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Old 05-27-2007, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hershey pa. what to do?

we arer going on a little vacation to hershey, pa.
anyone been there? and what is there to do besides the hershey plant tour?
we are going to check out the york harley plant tour as well. just need some other family type day outings from hershey.
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have you been there?
and what not to "see" there
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Harrisburg isnt to far away, you can visit the Harley Davidson plant
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I doubt you're into this, but the New Holland baler plant is not too far. If you're into the little tourist traps with all the Amish stuff there is ALOT of that down here around Lancaster (40min SE).
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Ive always liked driving through amish country.

if you up for breakfast, search for shady maple.
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I doubt you're into this, but the New Holland baler plant is not too far. If you're into the little tourist traps with all the Amish stuff there is ALOT of that down here around Lancaster (40min SE).

that what i'm talkin about..
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I doubt you're into this, but the New Holland baler plant is not too far. If you're into the little tourist traps with all the Amish stuff there is ALOT of that down here around Lancaster (40min SE).

we are staying at the hershey inn...and our friends are going to stay at the jellystone campground....
how is the hershey inn?
what is a must see around lancaster? and of course where is the best place to eat?
and the wife wants to know what tourist traps we should pass up.
we thank you in advance


and where is the shady maple?
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The Hershey factory tour was so much better when you toured the actual factory and at the end you got to grab a handful of Kisses "rejects"
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I was going to suggest the Shady Maple as the place to eat. The place is HUGE, and if you walk away hungry its your own fault. If you come into Lancaster on 283 from Harrisburg get on Rt 23 East (New Holland Pike). This will eventually take you to New Holland and goes right by the plant. Note: Beware, 23 traffic sucks. I work at CNH in the product development dept and I hate the commute on 23. Anyhow stay on 23 for another 5-10 miles and you'll pass 322. About a mile past that the "city" stops and you'll see the place set back on the right.



A few other good places to eat would be the Good N Plenty, Plain N Fancy, or the Lancaster Brewing Co. I've heard good things about the Pressroom, but never been there. The Good N Plenty and Plain N Fancy are both the same type of restraunt. They take you in and seat you at a big table with about 20 other people and then they start passing the food around. Its all traditional Amish food as well. Both are just East of Lancaster by Bird in Hand.

The "main drag" for the tourist traps seems to be on Rt 340 (Old Philly Pike) which is 2 exits south of the 23 exit on 283. Just drive from Lancaster East till you hit Intercourse and you'll come across all sorts of stuff.
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I was going to suggest the Shady Maple as the place to eat. The place is HUGE, and if you walk away hungry its your own fault. If you come into Lancaster on 283 from Harrisburg get on Rt 23 East (New Holland Pike). This will eventually take you to New Holland and goes right by the plant. Note: Beware, 23 traffic sucks. I work at CNH in the product development dept and I hate the commute on 23. Anyhow stay on 23 for another 5-10 miles and you'll pass 322. About a mile past that the "city" stops and you'll see the place set back on the right.



A few other good places to eat would be the Good N Plenty, Plain N Fancy, or the Lancaster Brewing Co. I've heard good things about the Pressroom, but never been there. The Good N Plenty and Plain N Fancy are both the same type of restraunt. They take you in and seat you at a big table with about 20 other people and then they start passing the food around. Its all traditional Amish food as well. Both are just East of Lancaster by Bird in Hand.

The "main drag" for the tourist traps seems to be on Rt 340 (Old Philly Pike) which is 2 exits south of the 23 exit on 283. Just drive from Lancaster East till you hit Intercourse and you'll come across all sorts of stuff.
thank you very much

the family go's on vacation to see the sights,i go for the food
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Harrisburg isnt to far away, you can visit the Harley Davidson plant
I second the Harley Tour. Gawd, getting up at 4 AM, and making the final tour was worth it.

Just driving through the back roads of Lancaster County is nice, as well as seeing the buggy parking at the Wal-Mart. I think if you go right at the intersection on the on ramp towards Millersville(coming out of Lancaster past the Park City Mall, on the highway), you will go down a road that will take you towards a nice covered bridge.

The PA Turnpike is a nice way to get through there quickly, but remember there are tolls.

Give me a few to dig up some pics from my PA trip last year.

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Just southwest of Millersville- Conestoga River


A covered bridge I was able to catch a picture of-


Gettysburg PA- downtown


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there is nothing to see here...

gettysburg battle field is good one, if you have the bucks get a private guide,its well worth it.

also north of harrisburg is the millersburg ferry always a good time for little ones

not much really in lancaster but outlets,dutch wonderland, the amish

here in harrisburg there are a bunch of museums, state museum and other smaller city musems the mayor is history buff, if you decide to do harrisburg for the day...also harsco museum of discovery(lots hands on stuff for kiddies)

http://www.statemuseumpa.org/
http://www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org/ this one is next to the ghetto...
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Been to Chocolate World and Hersheypark several times. Not ZooAmerica though.

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Ive always liked driving through amish country.

if you up for breakfast, search for shady maple.
I hear they are very tasty as well. There is always Millers Smorgasbord in Lancaster as well, right off of Route 30 near the Rockvale Factory Outlets. Go with an appetite!

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make sure you get a picture of one of the signs that says "Hershey Hwy"
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we arer going on a little vacation to hershey, pa.
anyone been there? and what is there to do besides the hershey plant tour?
we are going to check out the york harley plant tour as well. just need some other family type day outings from hershey.
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Harley plant tour is GREAT! Call ahead (717) 848-1177

Stay away from Dutch Wonderland - Lame at best

Tons of outlet stores in Lancaster... but you gotta know what your buying as I do not believe there is much of a discount on most things.

Otter said the Millersburg Ferry.. It is a pretty cool ride. Cars on a rickety flat barge that is tied up to a paddle wheel barge.

Hershey has some outlet stores also.

The Hershey plant is not open for tours, hasn't been for at least 20 years. You take a ride in Chocolate world that tells you about the process or making chocolate.

The Gettysburg battlefield is worth the drive. It will open your eyes to what happened there. You can purchase CDs and casette tapes that 'tour' you through the park. But if you have the $$$ a guided tour is terrific.

Hershey http://www.visithhc.com/choccity.shtml
Gettysburg http://www.gettysburg.com/
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knobles park, old time amusement park
if you don't ride you don't have to pay
great for families also has camp ground and small water park
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knobles park, old time amusement park
if you don't ride you don't have to pay
great for families also has camp ground and small water park
Elysburg is a little bit of a hike from Hershey
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Elysburg is a little bit of a hike from Hershey
true
only an hour
but worth it
.25 cent games for the kids and they win ever time.
don't have pay 50.00 per person if somebody does not want to ride.
makes a good day trip.
better then dorney park, or sasame place

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Oh Yeah I loved going to Knoebels Grove!!!

Dutch Wonderland is not really for adults, its more for kids rides (in Lancaster PA).

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