What are the first two things that come to mind when you hear Hershey, PA?
When many people hear Hershey, PA they immediately think of Hershey Park and chocolate. Well, I recently spent a whole weekend there and can tell you this town has so much more to offer. The Sweetest Place On Earth isn’t just rich in chocolate, but it’s also filled with history plus unique experiences too.
5 Exciting Things to Do in Hershey, PA
Plan your next day trip to Hershey! Check out these five family-friendly things that you can do in town.
1. Visit ZooAmerica
ZooAmerica, which is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, is home to over 200 animals including bears, otters, wolves, porcupines and more.
Besides caring for, protecting, and supporting the animals, ZooAmerica also provides education and information. This allows you the opportunity to get the full experience of learning about and connecting with the animals.
The best part about my recent ZooAmerica visit was that I got to hold a beautiful owl and also feed a bear, thanks to a behind-the-scenes tour.
2. Cheer On The Hershey Bears
Now I will be the first to admit that even though I’m a sports fanatic hockey has always been the sport I’ve watched the least. That all changed last month though when I had the pleasure of attending the Hershey Bears second to last home game at the Giant Center, and found it to be an incredible experience. Our group was fortunate enough to get to watch the Bears win an exciting game from a pretty sweet suite.
There is so much energy, especially from the fans, throughout the game as they cheer on the Bears to “Defend The Den“.
A Hershey Bears game would make the perfect family fun night out, and who knows if you stay until the end your child may get a hockey puck or even one of the player’s sticks to take home.
3. Catch a Show At Hershey Theater
Do you know that Hershey is home to a dazzling, beautiful, iconic and historic theater?
The Hershey Theater offers a stellar lineup of Broadway shows, musical acts, comedy shows, film screenings and more. You can click here to check out their events schedule and obtain ticket information.
I went on a behind the scenes tour of it (which I highly recommend) and received an in-depth look at what once was Mr. Milton Hershey’s Entertainment Showplace. I am excited to take my family to this theater this year to see a show.
4. Take a Ride On Hershey Trolley Works
Hershey Trolley Works offers a one-of-a-kind, entertaining sightseeing experience. Instead of jumping on and off, you stay on the trolley the whole time so you can be sure to hear the inspiring story of Mr. Milton Hershey. A knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you through the town to show you sites such as the original chocolate factory, the birthplace of Mr. Hershey’s, his home Highpoint Mansion, Chocolate Avenue, Hershey Park, Milton Hershey School and more.
They offer seasonal trolley tours like the Trick or Treat Trolley and the Holly Jolly Trolley. They operate year round except for Christmas Day and when there is snow.
Next time you are in Hershey take a ride for yourself and see why it is quite possibly the best sightseeing experience you will ever have. Plus they give out the most delicious soft caramels I have ever tasted.
5. Take A Hotel Hershey Segway Tour
Now, this is one thing I didn’t get to experience during my sweet weekend, but I will definitely be taking my family back to participate in.
Tour the historic Hotel Hershey grounds in Segway-style while learning all about their unique story between the months of April and November.
I think my whole family would have such a blast making memories doing this together.
Have you ever visited Hershey PA?
Make sure to put it on your family’s travel bucket list because they have so much more to offer beyond the theme park.
* My sweet weekend was thanks to an invite by Hershey to experience their properties, entertainment, food and more. All opinions are my own.
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