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PA Parks Win Again!

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4/13/00 at
12:20:14 PM

I am pasting in a press release regarding Pennsylvania tourism. Family fun magazine names Hersheypark and Sesame Place as the #1 and #2 family amusement parks in the northeast. Other Pennsylvania attractions were given honors as well.

View From The Back, the new online weekly park commentary, recently took a look at the advantages of living in a seasonal park location vs. living in a year-round location. To read this week's View From The Back, go to:

As promised, here is the article:FAMILYFUN Magazine Names Hersheypark and Sesame Place as the Two Best Amusement Parks in the Northeast

Eight Other Pennsylvania Attractions Are Voted as Great Travel Destinations For the Entire Family

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, readers of FAMILYFUN magazine have named Hersheypark as the top family-friendly amusement park in the Northeast, while another top Pennsylvania treasure - Sesame Place - captured second-place, proving that Pennsylvania is the perfect family destination.

FAMILYFUN, the leading publication targeting families with children ages 3-12, asked readers who live in the Northeast region of the United States, from Cape Cod to Niagara Falls, to choose their favorite family vacation spots. The destinations are divided into nine categories: cities, amusement parks, nature escapes, beaches, family resorts, tourist attractions, tourist towns, museums, zoos and aquariums.

"We're thrilled that FAMILYFUN readers have chosen both Hersheypark and Sesame Place as their favorite amusement parks in the Northeast," said Barbara Chaffee, Deputy Secretary of Tourism and Marketing for Pennsylvania. "These parks are two of the best family vacation destinations in the country and they give families a chance to explore the other great attractions Pennsylvania has to offer."

Known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth," Hersheypark offers families more than 60 rides and attractions, with more roller coasters than any other park in Pennsylvania.

The Lightning Racer will be added to the list when it opens this May. This new coaster goes faster than 50 miles per hour and will be the first wooden racing-dueling roller coaster in the United States. Along with eight roller coasters, visitors can also enjoy six water rides, 20 kiddie rides, restaurants, games, gift shops and ZooAmerica, the park's 11-acre zoo that is home to more than 200 animals.

Sesame Place, located 30 minutes from Philadelphia in Langhorne, brings the adorable characters and fun-loving spirit of Sesame Street alive with 15 water attractions, 50 play activities and the Vapor Trail roller coaster. Exciting live entertainment shows such as the "Big Bird & Company" musical revues and the popular "Rock Around the Block" parade, starring the Sesame Street friends, are sure to delight children and their families.

Hersheypark and Sesame Place are not the only places in Pennsylvania that FAMILYFUN readers love to visit. More great Pennsylvania attractions were voted into the top-five spots in other categories. Philadelphia was chosen as the third best city to visit in the Northeast, and one of the city's great landmarks, Independence Hall, was chosen as the fifth best tourist attraction. The beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch scenery of nearby Lancaster was the second choice of readers for top tourist town.

Readers voted both the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh and the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia as the third best museums to visit, with the Please Touch Museum, also in Philadelphia, coming in fourth place. The Pittsburgh Zoo and the Philadelphia Zoo were chosen by families as the third and fourth best zoos to visit in the region, respectively.

For more information on these attractions or other summer family destinations call 1-800-VISIT-PA for a free copy of the 2000 Pennsylvania Visitors Guide, highway map and the current Events Guide. In addition, Pennsylvania's redesigned travel and tourism web site ( provides web surfers with detailed information on attractions throughout the state.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Center for Travel, Tourism & Film

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Re: PA Parks Win Again! by Jersey Joe at 4/13/00 1:50:39 PM

As always a great post! Thanks for posting that article. I just got my issue of Family Fun in the mail today, and reread it. I am impressed with your website. You've done an excellent job. I'm not surprised.

Jersey Joe

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