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In the Planning Stages

We have decide that the Hershey, PA area will be our destination for our family vacation this July. We are a family of 5 with 3 preteen children. In my research I'm realizing that it may be best to stay a little distance from the heart of Hershey. Does anyone have a good hotel suggestion? We are planning four days with Hershey Park, ZooAmerica, and I think I read a Hershey factory tour. Does anyone have any other recommendations for our family?

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for Hershey, Harrisburg
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1. Re: In the Planning Stages

There are many hotel options outside of Hershey that will still give you good access to Hersheypark but save you some $$$. Do you have a price range or type of accommodation - suite or hotel room? Knowing that will help narrow down my suggestions.

Be sure to check with the local Giant Food Stores for discount tickets to Hersheypark. (http://www.giantfoodstores.com/)

The actual Hershey factory does not do a tour. There is Chocolate World (http://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/) at the entrance to Hersheypark where you can take a free ride through the chocolate making process. There are also some other chocolate activities for a fee.

You might also enjoy the Hershey Gardens (http://www.hersheygardens.org/) which has a Butterfly House that kids usually like. The Hershey Trolley Works tour (http://hersheytrolleyworks.com/) which departs from Chocolate World is a great way to see Hershey and learn about the history.

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/). Challenge Family Fun Center is at the entrance to Indian Echo Caverns. (http://www.indianechocaverns.com/).

Also nearby is the Middletown &-Hummelstown Railroad (http://www.mhrailroad.com/) is a nice relaxing old-fashioned railroad trip and The Antique Auto Museum (http://www.aacamuseum.org/).

New York
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2. Re: In the Planning Stages

Thanks for all of the suggestions. I am looking for a hotel that offers breakfast and is less than $200 a night for a regular room with two queen beds.

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for Hershey, Harrisburg
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3. Re: In the Planning Stages

Sleep Inn at 7100 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg - offers a free hot breakfast, good TA reviews, is about 8 miles, 13 minutes from Hersheypark

Holiday Inn Express at 7744 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg - free breakfast, good TA reviews, about 7 miles, 12 minutes from Hersheypark

Candlewood Suites, 504 North Mountain Road, Harrisburg - good TA reviews, about 12 miles from Hersheypark, does not offer breakfast; however, rooms are suites with small kitchenette

Country Inn & Suites, 195 Hershey Road, Hummelstown - free breakfast, good TA reviews, very close to Hersheypark but price is higher and may exceed your $200/night

York, PA
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4. Re: In the Planning Stages

The Hampton Inn in Hershey has rooms with two queen beds as well as a sofabed. It is just a few minutes east of the Hershey attractions. The hotel was just redone this past winter and has an indoor pool. A complimentary continental breakfast is offered each morning. The Hershey Pantry (a small restaurant next door) is worth a try. Hope this helps.

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5. Re: In the Planning Stages

My 10 and 12 y.o. really love the Hershey Story Museum. I highly recommend it. Do the "Apprentice Program" and "Chocolate Lab." Plan on taking 2-3 hours there.

How many days are you planning to stay? My kids are park experts and at that age, they do everything (except most of the kiddie rides, but will still even ride a few of those). It makes for a long day, especially on a Summer weekend. If you plan on doing the Zoo (enter from the park), the water park area, and they like thrill rides, I recommend at least a 2 day pass to the park - and a plan to dedicate most of one of those days to "The Boardwalk".

Make even more of that by arriving the night before - hit Chocolate World then head into the park at 7:30 p.m. for your free preview evening. In those 3 extra hours you can get a lay of the land and hit a few of the bigger rides that tend to have long lines - such as Great Bear, Fahrenheit, and Skyrush.

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6. Re: In the Planning Stages

I have been coming to Hershey with my family for years and used to stay in Hershey, but the price was riciculous. We actually stay at the Hilton Harrisburg which is just 15 minutes away. They offer a Hershey Park Package that includes two hershey park tickets, overnight room, breakfast downstairs in their restaurant and tickets to the Whitaker Center next door. It came out to around $250, but it is definitely better than anything in Hershey. I have family in the area so they told me to get the extra Hershey Park tickets I need at a grocery store called Giant at a discounted rate. I saved a lot of money!

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7. Re: In the Planning Stages

Did you look into the Days Inn-Hershey? Unless things have changed since I stayed there 2 years ago, it's reasonably priced, very clean and comfortable, AND right in Hershey. It's a good option unless there's another reason you'd like to be outside of Hershey.

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