry descends into Market Square and a fireworks and laser show illuminate the sky, ringing in the New Year with a bang.

Call for exact schedule and hours

Hershey, Pennsylvania

A- Overview:
The love of chocolate and the imagination of a candy manufacturer transformed the factory town of Hershey, Pennsylvania into a major tourist destination, beloved by adults and children the world over. Standing on the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenue, with the wonderful aroma of Hershey’s chocolate filling the air, visitors find it easy to understand why Hershey is known as “the sweetest place on earth.”

Milton S. Hershey operated candy manufacturing businesses in New York and Philadelphia before returning around 1905 to his hometown in the heart of Pennsylvania’s picturesque dairyland. He made a success of the caramel business and then decided to revamp his factory into a chocolate processing plant. The company grew, and soon employed most of the local workforce. Near the plant, Hershey created quite a few supply businesses such as a butcher supply shop, and grocery stores.

Hershey opened “Hershey Park” in 1907 to provide a place of relaxation for his employees and their families. Today, it’s known as Hersheypark and is billed as “the cleanest and greenest theme park in America.” Hershey kept adding to his factory, his park and his town, doing everything possible to make it a pleasant, prosperous place to live and work and a wonderful place to visit.

During the depression, he kept people at work constructing a community center, a sports arena and stadium known as Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, and a grand hotel in the European tradition. The Hotel Hershey is now one of America’s finest historic hotels.

Over the years, the town and amusements that Hershey built for his employees and their families have expanded into a Disney-type theme park. In Hershey, the streetlights are alternately shaped like wrapped and unwrapped Hershey’s chocolate kisses. At every turn, there are rides and activities for children of all ages (which are enjoyed just as much by adults.)

While at the park, visitors can tour Hershey’s Chocolate World, the official visitor’s center of Hershey Foods Corporation. Don’t forget to take your free Hershey’s chocolate sample. Also available are campgrounds, golf, world-class theater, professional soccer and hockey, the Hershey Gardens and renowned Zooamerica.

The Hershey Zoo, originally built to display Milton Hershey’s wild animal collection, has grown to become Zooamerica North American Wildlife Park. This major attraction covers 11 acres and depicts the regions of North America and the plants and animals native to each.Indoor and outdoor habitats house more than 200 animals of 75 species.

Hersheypark Stadium presents outdoor sports events, including professional soccer games played by the Hershey Wildcats, as well as concerts. The Hershey Bears ice hockey team plays next to the stadium at a smaller concert venue known as the Star Pavilion.

For chocolate lovers, and the young at heart, a visit to Hershey is pure delight! It is a vacation destination that is filled with family fun.

B- City Information:
Population: 7,400

Location: in the Lebanon Valley of Pennsylvania.

Elevation: 350 feet

Time Zone Hershey is in the eastern time zone. When it is noon in New York City; it is also noon in Hershey.

Weather:

Average Temperatures

Month
High
Low

January
39F
25F

February
40F
25F

March
49F
32F

April
62F
42F

May
73F
52F

June
82F
61F

July
86F
55F

August
84F
64F

September
77F
56F

October
66F
46F

November
52F
36F

December
41F
26F

When to Go: Hersheypark is in full operation from early May through Labor Day in early September. The zoo remains open year round. There are additional seasonal events in November and December. Spring and summer are the most popular times for a visit.

Business Hours

Banks are usually open weekdays 9 to 3 and some Saturday mornings; the post office from 8 to 5 weekdays and often on Saturday mornings. typically open at 10 daily and stay open until anywhere from 6 to 10 PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and until 5 or 6 on Sundays.

Holidays

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May;

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31.

Emergencies

Ambulance, Fire , Police (Phone: 911).

Taxes

The sales tax in Pennsylvania is 6%.

Tipping

At restaurants, a 15% tip is standard for waiters; up to 20% may be expected at more expensive establishments. The same goes for taxi drivers, bartenders, and hairdressers.

Telephones

The country code for the United States is 1. The area code for Hershey, PA area is (717).

Getting There

By Automobile

From the Harrisburg area follow Rt. 322 to Hershey Park Drive/Rt. 39 exit. Follow Hershey Park Dr. through the next two traffic lights. You will see Hershey Park and the Hershey Factory Outlet Stores as you pass the second light.

By Plane

Harrisburg International Airport

208 Airport Drive

Middletown, Pennsylvania 17057

Phone: 717-948-3900

Toll-Free: 888-HIA-JETS

Fax: 717-948-4636

Harrisburg International Airport is easy to reach. Airport entrances are clearly marked from major access roads such as Interstate Routes 83 and 283, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, State Route 230, and the Capital Beltway. Both long- and short-term parking lots are well-marked and within sight of the connector roads.

Transportation to Hershey

All rental car companies are represented at the airport. A car is the best means of transportation for travel to and from Hershey and the surrounding area.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Hershey Gardens

170 Hotel Road

Hershey, PA

a 3-1/2 acre rose garden planted for Milton Hershey in 1937, is now an award-winning, 23 acre botanical delight: a perfect place to relax and enjoy the exquisite blooms.

Hershey Museum

170 W. Hersheypark Drive

Open: Year-round except New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Learn about Milton Hershey and the place that bears his name at the Hershey Museum. His legacy continues, in “The Town Built on Chocolate.”

See how crayons and markers are made and explore dozens of interactive projects and activities. Project themes and activities change every month! And while your here, visit our neighbor – The National Canal Museum and visitor center for the National Heritage Corridor. Trolley rides and canal boat rides also available.

Hershey Park

100 W. Hersheypark Dr.

Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: (570) 534-3090 or 800 HERSHEY

Fax: (570) 534-3165

Year round. Memorial Day to Labor Day; 9am-6pm, balance of the year; 9am-5pm. Closed major holidays.

Hershey Park is ranked as one of the cleanest and greenest theme parks in America. It features Great Bear, Pennsylvania’s only steel inverted looping coaster.

Zooamerica

The Zoo is located just across the walking bridge from Hersheypark.

Zooamerica is an 11-acre walk-through zoo that is home to animals and living plants native to five regions of North America.

Over 200 animals, representing 75 species, provide visitors with a new perspective on the natural environment and the preservation of wildlife.

Zooamerica is open year-round.

Bus Tour

1 – 866 – 868 – 7463.

just minutes to Hershey, Lancaster and Gettysburg. With five stops on the Pennsylvania Trail of History, the PA Capital Region is a year-round wonderland. Stops for a tour of the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg: the largest of its kind. In Harrisburg, the State Capitol Building was voted the most beautiful in the nation by the Smithsonian Institute. Experience the magic of Hershey’s Chocolate World, Candy Lane and the thrilling Hershey Amusement Park. Visit world-class spas, try nostalgic river boating, train rides, covered bridges and breathtaking caverns. From Amish Farms to Outlet Shopping, the Region has so much to offer.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Zooamerica

The Zoo is located just across the walking bridge from Hersheypark.

Zooamerica is an 11-acre walk-through zoo that is home to animals and living plants native to five regions of North America.

Over 200 animals, representing 75 species, provide visitors with a new perspective on the natural environment and the preservation of wildlife.

Zooamerica is open year-round.

Hershey’s Factory – Works

Hershey’s Factory Works is hands-on, interactive fun for everyone! This dynamic attraction gives visitors the opportunity to experience a real Hershey’s Kisses chocolates manufacturing line, and order mouth-watering personalized desserts from Hershey’s very own entertaining bakers “the “Hershey-izers.”

Hersheypark

Water Rides:

Canyon River Rapids

Riders are guaranteed to get drenched during this four minute white-water adventure that winds through five acres of canyon walls and waterfalls.

Coal Cracker

A hydroflume boat ride that gives guests a wet ride full of splashes through water canals, ending with one big plunge!

Paddle Boats

Riders paddle fiberglass boats with their feet on picturesque Spring Creek in the Comet Hollow section of HERSHEYPARK. (Not included in HERSHEYPARK admission; additional fee charged.)

Roller Soaker

ROLLER SOAKER is the ultimate aerial water experience featuring water squirt guns, water sprayers, and spurting geysers. Each rider will be able to actually dump up to four gallons of water on spectators below, whenever they choose, while the spectators can direct huge water sprayers toward the riders, offering a drenching interaction for everyone.

Tidal Force

Adult Ride: One of the tallest splash-down rides in the world. Guaranteed to get you soaked!

Tiny Timbers

This is a small-scale log flume for children and accompanying adults. Log boats float at a slow pace in a water-filled canal.

Western Chute out (Straight Shooters)

Guests splash down a straight tube in a raft singly or with another rider.

Western Chute Out (Winding Rivers)

Guests sit in rafts as they twist and plunge through a tunnel.

Other Rides

Stormrunner

This one-of-a-kind coaster will launch you from 0-72 mph in 2 seconds flat. 18 stories straight up, straight down. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll fly through loops, twists, and turns so fast, you won’t know which way is west.

Other Coasters are named:

Comet

Great Bear

Lightning Racer

Sooperdooperlooper

Roller Soaker

Sidewinder

Trailblazer

Wild Mouse

Wildcat

Special Rides for Small Children (Kiddy Rides)

Convoy

These realistic trucks caravan around the track.

Bizzy Bees

These child-sized vehicles move around a track. Children can push a button to make a “buzzing” sound.

Dinosaur-Go-Round: Same idea as Bizzy Bees, except that the vehicles are in the shape of mini-dinosaurs. The track goes around a lighted “volcano.”

Dizzy Drums

Children sit in a drum-shaped vehicle that gently twirls around a track.

Frog Hopper

Children sit in a seat-belted row and are lifted a short distance above the ground and “hopped” down. Parents (and grandparents) welcome.

Carousel

These are a few of the 24 Kiddy Rides, each designed to delight small children.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Annual: Hershey Theater performance of a major Broadway play: For more information, call the Box Office at (717) 534-3405

Mid-January Annually: Pennsylvania Farm Show, 9 – 9, Harrisburg Farm Show Complex.

Late March

Adventure Sports in Hershey opens for the season. Call for Spring hours. 717-533-7479

Early May

Hersheypark opens for the season.

October

Halloween events at the park

December

December and January: Hershey Sweet Lightsand Christmas Candylane: a spectacular holiday drive-through of a winter wonderland with displays and many lights adjacent to Hershey Park.

Through the month of December: A Holiday Dinner Theater Musical Christmas in Chocolatetown. (closed Christmas eve and Christmas Day)

First weekend: Christkindlmarkt: Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair and Festival 11 AM – 5 PM, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439. The annual festival celebrates the holidays in the German tradition with weekend-long entertainment, craft vendors and craft demonstrations, a German food court, festival of trees, German singers and dancers and much more.

Saturday of 1st weekend: Belsnickle Day, 2 PM, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439 This hilarious, not-quite-like Santa character is a staple of German holiday folklore. The presentation showcases a popular holiday tradition.

Second weekend: The Canadian Brass, 8 PM, Hershey Theatre. With their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor, the five virtuosi of The Canadian Brass play everything from Bach to Dixieland. For more information, call the Box Office at (717) 534-3405.

Weekend after Christmas: Annual Cinderella’s Storyland, 1:30 & 3 PM, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439 Celebrated children’s entertainer Kit’s Kaboodle presents a unique variation of the childhood classic in a program that combines history, music, dance and improvisation with audience members cast into the show. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Annual: Mr. David Drawings and Songs, Hershey Museum (Free with Museum admission) For more information, call (717)534-3439 Variety and humor make David Perry a hit with all ages as he mixes music, art and popular songs with drawing games, clever characters, puppets and playful props.