Hershey, Pennsylvania – The Sweetest Place on Earth
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About Hershey, PA
Home of The Hershey Company, Hershey, Pennsylvania is a small, unincorporated community situated in southeast Dauphin County, in the southeast region of the state of Pennsylvania. Known as “the sweetest place on earth”, Hershey is the foundation place of The Hershey Company, an American multinational company known for its teardrop shaped chocolates wrapped in foil, of which was founded by Milton Hershey in 1894.
Hershey, PA, is loaded with sweet attractions throughout its vicinity, most of which are centered on what’s made it famous, Hershey’s. There’s places like Hersheypark, a theme park with mild to wild rides, Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction where you can see how chocolate is made, They Hershey Story Museum where learning is fun and hands on, and many other attractions that may peek your interest whilst visiting this chocolaty city.
If you’re up for one of the sweetest road trip destinations in the country that’s dipped in chocolate history, then the next stop you take in the state of Pennsylvania should be Hershey.
Things to do
photo courtesy of Flikr - The Boardwalk in Hersheypark - photo by: Jim Capaldi
- Phone (717) 534-3900
Although it may be chocolate themed, Hersheypark is not just about delicious sweet treats, it’s a theme park that has something for everyone. From mild to wild roller coasters, classic family rides, a water park, a zoo, and you guessed it, chocolate too!
There are lots of other things to do at Hersheypark as well, such as dining inside the New Hershey’s Chocolatetown, where you can enjoy a house-made ice cream and shareables at Milton’sSM Ice Cream Parlor, and taste delicious hand-crafted confections at The SweeterieSM. There’s plenty of entertainment to be had with resident shows at Hersheypark from California sea lions and Atlantic harbor seals at the Aquatheatre, to Hershey character meet and greets, seasonal events, and more! There are even indoor and outdoor game areas where you can win prizes, and there are plenty of places to go shopping too!
If you’re a local to the area you might want to consider Season Passes for less than the price of 3 visits. Who knows, visiting Hersheypark may become a regular road trip for you, your family and friends to go experience a place that offers all sorts of activities and entertainment year-round.
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Hershey’s Chocolate World
- Phone (717) 534-4900
Open year-round, Hershey's Chocolate World offers marketplace shops and restaurants, specializing in Hershey's chocolate products. Hershey’s Chocolate World is a place to learn and see how chocolate is made on a free tour ride, a place to share and savor delicious Hershey’s inspired treats and drinks, and a place for one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts for the chocolate enthusiasts.
There are so many attractions at Hershey’s Chocolate World that you may need to plan an entire day here to really experience this sweet place. You can take a free trip on a chocolate inspired tour to learn and see how chocolate is made. Unwrap the Hershey’s experience with an immersive and delicious fun-filled tasting journey hosted by two of Hershey’s most dynamic authorities. Enjoy a 4D Chocolate mystery show with the kids, take a trolley tour to learn all about Milton S. Hershey, the town he built, and the chocolate brand he made famous, even create your own candy bar at the Candy Bar attraction where you can choose your own ingredients and design your own wrapper!
photo courtesy of Flikr - The Hershey Story Museum - photo by: Todd Van Hoosear
The Hershey Story Museum
- Phone (717) 534-8939
This state-of-the-art facility allows visitors to explore the history of Hershey in an educational and immersive environment well-suited for both adults and children. Learn the inspirational story and history of the man behind Hershey’s Chocolate, Milton Hershey, who went from bankruptcy to brilliance, transforming chocolate from a fancy, luxurious indulgence to an everyday treat!
Check out the sweet innovations that started it all and discover how Mr. Hershey inspired creativity among his employees as he introduced milk chocolate mass production techniques and find out how he utilized creative promotional strategies to become the number one U.S. chocolate-maker.
The Museum Experience at The Hershey Story is a bit different from traditional museums. Exhibits are interactive and informative. There are touch screens, live working machines, replica props, movies and more for patrons to enjoy the full immersive, historical experience that is unique to The Hershey Story Museum. See their “Community Builder” mural where a fitting tribute to a man who contributed to many things to his community, who gave generously his time, wealth and knowledge, and inspired many through his unique and triumphant story of success.
photo courtesy of Flikr - Hershey Gardens, w/ Hersheypark in background - photo by: Jon Dawson
Built as a gift to his community and in honor of his wife, Catherine, Milton Hershey made a 23-acre botanical garden and arboretum named Hershey Gardens. Open year-round, Hershey Gardens’ Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory features and indoor, tropical Butterfly Atrium where you can walk through the home to hundreds of butterflies from around the world!
The 23-acre garden features a breathtaking assortment of flowers and shrubs, and a stately collection of signature trees. Get the kids involved and have them enter a world of enchantment at the Children’s Garden where they can enjoy themed gardens, hand-on activities, fun, and more. With 23 themed gardens in all, there’s bound to be something pleasurable for everyone.
photo courtesy of Flikr - AACA Museum - photo by: Greg Gjerdingen
- Phone (717) 566-7100
A Smithsonian affiliate, the AACA Museum is a place that displays beautifully restored automotive vehicles of all kinds from the late 1800’s to near the end of the 20th century, almost 100 years of vehicles in unique life-like scenes on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco.
The AACA Museum is highly ranked on sites like Tripadvisor®. One patron stated that this place is a “great museum with lots of mustangs,” another person says “If you like cars this is a great attraction,” and another says that the museum is “reasonably priced to get in and the cars are well labeled with some of the history behind them.”
If you’re one who loves to visit classic automobile museums in locations you travel to, then we too highly recommend a visit to the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the next time you take a road trip to this amazing town.
photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons - Entrance to Hersheypark ZooAmerica
- 201 Park Ave, Hershey, PA 17033-2740
- Phone (717) 534-3900
If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, then a trip to the zoo is always a crowd pleaser. Who doesn’t like animals, right?! Home for more than 200 animals native to the continent of North America, ZooAmerica® North America Wildlife Park is where you can see hanging bats, howling wolves, swimming otters, and so much more.
Bears, lizards, and owls, oh my! ZooAmerica® has so many inhabitants that you’ll need to spend a whole day just to see all who live here! Take a Behind-the-Scenes tour, with three distinct tours to choose from; the Early Bird, After-Hours, and Photography to embark on an adventure of your choosing to learn and see more of the Zoo in a unique way! ZooAmerica’s mission is to care for, protect, and support their animal residents all the while informing, educating, and sharing them with guests and the greater community. They invite you to take a visit at the zoo to enjoy and experience the enthusiasm of seeing the wild life of North America!
Segway of Hershey
- Phone (717) 668-1641
Take an off-road Tour of the grounds of the Historic Hotel Hershey. Experience the Segway Personal Transporter on a high tech tour while seeing some Hershey history. With cutting edge technology, this revolutionary machine is battery powered, self-balancing, and fun and easy to ride. Take a serene ride along secluded wooded paths, enjoying beautiful vistas and local nature. Ride with a breeze in your face and the smell of chocolate in the air, taking this tour is a unique way to experience the Historic Hotel Hershey. What a great, technological way to experience Hershey history as you can on a Segway!
Tröegs Brewing Company
Founded by brothers John and Chris Trogner in 1996, Tröegs is an American brewery on Hersheypark Drive. Tröegs is a craft-brewery, or microbrewery focusing their production on specialty and seasonal beers. Tröegs also is a limited distribution brewery, only distributing beer to states within proximity to maintain beer freshness. You can visit Tröegs, where there’s dining and drinking! There’s indoor and outdoor seating with patio heaters for the cooler months, and there’s plenty of beer! Get some souvenirs, have some grub, and grab a brew at Tröegs where you can find all things great about a well-crafted brew by people who really love beer.
Crossroads Antique Mall
- 825 Cocoa Ave, Hershey, PA 17033
- Phone (717) 520-1600
As one traveler described Crossroads Antique Mall this place has, “everything from Christmas ornaments and military stuff, to beer mugs, jewelry and Hershey items too!” At Crossroads Antique Mall, you’ll find a place filled to the rafters with rustic furniture, primitives, pottery, glass, dolls, and toys, and their mall has an impressive collection of china porcelain as well as local collectibles. You can find Crossroads Antique Mall situated in Hershey, PA on a farming unit known as "Brookside", the building is well-known as Hershey's largest two-story parabolic arch barn.
Where to stay
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