Family Vacations to Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hersheypark at night, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hersheypark by night, Hershey, Pennsylvania (courtesy, Wikimedia)

Hershey Family Travel Tips

  • Ride the Comet—or the much-calmer carousel—at Hersheypark, an amusement park featuring 11 roller coasters, 5 water rides and over 20 kiddie rides.
  • Take a virtual tour ride of a chocolate factory in action at Hershey's Chocolate World.
  • Visit a butterfly paradise and take in the beauty of seasonal blooms at the 23-acre Hershey Botanical Gardens.

What could be sweeter than a chocolate-themed city? Hershey, the place that brought us Kisses, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and other well-known chocolate goodies, has grown from a factory city into a full-on tourist destination complete with a resort, amusement park, and other family-oriented hot spots.

Kids will love to take a stroll down streets with names like Chocolate and Cocoa, smell the chocolate being made, and visit destinations like Hersheypark, a roller-coaster-packed amusement park. Head over to Hershey's Chocolate World for a tour of the Hershey Company to find out more about how those goodies get out of the factory and into your Halloween bag. With interactive exhibits, a chocolate lab, café, and chocolate-tasting area, The Hershey Story Museum will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the famous chocolate company and the man who started it. A variety of chocolate-themed restaurants, cafés, and shops in the city cap off a very chocolatey experience.

Nature lovers will enjoy the 23-acre Hershey Botanical Gardens as well as ZooAmerica, an 11-acre wildlife park displaying more than 200 animals, and Indian Echo Caverns, where you can take a 45-minute, family-friendly tour of underground caverns with a detailed explanation of the history and geology of the caves.

In addition to family-oriented tourist destinations, Hershey boasts arts, cultural, and sports attractions such as the Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears hockey team and a venue for musical acts and other entertainment performances.

Published: 3 Mar 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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