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Region 4 - South Central Pennsylvania Attractions

Pennsylvania is a great and diverse vacationland. South Central Pennsylvania is steeped in history, from the Civil War to the history of manufacturing. It incorporates Adams, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and York Counties. The region includes the state’s capital, Harrisburg, and all of its metropolitan attractions. Additional “must see” destinations within the South Central region include the Gettysburg Battlefields and everybody’s favorite chocolate town, Hershey.

Region 4 Counties

For more detailed information on any particular county, visit the following links:
Cumberland County Economic Development
Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
Harrisburg-Hershey-Carlisle Welcome Center
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
Juniata - Mifflin Counties Tourist Promotion Agency
Lebanon County Tourism Promotion Agency
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Arts & Cultural Attractions

Hershey Theatre

Hershey Theatre

Located in downtown Hershey, Pennsylvania, this magnificent theatre has established itself as the area’s premier performing arts center, presenting the finest in touring Broadway shows, classical music and dance attractions, and world-renowned entertainers.

15 E. Caracas Avenue
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 534-3411

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Factory Tours

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Witness a legend in the making at Harley-Davidson’s York Vehicle Operations. The Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center features exhibits that detail the plant’s history, assembly and manufacturing processes, and Custom Vehicle Operations. It also includes sit-on bikes, a souvenir shop, theater and children’s area. The plant tour begins with a brief movie in the theater and then journeys through various manufacturing and assembly areas on the shop floor where you’ll learn about the people, processes and products of York.

1425 Eden Road
York, PA
(877) 746-7937

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Snyder’s of Hanover

Snyder's of Hanover

Snyder’s of Hanover has been America’s Pretzel Bakery since 1909. Your senses will be on overload while the guide offers you a glimpse of how tradition, technology and teamwork combine to make great tasting pretzels. A free sample to all tour participants.

1250 York Street
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 632-4477

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Utz Snacks

The self guided tour of Utz Snacks allows you to view the entire 30 minute process that transforms a raw spud into a crunchy chip. You can see and smell the making of the famous Utz Potato Chips and Snacks at this over 600,000 square foot facility, where you will be guided step-by-step with the aid of a push-to-talk audio program and closed-circuit TV monitors. Operating one of the cleanest and most modern snack food operations in America, Utz has evolved into a large, regional snack food company that produces up to 14,000 pounds of award winning chips per hour. The Utz Potato Chip Trip is fun for the whole family, a learning experience for young and old, and a snack lover’s delight. After your tour, don’t forget your souvenir bag of chips!

861 Carlisle Street
Hanover, PA
(717) 637-6644

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Family Fun & Entertainment

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park

DelGrosso's Amusement Park

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park has its origins back in 1946, when Pennsylvania Railroad employee Fred DelGrosso and his wife Mafalda (Murf) purchased a small amusement park in central Pennsylvania. The couple had a dream. They wanted to commercially produce spaghetti sauce made according to a recipe served by Mafalda’s mother at Moma’s Cafe in Altoona. The kitchen facilities at the amusement park seemed like a good place to start their new business. Today, more than six decades later, Mafalda’s and Fred’s seven sons and daughters, 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren make millions of jars of spaghetti sauce and host hundreds of thousands of guests at their amusement park. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park provides fun, food and memories in a safe, clean, fun, affordable and delicious environment! As the popularity of Fred’s spaghetti sauce grew, so did the Park. Today, it is a modern family fun facility which includes more than 30 rides, an extensive water park, go-karts, a beautiful miniature golf course and America’s Best Amusement Park Food.

Old Route 220
Tipton, PA 16684
(814) 684-3538

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Haines Shoe House

Haines Shoe House

The Shoe House, built in 1948, was by far “Colonel” Mahlon N. Haines’ most outlandish advertising gimmick. It is a wood frame structure covered with wire lath and coated with a cement stucco. It measures 48 ft. in length, 17 ft. in width at the widest part and 25 ft. in height. The interior consists of five different levels and contains three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living room. This giant structural advertisement was originally used as a guest house. In the first year after its completion, elderly couples were invited to stay for a weekend and live like “kings and queens” at Haines’ expense. In the Spring of 1987, the Shoe House returned to the Haines family when a granddaughter of the “Shoe Wizard” (Ruth Miller) purchased the building.

197 Shoe House Road
Hellam, PA
(717) 840-8339

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Hersheypark

Hersheypark

Rated the #1 Amusement Park in the Northeast by FamilyFun Magazine, Hersheypark offers fun and excitement for every member of the family. Hersheypark is home to over 60 rides and attractions, including 10 thrilling roller coasters, 6 drenching water rides, and over two dozen kiddie rides. With live entertainment daily, games, food, and shopping, Hersheypark has something to delight every member of your family.

100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
1-800-HERSHEY

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Indian Caverns

Indian Caverns

From the early Nineteenth Century, the residents of Franklinville thought that the cave situated along the banks of Spruce Creek ended in a small room where local settlers scratched their names and the dates of their visits — the earliest being 1816. They may also have thought that they were among the first to explore the several rooms and passages of the cave. All that changed in 1928 when a curious and adventurous young couple made their first visit to the cave. Harold “Hubby” Wertz and his wife, Lenore, were from nearby Tyrone and were avid spelunkers. Over the next year, they purchased the property and opened up an ever-growing series of caverns and passages. After two years of excavation and a $500,000 investment, Hubby and Lenore opened Historic Indian Cave on June 15, 1929 — four months before the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. Indian Caverns remains a unique area attraction.

5374 Indian Trail
Spruce Creek, PA 16683
(814) 632-7578

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Lakemont Park

Lakemont Park

Lakemont Park is home to over 30 rides and attractions including The Island Waterpark. One of Lakemont’s most prized possessions is the world’s oldest roller coaster, Leap-the-Dips. Built at the park in 1902 by the E. Joy Morris Company, the historic wooden roller coaster was restored and reopened on Memorial Day 1999. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1996.

700 Park Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
(814) 949-7275

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Museums & Historic Sites

American Civil War Museum

American Civil War Museum

Come to the museum seen by more than 8 million visitors, since opening in 1962. Voices from history blend with scenes and words to recreate the past. Jennie Wade bakes bread before being fatally shot in her sister’s kitchen. John Brown, bound in ropes, walks to the gallows. Slaves using the Underground Railroad try to escape to freedom. And Abraham Lincoln sits in the theatre on that fateful day. Through five hallways of scenes, the American Civil War Museum brings the past “back to life” with life-sized dioramas of the Civil War. From there, visitors enter the internationally acclaimed Battleroom Auditorium, where a re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg is performed before their eyes. Once again, the Union and Confederate meet for the infamous, tide-turning battle. Amidst the sound of battle cries and bullets, the reasons, causes, and outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg are revealed. Finally, an animated Abraham Lincoln concludes the presentation with his deliverance of the immortal Gettysburg Address.

297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-6245

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Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

Antique Automobile Club of America Museum

The Antique Auto Museum at Hershey displays vintage automobiles in unique scenes and settings! Visitors can stroll through eight decades in time while traveling from New York to San Francisco. It’s a trip down memory lane as you recall the cars your grandparents or parents drove as well as those from your early driving days. The Cammack Gallery features several special exhibitions each year. Changing exhibitions focus on specific manufacturers, vehicle types, and historical The Museum’s Lower Level features the Museum of Bus Transportation — the largest collection of buses on display under one roof in the United States. The Lower Level also houses a restored Valentine Diner, a Photo Area where you can have your picture taken behind the wheel of a vintage car, and a selection of vehicles from the Museum’s permanent collection.

161 Museum Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 566-7100

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Cornwall Iron Furnace

Cornwall Iron Furnace

It is difficult to imagine that this quiet cluster of beautiful buildings nestled in the rolling hills of Lebanon County was once the home of a fire-breathing blast furnace with an insatiable appetite for rocks and wood! Each picturesque structure at the Cornwall Iron Furnace site played its part in the noisy infancy of the metals industry in America. The charcoal, cold blast iron furnace at Cornwall operated continuously from 1742 to 1883 under the ownership of the Peter Grubb family and later Robert Coleman and his descendants, and was typical of the furnaces in those days. Cornwall Iron Furnace is also quite unique in that it is the only known surviving furnace of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Rexmont Road at Boyd Street
Cornwall, PA
(717) 272-9711


Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from Washington and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions. Tour the President’s home, enjoy a self-guided walk around the farm, or join a park ranger for an exploration of 1950s Secret Service operations or a look back at WWII and Ike’s problems as Supreme Commander.

250 Eisenhower Farm Drive
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-9114

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General Lee’s Headquarters Museum

The museum is located in the same stone house that General Robert E. Lee occupied during the battle of Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. Now you can learn more about one of the most significant events in American history by visiting the museum and seeing artifacts that tell the stories of the people that fought the battle.

401 Buford Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-3141

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Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War with the Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy”, it was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address. Plan to spend a minimum of four hours at the park, though an entire day is more desirable if you wish to take advantage of the museum and Electric Map program, have a leisurely tour of the park, and visit nearby attractions.

97 Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-1124

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Hershey Museum

Experience the fascinating stories of Hershey – the man, the candy empire he created and the model town he founded – through a variety of exhibits, original working machinery, unique artifacts and more. Just steps away from Hersheypark® and Hershey’s Chocolate World®, this sweet retreat allows visitors of all ages to explore the town “built on chocolate.”

170 West Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 534-3439

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National Watch & Clock Museum

National Watch & Clock Museum

The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. The latest expansion opened in October 1999 and featured an entirely new and redesigned exhibit space, as well as a new two-story addition. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. The Museum collection is international in scope and covers a wide variety of clocks, watches, tools, and other time-related items. The main focus of the collection is on nineteenth-century American clocks and watches. However, additional collections include early English Tallcase clocks, Asian timepieces from Japan and China, and timekeeping devices from Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Russia. Chronologically, the exhibits take you on a tour through the entire history of timekeeping technology from early non-mechanical devices to today’s atomic and radio controlled clocks.

514 Poplar Street
Columbia, PA 17512
(717) 684-8261

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Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg

Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg

To properly bury the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg, the “Soldiers Cemetery” was established on the battleground near the center of the Union line. The Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for American veterans from all of this country’s major wars and conflicts.

97 Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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The Rupp House History Center

The Rupp House History Center, a educational project of the Friends of Gettysburg, is located in downtown Gettysburg near the intersection of Steinwehr Avenue and Baltimore Street. The Center is within walking distance of Gettysburg National Military Park’s Visitor Center, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and Gettysburg’s town square. Through interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, Rupp House History Center guests are able to immerse themselves in 19th-century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg.

451 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-7292

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Union Canal Tunnel Park

Union Canal Tunnel Park

The Union Canal Tunnel Park includes 109 acres of meadows and woods surrounding the oldest transportation tunnel in the U.S. and 5/8 mile of watered canal. The Tunnel, a National Historic Landmark, was completed in 1827. Visitors can walk on the towpath once trodden by mules, picnic at the mouth of the tunnel, or climb the marked trails through the wooded hill adjacent to the canal. Boat rides on the canal and through the tunnel are available the second and fourth Sundays during the months of June through October. There are evening rides on nights when the moon is full.

25th Street and Union Canal Drive
Lebanon, PA
(717) 272-1473

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Outdoor Sports

Harrisburg Senators

Harrisburg Senators

Baseball in Harrisburg dates back to 1907, when the local team played in the class “D” Tri-State League. In 1987, the sport came back to a brand-new ballpark. The Eastern League franchise was named in honor of the previous tenants, linking the modern day to the past. The Senators have been phenomenally successful … over the past 12 years they have sent up more than 100 players to the Major Leagues. Following their long tradition of baseball excellence, in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 the Senators proved they were a force to contend with by winning the Eastern League Championship. Harrisburg is the first team in league history to win four Eastern League titles in a row.

Commerce Bank Park
City Island
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 231-4444

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Parks, Lakes & Outdoor Attractions

Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society

Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society

Backyard barbecues are the stuff of which summer is made, but how about a picnic in Harrisburg’s front yard? Riverfront Park and City Island offer a host of family fun and activities along the beautiful banks of the Susquehanna. Take a leisurely family stroll or bike ride and enjoy the view. Better yet, cruise the river on the Pride of the Susquehanna, an authentic paddlewheel riverboat. This nonprofit riverboat was first launched in 1988.

P.O. Box 910
Harrisburg PA 17108
(717) 234-6500

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ZooAmerica

Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society

ZooAmerica is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania and is home to over 200 animals from five regions of North America. A perfect place for families, guests can see over 75 species of animals displayed in naturalistic habitats! ZooAmerica is open year-round.

100 West Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 534-3900

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Wining & Dining

Bube’s Brewery

Bube’s Brewery is an intact historic 19th century brewery and museum complex. Fine dining available at any of four restaurants: The Catacombs, Alois, Bottling Works, and Biergarten. Experience live events, enjoy brewery feasts, view the art gallery, and shop the Cooper’s Shed Store to step back to the 19th century. Free tours of Bube’s Brewery are available daily from 5:00PM to 10:00PM. The tour lasts 20-30 minutes.

102 North Market Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
(717) 653-2056

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Naylor Wine Cellars

Naylor Wine Cellars

This 80 acre winery includes 35 acres of vineyards nestled among the green valleys of southern York County, in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. This is Naylor wine country, where some of Pennsylvania’s most rewarded and respected estate wines are grown, fermented, aged and bottled according to traditions dating as far back as the 1800’s. Walk the vineyards where luscious clusters of Old Eastern Labrusca, French-American and Classic European Vinifera grapes hang in colorful profusion. The soil which feeds these fine grapes, and from which they derive their intense flavor, is unique to the area, part of a perfect microclimate found nowhere else in the nation. Tour the winery where Chambourcin, Chardonnay and Cabernet wines quietly age to perfection in oak barrels. And enjoy informal wine tastings, experiencing first-hand the very best wines Pennsylvania offers.

4069 Vineyard Road
Stewartstown, PA
(800) 292-3370

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Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association
P.O. Box 5, New Tripoli, PA 18066
(610) 767-5026 / Fax: (610) 767-5034

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