The USS FORRESTAL Association is a non-profit veterans organization established in 1990, our current membership has grown to over 3000 members. Our organization is committed to preserving the memory and spirit of the USS FORRESTAL. Our activities not only focus on those happy events we all like to remember, but we also take time to bid farewell to association members who have passed on and to remember shipmates who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Wednesday: Pre-Reunion Battlefield Tour Gettysburg - 9am - 4:30pm (includes transportation, 2 hour guided tour of the battlefield, lunch and admission to the film, Cyclorama and Museum Experience)
â??Based on a minimum of 40 passengers per coach, the per person cost is $56.00
Thursday: Cruise and Entertainment on The Pride of the Susquehanna - 11am -1pm (includes transportation, lunch & entertainment / the ship only holds 80, so first come first served)
Based on a minimum of 40 passengers per coach, the per person cost is $45.00
Thursday: National Civil War Museum - 11am - 1pm (includes transportation, lunch and self-guided museum tour)
Based on a minimum of 40 passengers per coach, the per person cost is $42.00
Thursday: Hollywood Racetrack and Casino - 5:30pm to 9:00pm (includes transportation and $10.00 play voucher) (All guest need to sign up for Casino rewards to receive $10.00 play voucher. Rate does not include dinner, optional restaurants on site and there will be a race dedicated to the USS Forrestal!)
Based on a minimum of 40 passengers per coach, the per person cost is $25
Friday: Hershey Story Museum & Hershey Chocolate World 9:00am to12:00pm (includes transportation and self-guided tour of the museum and chocolate world)
Based on a minimum of 40 passengers per coach, the per person cost is $26.00
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is located right next to the famous Gettysburg battlefield. Inside, discover the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War with 12 galleries of artifacts, films, and interactive exhibits; the stunning Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting and Film "A New Birth of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman. Meet your Licensed Battlefield Guide or join a battlefield bus tour, attend National Park Service Ranger Programs, dine in the Refreshment Saloon and find the perfect souvenir in the Museum Bookstore.
Pride of the Susquehanna - Riverboat "Come join us on one of the last remaining paddle-wheel riverboats in America"
The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat is an authentic stern-driven paddle wheeler built to beautify and enrich the Hershey/Harrisburg region. Since her construction and launch in 1988, "The Pride" has carried almost a million passengers. The Pride is one of only 7 remaining “authentic” paddle wheel riverboat in the United States. This means that the Pride ONLY uses the paddle wheels for both propulsion and steering. There are no propellers, rudders or other forms of propulsion or steering. Truly a gem in our modern world! Our Host, Lou Braasch will have some special entertainment onboard just for the USS Forrestal group
The National Civil War Museum
Come face to face with history at The National Civil War Museum! With extraordinary displays, this museum covers the entire American Civil War from beginning to end. We bring history to life with outstanding collections of Union and Confederate artifacts, high definition videos, and life-size mannequins. The self-guided tour includes seventeen galleries of inspiring, balanced presentations. A panoramic view of Harrisburg and magnificent Grand Rotunda add to the unique ambiance of this inspirational setting; exceptional banquet facilities make this the perfect venue for an exclusive private affair.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
A red carpet experience awaits our group when you visit Central Pennsylvania’s premier entertainment facility open 24/7 and just minutes away from Hershey and Harrisburg. Surround yourself with excitement as you take a seat at the hottest slot machines and table games around; experience the heart-pounding thrills of live thoroughbred racing; indulge in our award-winning restaurants. At Hollywood Casino, it's all about providing A+ Service to every guest, every time.
Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue & Hershey Chocolate World
Hershey starts here! Located in the heart of Chocolatetown, this museum guides visitors on an inspirational journey through Milton Hershey's lifetime and beyond; a tale spanning more than 150 years of trials and triumphs, philanthropic endeavors, and one man's unwavering confidence. Learn how he went from bankruptcy to brilliance; transforming chocolate from a luxury to an everyday treat.
New special exhibit for 2014: "Chocolate Workers Wanted: Experience Factory Life Working for Mr. Hershey." Explore life in the original chocolate factory from 1905-1925 through a series of interactive exhibits and fascinating artifacts. Then on to Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction, Get ready for more HERSHEY'S Happiness! Explore our assortment of sweet chocolate attractions and treat your senses to the many wonders of chocolate. You'll create warm memories to last a lifetime at HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD Attraction!