Antique Car Show and Swap Meet
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.
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AACA Museum - A Hidden Treasure
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!
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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
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Dancing at Hershey Hotel on the weekends
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.
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Yummy Chocolate World!
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!!**
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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)
Explore the Hershey~land
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.
Hershey's Kissing Tower
Hershey's Kissing Tower is the tallest structure which you can find in Hershey Park. It has a huge sign stating their 100 yrs of celebration.
This is a slow phase, smooth moving tower ride wherein you can have a 360 degree view of the whole Hershey Park. It goes up slowly and goes down smoothly without having any feeling of discomfort. So, to those who are not much into wild rides this activity is for you.
On Site Entertainment
There are numerous live entertainment within the park. Magic, live bands, musicians etc. You can all find it inside the Hershey Park. Benches, chairs and table are provided for the visitors to better enjoy the show. Do check the brochure for time schedule.
Coal Cracker is one intensed water ride. Expect to get wet! And as you go down the loop prepare yourself for a photo shoot of a lifetime :-) You can check out your photos at the exit and you can purchase it for $20.00. 5 persosn are allowed per cart.
Check the link below for minimum height requirement, park area and ride rating
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).
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