Attractions near Grantville, PA

by Jennifer Gibbons, Demand Media

    Located in Dauphin county, Grantville is about 10 miles northeast of Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania state capital. The town is situated right in the center of the state with close access to country and city life. The Susquehanna River lies to the west of Grantville and offers recreational activities such as fishing, hiking and boating. The area is also known for its rich history, its contribution to the chocolate industry and scenic beauty. Visit the area and you'll find plenty of things to do.

    State Parks

    Memorial Lake State Park (dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/memoriallake.aspx) lies at the bottom of Blue Mountain. The 230-acre park is surrounded by the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard headquarters. Canoe and kayak rentals are available to paddle through the 85-acre lake. Fishing is available by boat or from the shore where fishermen can expect to catch yellow perch, bass or crappie. There are two miles of hiking trails, picnic areas that offer views of the shoreline and opportunities to watch the local wildlife. Swatara State Park (dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/swatara.aspx) is another option for a family outing. Features include creek fishing and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    Indian Echo Caverns

    Travel 11 miles south of Grantville to Hummelstown to Indian Echo Caverns (indianechocaverns.com). The limestone caves were formed by water erosion and sit at the mouth of the Swatara Creek. The caverns maintain a constant temperature of 52 degrees. John Bieber opened the caverns to the public in 1929 when pathways were created for safe passage, and today guided tours are available. Families can also enjoy picnic areas, a playground and petting zoo.

    Penn National Race Course

    Horse racing is held all year-round at the Penn National Race Course (pennnational.com). The premises also contains the Hollywood Casino where guests can play table games, poker or slot machines. Tribute bands are scheduled throughout the year and feature the music of the Beatles, Jimmy Buffet and the Rolling Stones. Dining choices include a steakhouse, sportsbar, buffet and casual concession.

    Hershey Park

    Hershey Park (hersheypark.com) is just over four miles from Grantville and features over 60 rides and attractions. It originally was built as a recreation area for the chocolate factory workers, and eventually became a public amusement park. While you're there take the free chocolate tour that begins with a trip to the rain forest and ends with a sample of Hershey's chocolate. Hershey Zoo Zooamerica is adjacent to the park and entry is included with admission to Hershey Park. Visitors to the zoo will see natural plants and wildlife native to five natural North American regions including black bears, otters, bobcats, elk and gray wolves.

    About the Author

    Jennifer Gibbons is a freelance writer in Florida. She has been writing professionally since 2001 and her work has appeared in magazines such as "Senior Living" and "Mature Lifestyles." She is working on a Bachelor of Arts at State College of Florida with a major in mass communications. Gibbons is also a professional photographer and an accomplished portrait artist.

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