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Explore The Hershey-Harrisburg Region

Conveniently located to the area’s most popular destinations, the Central Hotel offers premier overnight accommodations while visiting Central Pennsylvania!

Our location is Central to Pennsylvania’s most popular destinations; including our state capital of Harrisburg, the sweetest place on earth in Hershey, the heritage of Lancaster County, and the history of Gettysburg..

Searching for one of the top hotels near Hershey PA is only one of the many great reasons to choose our Harrisburg PA hotel. Our convenient location, full-service amenities, and friendly, personalized guest service is sure to exceed your expectations!

Regardless of how long you’re planning on staying in Pennsylvania’s historic state capital, Harrisburg, which boasts wonderful restaurants and other city life adventures, you’ll be sure to find plenty of sights, sounds and flavors to keep you and your family entertained. Visit the links below to learn more about the fun awaiting you at each location

Local Attractions

Hershey & Hershey Park

There may be many hotels by Hershey Park to choose from; however, not many love Hershey Park as much as we do! Discover the excitement of Hershey by visiting Hershey Park.

With more than 80 fun rides and a game filled Boardwalk, it’s like two vacations in one. Learn the history of Milton Hershey and the town he built for his employees, called Hershey; ride a roller coaster, or simply stroll through a museum dedicated to chocolate and how to make it perfectly.

You can also visit ZooAmerica and hang out with the Ocelots or Black Bears.  For music, theater and dance lovers, Hershey has it all with year-round entertainment at Hersheypark Stadium and Star Pavilion, Giant Center and Hershey Theatre.  Click here for all the details.

Harrisburg Attractions

Start the fun at Harrisburg City Island, which boasts 63 acres of park and features the Harrisburg River Boat, the City Island Railroad, a carousel, three marinas, a miniature golf course and the Riverside Stadium.

Fans of architecture should venture to Governor’s Row, an exquisite row of Front Street townhouses built in the early 1800s. Market Square is the hub of the city and you’ll love the gorgeous architecture and Victorian clock.

Also, be sure to make time for the formal, sunken gardens at Riverfront Park. For some history, drop by the State Museum of Pennsylvania or the Fort Hunter Mansion & Park. Lastly, don’t miss the National Civil War Museum, just five miles from our hotel in Harrisburg. Click here for all the details.

Lancaster County

Home to rich traditions, beautiful farm land, countless theaters, outlet shopping, Amish Country, and entertainment; visit Lancaster Country, PA and experience for yourself all of the fun things there are to do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania! Whether you’re looking for specific attractions, fun activities, entertainment venues, or just want something to do for a few hours, you can find it here.

The oldest Amish settlement in the USA is in Lancaster, PA. The Amish community is flourishing even though they still rely on horse and buggy transportation and refuse public electricity.  You can also visit local Amish attractions and even take an Amish buggy ride in Lancaster, PA.

Gettysburg Attractions

From buggy rides to antique trains, a visit to Lancaster County offers a step back in time to a slower, more peaceful pace.

Float over Amish farms and fields in a balloon ride.  Experience mouth-watering aromas and bountiful displays at local farms and stores.  Discover the Amish way of life at informative and educational Amish Village.

Experience extravagant Christian musical theater at Sight & Sound. .  Shop in revitalized downtown Lancaster where a central brick building houses the oldest farmers market in the US. Click here all the details.

Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

Attend an interesting event at the Farm Show Complex. Built in 1931, this architectural beauty is home to many central PA concerts, shows and exhibitions, including the annual Farm Show in January, which is the largest indoor agricultural event held in the United States.

Other events include auto shows, rock concerts, horse exhibitions, business forums, and more than 200 other events each year. Utilizing nearly one million square feet of indoor floor space, the complex is one of the premier event locations in Pennsylvania.

Golf & Dining

Enjoy special deals at Sportsman’s, our sister golf course and excellent dining (with a discount!) at our partner restaurant, O’Reilly’s Tap Room & Kitchen.

Hollywood Casino & Penn National Race Course

Just found the perfect place to stay during your search for the best hotels near Hershey PA, and now you’re feeling lucky?  Try your hand at slots, table games, cards or betting on the ponies at Hollywood Casino and Penn National Race Course.

The track is a nationally acclaimed seven-furlong turf-racing course and a major force in the sports and entertainment market in Central Pennsylvania.  Nightlife at the Casino brings entertainment and shows featuring Motown, big band, rock and jazz. Click here for all the details.

World’s Largest Shoe House In Hallam

Get a few extra “kicks” at the World’s Largest Shoe House in Hallam. At over 25 feet tall and 48 feet long, this giant boot was built as a marketing gimmick in the late ’40s for Mahlon N. Haines, an eccentric shoe manufacturer.

Today, you can explore the boot’s five stories, retreat to the sole for homemade ice cream, or visit the museum dedicated to “The Shoe Wizard”.

Golf & Dining

Enjoy special deals at Sportsman’s, our sister golf course and excellent dining (with a discount!) at our partner restaurant, O’Reilly’s Tap Room & Kitchen.

Hershey & Hershey Park

There may be many hotels by Hershey Park to choose from; however, not many love Hershey Park as much as we do! Discover the excitement of Hershey by visiting Hershey Park.

With more than 80 fun rides and a game filled Boardwalk, it’s like two vacations in one. Learn the history of Milton Hershey and the town he built for his employees, called Hershey; ride a roller coaster, or simply stroll through a museum dedicated to chocolate and how to make it perfectly.

You can also visit ZooAmerica and hang out with the Ocelots or Black Bears.  For music, theater and dance lovers, Hershey has it all with year-round entertainment at Hersheypark Stadium and Star Pavilion, Giant Center and Hershey Theatre.  Click here for all the details.

Harrisburg Attractions

Start the fun at Harrisburg City Island, which boasts 63 acres of park and features the Harrisburg River Boat, the City Island Railroad, a carousel, three marinas, a miniature golf course and the Riverside Stadium.

Fans of architecture should venture to Governor’s Row, an exquisite row of Front Street townhouses built in the early 1800s. Market Square is the hub of the city and you’ll love the gorgeous architecture and Victorian clock.

Also, be sure to make time for the formal, sunken gardens at Riverfront Park. For some history, drop by the State Museum of Pennsylvania or the Fort Hunter Mansion & Park. Lastly, don’t miss the National Civil War Museum, just five miles from our hotel in Harrisburg. Click here for all the details.

Hollywood Casino & Penn National Race Course

Just found the perfect place to stay during your search for the best hotels near Hershey PA, and now you’re feeling lucky?  Try your hand at slots, table games, cards or betting on the ponies at Hollywood Casino and Penn National Race Course.

The track is a nationally acclaimed seven-furlong turf-racing course and a major force in the sports and entertainment market in Central Pennsylvania.  Nightlife at the Casino brings entertainment and shows featuring Motown, big band, rock and jazz. Click here for all the details.

Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

Attend an interesting event at the Farm Show Complex. Built in 1931, this architectural beauty is home to many central PA concerts, shows and exhibitions, including the annual Farm Show in January, which is the largest indoor agricultural event held in the United States.

Other events include auto shows, rock concerts, horse exhibitions, business forums, and more than 200 other events each year. Utilizing nearly one million square feet of indoor floor space, the complex is one of the premier event locations in Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg Attractions

From buggy rides to antique trains, a visit to Lancaster County offers a step back in time to a slower, more peaceful pace.

Float over Amish farms and fields in a balloon ride.  Experience mouth-watering aromas and bountiful displays at local farms and stores.  Discover the Amish way of life at informative and educational Amish Village.

Experience extravagant Christian musical theater at Sight & Sound. .  Shop in revitalized downtown Lancaster where a central brick building houses the oldest farmers market in the US. Click here all the details.

World’s Largest Shoe House In Hallam

Get a few extra “kicks” at the World’s Largest Shoe House in Hallam. At over 25 feet tall and 48 feet long, this giant boot was built as a marketing gimmick in the late ’40s for Mahlon N. Haines, an eccentric shoe manufacturer.

Today, you can explore the boot’s five stories, retreat to the sole for homemade ice cream, or visit the museum dedicated to “The Shoe Wizard”.

Book your room today at the Central Hotel & Conference Center, and be sure to stop by the front desk for some tips on how to enjoy all the history and culture our beautiful Pennsylvania city (and vicinity!) has to offer.

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The Central Hotel is:

  • 5 miles from the Pennsylvania State Capital (one of the grandest in the country!)
  • 5 miles from Sportsman’s Golf
  • 9 miles from Hershey Park
  • 10 miles from Hollywood Casino and Penn National Race Course
  • 40-minute drive to Lancaster Amish Country
  • 7-minute drive to the Pennsylvania Farmshow Complex
  • 50-minute drive to Gettysburg
  • Close to Harrisburg Mall, Colonial Park Mall and Susquehanna Market Place
Harrisburg Area