Late winter and early spring can be tough times to plan a getaway. The kids are in school, and across most of the northeast it's hard to know if you should dress for 40 and rain or 60 and sun from March to May.

Consider a Family Field Trip to the Hershey Harrisburg Region, where interactive museums and historical sites keep the kids on their educational toes! (Not to mention warm and dry no matter Mother Nature's mood.)

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building

The Capitol is often referred to as a "palace of art," with historic murals and intricate artwork laced throughout the massive building. Its incredible 262-foot dome was inspired by Michelangelo's design for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Free guided or self-guided tours are offered daily. Learn More

Pennsylvania State Capitol
Pennsylvania State Capitol
 

The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue

Learn the story of Milton Hershey from his many business failures to his worldwide success. Displays built around Mr. Hershey's personal treasures as well as machinery and memorabilia from the original chocolate factory tell the story of a man whose legacy is so much more than chocolate. Learn More

The Chocolate Lab at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue
The Chocolate Lab at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue


The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Our state is rich with history and stories of industrial and arts contributions that affected not just a local audience but the nation and world. Go on an expansive journey to learn about the state's automotive history and the nuclear emergency at Three Mile Island. The sight of the skeleton of a giant mastodon (unearthed in Monroe County) will impress the whole family. And makes for a great family "selfie" spot too! Learn More

PA State Museum
PA State Museum


Pennsylvania State Police Museum

Did you know that the Pennsylvania State Police was the first uniformed law enforcement organization of its kind? Visitors can tour the training facility and museum, and catch a glimpse of the mounted horse patrol training as well. Learn More

PA State Police Museum
PA State Police Museum


Pennsylvania National Fire Museum

This is truly one of the "hidden gems" of our region. The museum is operated by a group of volunteers who maintain a treasure trove of firefighting history. Moving exhibits honor fallen heroes, and patrons can see some of the earliest fire engine (or fire wagon!) models. Everyone leaves with a deeper appreciation of the evolution of firefighting and for the men and women who protect our homes and businesses. Learn More

PA National Fire Museum
PA National Fire Museum

For a complete list of museum offerings, CLICK HERE.