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South Central Pennsylvania is an exciting area of the U.S. with a great deal to do and see.  The following information is by no means all inclusive and the places mentioned have no official sanction from Fort Indiantown Gap. 

On or Adjacent to the Installation

Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum
Bldg. T-8-57
Housed in a two-story barracks built in 1941, the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum showcases items and weapons from the Civil War to the Gulf War, as well as items that depict the history of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Fort Indiantown Gap.

Call (717) 861-2402
Visit http://www.pngmilitarymuseum.org

Memorial Lake
Memorial Lake State Park’s 230 acres is near the base of Blue Mountain in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. The park is surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gap. The park offers a variety of recreational activities including: hiking, boating, fishing, sailing, and ice skating.

Call (717) 865-6470
Visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/memoriallake

The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
In 1976, a section of Fort Indiantown Gap was selected as the national cemetery for the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania donated Land for the 677-acre site to the Veterans Administration. The elaborate Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial is the largest monument in VA’s National cemeteries.

Call (717) 865-5254
Visit http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/indiantowngap

Nearby the Installation

Lebanon Area (13 miles south of FTIG)
Lebanon County offers plenty of quintessential Americana scenery and things to do. Visit the local bologna making factories where world famous Lebanon Bologna is made, shop at downtown Lebanon’s farmers market, discover Cornwall Iron Furnace, a facility that supported an iron dynasty from 1742 to 1883, see a movie at the restored Allen Theater in Annville, visit the Isaac Meier Homestead highlighting Lebanon County’s Germanic heritage, and visit the Lebanon County Historical Society for the real story on the famous Blue Eyed Six.

Visit http://www.visitlebanoncounty.com

Hershey Area (15 miles southeast of FTIG)
Hershey is home to Hershey’s Chocolate and offers a variety of attractions and things to do. Area attractions include: Hershey Park with more than 65 rides and attractions, Hershey’s Chocolate World with a free Chocolate Tour ride, ZooAmerica an 11 acre walk-through zoo, The Hershey Story a world-class museum, Hershey Gardens with 23 acres of gardens, Shows and Concerts offered at Giant Center and Hersheypark stadium, along with touring broadway performances at Hershey Theater, Hershey Bears Stanley Cup winners play home games at Giant Stadium during the season, Indian Echo Caverns with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. There are restaurants, outlet shopping and more.

Visit http://www.hersheypa.com

Harrisburg Area (23 miles southwest of FTIG)
Harrisburg is a vibrant city and Pennsylvania’s capital.The Harrisburg and Carlisle Area offer up a multitude of activities and attractions. Ideas include: touring the State Capitol building, visiting restaurant row on 2nd street, shopping at Bass Pro Shop and Harrisburg East Mall, seeing Harrisburg’s minor league baseball team, The Senators play on City Island, and visiting the numerous museums in Harrisburg including the Fire Museum, National Civil War Museum, and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

Visit http://www.visithhc.com

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center (64.4 miles southwest)
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North in 1863. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address". The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center offers an in-depth programs and displays. Rangers are available for Battle Walks.

Visit http://www.nps.gov/gett

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