Sightseeing in State College

40% Off a Riverboat-Sightseeing Tour

The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat

City Island

$20 $12

Visitors hop aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna to take in the sights of the Susquehanna River and learn about the history of Harrisburg

The National Civil War Museum – Up to 50% Off

The National Civil War Museum

East Harrisburg

$22 $12

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17 galleries filled with more than 25,000 documents and artifacts tell an unbiased account of the American Civil War

Up to 52% Off at The Hershey Story, Museum on Chocolate Avenue

The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue

Hershey

$39.90 $19

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Guests sample sipping chocolates sourced from around the world and explore the culinary and philanthropic legacy of Milton S. Hershey

Up to 55% Off at Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum

Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum

Pottsville

$20 $10

Classic cars from the '50s and '60s alongside midcentury murals, a bandstand and drive-in, and more than 20,000 collectibles from the era

National Watch & Clock Museum – Up to 53% Off Visit

National Watch & Clock Museum

National Clock & Watch Museum

$16 $8

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The continent’s largest collection of timepieces includes the massive Engle Clock, hands-on exhibits, and George Washington’s pocket watch

41% Off at Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House

Polymath Park Resort

Acme

$44 $26

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture situated on 100+ wooded acres

Up to 54% Off Tours at Kreider Farms

Kreider Farms

Kreider Farms

$38 $19

90-minute tour provides a close look at the farm's massive loafing barn and high-tech carousel used for milking cows

Up to 71% Off at National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Multiple Locations

$29 $10

Museum with an authentic Civil War surgeon's tent, a 19th century holding coffin, and dioramas detailing medical evacuations

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People tend to walk slowly through The National Civil War Museum—both out of respect for the fallen soldiers and sheer awe at how much there is to see. The institution strives to cover the events before, during, and after the war without bias to either the Union or Confederate cause.

  • Size: with 21,000 historic documents and 4,400 artifacts rotating in and out of exhibits on two floors, the museum recommends reserving 2 to 4 hours for a visit
  • Eye Catcher: Moment of Mercy—a statue outside the museum that depicts Richard Kirkland, a confederate sergeant who gave water to wounded Union troops
  • Permanent Mainstay: Weapons & Equipment, a collection of rifles and uniforms from both sides of the Mason Dixon
  • Temporary Exhibit: 1864—the first of four special exhibits to cover specific years of the war and part of the museum's lead up to the Civil War's 150th anniversary
  • Don't Miss: a giant, interactive video wall, where President Abraham Lincoln answers questions about anything except his hat
  • Leave Your Mark: descendants of Civil War veterans can purchase memorial bricks that add their relatives' names to the museum's Walk of Valor
One Lincoln Circle
Harrisburg,
PA
US

Featured on Central PA magazine’s 2010 Hot List for Best Leisure Options, The State Museum lays out a telescopic view of the Commonwealth's history throughout its four-story building. Visitors are welcomed by the colossal figure of William Penn, flash-frozen in bronze and captured in his life-like 18-foot majesty. The statue stands flanked by cunning facsimiles of a Pennsylvania past and backed by the museum's featured exhibit, currently Wood on Glass, a photographic history and lecture series on the lumber industry. The second floor recreates a Native American village and unrolls the carpet of history from the Civil War through the Industrial Revolution and beyond. The final level delves thousands of years into the past when the eons-old Marshalls Creek Mastodon lumbered across the Pennsylvanian plains and starred in two MTV reality shows—see the 12,000-year-old, 20-foot skeleton when its exhibit opens on Sunday, February 27.

300 North St
Harrisburg,
PA
US

The Whitaker Center's Select Medical IMAX Theater dazzles moviegoers with 3-D adventures projected onto a six-story screen and piped through a six-channel, 16,000-watt surround-sound system. The 65' x 80' screen towers over the audience, immersing them in overwhelming three-dimensional visuals like a diorama built in Paul Bunyan's shoebox. Swing from the trees with Born to be Wild 3D, a heartwarming documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman that introduces audiences to the lives of orphaned orangutans and elephants and their human care-givers. Hubble 3D follows the crewmembers of the space shuttle Atlantis on their mission to repair the Hubble Telescope, giving viewers a close-up look at such breathtaking galactic events as the birth of stars and the Quinceañera of planets. Check out the showtimes for all current films.

222 Market St
Harrisburg,
PA
US

Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Hershey chocolate dynasty, gave the world more than just his signature bars of sweet, rich chocolate. He also built the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and laid the foundations for its future, providing public education for residents and preserving collections of Native American and Pennsylvania German artifacts.

Visitors to The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue learn about Hershey's entire legacy, perusing exhibits such as Failures to Fortunes, which details his impoverished childhood and later success, and Sweet Innovations, which showcases his creative chocolate-making practices, such as his unique approach to milk chocolate. Guests can make truffles and other confections to feed their pet chocolate bunnies during the hands-on Chocolate Lab, or they can stop by Café Zooka to taste flights of drinking chocolates sourced from Africa, Indonesia, and other locations around the world.

63 W Chocolate Ave
Hershey,
PA
US

Cars, Buses, Motorcyles & More! More than 100 cars, 25 Motorcycles and 10 vintage buses on dsiplay. Herbie the Love Bug until 4/2011. Betty White's Cadillac and the Bus from Forrest Gump. Holiday Train display. Displays and exhibits changes frequently so check out the website for the most up to date information.

161 Museum Dr
Hershey,
PA
US

A group of former preschool teachers banded together to create Explore & More Hands-On Children's Museum, a space designed to engage visitors—specifically, those between the ages of 2 and 8—with educational play. Located in a vintage 1860s house, the museum consists of seven themed rooms. Guests can glimpse into the past by entering the 1860s room, which houses a historical general store, or learn about hermit crabs, frogs, and other creatures in the nature area. Children experience the power of magnets first-hand in the exploration room, where they can also stand inside a giant soap bubble.

20 E High St
Gettysburg,
PA
US