The Sweetest Weekend Trip From Philadelphia: Check Out Hershey PA

on August 21, 2013

Street signs in Hershey, PA

Less than two hours from Philadelphia sits the town that calls itself “the sweetest place on earth.” Whether you are traveling as a couple, a family, or with friends, a trip to Hershey PA, is destined to be a sweet trip.

Take a stroll down Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, PA. And yes, as the name suggests, this is the home of Hershey’s chocolates. The original Hershey factory was built here in 1905, and the town was built around it, including an amusement park and a renowned school (which started as a school for orphaned boys, built by Hershey’s wife, and now offers opportunities to kids from across the country).

Learn about the history of the town and the man behind the chocolate, Milton S. Hershey, at The Hershey Story Museum (63 W Chocolate Ave  Hershey, PA). There is also a Chocolate Lab where you can create your own chocolate, and the Cafe where you can partake in a chocolate tasting. Each of these activities has it’s own cost: $10 admission to the museum, plus extra fees (but well worth it!) for the Chocolate Lab and 5-flavor Chocolate Tasting.

For those looking for (delicious?) relaxation, there is the Chocolate Spa at The Hershey Hotel. The 40,000-square-foot facility has been open to the public since 2001. Choose from a variety of treatments, including the Chocolate Fondue Wrap, Cocoa Facial Experience, and Whipped Cocoa Bath.

If adventure is what you’re seeking you’ll want to check out Hersheypark, an amusement park with eleven roller-coasters.

Hersheypark will likely also be part of your trip if you are traveling with children, as the park also has six sections devoted to kid’s rides. And then, Hershey’s Chocolate World, a “recreated” factory tour (not a tour of the actual factory, but they have recreated the experience for visitors). Admission to the park is free and Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour is also free, but all other rides require tickets. Here you’ll again find another chance to create your own chocolate!

Hershey also has many options for an overnight stay, from hotels and lodges to bed and breakfasts and campgrounds.

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