Family-friendly hotel with indoor and seasonal outdoor pools, sports court, and casual American restaurant
Hotel at a Glance: Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey
Ideally situated between Harrisburg and Hershey, Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey has something for everyone—business or pleasure. Guests are never far from enjoying a fun-filled day with the family and all the fantastic attractions the region offers including: Hersheypark and stadium concerts, Giant Center, City Island, the Indian Echo Caverns, Tanger Outlets, and National Civil War Museum. Relax and enjoy resort-style amenities, including a children’s Playworld playground, sports court (basketball/tennis), ping pong, exercise room, video arcade, and an indoor pool and the area’s largest outdoor pool.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms feature flat-screen high-definition TVs and free WiFi.
- Kids will love ping-pong, the video arcade room, the outdoor Playworld playground, and much more.
- Season’s Restaurant: open daily, serves a variety of delicious entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (kid-friendly).
- Off Season’s Sports Lounge features an array of beloved classics, from burgers and steaks to nachos and wings, along with nightly drink specials, billiards, and nine flat-screen TVs broadcasting the latest sporting events.
- Recognition: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2017 and 2018
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Historic State Capital near Chocolate Empire
The midsize city of Harrisburg has played a part in key moments in US history: it was the site of several Civil War battles, as well as a rail and transportation hub during the Industrial Revolution. The National Civil War Museum chronicles the war from both the Southern and Northern perspectives, housing more than 12,000 artifacts including Robert E. Lee’s pocket Bible and Ulysses S. Grant’s sword belt. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex—which Teddy Roosevelt once praised as “the handsomest” he’d ever seen—is also worth a stop. You can take a guided tours around the Beaux Arts building, which was constructed in 1902.
Nearby Hershey bills itself as “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” and it’s hard to dispute that claim—the whole town smells like chocolate. Rags-to-riches entrepreneur Milton Hershey founded Hershey in 1903 as a company town for his factory workers. These days, it’s at the center of a confection empire where you’ll find candy-themed amusement parks and museums. At Hersheypark®, you can ride 13 roller coasters and float in inner tubes down a lazy river. Next door, the Hershey’s Chocolate World trolley tour takes passengers to Milton Hershey’s boyhood home and the mansion he built across from his factory.