15 Best Things to Do in Hershey, PA

15 Best Things to Do in Hershey, PA

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Hershey- the place that only makes you think of the iconic chocolate bars, is a wonderful and literally sweet place for a short trip.

The Hersheypark fun followed by a lot of sweets from the Hershey Chocolate Factory will indeed make this trip quite a memorable one. These are the top 15 things to do in Hershey-

Spend the best day at Hersheypark

Hersheypark
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Before you get swayed away by the brilliant Hershey’s Chocolate Factory- we are here to remind you, that there is more to Hershey than its world-famous chocolates. Are you ready for a day filled with excitement and fun? Okay, we will get started then!

The Hersheypark is in reality one of the biggest amusement parks you have ever seen in your life. And, no doubt, it is one of the biggest attractions of Hershey.

Thousands of people crowd to this place similar to that of Disneyland.

But, did you know that the Hersheypark was originally something that was only built for the employees of the chocolate factory to have fun? Though it is now open to the public and you can see crowds of hundreds in the park every day.

There are a lot of things to do in Hersheypark for there are a lot of themed parts inside. If you are hungry after that much excitement- just head over to one of the restaurants inside for there are a lot of fine food-chains and even fancy restaurants inside.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World
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So, you all were probably waiting eagerly for it, and we are here to deliver it to you! Chocolates are something that holds everyone’s heart.

Be it a child or an adult- a bar of chocolate makes everyone smile. But, when it comes to one of the biggest brands like Hershey- people are in love more than the normal amount!

Welcome to Hershey's Chocolate World- which is probably the biggest landmark of Hershey!

Are you ready to have a day filled with chocolates? Yes, here are a lot of things that only have business with chocolates and sweets.

Did you know you can have as many Hershey’s chocolate bars as you like? Yes, there are tours here too.

They take you all around the factory showing you the processes, and a lot of things that probably no-one knows about. Learn about these chocolates more!

See some vintage cars at Antique Automobile Club of America

Antique Automobile Club of America
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Love vintage and retro automobiles? Hershey has something cool for you. AACA Museum of the infamous Smithsonian Institution is one of the most interesting holders of vintage cars you will ever see with your own eyes.

Their main motto is to showcase how beautiful vintage cars can be and how to preserve them for our next generation to see. A museum that entirely deals with the beauty of cars- AACA is something that brings a lot of people every day to it.

If you visit the museum, the first thing you shall be greeted with is the vast expanse of the collection.

The collection is immensely diverse. And, you can see a lot of vintage cars that have been curated over the years! Have a nice day here!

Pay a visit to the beautiful Hershey Garden

Hershey Garden
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Hershey is not just about the chocolate bars that were produced here. It has more to it, but the town has been modified a lot by the man Milton Hershey himself.

Hershey Gardens is something that the man dreamed of. He wanted to build a pretty garden filled with majestic roses, and that gave birth to the Hershey Gardens.

It is more of a botanical garden across a huge area of almost 23 acres. But, the scenes are immensely pretty.

They are almost breath-taking if you look closely. There are some quite rare trees here in this garden along with roses of different colors. There is even a Japanese Garden here which adds more to the beauty.

Know more about the story of Hershey

Hershey story
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Want to know more about how the chocolate company came into being? Or, how the man who came from noting ended up building an entire business that is now famous all around the world now? Yes, let’s hop on to Hershey Story now!

Initially, Hershey Story is a museum that tells us everything there is to know about the Hershey’s Chocolate company. Know everything there is to know about the great man- Milton S. Hershey himself.

There are a lot of permanent exhibits on the lives of Milton S. Hershey and how he founded the factory and how it came into being one of the most important in the world. It is one of the most important things to do in Hershey.

Explore ZooAmerica

Display of an Owl at ZooAmerica
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If you are done with the Hersheypark and are too tired to go sightseeing now- we have a cute thing for you to check out now. The ZooAmerica is located almost opposite the grand Hersheypark.

Did you know that there are more than 200 species of native as well as exotic animals here? Yes, there are animals from each and every part of the States here in ZooAmerica.

The park is huge and all these species make it extra special. Go to ZooAmerica with your friends or family to have a fun-filled afternoon. Interact with the animals and get to know more about them.

Catch a show at Hershey Theater

Hershey Theater
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Now, we would not recommend watching a theater show on your vacation if it wasn’t anything special, would we? Hershey Theater is special. Not only is it a hugely popular attraction in Hershey- but it is also one of the buildings that have a historic past.

Also, the theater is too gorgeous to be a theater! The architect named C. Emlen Urban designed and built the building in such a way that it would blow anyone’s mind.

Milton S. Hershey also has his name involved with the theater for he was also an important benefactor. The theater hosts a lot of important shows, musicals, and even performances.

Enjoy the Chocolate Spa

Are you done with the top sights on your vacation? Okay, you deserve to relax a bit now. Tied or not- everybody deserves to be treated like royals on their vacation! Come on, we shall introduce you to The Spa at The Hotel Hershey.

The Spa at The Hotel Hershey or commonly known as the Chocolate Spa is something everyone should experience on their trip to Hershey. You can say that it more of a Hershey staple.

Imagine surrounding yourself with pools and gardens while you receive the best treatment from the spa. The hotel is originally the home of Milton Hershey and his wife and that’s what makes things more luxurious than they are.

See the town by Hershey Trolley Works

Hershey Trolley Works
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By now, you must have guessed that the family of Hersheys is quite important in town, and a lot of things are related to them. Now, we shall be taking you to take a ride along with the iconic Hershey Trolley Works.

Hershey Trolley Works is something that lets you take a trip all around the chocolate factory. Also, you shall be in a group accompanied by a guide who will show you all the interesting things there are to see inside the factory and all the historic facts.

You get to see all about the man who made his name from scratch, his home- Highpoint Mansion as well as the Hershey School, and a lot of other important places that have links with the family of Hershey.

Watch some ice-hockey at Giant Center

Giant Center
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Want to see some real-life ice hockey? We know a good spot. No, it is not in Canada fo we have our very own Giant Center here in Hershey. Come on, let us tell you a bit about the place.

The home turf of the Hershey Bears ice hockey- Giant Center has some of the best matches you will ever see in your life. Also, the center is huge!

It can occupy almost 10,000 people at once. After the team got incorporated into the American Hockey League, the stadium is even more lively. If you can catch a ticket for one of the matches- do not give up on the opportunity.

See the Founders Hall

Founders Hall in Milton Hershey School
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The Milton Hershey School- one of the most decent and prestigious schools in Hershey was built by none other than the great man of culture- Milton Hershey accompanied by his wife.

The Founders Hall in the school is a little something that was built as a token of gratitude towards him.

The family has contributed a lot towards the society and has played a key role in the development of Hershey. It is only natural for the people if they want to thank him for his endless contributions and hard work.

The Founders Hall is just a small price for the great family. Have a look and take a few snaps for your social media!

Catch a function at Hersheypark Stadium

The Hersheypark Stadium is one of the top places to check out in Hershey. Being located inside the infamous Hersheypark- most people pay a quick visit after they are done enjoying the different fantastic rides at Hersheypark.

Though the stadium originally hosted different games and events related to sports, due to heavy demand- nowadays it also hosts concerts and several performances.

When there is a game, almost 16,000 people can be accommodated here. But, the thing is different when there is any sort of concert. The stadium seems to be overcrowded then for the capacity during any event is 30,000.

Check out the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society

Want to know more about the history of Hershey? What was Hershey like before its name got tangled up with the chocolate industry?

After all, it is not entirely about the chocolate here in Hershey. Let us head over to the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society to get a vivid knowledge about the past.

If you want to know everything there is to know about what kind of people were in Hershey at the beginning- this museum will help you to know the answers.

There are a lot of permanent displays Hershey here that describe in detail. There is a display by the name of “A Pictorial History of Our Community, Then & Now,” that goes in detail about the past of the city.

Get a taste of Cullari Vineyards and Winery

All those chocolate might leave you craving for a little bit of wine, haven’t they? Yes, here in Hershey there are unfortunately not a lot of wineries. But, the only one they do have is quite excellent.

This winery will surely quench your thirst. Come on, follow us to the Cullari Vineyards and Winery.

The Cullari Vineyards and Winery is the only one in the area. The founders Salvatore and Kathi Cullari have put their sweat, blood and tears into making this winery stand out and serve the locals as well as tourists and looks like they have been quite successful too.

The wine list is exotic having some of the best collections. The red and white wines are too remarkable paired with a lot of dry wines too. Do have a glass!

Visit the Pennsylvania State Police Museum

The Pennsylvania State Police has been through lots of ups and downs. And, the Pennsylvania State Police is going to tell you all about it.

Most of the tourists make it a quick trip to the Pennsylvania State Police when they want to see the feats of the heroic police officers. The museum is filled with exhibits, artifacts, and lots of displays- all related to various performances of the police.

There are even a lot of permanent collections like the “PA State Police Rodeo” where you can get to know more about the famous radio that took place till 1974.

This is where we have to end our article for today. We shall be back soon. Till then, stay tuned!