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Shuls:
Kesher Israel (great minyan with breakfast after shachris)
Chabad
Degel Israel

Hotels Near Shuls:
IHG Only one in walking distance from KI, 36min
Days Inn 17min from Chabad
ABVI 25min from Chabad
SPG, None are walking distance:
Sheraton 7k/C&P (3 suites, corner rooms are very large, kids aren't allowed in the club lounge)

FP 4k
FP 3k/C&P


Kosher Food:
Central PA's Kosher Mart
The shul has a limited number of items for sale including packaged food items and dairy including chalav yisrael milk, yogurt and ice cream. Kosher meat and chicken are available at:
  • Weiss Markets, 1700A Fruitville Pike, Lancaster (717) 397-8127
  • Wegman’s, 2000 Crossings Blvd, Lancaster (off Harrisburg Pike)
Chalav Yisrael (Kreider Farms) milk is available at:
  • Giant Food Store (at Stone Mill Plaza), 1360 Columbia Ave., Lancaster
  • Weiss Markets (Kendig Square) 2600 Willow Street Pike, Willow St, PA

Attractions - Harrisburg: - Check Groupon for Deals
http://www.hersheypark.com/
https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us.html
https://www.laketobias.com/
http://indianechocaverns.com/
http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton


Attractions - Lancaster: Check Groupon for Deals
Dutch Wonderland
Cherry Crest Farm
Crayola Factory
Kreider Farm Tour
Turkey Hill Factory

Go 'n Bananas https://gonbananas.com/
Verdant View Farm Tours


https://www.lancasterconservancy.org/preserves/pinnacle-scenic-overlook/

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: July 30, 2014, 03:31:53 PM »
Guys if you need a place to stay look for Vacation Property rentals. They are less than a hotel room (about 150-200/night), lots of room(usually 3-4 bedrooms, 2 baths), great for families.

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: August 25, 2014, 11:51:27 AM »
Does anyone know what time mincha/maariv is at the kosher stand in Hershey Park?
thanks

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Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: August 26, 2014, 01:46:44 AM »
I did Lancaster last week with my family so Here is the TR

We went with 3 children oldest 7yrs
we stayed at the "Doubletree" {5*} 2qn + sofa room. There was no availability so I  kept checking everyday and finally I got this one. Very expensive but I made sure to get about 7.3 UR points per dollar spend (UR mall gave me 5 (5.5)points for buying thru Hotels.com and I used my sapphire to pay the hotel 2.14)
The room was a nice size and clean, the kids loved the pool with the slides open till 10pm every night.

We decided to drive down motzei shabbos so we could have the full day Sunday,

Sunday: "Hershey Chocolate" we did the "4D show" {3*} and the "Chocolate Tour"{2*}, Kids didn't really liked both. We wanted to do the "Create your own Bar" but it was sold out for the day. Then we went to "Dutch Wonderland" {5*} about 6pm (Note: "DW" has a hidden policy that if you come the first day less then 3hrs before closing they will stamp your ticket and you could come the next day again, it's called "preview") park wasn't so full anymore and we did a lot of rides in short time, there is a picnic area where you could grill if you like to, there was constantly minyunim mincha-Mariv @ the kosher stand area, I didn't eat their food but it looked decent,

Monday: we went to Amish Town on a Buggy Ride we went with "AAA Buggy Rides" {4*} there is a coupon on their site for $2 off per adult, we did the 60min tour they took us in to someone's house and farm and drove us around town. Then we went to "Herr's Food Factory" {5*} reservation is needed in advance for good timing, we saw how they are doing Pretzels, Tortilla chips and potato chips you see the whole process up close and then they gave us hot fresh potato chips right of the machine and then they gave everybody 2 bags of chips after the tour (Tour is FREE). Then about 4pm we arrived to Dutch W. Again.

Tuesday: "Cherry Crest Farm" {2*} they have like a small peddling zoo and you could hold Baby Chickies and a tractor ride and a corn maze and a giant slide.

For the best ticket pricing and kosher info check out Centralpaskoshermart.com

I marked everything {*} on the rate the kids enjoyed it.

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: August 26, 2014, 05:52:42 AM »
I did Lancaster last week with my family so Here is the TR

We went with 3 children oldest 7yrs
we stayed at the "Doubletree" {5*} 2qn + sofa room. There was no availability so I  kept checking everyday and finally I got this one. Very expensive but I made sure to get about 7.3 UR points per dollar spend (UR mall gave me 5 (5.5)points for buying thru Hotels.com and I used my sapphire to pay the hotel 2.14)
The room was a nice size and clean, the kids loved the pool with the slides open till 10pm every night.

We decided to drive down motzei shabbos so we could have the full day Sunday,

Sunday: "Hershey Chocolate" we did the "4D show" {3*} and the "Chocolate Tour"{2*}, Kids didn't really liked both. We wanted to do the "Create your own Bar" but it was sold out for the day. Then we went to "Dutch Wonderland" {5*} about 6pm (Note: "DW" has a hidden policy that if you come the first day less then 3hrs before closing they will stamp your ticket and you could come the next day again, it's called "preview") park wasn't so full anymore and we did a lot of rides in short time, there is a picnic area where you could grill if you like to, there was constantly minyunim mincha-Mariv @ the kosher stand area, I didn't eat their food but it looked decent,

Monday: we went to Amish Town on a Buggy Ride we went with "AAA Buggy Rides" {4*} there is a coupon on their site for $2 off per adult, we did the 60min tour they took us in to someone's house and farm and drove us around town. Then we went to "Herr's Food Factory" {5*} reservation is needed in advance for good timing, we saw how they are doing Pretzels, Tortilla chips and potato chips you see the whole process up close and then they gave us hot fresh potato chips right of the machine and then they gave everybody 2 bags of chips after the tour (Tour is FREE). Then about 4pm we arrived to Dutch W. Again.

Tuesday: "Cherry Crest Farm" {2*} they have like a small peddling zoo and you could hold Baby Chickies and a tractor ride and a corn maze and a giant slide.

For the best ticket pricing and kosher info check out Centralpaskoshermart.com

I marked everything {*} on the rate the kids enjoyed it.
When you went the second day at 4, was that another preview? Or your admission

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #105 on: August 27, 2014, 12:26:05 AM »
It was admission at 4. The reason I didn't go earlier because it was loaded with people and long lines. So late afternoon there is very little wait time on all the rides.

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #106 on: October 12, 2014, 12:53:37 AM »
Anyone going for chol hamoed ? What's to do on sunday is the turkey hill tour worth the time / money

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #107 on: October 12, 2014, 08:16:31 AM »
Anyone going for chol hamoed ? What's to do on sunday is the turkey hill tour worth the time / money
We're planning on going today through Monday but still unsure of the exact plan. Any ideas?
So far we have the Please Touch Museum today, Sheraton tonight and Hershey tomorrow. We're looking for additional ideas and of course, any discounts we can get :)
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #108 on: October 12, 2014, 09:17:34 PM »
Hershey Chocolate World was nice. Sheraton Harrisburg is decent. Traded a corner room upgrade for a club floor upgrade but still would have liked to get one of the 3 suites (they were all taken by the time I got there). Skipping Hershey Park to do Please Touch Museum, as the kids would probably prefer that.
Hope you all have an amazing chol hamoed!

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #109 on: October 12, 2014, 09:53:31 PM »
Hershey Chocolate World was nice. Sheraton Harrisburg is decent. Traded a corner room upgrade for a club floor upgrade but still would have liked to get one of the 3 suites (they were all taken by the time I got there). Skipping Hershey Park to do Please Touch Museum, as the kids would probably prefer that.
Hope you all have an amazing chol hamoed!


Anyone know if there are any Indoor attractions in case it rains tomorrow and hershey is not an option

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #110 on: October 12, 2014, 10:28:52 PM »
What are minyan options besides for the 8:15 & 9:15 at Hershey Lodge?

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #111 on: October 12, 2014, 11:04:50 PM »
What are minyan options besides for the 8:15 & 9:15 at Hershey Lodge?
there is a 730 and 830 in some shul in Lancaster


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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #112 on: October 13, 2014, 12:16:04 AM »
there is a 730 and 830 in some shul in Lancaster
any more info on this shul?
Mincha?

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #113 on: October 13, 2014, 09:12:26 AM »
any more info on this shul?
Mincha?
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #114 on: October 13, 2014, 11:49:31 AM »
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Lancaster pa
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thanx

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #115 on: November 12, 2014, 02:25:42 PM »
It was quite a few years ago, but we went to Lancaster and had a blast. Kids ranging from 2-7. We aren't big hotel people because we hate being squished in a small room. We rented a small house on a farm - I would highly recommend it. Not only did the farm provide entertainment (corn fields, animals, treehouse) but we had tons of space. We brought along a charcoal grill and invited a few other families staying in Lancaster to join us for a BBQ/b-day party for my son, it was wonderful.

Here is the farm we stayed at, but there are lots of other options. It was significantly cheaper than 2 hotel rooms and the owners gave us a discount because we stayed 4 nights.

http://hersteinvacation.com/

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #116 on: March 22, 2015, 03:08:04 AM »
Will there be minyunim Shachris this upcoming Chol Hamoed like 8-9AM? Not interested in getting up 6am.
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #117 on: March 22, 2015, 08:31:04 AM »
Will there be minyunim Shachris this upcoming Chol Hamoed like 8-9AM? Not interested in getting up 6am.
Theres a oesach program at lanaster host resort. Pesachinlancaster.com

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #118 on: March 22, 2015, 09:14:03 AM »
Will there be minyunim Shachris this upcoming Chol Hamoed like 8-9AM? Not interested in getting up 6am.
For Hershey ?  Afaik They're not open on c"h.

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #119 on: March 22, 2015, 10:34:47 AM »
For Hershey ?  Afaik They're not open on c"h.
Why shouldn't they be open?
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