.....its about an hour away...
.....its about an hour away but well worth the drive. I'm talking about Doubleday Farm - a bed and breakfast kinda place with a twist. The twist being baseball the old fashion way complete with the look and feel and of course a player from days gone by....
It's located in Landisburg, PA. From Carlisle, head north on Rt. 74 and up over Waggoners Gap (stop and take a look at the view there!) you will want to look for Pinehill Road.
There web site can be found at:
After passing the MIton S. Hershey statue you find yourself in Carousel Square. Here you will find the historic carousel. This carousel dates back to 1945 when it was originally installed in the park. Although tame and harmless compared to many of the rides of today, I still refuse to ride it. I love the wild roller coasters. But a spinning carousel will make me toss my cookies every time.
As you can see it rained the day we went to the park. Luckily it was not a thunder storm. Just lots of rain all day. So we bought blue plastic rain coats and braved the weather. It was kind of a blessing. There were no lines for any of the rides. And on a day like this all rides are water rides!
Work with me on this one. Click on the picture and enlarge it. You will see that Jim is standing next to a sign for Ranger Scratch the new mascot for the zoo. So not all the characters here are chocolate bars. But this one scares me a little. It sounds like the results of some social disease for park rangers.
Size Is Everything!!
Hershey Park rates all of their rides according to the size of the enthusiast for safety reasons,so they employ a unique way to do so...by using candy as their indicators---the rating system goes as follows:
Jolly Ranchers--to ride you must be over 60" tall
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups--42"-48"
Hershey Miniatures--under 36"
Since size is the indicator and not age, a tall child can ride accordingly.
Chocolate City, USA
Milton Hershey, the son of Mennonite parents, was a very bright, hard-working man who built a vast business empire starting with nothing. His company is America's foremost chocolate maker.
Hershey is a "company town". While that phrase may have a rather negative connotation for many people, Hershey ensured that the town provided an excellent quality of life for all of his employees. Far from being a ruthless "robber baron", he was a much-loved philanthropist.
"So Much to Do"
This is a good place to go for the day, but to really take in everything you may want to stay for a weekend. Hershey has a first-rate theme park, a small museum, a nice zoo, beautiful gardens, shopping, shows, and much more.