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Hershey PA: The Perfect Travel Destination for Families

Mar 7, 2008
Families looking for a destination that will include fun, education, family oriented activities and proximity to big cities, should consider Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is perfectly suited to provide a little something to everyone; and satisfy every vacation desire.

To say that Hershey, PA is family oriented is no small thing. Many cities make the claim, but few can live up to it. Driving up and down the streets of Hershey will give you the feel of a small town. For instance, you will not find racy billboards and advertisements that you must screen for young children. The activities promoted in area periodicals and newspapers, while not all child oriented; do not mirror the decadence of the big city. What you will typically find is appeals to bring a person's whole family to certain events or events that appeal to all ages.

Because Hershey is not a big city, with neither pro nor college teams as a mainstay; a considerable amount of time and attention is given to its high school athletics teams: football, soccer, baseball, basketball, etc. The Hershey Trojans are the attraction for those that live in the town. The city does have a minor league ice hockey team, but its presence does not overwhelm the city with boorish behavior among its citizens. But, you may be asking why is all that important to the traveler looking for a family destination?

It matters because those who live and work in Hershey designing the events and services value those things that matter to families. There are probably elements like this in every city, but Hershey is especially attentive to this. Interestingly, even those who prefer a faster, less family oriented pace can find that in Hershey.

For instance, if you were craving Broadway entertainment, you could still do that by traveling two to three hours to New York city, take in dinner and a play and return to Hershey. If you were in need of hearing a jazz music performance and tasting the fares of a Philadelphia Cheese steak, you could do that by traveling less than two hours to center city Philadelphia.

If you wanted the elegance of dining by the harbor and experiencing big city life; you can travel less than one and one half hours to Baltimore, Maryland. Finally, if you wanted to network and rub shoulders with our nation's power brokers, you could do that by traveling two and one half hours to Washington, DC. When you tired of all these things you can settle down into the relaxed environment that is Hershey, PA. This factor that people can access big city life without having to live it when they didn't want to makes Hershey a great place to live and to visit.

So what is there do to in Hershey. I could write several articles just on those things that we find. But in essence, much of Hershey revolves around the Hershey Company, the Hershey Medical Center, the Hershey Entertainment Company and the Milton Hershey School. Each of these zones presents residents and travelers various options that are educational and/or fun in nature.

Travelers are most familiar with those things associated with the Entertainment Company: Hersheypark (the Amusement Park); Giant Stadium (Concert Stadium and home of the Hershey Bears ice hockey team); the Hershey Gardens; the Hershey Museum and the Hotel Hershey (designed for Milton Hershey). Although these are very popular destinations, they are not much different than those that you might find elsewhere. What makes them different in Hershey, PA is the quality of the people involved and their orientation toward families.
About the Author
Charles Harper has lived and worked in Hershey over the last eleven years. He is currently working on his doctorate in Instructional Technology and is the webmaster for the area portal: Hershey Area Online , the area's only portal for user generated content. He also broadcasts an internet radio show called the Hershey Area Online Radio Show, which is still in prelaunch stage.
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