HersheyUnited States of America

A theme park, a magnificent rose garden and a grand hotel are a few of the features of the model city planned by the father of the Hershey Chocolate empire.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find something not built by famed chocolate maker Milton Hershey in the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania. He developed the town around his original Hershey chocolate factory in the early 20th century. Discover his fascinating vision for a model factory town, which includes an amusement park originally intended to entertain his employees, a grand hotel built to employ the town’s construction workers and a philanthropic grade school.

Start your tour of the town by learning about Milton Hershey’s life at The Hershey Story. This six-exhibit museum presents his entire biography, from his birth to a family of modest means in nearby Derry Church to his worldwide success. See machines from the original factory, including a highly specialized appliance for wrapping chocolate.

Explore the compact town center to see the variety of buildings Hershey commissioned to provide entertainment and services for his workers. The Hotel Hershey, which rests on a hill north of town, was built in 1933 to employ the town’s skilled workers during the Great Depression. Stay in the luxury hotel to access the spa and enjoy chocolate-themed treatments, including a whipped-cocoa bath. Visit the Milton Hershey School in the south of town to see Hershey’s school for orphans. Find the visitor center in the grand Founders Hall.

Spend a day at Hersheypark, the park Hershey established for his employees, which is now a regionally popular amusement park. Reach speeds of 75 miles (120 kilometer s) per hour on the Skyrush roller coaster or look out over the town from the soaring heights of the Kissing Tower‘s rotating observation booth. Afterward, visit the nearby sprawling Hershey Gardens. See the original rose garden and almost 5,600 roses in the park’s center.

Hershey is a 25-minute drive from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and a 2-hour drive from Philadelphia. Don’t miss the home of one of America’s most famous creations in “Chocolate Town, U.S.A.”

Top Hotels in Hershey

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue
3 out of 5
515 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA
The price is $139 per night

Located in the heart of Hershey, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Hershey's Chocolate World and Hersheypark ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (391 reviews)

"Very clean. Staff very courteous. We really had a good time the 3 days we stayed there. Will definitely use it again"…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Inn at Chocolate Avenue
Inn at Chocolate Avenue
2.5 out of 5
Route 422 & Sipe Avenue, Hershey, PA
The price is $69 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Hershey Story Museum, Giant Center, and Hershey's Chocolate World. Hershey Theatre ...

3/5 (194 reviews)

"Courteous staff during a very busy and hectic weekend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Inn at Chocolate Avenue
Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue
Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue
2.5 out of 5
204 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, PA
The price is $129 per night

Situated in Hershey, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Giant Center and Hershey's Chocolate World are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (284 reviews)

"This hotel durning covid was great. Pretty clean !!!! Established social distances and mask!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

Popular places to visit in Hershey

Hersheypark
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Hersheypark

4.5/5(1,254 reviews)

Ride roller coasters in this action-packed candy-themed park filled with thrilling water slides, child-friendly rides and opportunities to dine with actors dressed as Hershey products.

Hersheypark Stadium
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Hersheypark Stadium

4.5/5(409 reviews)

Enjoy a sports competition or a musical concert under the bright lights with beer and snacks in this historic arena.

Hershey's Chocolate World
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Hershey's Chocolate World

4.5/5(1,291 reviews)

Feed your sugary fantasies in attractions dedicated to all things cocoa-related at this chocolate-themed attraction.

Hershey Theatre
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Hershey Theatre

4.5/5(186 reviews)

Spend a night watching drama, dance and music in one of Pennsylvania’s most opulent venues or tour it during the daytime to glimpse behind the scenes.

Hershey Gardens
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Hershey Gardens

4.5/5(197 reviews)

Experience an explosion of color in gardens bursting with banks of stunning flowers and a house filled with hundreds of butterflies.

Troegs Brewing Company
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Troegs Brewing Company

4.5/5(94 reviews)

You can take time to visit Troegs Brewing Company during your travels to Hershey. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Hershey

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Pennsylvania
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Pennsylvania

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Pennsylvania
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Pennsylvania

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Pennsylvania
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Pennsylvania

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Pennsylvania
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Pennsylvania

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Pennsylvania
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Pennsylvania

$10
Per adult
Skip the Line: AACA Museum Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: AACA Museum Admission Ticket

$13
Per adult

Reviews of Hershey

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Love it

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

I saw limited attractions while in Hershey. The area reflects its industrial origins.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Lots to do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

We were there for one night to go see a concert. Didn't really drive around and explore. But just driving through it looked like any other small city in America.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

The Giant center needs to offer better cellular services as no one was able to find an Uber following a concert. Freezing cold temps and being locked outside the venue was unbearable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

We love the restaurant, shopping and attractions.

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