Hershey Travel Guide

  • Chocolate World
    Chocolate World
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    Stopping at Hershey Garden
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    The Hershey Museum
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Hershey Highlights

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    VeronicaG says…

     Fun place to visit, especially for families! 

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    PA2AKgirl says…

     Not that much to do if you've been there a couple times already 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than just the chocolate factory and amusement park 

Hershey Things to Do

  • Hershey Bear's Hockey

    Like any town with a hockey team, Hershey has a great following of the Hershey Bears. In the early 1970's when I lived there, one of my good friends had grown up in the area and knew most of the players.That along with my friendship with one of the skating pro's at the arena got us into the games for free. It was great to be sitting right on the...

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  • Hershey Car Show

    When I lived in Hershey (early 70's), there was a large field behind Hershey (Amusement) Park near the Hershey School. One afternoon I notice signs for a swap meet and car show. I cruised in and began wandering.Sure enough there was an antique car swap meet and some incredibly wonderful historic vehicles on display.Over the years the venue, like...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • Hershey Park

    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...

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  • Hershey Gardens

    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...

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  • rides

    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...

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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...

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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...

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Hershey Restaurants

  • Dining at the Hotel Hershey

    I may never be able to afford to stay at the Hotel Hershey but I can certainly find it in my budget to eat or drink there:) Well, mostly drink. haha:) The hotel offers a variety of places to eat: from the dining room, the cafe, the lounge, the creamery, the "fountain" (which is for cheaper, casual dining) and the other cafe--the Club House Cafe,...

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  • Chocolate + Grill = Awesome

    Without a doubt, the best meal we had on our trip. I didn't really get to the "chocolate" part of the restaurant (because we didn't do dessert here), but the main courses were great. We went to dinner after a full day in the park, fortunately, the restaurant is casual. We were seated quickly, and the kids were given a nice set of crayons and small...

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  • "Best" Pizza in the area

    This is a neat little food stop (not really in Hershey - but in neighboring Palmyra.) We made this our choice after reading it was the best pizza in the area. Well, I guess that's all relative :) You order at a counter, and they'll call your number to pick up your food (huge menu - pizza, calzones, subs, etc.) The guys at the counter were friendly...

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Hershey Nightlife

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    by sayville Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Each night this summer, the park puts on a laser light show at 10pm. My kids saw it the first night we were there and said it was ok. The second night we were there the show was different according to them and it was excellent. So stay to the end and pull up a spot on the field and watch the laser light show.

    Dress Code: We were there in July and it was HOT. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Wear your bathing suit and put shorts and a shirt over it.

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Hershey Transportation

  • Hershey Trolley

    Hershey's offer free trolley service to/from the parking lot. The area is so huge so make sure to remember the number you park your car. If not, you might find yourself roaming around and checking all the parked vehicles in the area.

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  • Local public transportation

    If you are arriving to the area by train or bus and want to get to the Hershey attractions consider riding the Capital Area Transit - CAT.There are daily runs into Hershey from Harrisburg's downtown transportation center. The "322 Hershey" will take you there.If you arrive by air into Harrisburg the local transportation options can be found here:...

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Hershey Shopping

  • Outlet Store

    At Hershye's Land, you can find lots of designer labels in their Outlet store. Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Max Mara, Banana Republic etc. Their prices are really cheaper by 10 to 20% from the regular price.

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  • Choco Loco

    At the Hershey's Chocolate World and Themepark, they have lots and lots of souvenir shops selling chocolates, clothes, bags and other souvenirs stuffs. The prices of their chocolates here are cheaper than the one you will find at a regular grocery store. So, grab the chance :-)

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  • unique boutique

    Find clothing and accessories in this cute store that are different than most stores. Great selection of unusual clothing and accessories. Great customer service. The best keptsecret for shopping in Hershey! jackets, tops and slacks 50-250

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Hershey Warnings and Dangers

  • No Room at the Inn

    With vendors in 9,000 flea market spaces, and owners of approximately 2,500 show cars plus visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world the Hershey hotel and motel spaces are strained to the utmost. There are no spaces available for at least 50 miles around. Hershey does have a campground where you can stay, but...

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  • crime stats

    Hershey, PA crime stats put it into the top 10% of safe places for vacationing in America.There are only 4 sex offenders registered in the greater Hershey area.The averages show less than 1 murder or rape per year. Auto Theft is the prevelant non-violent crime and even that is very low compared to national averages for a population similar to...

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  • Watch the Weather

    The big Swap Meet and Antique Car Show which is held in October can have definite weather problems. One year it rained and turned the swap meet field into a quagmire. I had to be very careful to put my feet down square or they would slide out from under me. It was very tiring walking.Other years it has been quite cold - and then again it can be...

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Hershey Tourist Traps

  • Hersheypark is quite an...

    Hersheypark is quite an attraction for the tourists. Lots of rides and amusements.....like roller coasters. The Lightening Racer was the newest one. Now there's one for 2002 called the Roller Soaker that involves the traditional roller coaster but with a twist in that you can shoot water from your car....I'll have to try it out and get back to you.

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  • Food and drinks are very...

    Food and drinks are very expensive in the park. For example $2.50 for a soda,$3.25 for a bottle of water and a slice of pizza was close to $3.00. So plan in advance and pack a cooler of drinks and food. We left the coolers in the car and I took a walk back to the car and brought drinks and snacks in when the kids got thirsty and hungry. I carried a...

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Hershey Off The Beaten Path

  • Good location

    Hershey is very close to both Lancaster and Harrisburg and about 50 miles away from Gettysburg. I recommend staying in one of those places and visiting Hershey as a day trip. Also in the area are caves, shopping outlets, Amish country, parks, museums, good nightlife, etc.

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  • .....its about an hour away...

    .....its about an hour away but well worth the drive. I'm talking about Doubleday Farm - a bed and breakfast kinda place with a twist. The twist being baseball the old fashion way complete with the look and feel and of course a player from days gone by....It's located in Landisburg, PA. From Carlisle, head north on Rt. 74 and up over Waggoners Gap...

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Hershey Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Written Jul 4, 2007

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    If you are a masochist then this is the course for you.
    For $85, you can spend three hours being tortured, frustrated and having you self-esteem destroyed. It is truly humbling and humiliating to play this course unless you are better than average golfer. We duffers should avoid this course at all cost.

    Even playing the short tees at 4900 yards (7100 yards for the long tees) is grueling. The whole course is up, down and all around. Narrow fairways, gorse along the edges with horrible rough up to 10 inches long; water hazards that are voracious as wild pigs hungry for your balls; greens with pin locations in 11-inch rises. And everything is so well kept that you have to believe the establishment knows they are frustrating you on purpose (no one to blame but your own poor skills).
    Greens are bent grass and play fast in the summer heat.

    There is a strict dress code (collared shirt, long pants or normal shorts, rubber spikes only).
    Driving ranges and putting greens and chipping greens are all available for your warm up exercises.

    For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, give this course a shot.

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Hershey Favorites

  • Not much else...

    Other than the tourist attractions, there's not much else to Hershey. It's a small town and I definitely think other small towns have more local personality than Hershey does. You can go there for concerts, hockey games and the things I'm mentioned already, but just to hang out? I'm not so sure. Perhaps...There are some cool buildings and nice...

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  • There are three main things to...

    There are three main things to do while in Hershey.  1.) Visit the Hershey factory and take a tour. They give free chocolate. Ummm good!2.) Visit Hershey park for 2 days, it's really fun, and there's a ton to do!3.) Stay in the Hotel Hershey for at least 1 night, free limo rides to the Hershey Park!

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  • Go on as many rides as you can...

    Go on as many rides as you can or that your stomach can handle. Also check the schedule to see what groups and concerts are going on in the park. While waiting to go on the water flume ride, I heard music from the theater. I was impressed with how much they sounded like the group America. After all while standing on line, all the songs we heard...

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