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15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

Would you like to visit the Sweetest Place on Earth? Sightseeing, thrill rides, live entertainment and endless chocolate treats await in a town that smells like cocoa. Check out these 15 things to do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids.

15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

1) Schedule a day of fun at Hershey Park.

The highlight of any trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids is definitely a visit to Hersheypark. This famed amusement park features 13 thrilling coasters, more than 20 kiddie rides and lots of live entertainment. Admission to the Boardwalk waterpark is included in your ticket price so you can cool down with plenty of waterslides, splash areas, water rides, and a gigantic wave pool. 

Chocolate World wows visitors of all ages ~ 15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

Chocolate World wows visitors of all ages (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

2) Board the American Chocolate Tour Ride at Chocolate World.

Newly renovated, the free Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour Ride provides a perfect introduction to chocolate making. Guests follow cocoa beans on a journey from the tropical rainforest to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Expect singing cows, automated candy making machines and chocolate scents wafting through the air.

3) Get pampered with a Chocolate Spa Treatment.

Check into The Spa at Hotel Hershey and try one of their signature Everything Chocolate Treatments like the Sweet Feet pedicure, Chocolate Sugar Scrub body treatment, Cocoa Massage and other yummy options.

4) Enjoy a meal that starts and ends with chocolate at Hershey Grill.

At Hershey Grill, meals start with bread and chocolate butter and end with chocolate delicacies. Not everything is drenched in cocoa, of course. Children can choose from kiddie classics and while parents dine on traditional entrees (salads, burgers, steaks, fish and pasta dishes). 

5) Find beauty at Hershey Gardens.

The gorgeous Hershey Gardens overlook the town of Hershey. Guests will find an array of flowers, shrubs and trees set across 23 acres at this botanical garden. Be sure to visit their outdoor Butterfly House, home to over 350 winged beauties. 

15 Reasons to Visit Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Children's Garden at Hershey Gardens is a family favorite. (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

The Children's Garden at Hershey Gardens is a family favorite (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

6) Play in the Children’s Garden.

Located in Hershey Gardens, the Children’s Garden is a must visit for families visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids. Children can explore the exhibits and play areas on their own or with the provided scavenger hunt maps.

7) Get to know the animals at Zoo America.

Adjacent to Hersheypark, the 11-acre Zoo America makes a great respite from rides for families. Guests can see more than 20 animals from five regions of North America and this small zoo. Plan to spend about an hour walking through the entire zoo.

8) Dine with Hershey's candy bar characters.

Families can eat with candy bar characters during a delicious Character Breakfast in Hersheypark. After filling up on chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, breakfast meats and more, diners enjoy early access to select Hersheypark rides and attractions. 

The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience features loads of chocolate memorabilia and a chocolate lab ~ 15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience features loads of chocolate memorabilia and a chocolate lab (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

9) Taste and learn at the Hershey Story's Museum Experience.

Known as the Museum on Chocolate Avenue, the family-friendly Hershey Story's Museum Experience features interactive exhibits, historical memorabilia, a Chocolate Lab and more. Be sure to sign up for the chocolate tastings, which feature exotic drinking chocolate for the adults and warm milk and chocolate stirring lollipops for kids.

10) Sip a chocolate cocktail.

When in Hershey, grown-ups must sample a signature chocolate cocktail. Some of the popular options at the Iberian Lounge at the Hotel Hershey. Choose from such cocktails as the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Martini or the Hershey's Chocolate Caramel Martini. The Hershey's Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini is made with chocolate and vanilla vodkas and white creme de cacao. Bottoms up!

11) Start your day with a chocolate filled breakfast.

At Lebbie Lebkicher's in the Hershey Lodge, visitors can enjoy breakfast specialties like Chocolate French Toast made with Hershey's Cocoa, Chocolate Raspberry Pancakes, and Cinnamon Bun French Toast with Hershey’s Chocolate Chips. Traditional breakfast fare is available as well. 

15 Reasons to Visit Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Hershey Trolly Works Tour offers a family friendly introduction to Hershey, PA. (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

The Hershey Trolly Works Tour offers a fun introduction to Hershey, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

12) Get to know the town on the Hershey Trolly Works Tour.

The 60-minute Hershey Trolly Works Tour makes a nice choice for families who want to learn more about the town built on chocolate and its founder Milton S. Hershey.  Kids will especially enjoy looking out for the Hershey Kiss shaped street lamps and chowing down on chocolate samples that are handed out throughout the ride.

13) Discover chocolates you never knew existed.

Even the biggest candy connoisseur will be impressed with the array of Hershey chocolates (think white chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!) and other sweets available throughout town. These treats make great souvenirs so be sure to stock up for friends back home.

Customize your own chocolate bar at Hershey World ~ 15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

Customize your own chocolate bar at Hershey World (Photo credit: Lyla Gleason)

14) Create your own candy bar.

One of the signature attractions at Chocolate World is Hershey’s Create Your Own Candy Bar. Select a chocolate base, ingredients and toppings and watch as your customized bar travels down the conveyer belt. Once complete, guest chefs design their own graphics for the gift box. 

15) Enjoy live entertainment.

With several large venues (Hersheypark Stadium, Hersheypark Arena, Giant Center and Hershey Theatre), entertainment options abound in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Be sure to check the entertainment calendar before you leave home to buy tickets for concerts, sporting events, musicals and more.

Would you like to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids?  Let us know in the comments below!

About Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama

Long before the glamorous world of marriage, motherhood and travel blogging, Lyla Gleason had an exciting career as a travel publicist representing hotels and destinations across the globe. She spent her childhood on Long Island and then attended college and grad school in Boston and lived abroad in Rome. Some of her most favorite vacation spots include the Caribbean, India and Turkey. She is currently a downtown NYC mom who can be found chasing after her 6-year-old daughter, cooking dinner, mingling at blogger events and exploring near and far with a camera in hand. She is the author of GlobetrottingMommy.com, a lifestyle blog dedicated to travel, family fun and fabulous finds. Connect with Lyla on Twitter at @travelmommy.

Comments

  1. As a chocoholic, Hershey, Pennsylvania looks like paradise. great guide!

    • Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama says:

      It really is paradise for chocolate lovers! Thanks for reading.

  2. Claudia says:

    Any tour that includes the word ‘chocolate’ is going to be a family travel win in my book.

  3. I don’t know who would be happier: me or the kids. We are great chocolate lovers and it will be difficult to make us leave the park 🙂

  4. This place is on our list. Such a great destination for families!

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