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

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
Weis Markets - carries packaged deli and cheese.
1700 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 397-8127

Cheaper Tickets:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/42557

Attractions - Harrisburg:
http://www.hersheypark.com/
https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us.html
https://www.laketobias.com/
http://indianechocaverns.com/
http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton
$14 tickets with Groupon: https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-crayola-experience-easton-pa

Attractions - Lancaster:
https://www.dutchwonderland.com/ Groupon: https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-dutch-wonderland-in-lancaster-2
http://www.cherrycrestfarm.com/
http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton


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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #210 on: August 09, 2017, 10:52:43 PM »
The only things that were not kosher were 3 add ons at the make your own ice cream/tasting. They were gummy bears, graham crackers, and actual marshmellows. But the marshmallow flavoring is kosher (probably because it probably doesn't contain any marshmallow). All the free ice cream they served was kosher along with all the free iced tea.

Once again, at the ice cream tasting I have never in my life been so impressed with the accommodations for kosher and how the employees are trained to deal with it.
Great, thanks! Going in two weeks...

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #211 on: August 15, 2017, 01:22:35 AM »
We spent 2 days in the Hershey Area, and just wanted to give a mini TR.

We got to Hershey at 3pm on Sunday. We stayed at a motel (La Quinta) where we have stayed before. We went to Chocolate World, did the tour, (got free chocolate) and then against our better judgement paid for the 4d show (got more free chocolate afterwards), and the tasting. We have taken the kids to the 4D before, and its the same show. Its okay. Its not really worth the money. Then we did the chocolate tasting (all the chocolate they gave was kosher).  We were expecting to eat lots of chocolate. Instead its a 30 minute show about how to taste chocolate, and they give you 4 miniature pieces of chocolate to eat.  Complete waste of time and money.  The bonus was, that we got free parking, since Chocolate World parking was full, they just let us park for free in the regular lot which we stayed in the rest of the day.

Then we did the preview for Hershey Park. They let you in 2 1/2 hours before the park closes (If you stay at a Hershey resort they let you in 3 1/2 hours before) on the day before you go in to the park.

We were there from 730 to 10pm. We first went to the kosher stand, and had delicious food. We have been coming to Hershey for years, and the food has gotten better with each year. Its not cheap, (but not much more expensive than the non kosher food) but there is something for everyone, and it is good.and there are healthy options as well. You get to eat kosher food in the park like everyone else. Remember, if the few tables that the kosher stand has are full, you can use other tables at the other eateries up the hill.  The stand closes at 9pm. Its not a great idea to show up until the very end, as they will have little to no food left and will close, as the employees have worked there all day, and their day is over.

They no longer have the option that you can enter the park, eat and leave without park admission, but you can go to the front gate, and order food before 8pm, and it will be delivered to you. Remember the kosher stand has a strict deadline of 8pm for deliveries, so if you don't place your order before 8pm, you won't be able to get it.

We realized that it was supposed to pour the next day, so we made great use out of our time for the kids. Hershey park is for many reasons, but they always place kiddie rides next to "adult" rides, so when my older one went on the Super Dooper Looper, the younger ones went on kiddie rides.  We stayed until the park closed at 10pm.

Normally Chocolate World is open an hour after the Park closes (in this case Chocolate World closed at 11pm).  You can go to the free ride at this time, but there will be long lines for it, as the entire park empties out now.

The forecast was for rain, so we did not go to Hershey Park the next day. Instead we got free breakfast at La Quinta (waffle mix is OU), went swimming and went to the Turkey Hill Experience, in Columbia PA, which is about 45 minutes from Hershey.  It was packed. You MUST order tickets to the tasting before you get there, or it will be sold out. You can do it online from your smart phone.  It does not pay to go to the place unless you go to the tasting. 

There are two parts to the Turkey Hill Experience. The museum, and the Tasting session. Admission to the museum is about $10pp, with another $5pp for the tasting. You cannot go to the tasting without museum admission.

The kids loved this. There was cute exhibits about ice cream and ice tea. Some interactive stuff. But there is unlimited iced tea, and unlimited ice cream to eat (for free).  This is stuff that kids dreams are made of. All of the flavors were kosher.

The tasting is a 45 minute show in which you make your own ice cream, flavor, toppings, and candy to go in it.  Almost everything there is kosher, except for 3 toppings which are kept separate.   

I have to say, in all the years that we have been going to museums, and activities for kids, the Turkey Hill people were the most considerate of kosher. When they saw my kippa, they came over to me, and explained in detail what was kosher, how it was kosher, and what was not. They were nice, considerate, and wishing to help our family have a great time.  Each container they use there has what hashgacha it is. Each flavor and topping as well.
The kids and us, made our own ice cream to our design and ate it. By the end of the day we had eaten more ice cream than we have eaten in years. We spent about an hour an a half in the museum, and then another 45 minutes with the tasting. Our kids had an amazing day, even though Hershey park got washed out.  Important note, it was packed, because of the rain. Its an indoor place.

We then went back to the NYC area, and it took us about 3 hours with stops to get home.
I disagree with that statement, we went there without doing the tasting tour and my kids had plenty of fun. Was very enjoyable! Otherwise very nice tr. thanks

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #212 on: August 15, 2017, 04:04:37 PM »
Where can I find a place near cherry crest farm, to have a picnic with my grill?
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #213 on: August 15, 2017, 05:26:59 PM »
Where can I find a place near cherry crest farm, to have a picnic with my grill?
I found paradise park around 5 minutes away.
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #214 on: August 23, 2017, 12:16:42 AM »
What hotel/room would be most recommended in Lancaster for family with 5 kids?
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #215 on: August 23, 2017, 12:19:19 AM »
What hotel/room would be most recommended in Lancaster for family with 5 kids?
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Same question here, but with 2 kids and IHG...

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #216 on: August 23, 2017, 12:33:21 AM »
I've had a very good experience in the amish view inn and suites was there last year and going back next week not sure about their point affiliation

The suite has two rooms and a whirlpool in the master bedroom with miles of rolling corn fields right outside the window
Nice kitchenette and a full size fridge
What hotel/room would be most recommended in Lancaster for family with 5 kids?
Can be SPG
I've had a very good experience in the amish view inn and suites was there last year and going back next week not sure about their point affiliation

The suite has two rooms and a whirlpool in the master bedroom with miles of rolling corn fields right outside the window
Nice kitchenette and a full size fridgeI've had a very good experience in the amish view inn and suites was there last year and going back next week not sure about their point affiliation

The suite has two rooms and a whirlpool in the master bedroom with miles of rolling corn fields right outside the window
Nice kitchenette and a full size fridge

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #217 on: August 23, 2017, 03:55:25 PM »
Thanks
Any suggestions of what suite at amish inn would fit family with 5 kids?

And any DDF's familiar with Eden resort or doubletree, what room/suite is  most suitable for family with 5 kids?

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #218 on: August 23, 2017, 03:58:29 PM »
Most suites are a master bedroom and one more room with a sofa bed

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #219 on: August 23, 2017, 09:21:13 PM »
Probably will go with Eden resort sounds more accommodating for our situation.

Does anyone know about minyan next week Thursday/Friday in Lancaster?

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #220 on: August 24, 2017, 09:45:49 PM »
Any Hilton with a suite? I wanna use some points

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #221 on: August 25, 2017, 11:29:47 AM »
Any Hilton with a suite? I wanna use some points
Double tree is very nice and it has a small indoor water park. great for kids

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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #222 on: August 25, 2017, 01:48:59 PM »
Planning an itinerary for Harrisburg next week, going with kids aged 1-8. Staying at Sheraton.

Considering how many here visit Lancaster and Harrisburg, the wiki is severely deficient. Here are some options we're considering:

1. Lake Tobias https://www.laketobias.com/
2. Indian Echo Caverns http://indianechocaverns.com/
3. Crayola Experience http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton
I've been to Crayola, wasn't crazy about it but apparently the kids love it. It's about midway between Monsey and Harrisburg, so a good way to break up the trip. There's also a Groupon available for $14 (website rate is $18, on location is $20). https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-crayola-experience-easton-pa
4. Hershey's Chocolate World https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us.html

Anyone been to any of those places? Any reviews?
What are the minyan options? Kesher Israel has a 6:45. Does Chabad have minyanim during the week? Can i expect pick-up minyanim at the Sheraton?

Any info would be appreciated. I'll update wiki with the above attractions.
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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #223 on: August 25, 2017, 02:40:47 PM »
Planning an itinerary for Harrisburg next week, going with kids aged 1-8. Staying at Sheraton.

Considering how many here visit Lancaster and Harrisburg, the wiki is severely deficient. Here are some options we're considering:

1. Lake Tobias https://www.laketobias.com/
2. Indian Echo Caverns http://indianechocaverns.com/
3. Crayola Experience http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton
I've been to Crayola, wasn't crazy about it but apparently the kids love it. It's about midway between Monsey and Harrisburg, so a good way to break up the trip. There's also a Groupon available for $14 (website rate is $18, on location is $20). https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-crayola-experience-easton-pa
4. Hershey's Chocolate World https://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/en_us.html

Anyone been to any of those places? Any reviews?
What are the minyan options? Kesher Israel has a 6:45. Does Chabad have minyanim during the week? Can i expect pick-up minyanim at the Sheraton?

Any info would be appreciated. I'll update wiki with the above attractions.


Indian Echo Caverns is really fun! I personally hated the Turkey Hill Experience. It's pretty useless. Go to a grocery store and get a few tubs of ice cream instead.

There's a Harley Davidson Factory in York but kids need to be 12+ to attend tours.

On the way from NJ, we stopped at Hopewell Furnace (https://www.nps.gov/hofu/index.htm) which was amazing! Great demonstrations on iron smithing.

Crayola factory is fun if your kids like arts and crafts kind of stuff.

Kilgore Falls is about an hour south of Lancaster and it was a really fun hike to a waterfall. We went there on our way to Maryland.


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Re: Lancaster, PA (And Hershey Park) Master Thread
« Reply #224 on: August 25, 2017, 02:54:28 PM »
On the way from NJ, we stopped at Hopewell Furnace (https://www.nps.gov/hofu/index.htm) which was amazing! Great demonstrations on iron smithing.
What aged kids would you say would enjoy?
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