Looking to plan a vacation in 2016? Well, Hershey, Pennsylvania is the perfect place for just about any type of vacation you’re looking for. Whether it’s family fun/adventure, a romantic couple’s trip with your partner, or a girlfriends getaway, Hershey, PA has got what you need for a “sweet’ vacation any time of the year! I recently had the opportunity to visit Hershey, PA as part of the Sweet Welcome media event and was able to experience many of the things that Hershey Entertainment and Resorts has to offer. (You can check out my post on “The Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Sweetest Place On Earth During The Holidays” here.) I had an amazing time and I’m looking forward to visiting again. Although there are so MANY reasons to put a visit to Hershey, PA on your calendar this year, I narrowed it down to my top 5:
1. The Accommodations:
With Hershey Lodge, The Hotel Hershey, and Hersheypark Camping Resort available for Guests, you are guaranteed to find a place that suits whatever vacation experience you want or budget level you may have.
Hershey Lodge ~ During my visit I stayed at the Hershey Lodge. Hershey Lodge is absolutely beautiful, the wood beams and stone throughout the Lodge give it a very cozy welcoming feel. There’s an adorable Kids’ Check-In where your little ones can stay and play while Mom and Dad are checking in. The rooms are spacious and decorated with some very unique touches. (like Hershey Kisses on the wallpaper pictured above) The Lodge has a Health and Fitness center, Basketball and Tennis courts, an 18 hole miniature golf course and so much more. This summer Hershey’s Water Works, a huge Indoor Pool Complex will open at Hershey Lodge. Guests will enjoy sliding down a “Twizzlers twists” slides, Reese’s Water Walk, and splashing around in a Zero Entry Pool! It’s going to be a great place for year round fun! There’s also some fantastic dining options at the Lodge; Hershey Grill (order the S’Mores French Toast for breakfast…you won’t regret it!), Lebbie Lebkicher’s, The Bear’s Den, and The Forebay offer a wide variety of menu choices and are all family-friendly!
The Hotel Hershey ~ During my visit I had the chance to see a portion of The Hotel Hershey. The Hotel was built in 1933 and is one of America’s landmark hotels. The minute you arrive you can tell that the Hotel is going to be luxurious. From the beautiful mosaic tile fountain to the magnificent grounds surrounding the Hotel you can see that a lot of thought and care went into each gorgeous detail in this Resort. On the property there’s an 18 hole putting course, Fitness Center, heated outdoor aquatic center, indoor pool, and an outdoor recreation complex. Also at The Hotel Hershey, there are 3 restaurants, a lounge, and a coffee/pastry shop, lots of boutiques to shop in , and The Spa at The Hotel Hershey also known as The Chocolate Spa. (which I will talk about later in this post) I had the chance to dine at The Circular while there and the food and atmosphere are amazing! The circular shape of the restaurant was inspired by Milton Hershey’s desire to not have a single bad seat in the place….and believe me, there’s not. There is a wonderful view of the Hotel grounds no matter where you sit!
Hersheypark Camping Resort ~ If you like camping or “glamping” Hersheypark Camping Resort is for you! You can choose from Deluxe Cabins (pictured above), Log Cabins, or stay at an RV or Tent campsite. Guests have access to a Country Store, two swimming pools and a kiddie pool, an Indoor game room, Horseshoe pits, Basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard courts, Movie nights and much more!
2. Hershey Trolley Works Trolley Tour
Hershey Trolley Works Trolley Tour takes you on a historical tour in the town of Hershey. You’ll hear the story of Milton Hershey and how America’s Sweetest Town came to be. You’ll get to visit the main sites in the town of Hershey…all while enjoying delicious chocolates throughout the tour. The view of Hersheypark from “Welcome to Hershey “hill is stunning and you’ll be fascinated by the story of Milton Hershey. I left the tour wanting to learn more about him and his many philanthropic endeavors.
3. ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
ZooAmerica is a year-round, 11-acre, walk-thru zoo that’s right next to Hersheypark. You’ll have the chance to see & learn about more than 200 animals from five regions of North America. ZooAmerica offers group educational programs and tours as well. I had the chance to go behind the scenes and meet some of the animals. I have to say, it was one of the most awesome experiences I have ever had. The owl I am holding in the picture above is named Mumford and he was rescued by ZooAmerica. I also got the chance to meet a baby American Alligator and feed a bear…yes, I said FEED A BEAR!! ( the bear was inside an enclosure and I was on the outside so it was perfectly safe but still, how cool is that?!!!) I highly recommend a Guided Tour or an Animal Encounter presentation.
4. The Spa at The Hotel Hershey
The Spa at The Hotel Hershey, also known as Chocolate Spa, is one of those places you never want to leave. The Spa has 53 treatments rooms and is famous for it’s signature chocolate treatments but also offers traditional spa treatments as well. I was treated to a “Sweet Feet” pedicure treatment while I was there and it was heaven! The chocolate sugar scrub and the chocolate mask that were part of the pedicure were truly a “treat” in every sense of the word! It was a relaxing and rejuvenating afternoon. I can’t wait to go back and experience some of the other treatments and services the Spa has on their menu. Chocolate Spa is a great place to go for a girlfriend’s getaway or for a romantic getaway or anniversary celebration. You do not have to be a Guest at The Hotel Hershey in order to enjoy the Spa.
With over 70 rides and attractions Hersheypark has something for everyone! It truly is a park for every age and every stage. My family has been visiting Hersheypark since my kids were little. The kiddie area has over 20 rides and was a dream come true for me when I had 3 kids under the age of 5! As my kids have grown they have loved the thrill rides and roller coasters; they can’t wait to ride LaffTrakk, Hersheypark’s newest indoor coaster. I had the chance to ride Laff Trakk during my visit and it was so much fun! Parks admission includes access to all the rides, attractions, entertainment as well as The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, a five acre waterpark inside the boundaries of Hersheypark. Admission also includes entry to ZooAmerica.
There’s so much to see and do in Hershey, PA so starting planning your trip today! It will be SWEET!!!! For more information or to book your stay please visit Hersheypark.com or call 1-800-HERSHEY (437-7439)
Disclosure: **I was provided with complimentary accommodations, meals, and activities to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and my own.**