hersheypaAs a homeschooling family we love to plan trips that are not only fun but educational.  My husband’s family took a lot of road trips when he was growing up, but my family did not. And, while I have traveled abroad, I have not explored the US as much as I would have liked. I am eager to get out and explore America and have proposed to my husband, that by the time our daughter is 17, I would like her to have seen every state. We have agreed to begin our journey this summer.We are planning a few trips to Pennsylvania and will visit some of the sites that my husband and I never saw as children.

Our first trip is to Hershey, PA which has more to offer than just chocolate. Our goal is to create a trip that will be fun and will include science and technology.

While I am a techno-geek, the traditional sciences are not my strong point. To that end, we thought it would be important for our daughter have some hands-on learning in that area.ZooAmerica: North America Wildlife Park (Hershey): “…home to over 200 animals from five regions of North America. A perfect place for families, youth groups, and, of course visitors to Hershey Park, guests can see over 75 species of animals displayed in naturalistic habitats!

The Antique Auto Club of America Museum at Hershey: Ride down memory lane while exploring decades of automobiles, motorcycles, and even trains. Special events change often.

The Butterfly House at Hershey’s Gardens: Children and adults alike can enjoy the amazing Lifecycle that makes butterflies so interesting. It is located in The Children’s Garden where over 30-themed gardens will inspire hands-on learning and fun. (If you are like me, remember to pack the allergy medicine.)

Hershey Trolley Works: a tour of Hershey City on an old fashioned trolley.

Pennsylvania National Fire Museum (Harrisburg): The last of the large Victorian firehouses in Harrisburg and is houses more than 200 years of firefighting history.