The Lodge has lots of ways to play when you stay. Outdoors, there are basketball and tennis courts, indoors a heated pool. On select fall weekends, family-oriented activities range from Chocolate Bingo to craft making.
Drive time: About 90 minutes.
Rates: $199-$329 weekdays, $229-$269 weekends (double occupancy).
Where to eat: The on-site Lebbie Lebkicher’s is the place for breakfast ($8-$12, kids $6.95). Also in-house, the Bears’ Den serves everything from burgers to steaks ($13-$27, kids $6-$8).
What to do: Hershey celebrates Halloween in a big way during the last two weekends in October and the first weekend in November with Hersheypark in the Dark ($33, ages 3-8 $22). 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, 800-HERSHEY, hersheypark.com. Or get spooked in a more primal fashion at Creatures of the Night at ZooAmerica ($10.50, 8 and under $8.50; free with Hersheypark ticket). 201 Park Avenue, 717-534-3900, zooamerica.com.
Rainy-day fun: At Hershey’s Chocolate World, you can take the free, simulated bean-to-bar tour ride, solve a mystery in the 4-D theater ($6.95, kids $5.95), and you can also create your own candy bar ($14.95). 251 Park Blvd., (717) 534-4900, hersheys.com.
Hershey Lodge 325 University Drive, Hershey, (717) 533-3311, hersheylodge.com