Best Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania

In Hershey, Pa., It makes sense that the street lights were shaped like Hershey’s kKisses with silver leaf. The city, located about 15 miles east of Harrisburg and about 100 miles west of Philadelphia, is of course home to the Hershey Co, founded by Milton Hershey in 1894. The chocolate mogul then created the community in 1903. for the workers of the company. The houses had electricity and plumbing, and the city boasted a public streetcar and a free vocational school.

A few years later, in 1906, Hershey opened its eponymous amusement park, which since its opening has attracted both chocolate-loving and adventure-loving visitors. And while Hersheypark is the city’s main attraction with three million visitors each year, there are plenty of other reasons to make the two-hour journey (not least of which is the faint smell of chocolate which, thanks to the factory, permeates the whole city when the wind is just blowing).

“Hershey has a lot to offer: a strong local community, tourism, a family atmosphere, good schools, lots of employment opportunities and lots of entertainment,” says Chris Trogner, co-founder of Tröegs Independent Brewing. Trogner and his brother John founded Tröegs in Harrisburg in 1996, and eventually grew out of their space and moved to Hershey.

From award-winning Tröegs tour to a falconry lesson, thrilling roller coaster series and, of course, plenty of sweet and sweet chocolates, there are plenty of reasons to plan a day trip or a day trip. overnight in Hershey. Here are some of the top reasons to visit Hershey.

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By car, Hershey – about 100 miles via Interstate 76 West – takes just under two hours from Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

Greyhound buses run several times a day from Philly to Harrisburg, and from the capital you can take an Uber or Lyft the last 10 miles, or board the Capital Area Transit (CAT) 322 Hershey / Hummelstown bus, which runs regularly to Hershey .

While it’s best to have a car in Hershey (there’s no public transportation in town), most hotels offer free shuttles to top attractions like Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World.

You can’t visit Hershey without a trip to Hersheypark. Or rather, you can, but then you would miss over a dozen roller coasters and the Triple Tower (an 189-foot-tall merry-go-round), the shore-style boardwalk, an 11-acre water park, plus life- characters the size of a chocolate bar and a list of shows and entertainment.

📍100 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, 📞 800-437-7439, 🌐, 📷 @hersheypark, 🕑 Days and hours of operation vary seasonally

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For a closer look at how candy is made, there’s Hershey’s Chocolate World. This attraction is less exciting and more educational and interactive, with a workshop to make your own candy bar, a 4D movie and live performances. You can also join the free 30-minute chocolate guided tour to get an overview of how chocolate is made, and sample a sample at the end. Book a ticket online before you go.

📍101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, 📞 717-534-4900, 🌐, 📷 @hersheyschocolateworld, 🕑 Days and hours of operation vary seasonally

At ZooAmerica, the animals native to North America – think mountain lions, otters and alligators – are the main attraction. In addition to walking around the park to spy on a desert box turtle or black-tailed prairie dog, you can sign up for the chance to spend time with the animals with fewer people on the early bird tours. or after opening hours. Or, you can opt for a special photography-focused tour for the chance to take photos of animals up close.

📍201 Park Ave., Hershey, 717-534-3391,, 📷 @zooamerica, 🕑 Mon-Fri, 10 am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun, 10 am-6pm

Car enthusiasts should not miss the Antique Automobile Club of America museum. The Smithsonian-affiliated museum is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection, the world’s largest collection of Tucker’s favorite vintage automobiles, as well as Hershey’s Kissmobile cruisers and, for fans of Back to the future, the DeLorean prototype.

📍161 Museum Dr., Hershey, 📞 717-566-7100,, 📷 @aacamuseum, 🕑 Daily, 9 am-5pm

For a gentle break from the park’s queues, visit Meltspa by Hershey, where some of the more than 70 treatments offer sweets. You can get a cocoa massage with cocoa massage oil and cocoa butter, or a manicure with chocolate scrub and dark chocolate mousse mask. This fall, #PSL fans can also treat themselves to a seasonal pumpkin spice body wrap.

📍11 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey 📞 855-500-2366, 🌐, 📷 @chocolatespa, 🕑 Mon-Tue, 9 am-7pm, Wed-Fri, 9 am-8pm, Sat-Sun, 9 am-6pm

It’s not just chocolate in Hershey. After refueling at Hersheypark, visit Tröegs for the Brewery Tour, voted America’s Best Brewery Tour of 2019 by readers of USA Today’s 10 Best. Held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the $ 12-hour, hour-long tour takes visitors through some behind the scenes of the brewery – including the hop cooler and fermentation cellars – and includes a beer and souvenir glass. Then stick around for a snack or meal, from rosemary popcorn and hop fries to pulled pork sandwiches. A dedicated kids’ menu and list of non-alcoholic drinks also make this a good option for families.

📍200 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, 717-534-1297,, 📷 @troegsbeer, 🕑 Thu-Sat, 11 am-10pm, Sun-Wed, 11 am-9pm

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Housed in a restored flour mill designed with exposed brick walls and high ceilings, The Mill serves small plates, steaks, and a seasonal rotating cocktail list. The warm, family atmosphere extends from Sunday brunch to happy hour and dinner. There is also a heated terrace for outdoor seating all year round.

📍810 Old W. Chocolate Ave, Hershey, 📞 717-256-9965, 🌐, 📷 @themillinhershey, 🕑 Wed-Thu, 4-8pm, Fri, 4-9pm, Sat, noon-3pm , 4-9 p.m., Sun, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

What started out as a ghost kitchen running off of Hummelstown’s Soda Jerk Diner is now a full-fledged brick and mortar, serving up whipped feta dip, lamb souvlaki, spanakopita and many more specialties. Greek.

📍23 Briarcrest Square, Hershey, 📞 717-298-6668, 🌐, 📷 @simplygreekpa, 🕑 Daily, 11 am-9pm

Beyond stellar burgers, this laid-back gastro pub offers an impressive menu of salads, cereal bowls, and entrees like seared duck and honey-ginger salmon. Don’t miss the toddler brunch, which is topped with cheese, homemade sausage sauce and an egg.

📍814 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, 📞 717-298-6476, 🌐, 📷 @rotundabrewingcompany, 🕑 Mon-Thu, 11:30 am-10pm, Fri-Sat, 11 am-11pm, Sun, 11 am-9pm

The distillery is known to be the largest producer of pure, artisanal bourbon whiskey in Pennsylvania, but also produces vodka, spiced rum, gin, and other artisanal spirits. From Wednesday to Saturday, order pulled pork sandwiches, ribs and burgers from the on-site food truck and bring your meal to the outdoor courtyard.

📍505 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, 📞 717-919-4382, 🌐, 📷 hiddenstillhershey, 🕑 Wed-Thu, 11 am-6pm, Fri-Sat, 11 am-8pm

Just over two hours by car, Hershey can be a day trip from Philly, but you might prefer to stay overnight, especially after a long day at the theme park. Not surprisingly, two of the most popular options are Hershey accommodations.

The Hershey Hotel, the more upscale of the two, is a sprawling resort anchored in a historic hotel built in the 1930s. Guest rooms are stocked with amenities from the Hershey Hotel’s spa. The resort also has indoor and outdoor pools, including a family pool with waterslides.

📍100 Hotel Rd., Hershey, 717-533-2171,

Hershey Lodge, with special check-in service for kids (including a treat on arrival and a chocolate guessing game), also has an indoor water park. They also have a falconry experience open to people of all ages (and non-guests). Put on a glove and approach hawks, hawks and a golden eagle.

📍325 University Dr., Hershey, 717-533-3311, 🌐

Regan Stephens is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer covering food, travel, business, and lifestyle topics for outlets like People, Food & Wine, and Fortune. Follow her on Instagram.

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