Hershey, PA is a cute town where the local high school, middle school, and elementary school are all next to each other. Turning down W Chocolate Avenue you'll find an array of shops, restaurants, and museums. Full of history Hershey was founded in 1903 to house workers for the Hershey company, the town has since grown to a population of almost 15,000. Don't let this small town fool you, it packs a ton to do!  Here's our short guide to visiting the sweetest place on Earth.

5 Must Dos when visiting Hershey, PA

  1. Hershey Park: originally designed to be a leisure park for Hershey employees, Hershey Park has expanded to include 15 roller coasters and a water park! It's a more thrilling way to experience Hershey! Pro Tip: if you plan you get here at park open be prepared for long lines to get into the park. If you want to be one of the first into the park plan to be there at least 45 minutes early!
  2. Hershey's Chocolate World: located just outside of Hershey Park, Hershey's Chocolate World houses a full day of fun for all members of the family. From Trolley Rides through the town of Hershey, to designing your own Reese's Cup, to an educational ride through their chocolate creating process, you can easily spend a full day here.
  3. Hershey Gardens is a 23 acre botanical garden overlooking Hershey Park. The grounds include a Butterfly Atrium, Conservatory, Children's Garden, and themed gardens.
  4. Zoo America: home to 200 Native North American animals, this is a fun day experience for the whole family. One unique feature of this zoo is that there is a walk way that attaches the zoo to Hershey Park! So you can easily experience both in the same day.
  5. Museums: if you're looking for a more educational way to experience Hershey there are a number of museums. Learn about the history of Milton Hershey and the town he founded at The Hershey Story. Or tour High Point Mansion and learn more about Milton and Catherine Hershey.

Places to stay: If you're going to visit Hershey, PA then you should stay somewhere as sweet as the town. Here are our top picks

  1. Stay at one of the official Hershey Park Resorts and take advantage of special amenities like shuttle service, extra hours at the park, and special ticket pricing: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and Hersheypark Camping Resort.
  2. Hershey Road Campground: located about 15 minutes away from Hershey Park this is where we stayed for our first trip, and we loved it! It's a small campground but it is the cutest and cleanest campground we have ever been to! If you don't have an RV they do have cabins for rent.
  3. If you're looking for something other than a campground or one of the official resorts, there are a number of hotels and motels in the area. If you're looking for something unique you can try a bed and breakfast like 1825 Inn Bed and Breakfast, located just 10 minutes from Hershey Park!

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