Want a Sweet Day Trip? Visit Hershey, PA!

April 7, 2014

Hershey, PA, most famous for its chocolate-themed attractions and ties to chocolatier and philanthropist Milton Hershey, is any easy 29 mile drive from the Historic Smithton Inn. That makes it a PERFECT day trip destination! I love helping my guests tailor their day trip itineraries to their specific
interests. To help you get the most out of your day in Hershey, here’s a list of  just a few things to do and see while you’re there:

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Whether you’re a history buff or chocolate lover or both, you won’t want to miss out on this Hershey attraction. With a tour/ride, 4D movie experience, hands-on attractions, food, and shopping, Hershey’s Chocolate world offers a lot of variety and a ton of fun. Visit their website for hours, ticket info, and other information. Note that admission to the Hershey Great American Tour Ride is free, but other attractions require purchase of a ticket.

Hershey Gardens 

With beautiful botanicals and even a butterfly garden, Hershey Gardens is a sight to behold. You’ll find 23 acres of roses, other flowers and shrubs, and a collection of rare trees. Plus, the gardens offer activities for visitors of all ages including a hands-on children’s garden. Visit their website for ticket information, what’s in bloom, and directions.


You’ve probably heard the line, “Hersheypark happy.” After you visit this amusement park, you’ll discover there’s no way to be anything but happy while you’re there! If you go to Hersheypark, anticipate spending your entire day there exploring roller coasters, water rides, kiddie rides, shows, food, and other attractions. The summer season starts in full swing on May 9 and continues through September 1. Days and hours in spring, fall, and winter are limited to select weekends. Check out their website for details about tickets, hours of operation, and more.

Antique Automobile Club of America Museum 

A must-see for all fans of classic cars, the AACA Museum has exhibits with vintage automobiles from eight decades of travel. Among the galleries are automobiles formerly owned by celebrities including Betty White and the late Whitney Houston. The museum displays a permanent collection and then also features limited-time special theme exhibits. Stop by their website for information about hours, tickets, and what’s new there.

The Hershey Story 

Want the story of how the town synonymous with the “Great American Chocolate Bar” came to be? If yes, definitely make time to visit this attraction! It will guide you through the life of Milton S. Hershey. And it shares how this great American entrepreneur built a business and a community, and used the fruits of his labor to enrich the lives of others. It’s a fascinating story! For more information, visit their website.

Shopping and Eating

Hershey also has some primo places to get some “retail therapy.” You’ll find the Tanger Outlets there and many unique shops in the downtown district, too. And you’ll discover an ample assortment of restaurants (from seafood to delis to pubs to pasta, and more) in town when you’re ready to satisfy your appetite and refuel during your day trip.

For more information about all things Hershey, check out the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau website.

Ready to make a day of it in Hershey? Enjoy!

By Rebecca Gallagher