Humongous Teddy Bear Store
Pennsylvania Travel News ( Press Release )
Pennsylvania Welcomes Canadians with
Pennsylvania, USA: Summer 2003: This summer, Pennsylvania eagerly
anticipates an influx of Canadian visitors looking for nearby family fun. Visitors
will come face to face with a dino-mite experience in Pittsburgh, help unwrap a
chocolate classic in Hershey and discover the 'World's Most Humongous Teddy
Bear Store' in Gettysburg.
PITTSBURGH'S DINO-MITE! Until September 2003, Pittsburgh
becomes "Dinoburgh" when at least 100 decorated fiberglass dinosaurs transform
streets, plazas and community centers into Jurassic parks for prehistoric public art.
Young and old make 'tracks' to Pittsburgh to see these vibrant prehistoric
creatures. The scientifically-accurate and originally designed dinosaur replicas
feature the T.rex, towering seven feet tall and 10 feet long, the Torosaurus,
measuring almost five feet high and 10 feet wide and the Stegosaurus,
standing five feet tall and almost 10 feet wide.
This city-wide art event, appropriately named DinoMite Days, is organized
by Pittsburgh's renowned Carnegie Museum of Natural History, home of the
world's greatest collections of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons.
While visiting Pittsburgh's prehistoric vitality, families with younger children can
also explore Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make Believe at Idlewild Park, The
Pittsburgh Zoo, The Pittsburgh Children's Museum, The National Aviary in
Pittsburgh and Kennywood Park. For more information about DinoMite,
KISSTORY: THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN ICON - The Hershey
Museum just opened a new exhibit that traces the evolution of Hershey's Kisses
chocolates from their inception in 1907 to present.
The new installation reveals fascinating stories behind one of America's most
popular and enduring sweets and covers topics including: how Kisses chocolates
got their name; unique production and wrapping methods; why production was
suspended during WWII; how Hershey dealt with imitators and more.
Featuring the five feet tall, five feet wide Hershey's Kiss dropped in Times Square,
two full size Kisses-shaped street lights that have graced downtown Hershey's
Chocolate Avenue since 1963 and equipment simulating the kiss production
process, the exhibit appeals to everyone.
Today, Hershey's Kisses are produced with a capacity of 33 million units daily or
more than 12 billion annually. Visitors to the Museum can test their knowledge of
this chocolate legacy at 'Kiss Trivia' while young children delight in the hands-on
discovery room. Eight other permanent Museum exhibits explore the history of
Hershey - the man, the town he created and the candy empire he founded. Open
year-round, Museum admission is US$6 for adults and US$3 for children ages 3-
15. For more information about the Hershey Museum, call 717 534-3439 or visit
GETTYSBURG'S GIGANTIC TEDDY BEAR COLLECTION - Less
than two hours away from Hershey by car is another family attraction - Boyds
Bear Country, the 'World's Most Humongous Teddy Bear Store.' Opened
September 2002, the 120,000-square-foot-barn is stuffed with 75,000 styles of
plush bears, hares, resin figurines, dolls and more. The four-story barn has
elaborate displays - currently featuring the 'Enchanted Fairy Forest,' a 'Dolls
House' and 'Noah's Ark.' Take a FREE self-guided museum tour, examine
collectables and feast on country-style food in a family-oriented eatery.
Learn how an antiques shop became the Boyds collection. Shop 'til you drop or be
a Boyds 'designer for a day.' For only US$29.95, get six accessories for this
'hands-on' experience of dressing a bear, moose or cow. The best part of all - you
keep your new fluffy friend when you're done. For more information, visit
www.boydsbearcountry.com or phone (717) 630-2600.
For travel information to Pennsylvania and FREE copies of the Drive
Pennsylvania Tour Guide, 2003 Pennsylvania Travel Planner, Recreational Guide
and Highway Map, call 1-800-VISIT-PA, ext. 325, or log onto
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