View of the Hershey Story museum on Chocolate Avenue

Things to do in  Hershey

Your ticket to a chocolate wonderland

Called the sweetest place on earth—thanks to its eponymous chocolate factory—Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a family vacation destination. A vision of Milton S. Hershey, the town was designed as a community for its factory workers. What started as an employee perk turned into an amusement park, drawing visitors looking for thrill rides and a sugar high. Other things to do include the AACA Museum, which explores the history of the motor vehicle, and ZooAmerica.

Top 4 attractions in Hershey

AACA Museum, Inc.

Explore more than a century of American automotive history, from the 1890s to the 2000s, at the AACA Museum. Located in Hershey, Penn., the AACA Museum features a collection of more than 150 vintage vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles, around 85 to 100 of which are on display at any given time.More


Have you ever had an adrenaline rush while on a sugar high? Now’s your chance. What began as a perk for Hershey’s Chocolate Factory employees way back in 1906 is today a world-class amusement park with a sweet twist. The sprawling, T-shaped Hersheypark features 13 twisting, flipping, dropping roller coasters including the Cocoa Cruiser and SooperdooperLooper, plus 65 other rides and attractions scattered throughout its 121 acres (49 hectares). More than 20 rides are specifically for young kids.More
Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World

The center of the Hershey’s Chocolate universe, the 2-story redbrick Hershey’s Chocolate World delves into the company’s history and production process. Located in aptly named Hershey, Pennsylvania, the venue offers free tours that reveal the how-it-happens details of their luscious products—and, naturally, offers chocolate tastings.More
Cullari Vineyards and Winery

Cullari Vineyards and Winery

Cullari Vineyards is the first and only winery in the Hersey, Pennsylvania area. Run by a couple with Italian heritage, the wines are made with respect to traditional practices. Grapes used in production include Native American (present pre-Colombus), French-American hybrid, and vinifera.Fitting with the area, one of Cullari's most popular wines is an award-winning Coco Nostra chocolate wine. This winery is one of very few in Pennsylvania to produce zinfandel, which is its single largest varietal. In total , Cullari makes more than 30 varietals including dry, sweet and semi-sweet, so there is something to suit every taste.The vineyards are set against the rolling hills between Lancaster and Harrisburg, while the cozy tasting room offers sips of some of the winery's most unique wines, which are only available in store.More

All about Hershey

When to visit

Opening dates and hours for much of Hersheypark vary by season. The busiest time is from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when the rides are fully operational and families are vacationing. To avoid crowds, try to visit on weekends in May or in June. Saturdays are usually busy, so plan for a weekday if possible. Seasonal and holiday-themed events take place throughout the year, such as Hersheypark in the Dark, which includes a special treat-or-trick trail.

Getting around

Hershey, Pennsylvania, is located just east of the state capital, Harrisburg. It’s about a 2-hour drive west of Philadelphia via I-76 and 40 minutes northwest of Lancaster via Route 283. To help navigate the park, download the Hersheypark app, which lets you filter ride options by type and height category, view entertainment schedules, and browse food locations and place mobile orders. Shuttle service from the parking lot to the park entrance is provided.

Traveler tips

To avoid long ride lines, plan to head to the back of the park upon arrival and work your way toward the front. This also makes for an easier exit at the end of the day. Consider visiting ZooAmerica before lunch or in the evening. Since the animals are usually most active in cooler temperatures, you’re more likely to see them during these times.

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Is Hershey PA worth visiting?

Yes. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Hershey is fun for kids and adults. In addition to visiting Hersheypark and its attractions, visitors can catch a show at Hersheypark Stadium, GIANT Center, or Hershey Theatre; indulge at its spas; and enjoy a range of dining options and sip chocolate-inspired cocktails.

Is Hershey's Chocolate World free?

Yes. Admission into Hershey's Chocolate World and the chocolate tour ride, which runs continuously during operating hours, is free year-round and does not require tickets. All other attractions—including Create Your Own Candy Bar, Hershey's Unwrapped, and Hershey Trolley Works—require paid tickets. Hersheypark tickets are separate from Hershey's Chocolate World attractions.

Can you do Hersheypark in 1 day?

Yes, you can do it in a day, but you probably won’t experience ancillary attractions like ZooAmerica. Remember that the water rides only operate at certain temperatures. Download the park’s app for updates on wait times and closures. Consider reserving an additional day to visit Hershey's Chocolate World.

How do I spend a weekend in Hershey PA?

Plan to spend one day riding the rides at Hersheypark and the other visiting company-affiliated attractions such as Hershey Gardens, the interactive Hershey Story museum, and ZooAmerica. Other things to do in Hershey include the AACA Museum (covering the motor vehicle history), Cullari Vineyards and Winery, and Troegs Brewing Company.

What day is least crowded at Hersheypark?

Go on a weekday, especially when school is in session, to encounter fewer park crowds. Expect the most visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day and on Saturdays. Instead, try to visit Sunday afternoons, Mondays, and evenings after most folks have gone. In summer, June is the least crowded.

What is the best time of year to visit Hershey PA?

To make the most out of a visit to Hershey, visit Hersheypark between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is when all the rides are open, including the waterpark, which also means it’s at its busiest. Summer is prime season for concerts at Giant Center, adjacent to Hersheypark.

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