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The Hershey-Harrisburg region has hundreds of attractions for you to explore; all within minutes of Penn State Hershey. There is something to do for all seasons. If you can't find it in south central Pennsylvania, you are sure to find it only a few hours away in one of the many surrounding metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York.

Amusement Parks/Zoo

Arts and Theater


Restaurants (Hershey Area)

Restaurants (Harrisburg Area)

Outdoor Fun

Golf Courses

Skiing/Snowboarding/Downhill Sports


  • Indian Echo Caverns - www.indianechocaverns.com (An array of geological wonders – stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone that shows color to challenge the imagination.)
  • Lake Tobias Wildlife Park - www.laketobias.com (Safari tour, zoo exhibits, petting zoo and more!)

Indoor Fun



Farmers Markets

  • Broad Street Market, Harrisburg, PA – www.broadstreetmarket.org (One of the oldest continuing farmers markets in the country.)
  • Lebanon Farmers Market - www.lebanonfarmersmarket.com (A 30,000 square foot historically restored facility occupying nearly one half the block.  It is an original 1892 farm market building.)
  • Green Dragon – www.greendragonmarket.com (Located on a thirty acre site in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, this market has grown to be one of the largest farmers markets on the east coast.)
  • Farmer's Market in Hershey - website: www.farmersmarketinhershey.com  and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketinhershey (Wellness-focused farmers market located next to the Cocoa Beanery at 1215 Research Blvd. off Bullfrog Valley Road on west campus of Penn State Medical Center. Open Thursday afternoon, 2:30-6:30pm from May to October)

Community Gardens


Surrounding Areas

  • Baltimore - www.baltimoretourism.com (Baltimore, MD is only 90 minutes away – its home to the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens;   Baltimore's inner harbor, the B&O Railroad Museum and restaurants is only a short drive away.   Get your fingers covered with Old Bay seasoning when you eat the Maryland famous steamed blue crabs.)
  • Philadelphia – www.gophila.com (There is nothing like a good, gooey Philadelphia  cheese steak and its only an hour away.    Philadelphia is known for all of its historical charm – go touch the crack in the Liberty Bell; take in a baseball game and see the Philadelphia Phillies or the Philadelphia Eagles football team.)
  • New York City – nycgo.com (Skyscrapers and everything only a mere 3-1/2 hours away.  Get there by car, train, bus or plane.)
  • Washington D.C. – washington.org (3 hours south is the home of our the President of the United States; visit in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming along the Potomac; go see and touch the Vietnam Wall or the World War II Memorial.)
  • Pittsburgh - http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/ 4 hours east is Pittsburgh, a city that has revitalized itself from a steel town to one of America's most livable cities. This avid sports town is home of storied sports franchisees, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.


This list is subject to change. This information is provided as a courtesy to our visitors. Penn State Hershey does not endorse any of the items listed.