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The Essential Guide to Hershey - Chocolate Town, USA

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The name says it all: Hershey, PA is dedicated to chocolate and the man who invented the beloved brand. Located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Hershey was founded as a carefully planned "model town" by confectioner Milton S. Hershey in 1903. Today, it's a perfect destination for family trips, with plenty of kid-friendly attractions, along with opportunities for grown-ups to relax.

All about chocolate


Hershey was built around chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that it's the city's main attraction. No trip to Chocolate Town, USA would be complete without a visit to Hershey's Chocolate World and The Hershey Story. At Hershey's Chocolate World, you'll learn about chocolate production from bean to bar. Your educational tour concludes with a free chocolate sample. You can also create your own candy bar, including a personalized wrapper. The Hershey Story is an informative museum that delves into the life and legacy of Milton S. Hershey. It also offers chocolate tastings and a hands-on Chocolate Lab.


  • Hershey's Chocolate World, 251 Park Boulevard, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 717 534 4900; Website: Hershey's Chocolate World

  • The Hershey Story, 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 717 534 8939; Website: The Hershey Story

Family fun and thrills


If you're searching for fun and thrills the whole family can enjoy, Hershey is sure to please. Hersheypark, one of the city's most popular attractions, features 70 rides, including 13 roller coasters and a variety of rides geared to the littlest adventurers. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark offers 15 water rides, great for cooling off on a hot summer day. Adjacent to Hersheypark, ZooAmerica houses animals from across North America, including alligators, bears, mountain lions, and cute prairie dogs. About a 30-minute drive away, the Dutch Wonderland amusement park is designed for families with young children.


  • Hersheypark, 100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 800 437 7439; Website: Hersheypark

  • ZooAmerica, 201 Park Avenue, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 717 534 3900; Website: ZooAmerica


Time to relax


Aside from being a family-friendly vacation spot, Hershey has earned a reputation as a getaway destination for adults. At the Hotel Hershey, a local landmark, you'll find some of the city's best dining and one of its most relaxing attractions: The Spa at the Hotel Hershey. Modeled after High Point Mansion, the home of Milton S. Hershey and his wife, Catherine, the award-winning spa offers classic treatments along with signature treatments featuring - you guessed it - chocolate.



Live entertainment


Hershey has its own thriving arts and culture scene. During your visit, you can enjoy everything from Broadway shows to concerts featuring your favorite chart-topping acts. The center of the city's performing arts scene is the Hershey Theatre. Located downtown, the theater hosts a variety of performances throughout the year, including classical concerts, Broadway musicals, and kid-friendly shows. For live concerts starring top artists, join the fans at the Giant Center arena and Hersheypark Stadium.


  • Hershey Theatre, 15 East Caracas Avenue, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 717 534 3405; Website: Hershey Theatre

  • Giant Center, 550 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 717 534 3911; Website: Giant Center


Natural beauty


There's no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature in Hershey. Any trip should include a stop at Hershey Gardens. Founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1937, this botanical park spans 23 acres. You can tour the 11 themed gardens and let little ones explore the Children's Garden. There's also a Butterfly House that's home to 25 varieties of North American butterflies. For an up-close look at a true natural wonder, you can take a 45-minute guided tour of nearby Indian Echo Caverns.


  • Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey 17033; Tel: +1 717 534 3492; Website: Hershey Gardens

  • Indian Echo Caverns, 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown 17036; Tel: +1 717 566 8131; Website: Indian Echo Caverns