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Hersheypark, Hershey, Pa.
Distance from Baltimore: 90 miles, one hour and forty-five minute drive
Why it's worth the gas: Hersheypark is a full-scale theme park with more than 60 rides and attractions, including 10 roller coasters and six water rides. Visitors can get a panoramic view of the park and the town from atop the Kissing Tower -- a rotating, elevating ride that rises 250 feet and is adorned with windows shaped like Hershey's Kisses - while candy mascots stroll the grounds. Throughout the park, tamer kiddie rides are clustered with more adrenaline-pumping fare and entertainment venues so that families don't have to split up to find something each member will enjoy
Don't miss: Hershey's Chocolate World is free admission and so is the Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour ride. For an additional package price, visitors can create their own candy bar, go on a chocolate tasting adventure, experience the Hershey Trolley Works, and see Hershey's Really Big 3D Show.
Information: The park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Summer 1-day pass tickets for ages 9 to 54 are $56.95, tickets for ages 2 to 8 and 55 to 69 are $35.95 and tickets for 70+ are $22.95. 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Call 1-800-437-7439 or go to www.hersheypark.com.
January 29, 2012