Many years ago as a little girl I remember being able to tour the actual Hershey factory. Large vats of chocolate and a big souvenir packet of different kinds of chocolate are firmly established in my memory bank. Unfortunately for us today, touring the factory is not allowed for safety reasons. Hershey Park has created the Chocolate World experience for visitors to see how the chocolate is made.
Chocolate World is a Disneyesqe ride during which visitors travel through the jungles where the cocoa beans are picked and the sugar cane is harvested. Along the way your ride goes through the ovens where you are “roasted” processed and then stirred. You then witness a pretend processing plant as a variety of chocolates are made and packaged. All the while three cows keep singing the Hershey chocolate theme song. At the end of the tour you get a very small sample of a current Hershey item to taste and are led into a large shopping complex with places to eat.
The best part about Chocolate World is that it is free because it is situated outside the park. There have been times when we took visitors to Chocolate World but we didn’t spend the day in Hershey Park for a variety of reasons (we might have been in Hershey for some other reason).
Like Hershey Park, Chocolate World is best during the times when it is not as crowded – it can be a mad-house during weekends and holidays. Unlike Hershey Park, Chocolate World is open almost every day of the year, so if you don’t want to go to the park, you can still visit Chocolate World in the middle of the off-season when it is much more relaxing.
Visit the website for updated opening days and hours of operation.
Charlotte Hershey, wife of the chocolate company’s founder Milton Hershey, loved roses. Hershey Gardens began as a small area created by Milton so his wife could have a rose garden. Today the rose garden is 3.5 acres and sits in the middle of 23 acres of lush gardens and greenery.
We visited the Hershey Gardens to attend the “Wine and Roses” wine-tasting event that brought vintners from around Pennsylvania to the gardens for a day. It was a beautiful day of sampling local wines, eating local foods, listening to music and wandering the gardens. Because it was a special event, it was rather crowded and the park wasn’t open to the public. However, I can only imagine how peaceful this garden is when there are no special events occurring.
We were there in June and the roses were in full bloom. Absolutely stunning! The small garden shop on the grounds had some unique items and, in honor of our visit during the wine tasting, we purchased a soft pack cooler that came with plates, wine glasses, a cheese board, cloth napkins, and a space for wine bottles.
I haven’t been back, but it is on my to-do list next time I’m in the area during blooming season.
I’ve been going to Hershey Park since I was a little girl…so that means about a half century of Hershey Park enjoyment! I remember the park before there were all the new modern roller coasters and it was really just the Comet, the old white wooden coaster that is still there and allows me to relive my childhood. I remember being able to tour the actual Hershey factory (vivid memories of huge vats of liquid chocolate being stirred). I remember the park before the water park and Chocolate World. Fond memories, but I do like the changes and adaptations made to keep the park modern.
As an adult, I took my own children to Hershey Park and they are all roller coaster fans. For several years we hosted groups of international visitors for several weeks each summer and Hershey Park was a staple on our itinerary.
It can get crowded in the summer, especially on the weekends. If possible, go in the spring or the fall – check the calendar for week days when schools have started back in session. The park closes up for the winter so plan accordingly. If you have to go during school breaks, try to avoid holiday weekends – standing in line for two hours for a 90 second ride is not my idea of fun.
Not a fan of the rides or bringing along someone that can’t enjoy them? No problem since Hershey Park offers a multitude of shows.
The food in the park is rather expensive so we usually will bring a picnic lunch and head back out to the car park around lunch time. There are a few picnic tables and gazebos for this purpose. This allows us to catch up with our group, do a head-count, and exchange stories before heading back in for the rest of the day. If we are there all day, we may head to the restaurants just outside the park for a nicer meal. Be sure to get your hand stamped before you leave so you can re-enter the park upon your return.
We do eat some of the treats in the park (try the ice cream!) and get the refillable bottle for drinks since it is a better deal. Bring a backpack to carry things around in, especially if you are planning on changing into bathing suits for the water park (bathing suit attire is not allowed in the rest of the park so you have to change back into your regular clothes).
Check the website below for current prices and schedule of when Hershey Park is open.
I highly recommend a day or two in the sweetest place on earth!
I’ve enjoyed the Hershey Spa twice, each time getting a chocolate massage (it’s not really chocolate, but rather chocolate scented oils). From the moment you check-in at the spa, you are pampered completely.
Each time I made a reservation for my massage at a set time. However, you are free to spend the day at the spa and can arrive earlier than your treatment. Upon arrival I was shown into the ladies locker room where I was given a private locker for my personal items, a fluffy robe and a pair of slippers. Looking around, my guide showed me the layout of the spa from the shower, saunas, and dressing rooms (complete with hair care products for after your treatments), the aroma therapy rooms, quiet rooms, reading rooms, and dining facilities. Oh, and there were huge bowls filled with Hershey kisses all over the spa!
After putting on my robe, I headed first to the quiet room. After the drive to Hershey, it was nice to merely close my eyes and relax in a room where all you hear is the sound of water. Occasionally one of the staff would pop their head in the room to see if their next client was inside.
After about 45 minutes of peaceful relaxation, I headed over to the reading room, where there were yummy snacks available – beverages such as tea, water, and juices along with muffins and fruits. Lots of reading material was available to enjoy and quiet talking was allowed. While in this room I was called for my massage.
The massage – 60 minutes of extreme relaxation – it was so hard to not fall asleep! The smell of the chocolate oils along with the soothing music and the warm blankets created a very blissful hour. The therapist carefully questioned any medical history that she should know about and then set about her task. What I remember most was that her hands were so soft! She said it was from having the oils on her hands so much.
At the end of my massage, I headed down for a warm shower and got dressed. Before leaving the spa, I purchased some oils and lotions so I could enjoy those smells at home.
I enjoyed my first visit so much and talked the Hershey Spa up to friends. A year later after I had finished coordinating a large conference for my organization, my boss gave me a gift certificate to return to the spa. That was worth all the frustration of the meeting planning! My second visit was even better than the first since this time I knew my way around. Yes, there will be a third time…
Note: I didn’t take my camera with me to the spa, so I don’t have photos of it.
The Eastern Division AACA National Fall Meet takes place each year during the 1st full week in October. The Hershey Region began hosting the show in 1955 and this year will be their 50th anniversary. We started going in about 1963 after I made contact with another 1932 Plymouth owner at a local swap meet. We went in 1964 on our way to moving to California, and we went again in 1969 and 1971. It is one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the United States. In 2005, the dates are October 5th to the 8th.
It consists of over 9,000 flea market spaces, over 1,000 car corral spaces, and approximately 1,500 show cars. Sometimes we bring our car (they used to have the cars display in and around the stadium), and sometimes we just go to the swap meet. It takes me more than 2 days just to walk past all the vendors. Now they have the swap meet segregated into red, white, blue, and chocolate sections.
The AACA Museum is about a mile up the road for the Hershey Entertainment Complex (where Hersheypark and Chocolate World are located). This short drive out Rte 39 gives you the opportunity to see vintage cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses in a beautiful building all set in period themed displays.
My kids LOVED the interactive photo stop where they could dress in period costumes and pretend they're were driving an old fashioned truck. They also like the 1940's diner tht was right inside the building -- no food served here but a unique time capsule.
My husband loved their current featured exhibit Shelby: A Retrospective with about 20 amazing Shelby cars. The main gallery is a cruise through time touching every decade from the 1900's - 1970's. They have great themed backdrops -- not just cars in a row.
Admission was reasonable -- be sure to check it out on your visit to Hershey!
I haven't been to an amusement park for quite awhile, so I didn't know what to expect. When we went, the kids were two and five, so we grabbed a map online, and went to the entrance area the night before so we could plan what rides they were the correct height for. We counted about 35 they could do, and figured we'd get in a good 15 or so the next day (maybe more depending on the lines.) Well, we were in luck, as the lines for the younger rides were incredibly short - basically we'd get off one ride, and they would almost walk right on to the next one! As we would be watching them, I did see that a lot of the "adult" rides such as the large roller coasters would have some decent lines, but that wasn't anything we dealt with all day. We got to the park as it opened, and stuck around until about 4:00, and we got on all 35 rides, some more than once. We definitely had a great time, and the kids were grins ear-to-ear most of the day. As you would expect, parking is a little expensive ($10), but the food in the park is absolutely brutal (I spent $10 for fries, drink, and a sandwich.) With the heat, we couldn't really get around this, but it was really the only quibble we had all day!
We arrived in Hershey mid-day, so we didn't want to spend money on the park for only half a day. Instead, we felt it would be nice to stretch our legs here at the Gardens. Overall, there are many things to walk around and see. Start with the various themed gardens around the park, which feature plant such as perennials, herbs, roses, etc. Next, you can visit the Children's garden, which has a few small places for the kids to climb, as well as a few neat displays, including a water fountain. For my money, the best attraction is the butterfly house, which has plenty of the beautiful winged insects fluttering around. As you will be reminded, watch where you step!
As far as lasting impressions, I think the Gardens are an expensive diversion. Having been to the Chicago Botanical Gardens, I found Hershey a pale comparison. Many of the plants looked less healthy, and frankly, there weren't as many as I expected. Even though my son was free, it still was a $27 admission for the family. When you put all that together, I probably would recommend you look into other attractions before the Gardens.
lots of rides to choose from. the roller soaker is fun but you better try it while the sun is still bright and warm. it gets chilly with squirting water guns below and water drops just over your head. they do warn people that in every ride, make sure you've got every belongings secured. one better listen to it, or you'll lose a pair of expensive shades just like my friend
This is a free and fantastic way to spend the evening for those who would like an intimate evening in a plush and sophisticated setting. Inside, you can spend an day relaxing in the pool or jacuzzi and even enjoy a massage and chocolate. Later, you can enjoy dinner in either of the two restuarants and then head to the Iberian Lounge to enjoy live jazz bands and a few waltzes, tangos, or swing dances on a nice floor.
When you go to Hershey in the winter, the amusement park is closed, but Chocolate World is open and really fun! They have a super cute free ride that shows you how chocolate is made, it also seriously gives you a chocolate craving, but fear not! The showroom has TONS of chocolate, gear and treats to buy!
You can make custom candy and have special messages put on Hershey kisses!
I would reccomend Hershey Park in the summer when the amusement park is open, if you happen to be there in winter/spring like us, hit up Chocolate World to enjoy a cool free tour and tasty treats!
**Cute Fact: the lamp posts in Hershey are shaped like kisses!!**
Do you feel tired because of too much walking and sweating? Its high time for you to to relax and have a Hershey's Chocolate Spa. Although i didnt try it for myself, but the idea of having a body scrub, body wrap, choco massage and jacuzzi with the used of chocolate flavored items is really a treat and something that one should look forward to.
It can be a little pricey and advanced reservation has to be made. Nevertheless, i can say that its worth it! relax and enjoy your chocolatey spa!
Open Daily Beginning at 9 AM
(Hours may vary with the season)
Once you reach the Hershey land :-). From its road named after chocolates, beautiful buildings sorrunding it to the lamp post which are shaped like chocolate kisses, you would definitely enjoy visiting the Hersheylandia. See it for yourself!
Hershey Boardwalk is a newly opened water park of Hershey. It has slides, swimming pools and other water activities.It features five water attractions, including East Coast Waterworks, the largest water play structure in the world! This multi million project is the biggest attraction that Hershey Company has ever built inside the park.
So, prepare those swimsuit and off you go to the waterpark of the East!
All Boardwalk attractions are included as part of the one –price admission to HERSHEYPARK.
Hershey Park is celebrating its 100th year this 2007 (1907-2007) and what's the better way to celebrate? Be a part of it!
Considered as the "Sweetest Place on Earth" Hershey offers the biggest attraction they have ever built in Hershey land :-)
Roller coasters, musical shows, water rides, boardwalk, fine dining, entertainment and chocolates! What more could you asked for? it's all in one. Honestly, it was one fun trip we had. Although i would suggest that 2 days to 3 days should be spent to better explore the place.
Price per person:
$45.95 incl of tax ~ One Day Pass
Please visit their official website for more informations regarding tickets, directions, park hours, map etc.