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Winter In Hershey & Harrisburg

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It might be cold outside, but the Hershey Harrisburg Region has fun all year round and some of the best indoor things to do in PA! 

Art & Museums 

There’s no shortage of attractions for art aficionados, history buffs, and those of us who just like learning something new! Harrisburg is home to the National Civil War MuseumThe State Museum of Pennsylvania (affectionately known as the Smithsonian of Pennsylvania), and the beautiful Susquehanna Art Museum. In Hershey, learn the sweet history of the town built on chocolate and the legacy and life of its brilliant founder, Milton Hershey, at The Hershey Story, Museum on Chocolate Avenue

Indoor Tours 

There's plenty to do indoors when winter’s chill fills the air! Chocolate lovers from around the globe unite at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction where its free to take the chocolate tour factory ride that shows you how Hershey’s sweet confections are made. Step inside for a guided cavern expedition at Echo Dell – Indian Echo Caverns, where the natural thermostat is always 52 degrees! Tours are offered daily at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg that’s filled with impressive art and architecture and a palpable energy as the heartbeat of Pennsylvania politics. Or if you're an adventurous type of visitor, embrace the cold and hit the slopes at Roundtop Mountain Resort.

Great American Outdoor Show

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Expo! Expo! Expo! 

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center is bustling this time of year and hosting some of the largest exhibitions in the nation, and the world! While these consumer shows can be niche, there’s sure to be family fun, delicious food, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Pennsylvania Farm Show (January 4-11, 2020) - Don't miss the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation including 6,000 animals, hundreds of exhibits and vendors, dozens of demonstrations and contests, and one incredible butter sculpture!
  • Great American Outdoor Show (February 2020) - Harrisburg transforms into the outdoor enthusiast capitol of the world during this nine-day extravaganza. Vendors, demonstrations, contests, concerts, and more! 
  • Motorama (February 2020) - It’s an action-packed weekend at the nation’s largest indoor motorsports event, featuring arenacross, karts, R/C, robots, and more! 
  • Horse World Expo (February/March 2020) - Join the country's leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers in Harrisburg for 4 days of entertainment, education, shopping, and of course, a horse or two! Show horses welcome!
Hibernation = Dreaming of a Summer Getaway 

If winter has you feeling blue, find a little ray of sunshine and plan your next summer getaway! Family trips to Hershey filled with roller coasters, wave pools, and squeals of glee. Grown-up getaways at a bed & breakfasthiking the Appalachian Trail by day, and indulging in a world-class downtown dinner by night. Beer tasting adventures and vineyard hopping with your best buds around our unexpectedly awesome craft beer and wine country. 

Traveler Tip: Don't let winter freeze your plans! Download the 511PA Mobile App to see traffic conditions & receive weather alerts.