Hershey Pa Has More to Offer More Than Just Chocolate

IMG_4423Hershey Pa is famous for its chocolate, but today, Hersheypark and Zoo America are among the best known attractions in the city. DSCF1122Over the years, the amusement park has grown to include The Boardwalk, a separate section offering bathing suit-only water attractions, and an adjoining zoo. Although the amusement park is only open during the DSCF1099summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), it also offers special events at other times of year, such as Spring Preview Weekends, Halloween and Christmas Candyland (during which there are limited rides, visits with Santa and skating on Rudolph’s pond), as well as holiday entertainment and shopping.

Hershey Chocolate World, adjacent to Hersheypark, is a massive candy store and more. The free chocolate tour is a gentle ride and chocolate education all in one. Other activities, such as Create Your Own Candy Bar, The 4D Mystery, and Chocolate Tasting Experience are available for an additional charge. Trolley tours of town also depart from here.

The Hershey Story, a history museum detailing the life of Milton S. Hershey and the history of the town is well worth the time to visit. Even if you are not a fan of the chocolate, his story is inspiring. The museum also has interactive displays and a collection of memorabilia throughout the decades which brought back childhood memories. Besides detailing the history of chocolate, the museum looks at how manufacturing and advertising have changed over time. There is also a lengthy exhibit detailing Hershey’s philanthropic pursuits and the growth and successes of the area.

IMG_4376Nearby Hershey Gardens opened in 1937 as a “nice garden of roses” and has grown into an amazing display of flowers, trees and bushes spread over 23 acres with flowing paths. We had received free tickets with our stay at Hershey Lodge, so we decided to IMG_4405check it out. I am generally not a big fan of public gardens but enjoyed this one very much. I was most impressed by some of the unusual trees (which I was happy to see were labeled, so I could tell what I was looking it). There is also a rock garden and off by themselves, at the far end of the garden, the Four Seasons Statues. The exhibits areIMG_4383 gathered in their own individual themed gardens, with a path meandering throughout. The Great Garden Adventure and a children’s garden are especially designed for the little ones and the Butterfly House (open during the summer months) welcomes everyone to learn more about these pretty pollinators.

Besides chocolate, Hershey is home to the Hershey Bears hockey team. Other area attractions include concerts, golf, shopping and another amusement park, Dutch Wonderland (designed for families with kids 12 and under).

There are many hotels in the area as well as the collection known as the Hershey Resorts: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and IMG_4370Hersheypark Camping Resort. The Hotel and Lodge are popular locations for conferences and events; all Hershey Resorts offer discounts to some of the Hershey attractions.

Author: Kimberly Yavorski

Kimberly is a freelance writer who loves to learn about new things and then write about them. She is rarely caught outdoors without her camera. Links to her work can be found on her website www.kimberlyyavorski.com.

4 thoughts on “Hershey Pa Has More to Offer More Than Just Chocolate”

  1. I don’t eat their products much anymore, but my brain still responds when it sees ‘Hershey’😊 My husband graduated from nearby Shippensburg and still has some friends up there. I’ve been there once but didn’t make it to the park. Sounds like there’s plenty of other fun stuff to do!

    1. Hersheypark is fun if you like amusement parks and the Boardwalk water park has some fun-looking features (it wasn’t warm enough for me to indulge last time I was there). I was in town for a conference when we went to the museum and gardens and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed them.

  2. Both of my sons worked at Hershey Park. For an independent BBQ joint that’s since left. What a blast we had those summers. The gardens, truly magnificent!
    Nice to meet you via the A to Z as I surf the list = I find someone in my own backyard. 🙂 Hi, Kimberly!

    Happy A to Z ing! Yay, the weekend’s here! 🙂
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