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Family-friendly attractions in Pennsylvania

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Time for family fun

Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest family-friendly adventures in the country; most notably, the destination that honors the quintessential American sweet – Hersheypark. But chocolate isn’t the only thing to celebrate in the Keystone State. Big and small amusement parks are scattered throughout Pennsylvania, as well as attractions that disguise learning as pure fun and entertainment.

Time for family fun


Hershey, Pennsylvania, the "Sweetest Place on Earth," is home to the famous Hersheypark, where life-sized Hershey Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups roam among the amusement park's more than 65 rides and attractions. Hersheypark has 11 roller coasters, a boardwalk featuring water attractions, award-winning live song and dance shows and a marine mammal presentation.

Dozens of food options are available at the park, and of course gift shops for guests to purchase some delicious chocolate and souvenirs. Overnight guests have several lodging options to choose from at places like The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Hershey Highmeadow Campground.

ight next door to Hersheypark is The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, as well as Hershey's Chocolate World, which offers a chocolate tour, trolley rides through Chocolate Town, USA and more. Admission to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, home to over 200 animals, is included in the price of admission to Hersheypark.

More about visiting Hersheypark

Address: 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 1.800.HERSHEY

Hours & Admission: Check their site for current info



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