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Drive from Toronto to Pennsylvania

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Drive from Toronto to Pennsylvania

So we will be driving from Toronto to Pennsylvania. The only thing on our agenda so far is Sesame Street Place and Grove City shopping. What else is along the way? We will probably make this a 5-7 day trip so would love lots of ideas. I hear there are great factory tours, which ones are there? I know about the Hershey tour but dd has a peanut allergy so no way are we going there!

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1. Re: Drive from Toronto to Pennsylvania

About an hour from Pittsburgh and 20 minutes off the turnpike is Idlewild Park. It's a fun, low-key park with Storybook Forest, a water park, Jumpin' Jungle, shows, rides, and you can ride Trolley through Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (he was from the area). Very family friendly. It's right by Ligonier which is a neat little town. Look at idlewild.com and laurelhighlands.org for more information and ideas!

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2. Re: Drive from Toronto to Pennsylvania

Besides factory tours, do you have other interests? Pennsylvania has so much to offer, from history to nature to the arts. Depending on your route, you might enjoy a visit to the State College area, home of Penn State. You might enjoy visiting the Lancaster County area to learn about the Amish. There are some farm tours in that area that you might enjoy. Out toward Philadelphia, there is enough to occupy you for weeks. Can you help us point to something that you'd like?

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3. Re: Drive from Toronto to Pennsylvania

The Hershey tour is not in the actual factory. It is called Chocolate World and is at the entrance to Hershey Park. It is a free ride through tour that shows the chocolate making process. I'm not aware of any problems a guest with peanut allergies would have on the chocolate tour ride. You would just want to be diligent in purchasing any product after the tour.

http://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/

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Here is a more comprehensive list of what the Harrisburg-Hershey area has a lot to offer, it depends on your interests. This would be a good stop on the way from Grove City to Sesame Place.

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, The Hershey Story, 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/)

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