Hershey’s Chocolate World!

In this post, I review the Trekkers’ visit to the home of Hershey’s chocolate!

A large sidewalk leads to a building that says "Hershey's Chocolate" and has a picture of candy painted on it


Now that the Trekker In-Laws moved to Pennsylvania, I got to check out a place I’ve been wanting to visit for years since I learned about it while researching one of my online, travel-related, writing jobs…Hershey’s Chocolate World!  

A large sidewalk leads to a building that says "Hershey's Chocolate" and has a picture of candy painted on it
Hershey’s Chocolate World!

There are SO MANY things to do at Hershey’s Chocolate World.  You can tour the “chocolate factory”, enjoy chocolatey tastings, there is even a place where you can invent your own chocolate bar, and take a trolley tour!  There is also HersheyPark, which is an amusement park that is adjacent to the factory campus and there is a small zoo on-site!

Large, brown sign reads, "Hershey's Chocolatetown where fun meets chocolate". A roller coaster is in the background
Hershey’s Chocolatetown and Amusement Park

Things to do at Hershey’s Chocolate World

We didn’t see every attraction but I’ll highlight the ones we did enjoy (hopefully we can go back later to try out the rides at HersheyPark 😁 ). 

A view of multiple roller coasters amidst many trees. Green hills and smokestacks are in the background.
You can see all the roller coasters at HersheyPark from this shot I took on our Trolley Tour.

Hershey’s Chocolate Tour

This is the “factory tour” that shows you how Hershey makes their chocolate!  Admittedly, it was a little hokey (it was a slow ride through a mock-up of a factory) but it was fun and FREE!  They even give out free candy at the end! (Rumor has it they used to give out full-sized candy bars, now they are fun-sized.  Gotta love inflation! 😝)

I highly recommend the GIANT soft pretzels at the food court.  They are HUGE and delicious (and come with multiple types of dipping sauces).  Plan on sharing these!  

View of a large, brick building from a parking area, under a blue sky
Hershey Trolley Works

This was one of my favorite attractions that we enjoyed.  It was a very cool tour of the town, that also gave historical info on Milton Hershey’s life.   I had no idea he was such a philanthropist!

He gave millions to help his employees and the local community.  He donated money and land for schools, theaters, and community centers.  He even started a boarding school for underprivileged children that still runs today (at no cost to the families of the kids who attend!)

Large, brick sign at the front of a multi-story, concrete building reads, "Milton Hershey School"

Hershey, Pennsylvania Street Lights

One quirky aspect the town of Hershey is known for is its REALLY unique street lamps!  They look like Hershey’s kisses and they’re found all throughout town!

View through a window of a streetlamp that looks like a Hershey's Chocolate Kiss

View through a window of several streetlamps that look like Hershey's Chocolate Kisses--some are wrapped in foil. A sign on a small building reads, "have a sweet day"

US Route 15!

On this excursion, we enjoyed another drive that was an “old friend” from times past, Route 15 in south-central Pennsylvania.  This road was important to the Trekkers in our earlier years.  We used to take it when we drove from the Trekker In-Laws’ old home in New England back to North Carolina when we lived there.  It was a way to avoid the traffic fiasco known as the Capital Beltway in Washington, D.C. 😝

We hadn’t driven this route in more than 10 years.  I always enjoy going back and seeing places we’ve been in our past.  It is interesting to see how they change and develop over time.

There are Hershey Chocolate Worlds in several other locations in the US and throughout the world but I figure it’s always best to go right to the source, right?  If you’re ever in the area definitely make time to check this place out.  You’ll even get some free chocolate out of the deal!  What could be better than that?! 😁

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2 thoughts on “Hershey’s Chocolate World!”

  1. Oooh so did you make your own chocolate bar in the end!? I would have been very tempted!

    I went to Cadbury’s world near Birmingham in the UK a couple of times when I was a kid. Once, the staff bribed my friend and I with chocolate bunnies if we’d leave (we were the last two people on the tour, and they wanted to go home.) Looking back, I feel bad that we’d kept them waiting, but at the time, we were totally mesmerized by watching the flowing melted chocolate! Oops.

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