When you think of Hershey, you will most likely think of those tasty chocolate candy bars. But, there is also a town in the US state of Pennsylvania called Hershey. A suburb of the state capital of Harrisburg, Hershey is the birthplace of the iconic Hershey’s chocolates.
As a result, this tasty town has developed itself into a world class destination that revolves around chocolates. Here are the Hershey, Pennsylvania attractions to sweeten your time in this town of chocolates.
The Hershey Story
The Hershey Story is located on West Chocolate Avenue in Hershey. This is a museum that is dedicated to telling the story of Milton S. Hershey. Milton was a famed chocolatier who invented Hershey’s chocolates in 1900. This museum explores all aspects of Milton’s life, including how he transformed Hershey’s chocolates into the iconic brand that it is today.
In addition to the exhibits that explore the life of Milton, this museum contains a couple areas of note. The first area is called the Chocolate Lab. This is the place where you can create your own treats made from chocolate. Whatever chocolate-based treats you create there is yours to eat and/or take home.
This process lasts for about 45 minutes and was inspired by Milton’s candy-making apprenticeship program and his love for experimentation. The Chocolate Lab requires a paid ticket to enter which you can get for $13.50 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $9.50 for youth aged 5 to 12. The second area of note at the museum is known as Chocolate Tastings.
This is the place where you can go and sample a wide variety of chocolate-based drinks from different parts of the world. The drinks range from fruity African chocolate flavors to Indonesian chocolate with caramel overtones. As is the case with the Chocolate Lab, this area will require a paid tickets to get into.
Tickets can be bought for $10 for adults and seniors, $7.50 for active duty military members, and $6 for children aged 5 to 12. The prices apply to the full flight of six. As for the museum prices, they are $13.50 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $9.50 for children aged 3 to 12. Active duty military members and children under the age of 3 get free admission to the museum.
Just for clarity, the museum tickets doesn’t include admission to either the Chocolate Lab or Chocolate Tastings areas. You can go here to buy your tickets. There is also an onsite restaurant called The Pantry Cafe. For those of you looking for souvenirs, the museum also houses a gift shop.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Another sweet attraction you will want to go to is Hershey’s Chocolate World. It is located on Chocolate World Way in Hershey. It is located right next to Hersheypark which I will be talking about soon in this post. Hershey’s Chocolate World is basically a chocolate themed entertainment complex that is home to multiple attractions within.
The first attraction is called Hershey’s Chocolate Tour. It is basically a theme park-style ride through a chocolate-making factory. You can observe the chocolate-making transformation from cocoa beans into the iconic Hershey’s chocolates during your ride. The journey lasts for about thirty minutes. You will also get a free sample of a Hershey’s chocolate product upon completion of your ride.
The second attraction is called Create Your Own CANDY BAR. It is what it sounds like. You will be immersed into a factory setting where you will get to create your own candy bar working with a variety of ingredients. You will also get to design your own wrapper. This process will last for about 45 minutes. This is a ticketed attraction costing $26.95 per person.
The third attraction is the 4D Chocolate Movie. It is an immersive digital show in which you not only watch, but also help the Hershey’s candy-based characters to solve a mystery. There are over one hundred possible variations of the digital show. So, it will probably look different every time you experience it. This is another ticketed experience costing $7.95 for adults and $6.95 for children aged 3 to 12.
The fourth attraction is Hershey’s UNWRAPPED. This is the place where you can challenge your taste buds by tasting different kinds of Hershey’s chocolates. This is done in a theatrical manner. This is another one of the ticketed attractions which you can buy for $15.95 for adults and $12.95 for children aged 3 to 12. The tasting experience will run for thirty minutes.
The fifth and last attraction is Hershey Trolley Works. This is where you can go on a trolley tour of Hershey. There are a few variants of the trolley tour, but I would suggest the Original Trolley Show as this is the best trolley tour that they offer. Basically, they use a show of two actors to tell the story of Milton Hershey and the town that he helped establish as part of his historic journey in inventing Hershey’s chocolates.
The show is sprinkled with jokes and old songs to help make the show more entertaining. You can buy the tickets for $17.95 for adults and $14.95 for children aged 3 to 12. The Original Trolley Show will last for 45 minutes. Entering Hershey’s Chocolate World is itself free for everyone. However, as I noted, all attractions with the exception of Hershey’s Chocolate Tour will require a paid ticket to enter.
You can buy your attraction tickets by going here. There are also a few shops onsite offering a variety of Hershey’s treats from candies to milkshakes to s’mores. For those of you who are hungry for more than a treat or two will want to head to the Food Hall section of Hershey’s Chocolate World.
If you are more into theme parks, then Hersheypark is for you. It is located on Hersheypark Drive in Hershey. There are at least a few things that makes Hersheypark stand out among all other theme parks in the United States. The first is the mascots. All of the mascots that you will encounter at the theme park are based on Hershey’s chocolate products.
These include Hershey’s Bar, Hershey’s Kisses, Ice Breakers, Jolly Rancher, Kit Kat, Milk Dud, Reese, Rolo, Twizzler, and York Peppermint Patties. You can have your photos taken with any or all of these mascots. They are commonly found in the Founders Way and Kissing Tower Hill areas of the theme park.
Another unique thing about the theme park is its height measurement boards which measures the height of guests before a ride to ensure that they are tall enough for that ride. Each height category is named for a Hershey’s chocolate product. In the order from shortest to tallest, the height category names are Miniatures, Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s, Twizzler, and Jolly Ranchers.
The must exciting thing that makes this theme park unique is the new themed area called Hershey’s Chocolatetown which is set to open this summer. As you can imagine, this area will be architecturally designed around the theme of chocolate.
This area will be home to attractions uniquely themed around Hershey’s chocolate such as the Candymonium roller coaster, the Chocolatier restaurant, and a Hershey’s Kisses fountain. All of these things combine to help give Hersheypark a chocolate feel to it. The one day ticket price for Hersheypark is $49.95 per person.
Also of note is that this ticket will grant you access to The Boardwalk and ZooAmerica which are the theme park’s onsite water park and zoo respectively. You can head here to buy your theme park tickets.
These are the Hershey, Pennsylvania attractions to sweeten your time in this chocolate-loving town. It is no wonder that Hershey is the sweetest place on Earth as its motto would indicate.
If you are looking for a hotel to lay your head during your time in Hershey, I have got your back. Here are the two hotels I would suggest for you.
Days Inn by Wyndham Hershey
This hotel is located on West Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, close to all of the attractions I mentioned. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby options for dining include Phillip Arthur’s Cafe, The Chocolate Avenue Grill, and Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.
There is also a fitness center available for you to use. All of the hotel’s rooms come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $67 to $289. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.
Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey
This hotel is located on East Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, also close to all the attractions I mentioned. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. Also onsite are BBQ facilities for cookouts. If you get hungry, a few places to eat nearby include Lisa’s Cafe, Babes Grill House, and Piazza Sorrento. The hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub.
You can get your workouts at the hotel’s fitness center. The hotel’s rooms include microwaves and mini refrigerators while the suites include a full kitchen and separate dining and living rooms. WiFi is available in all the rooms and suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $125 to $282. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or check out some photos.
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