Chocolate World: See how Hershey's are Made
Hershey Chocolate Company makes MANY of the candy that we (especially Americans) are so fond of eating. The brand not only makes the classic Hershey Bars and Kisses, but also Reeses, Mounds and Almond Joys, Jolly Ranchers, Ice Breaker Gum, Twizzler, Kit Kats, and York Peppermint Patties. Chocolate World is your chance to see how some of their products are made. It is free to get into Chocolate World. They have a couple restaurants/a food court. A huge candy store, with other paraphernalia as well. Also, they offer a "tour" of how their factory works. I use the word "tour" very lightly because although you do go through some sort of guide, it isn't really a tour of a factory. You are really walk along, sometimes ride along, watching this movie of how Chocolate is made. Sometimes, you can see some of the machines used to make the chocolate, but they do not function. At the end, you get a miniature Hershey Bar. I would not recommend wasting your time here, unless you are already in the area and want something to do. If you are at Hershey Park, then you can visit Chocolate World as well.
To be honest, I haven't been here for a few years. We have an amusement park closer to my house that I like better because there aren't as many people and it's cheaper. However, HersheyPark is, without a doubt, one of the best amusement parks in the US (that's not a chain)
They have quite a few different types of rollercoasters--inverted, watercoasters, wooden and dueling racers (the 1st in the US). The Wildcat, a wooden rollercoaster (not that uncommon in PA) was named the best rollercoaster in the WORLD by "popular mechanics" magazine. I remember just the old school ones: the comet and the sooper dooper looper. (I may have spelled that completely wrong) Both were great for their time, too! Now they have 10 roller coasters.
Every year, they unveil some crazy new ride--this year it's the storm runner that "goes from 0-72 miles per hour in 2 seconds while taking you straight up 18 floors and then straight down...this is another rollercoaster.
Additionally, they have all the great normal rides, too-- like the swings (I LOVE the swings, LOL, but I also love the rollercoasters.). I forget how many rides they have all together, but the park is HUGE.
Here are 23 acres of lush flowers, trees, herbs, and fountains. Hershey Gardens also offers a fine view of the town, the theme park, and everything around them. Dating back to 1937, the gardens have thousands of different species. Check out the Japanese Garden, the Memorial Garden, the Rock Garden, the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, Seasonal Garden, among others.
Open daily year-round, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (shorter hours from November through March).
The rain returns
It was a long day. And it rained for most of it. Towards the end of our day the rains returned and were quite heavy. I could see by the opened umbrella that this guy in the hat was ready to leave. I would not recommend going to Hershey Park in rainy weather. But it does have some advantages. There was no heat and humidity. The lines were almost non existant. We were able to ride almost every ride in the park which would be impossible on a normal hot sunny day. And the park is very accomadating. They have inexpensive rain coats and lots of covered areas to escape the rain.
Hershey, PA... Three times the charm......
We have been to Hershey three times now....
once as young adults, once as parents with the kids and
once as grandparents....
each time it is a little different.
About 13000 permanent residents and 100000 tourists a year.
ZIPCODE 17033 is Hershey which is in Derry township in Dauphin County
Area Code is 717