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Pennsylvania Getaways with Kids

Pennsylvania has many draws for families, such as family resorts in the Poconos mountains, tourist attractions, and popular theme parks such as Sesame Place and Hersheypark.

Family Getaway Ideas in Pennsylvania
A quick overview of popular destinations and getaway ideas in Pennsylvania, for families.

Poconos Ponnsylvania Family Resorts
Just a few hours from New York City, Phillie, and Washington, DC, the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania have been offering city-slickers a family getaway for as long as the cities have been slick. Click to see family resorts.

Hershey PA and Hersheypark
90 minutes from Philadelphia, "Chocolate Town USA" is a major family destination thanks to Hersheypark (voted top amusement park by FamilyFun Magazine.) Stay at the Hotel Hershey, a grand old hotel that has a kids club, or at the family-friendly Hershey Lodge.

Sesame Place, Pennsylvania
What little kid wouldn't like a theme park with a Sesame Street theme? With rides, many "wet" water attractions, play zones, Big Bird and other favorite characters, character meals... Sesame Place is 30 minutes from Philadelphia Pennsylvania and 90 minutes from New York City, and is open from mid-May, closing after a special "Count's Halloween Spooktacular" in October.

Family Ski Resorts in Pennsylvania
For family skiing in Pennsylvania, the better-known slopes are in eastern PA in the Poconos Mountains (a mere 90 minutes drive from New York City, but western Pennsylvania some action too. Note that, in this state, a vertical drop of 1000 feet is good.

Philadelphia Attractions
About's local Guide for Phillie has suggestions for things to do in Philadelphia and in the surrounding area, including family fun.

Pittsburgh Family Fun
"Kidsburgh" -- named America's fifth Best Place to Raise A Family --is affordable and has kid-friendly attractions that educate and entertain including children's museum, zoo and aquarium, and amusement parks.

Deer Valley Family Camp: affordable fun on 742 acres two hours from...
Family Camps are an affordable way to have a holiday in the great outdoors. Deer Valley is a year-round family camp two hours from Pittsburgh, with 742 acres of woods, hills and fields, and a lake for watersports and fishing in summer, ice-fishing and skating in winter. Guests can stay in the Lodge which has dorm-style bedrooms with private...

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
This 200-acre amusement part plus water park is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Dorney Park -- whose history dates back to 1860-- has plenty of coasters, including an inverted coaster and lots for little kids too including Planet Snoopy.

Crayola Factory, Two Rivers Landing, Easton Pennsylvania
The crayon-maker company welcomes visits from families: kids can color and draw with the latest Crayola products, see how crayons and markets are made, and try out interactive activities. Themes and projects change throughout the year.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
At the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation --located on 112 acres near Philadelphia -- visitors can see a "working" farm producing food and carrying on daily life in restored buildings and using 18th century tools and technology. Volunteers bring history to life, and special events include family fun days and historical reenactments.

Pennsylvania National Parks Locations
About.com's Guide for National and State Parks has a handly clickable map for Pennsylvania National Parks.

Camping in Pennsylvania
About.com's Guide for Camping gas numerous reviews about campgrounds in Pennsylvania.

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