On an impulse, we are heading to Hershey for a long weekend. We'll arrive late Friday night and leave Tuesday morning. The kids are 8 and 10, and love coasters and water parks. We'd kind of like to do everything we can. We want to hit the park, get the factory tours, get out to the UTZ pretzel factory, check out Gettysburg, and maybe see the Amish country. So now I'm on a hunt for the best schedule for those days as well as where to get the best deals.
1. Where would be a good non-resort place to stay? Looking for a nice hotel with a pool, but not at the prices of the lodge.
2. What days should we do what? We'd certainly like to keep the lines for the rides to a minimum.
3. Are there other things we should do?
Any advice from those of you who have been down this road before?