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Adventure Sports
3010 Elizabethtown Rd. 
Hershey, PA 17033 
(717) 533-7479 

Features include Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, Golf Driving Machine, and a Video Arcade. About 2 hours west of Philadelphia, 4 hours southwest of New York. 

Carousel Water & Fun Park 
1018 Beach Lake Highway (Rt. 652) 
Beach Lake, PA 18405 
(570) 729-7532 

Offers two water slides, water bumper boats, go-karts, kiddie kars, and softball batting cages, skeeball, air hockey, video games, and more. 2½ hours north of Philly, 2 - 2½ hours northwest of New York. 

Carr's Recreation Park 
PO Box 557 
New Morgan, PA 19543 
(610) 286-4040 

500-acre outdoor activities park features mountain biking, boating, in-line skating, and a driving range, nature trails, sports fields, and a full-facility picnic area. Use facilities by daily fee or become a member. An hour west of Philadelphia, 3 hours southwest of New York. 

Dorney Park 
3830 Dorney Park Road 
Allentown, PA 18104 
1(800) 551-5656 • (610) 395-3724 

One of the East's largest, the 200-acre Dorney Park features more than 100 rides and attractions, including 3 world class roller coasters and 12 water slides in Wildwater Kingdom, White Water Landing is one of the highest, fastest water rides in the world. Bumper boats, go-karts, and mini-golf can be enjoyed. There is also a children's area, concessions, and restaurants. 1 - 1½ hours north of Philadelphia, 2 - 2½ hours west of New York. 

Dutch Wonderland 
2249 Lincoln Highway East 
Lancaster, PA 17602-1188 
1(866) 386-2839 

48 acre kids' park with over 30 rides plus special shows and attractions. 60 - 90 minutes west of Philadelphia, 3½ hours southwest of New York.

Giggleberry Fair
2167 Carousel Lane
Lahaska, PA 18938
(215) 794-4047
Gigglberry Fair

See link above for Giigleberry Fair's listing on Are We There Yet? and for a direct link to Gigglberry Fair's official website. About an hour north of Philadelphia

Grand Slam USA
These indoor facilities operate year-round and feature batting cages, slam dunk basketball, and arcades. Some include miniature golf. Good place for a birthday party. Following are nearby locations: 

  • Lancaster Pike & Rt. 29
    Malvern, PA 19355 - (610) 647-6622
  • 1037A MacArthur Rd.
    Reading, PA 19605 - (610) 375-7526

Hershey Park 
100 West Hershey Park Drive 
Hershey, PA 17033 
1(800) HERSHEY 

Part of the Hershey Empire, this 100-acre park features 5 roller coasters, including The Wildcat, the East's newest wooden roller coaster; 6 water rides; dozens of other rides; and ZooAmerica, an 11-acre walk-through wildlife park. Top-notch entertainment can be enjoyed in the Amphitheater. 2 hours west of Philadelphia. 

Knoebels Hometown Park 
PO Box 317 
Elysburg, PA 17824 
1(800) 487-4386 

Knoebels features more than 40 rides for all ages, including the Phoenix, a roller coaster rated among the nation's top 10. There is a castle, a haunted mansion, kiddie area, and an old carousel (catch the brass ring!). 2½ hours northwest of Philadelphia, 4 hours west of New York. 

Sesame Place 
PO Box L579 
100 Sesame Road 
Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047 
1(866) GO-4-ELMO 

This is perhaps the best known theme park for young children. It features Sesame Street characters and lots of water rides and activities. Half an hour north of Philly, 1½ - 2 hours south of New York. 

Shawnee Place Play & Water Park 
PO Box 339 
Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA 18356 
(570) 421-7231 

This fun park features more than 15 unique play elements, water slides, and the Venture River Ride -- with mini-canoes. Enjoy swimming, horseshoes, volleyball, mountain biking, and magic shows. 1½ - 2 hours north of Philadelphia, 1½ - 2 hours west of New York. 

211 North Meckesville Rd. 
Albrightsville, PA 18210 
1(800) SKIRMISH (754-7647)

Paintball is more than running around in the woods shooting your friends with paint pellets. It's an organized game with rules, tactics, and an objective, and it's lots of fun. 

Skirmish is one of the nation's best. Its 700 wooded acres feature nearly 40 playing fields and 4 mock villages for guerilla activities. Some 700 people play at Skirmish every day. Individuals can join an existing team, and groups can form teams of their own. Games can be combined with whitewater rafting from spring through fall (see Pocono Whitewater Adventures). About 90 minutes north of Philadelphia, 2½ hours west of New York. 

Terry Hill Water Park 
10000 Hamilton Boulevard 
Breinigsville, PA 18031 
(610) 398-7555 

This attractive park features 3 swimming pools and a number of slides and gizmos, including a 4-story high figure-8 slide with a tunnel and speed drop. The kiddie area has 2 slides and a variety of other fun features. There is also a miniature golf course, a picnic area, and concessions. 60 - 90 minutes northwest of Philadelphia, 2 hours west of New York. 

Water World 
695 Schuylkill Rd. 
Phoenixville, PA 19460 
(610) 935-1290 

Here before the famous movie, Water World features a number of slides, a log flume, a children's play area, picnic areas. There are even volleyball courts, a deck hockey rink, and video games -- something for the whole family. About half an hour west of Philadelphia, 2 hours southwest of New York. 

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