We recently went on a road trip to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, also known as “the sweetest place on earth”, or “Chocolate town, USA”, and was in chocolate heaven!
The Hershey community was built to boost morale for Hershey’s employees. Hersheypark, Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Theater, and the Hershey Museum, were founded for the enjoyment of his workers and continue operations to this day.
We spent a weekend in Hershey Pennsylvania, and there were so many fun things to do for the whole family. On the blog I will share some of the top things to do in Hershey Pennsylvania, so you can plan that family summer road trip.
*Check out this post on some fun family day trips from Philadelphia. I highlight all the fun things to do for families all within a few hours from the city.
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Top things to do in Hershey Pennsylvania
Visit Indian Echo Caverns
Hersheypark is the top destination when visiting Hershey Pennsylvania. But did you know you can also visit a cavern just a short drive away?
Indian Echo Caverns is located in Hummelstown, just a short drive from HersheyPark. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the attractions at the Caverns before your visit to Hersheypark.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Gift shop, and there are a few activities that the kiddos can do while you wait for your tour to start. There is a fun little playground, a small petting zoo, and they can pan for gems as well.
Hersheypark opened in 1907 as a modest green space but grew to include rides and attractions, including a zoo for Hershey’s employees and their families.
Today it is a popular tourist attraction in the area with over 70 attractions in the park, including 14 coasters, and a waterpark. There are also quite a few rides for the little thrill seekers as well!
Since we were here in the summer, the Boardwalk water park was a welcome relief from the hot sun. This was the biggest and most expansive water park we’ve seen and our little one had such an amazing time!
Make sure to purchase tickets online, which is usually cheaper than buying them at the park, and you won’t have to wait in long lines!
Parking costs $15 per vehicle and there is a shuttle that takes you to the park. To make the most of your visit, make sure to download the HersheyPark app for info on ride wait times, how to navigate the park, and height requirements for each ride.
Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World
We also visited Hershey’s Chocolate World, which is free to enter along with the Chocolate tour as well. It was fun to learn more about the process of making their world famous candies.
There are many other paid activities, including a Make your own candy bar experience, Chocolate tasting, a 4D movie experience and a Trolley tour of the town of Hershey.
Hershey’s Chocolate World also has one of the biggest shops we’ve seen selling all things Chocolate and Hershey merchandise. You can literally stay here for awhile shopping for candy, including some of the biggest candy bars we’ve ever seen!
Getting to make our very own candy bar was definitely the highlight of our visit to Chocolate World and one of the best experiences for our little one. She was in awe of the whole process and was ecstatic to have her own personalized candy bar!
Visit Hershey Gardens
After a long day at the Hershey theme parks and chocolate world, visiting Hershey Gardens was the best way to unwind from the chaos of the crowds.
Hershey Gardens is a 23-acre botanical garden and arboretum located atop a hill overlooking Hersheypark. It was built as a gift from chocolate Milton S. Hershey for his community and to honor his wife, Catherine.
Your paid visit to the gardens includes an indoor butterfly garden and an arboretum. There are also various themed gardens such as the Children’s Garden, Rose garden, a Japanese garden and a seasonal flower garden.
When visiting in the summer or rainy weather, the gardens provides free umbrellas to use, which was such a relief from the hot sun. There is also a small cafe serving some refreshments and some yummy Hershey’s ice cream! This garden is definitely worth a visit if your ever in the area.
We had an amazing weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There is so much to do for the whole family, and fun day trips around the area. We stayed for two days and felt it was the perfect amount of time to visit all the attractions in the area.
Fun day trips from Hershey Pennsylvania:
*Check out this post on the Top things to do in Philadelphia, it’s an easy day trip from Hershey Pennsylvania.
*Just a short drive away is Gettysburg PA, Read our blog on our visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park and to the charming town.