Hotel at a Glance: Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey
The Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey has everything you need for a fun family getaway. While kids try to beat the high score in the onsite arcade, parents can play billiards. If you want to get active, swim in the indoor pool or play tennis and basketball on the hotel’s sports courts.
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms feature flat-screen high-definition TVs and free WiFi.
- Beat the heat with a dip in a seasonal outdoor pool.
- Kids will love playing ping-pong in the game room and hitting the playground.
- Season’s Restaurant is open daily serving varied menus—including kid-friendly items—for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Off Season’s Sports Lounge serves sliders, nachos, wings, and nightly drinks specials alongside billiards and nine flat-screen TVs with the latest sporting events.
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 tour 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.