Hershey, P.A. is a small town located in the Southeast region of Pennsylvania, just three hours west of NYC, two hours Northwest of Philadelphia and 3 and a half hours East of Pittsburg. Originally, Hershey, P.A. was created as a town for Milton Hershey’s chocolate factory employees to reside in so they were close to the factory.
Fast forward to today, Hershey, P.A. is a resort town that over 3 million people visit each year. The town has become known as “The Disney World” of the Northeast considering Hershey now has multiple resorts “on-property”, character dining in the park, and some of the friendliest employees who will go above and beyond for their guests. When you enter the park, you will see a fountain with Milton S. Hershey’s statue in the middle, representing similarities to the Walt Disney partner’s statue in front of Cinderella Castle!
Hershey has 3 on property resorts: Hershey Lodge, The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Park Camping Resort. The Spa at the Hotel Hershey is known for their chocolate body wraps and treatments. This is a must do for any woman who wants complete pampering on their vacation. When you stay at a Hershey resort, you will be able to purchase discounted park tickets, get to visit the parks one hour prior to park opening, and ride the free shuttle service to and from the parks.
Before you enter Hershey Park, visitors must visit chocolate world, which hosts an interactive ride through the chocolate factory to show how your favorite chocolates are made! Children’s eyes will light up and everyone will be in heaven as the smell of freshly made chocolate is pumped through the ride. Each time you ride, you also get a free sample! Believe me when I say the chocolate tastes much better at Hershey, than when you buy it at your local store!!!
The Hershey Park theme park is home to 13 roller coasters, 24 family rides, 20 kiddie rides and a waterpark, known as the Boardwalk that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A hidden secret about Hershey Park that many people do not know is that if you plan on visiting a park for a full day, visit the park the night before (usually 4 hours before park close), and get in for free that night! This is known as the preview plan.
I have visited Hershey every year since I was a toddler, and I never get enough. Each summer I return and each summer the park always has something new to offer for their guests! I always plan to stay in Hershey for 2-3 days since there is so much to do in town! You can also combine your Hershey vacation with a trip to Lancaster, P.A. (home to Amish community) or with a trip to Dorney Park in Allentown, P.A. Contact me or any of the LBAC partners today to plan your vacation to Hershey!