The smell of chocolate is in the air. Street lights in the shape of Hershey Kisses. Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues. We all know of the success of this well-known brand, but Milton Hershey’s success was not limited to producing chocolate.
A visit to the town provides a number of opportunities to learn about the man, his vision for creating a model town around the company, and his other philanthropic achievements.
We enjoyed our stay at the nearby Thousand Trails RV Park. We got to relax as well as do some sightseeing.
The town has maintained its sense of community pride, and is a popular tourist destination with a variety of attractions to choose from:
HERSHEYPARK: Amusement Park with 60 rides and attractions and daily live entertainment. They offer a variey of admission price packages, including two-day and three-day flex passes. Be sure to chek out the discounts offered if you buy your ticket at a local Giant Foods grocery store. There are also combo tickets which include Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster.
ZOO AMERICA: North American Wildlife Park: An 11-acre zoo with plants and animals native to North America. Admission sold separately or included with same day HERSHYPARK ticket.
Hershey Gardens : The 23-acre gardens are Milton’s tribute to his wife. There are themed gardens, seasonal displays, a Children’s garden. We were there mid June and the roses were spectacular.
While visiting the gardens, stop at The Hotel Hershey, which is just nearby. Take a look at the formal garden and Mediterranean influences. And if you want to splurge, they have a Chocolate-themed Spa!
Chocolate World: A somewhat lame (but free) ride about chocolate-making. The Interactive Factory Works Experience seemed to be good for kids. The trolley tour of downtown departs from here, and there is also a 3-D show, small food court, restaurant and a gift shop.
Hershey Museum showcases the history of the town and the life and vision of its founder. You can also stop by the Milton Hershey School & Founder’s Hall Visitor’s Center to learn about the mission of the school.
HERSHEYPARK Sports and Entertainment Complex: Several venues for concerts, sporting events, ice shows and other entertainment: GIANT Center, Stadium and THE STAR PAVILION.
Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad: Scenic and theme-based train rides.
The Outlets: Shopping at in approximately 60 brand-name outlook stores. Other shopping can be found at Briarcrest Square Shopping Village, Crossroads Antiques and a number of shops along Chocolate Avenue. Nearby Hummelstown also has a variety of small shops, Rhoads Pharmacy & Gift Shop and Toys on the Square.
Adventure Sports is a family entertainment center with go-cart races, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages and driving range.
Other things to do include Indian Echo Caverns, the Antique Auto Club Museum and golf in the area.
Gettysburg is about an hour away ans is well worth a visit. Lancaster is about 45 minutes away.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is filled with historic sites commemorating the famous turning point of the Civil War from July 1 - 3, 1863. You can take audio tape driving tours, bus tours, walking tours or guided tours.
Gettysburg National Military Park, has with over 1,000 monuments and cannon along over 40 miles of scenic roads You can visit the scene of the Gettysburg Address, Picket's Charge, General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters, Little Round Top, and the Devil's Den.
To do it up right, you need several days in Gettysburg...longer if you want to look beyond the historical attractions for other recreational activities in the area.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Visit the towns of Lancaster, Bird In Hand, Intercourse and other communities to learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish people. There are numerous interpretive centers, restaurants, shops, local markets, craft demonstrations and tours. Enjoy the scenic countryside and glimpses of Amish families going about their business in town and field. Be respectful of their beliefs, privacy and practices.
Take care in driving as you might get distracted by the
surrounding views. Drive safely, especially when approaching hills or
around curves. You may very well meet up with a traditional horse and
buggy. If you need to pass, leave plenty of room and drive slowly so
you don’t spook the horse. Take your time and enjoy Amish country.