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Harper Poll: Pennsylvania’s Favorite Amusement Park, Vacation Spot, and Holiday

pocono-mountains-area-mapA new Harper poll sheds light on the amusement parks, vacation destinations, and holidays that are favorites in Pennsylvania.

Amusement Park

According to the survey, 36% of the state believes Hershey Park is Pennsylvania’s top amusement park. Dorney Park comes in second with 18%, followed by Knoebels at 15%. Idlewild trails just behind Knoebels with 14% of the vote.

Not surprisingly, the results are divided by region. Idlewild wins the Pittsburgh/Southwest region with 39%, while Knoebels is the choice among those living in the Lehigh Valley. The Philadelphia/Southeast region chose Dorney Park as their favorite. Hershey gained wide-ranging appeal in the Northern and South Central areas.

Vacation Destination

The Jersey Shore is Pennsylvania’s top vacation destination with 33% of the commonwealth selecting it as their favorite vacation spot. This is in part due to overwhelming support from the Philadelphia/Southeast region, which picked the Jersey Shore 53% of the time.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore comes in second with 17% of respondents picking it as their favorite vacation location. The Pocono mountains–the only destination included in the poll inside of the commonwealth–came in at a close third with 16% of the vote. Other destinations that received votes in the survey include Upstate New York (10%) and Deep Creek Lake, Maryland (7%).


Christmas, rather predictably, finished first with 56% of respondent’s choosing December 25th as their favorite holiday. Thanksgiving garnered 20% of the vote while the Fourth of July was favored by 9% of Pennsylvanians. Easter (8%) and Memorial Day (4%) were also included in the poll.

Gender made a difference as women favored Christmas 64% of the time though only 48% of men chose Christmas. Thanksgiving was favored among 24% of men and only 16% of women.

The poll, which was conducted by Harper Polling, surveyed 568 Pennsylvanians over the phone from June 25th to June 26th. The margin of error is plus-minus 4.11%

3 Responses

  1. Idlewild beats Kennywood? Surprising that there is nary a mention of Kennywood!

  2. Glad to see Harper working on such important topics.

    Well, I guess with the Gov race pretty much going to be a blowout, they have to find something else to ask people.

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