For many the word “chocolate” can garner distinctly wonderful memories. A mug of hot chocolate sipped during a cold wintry night. A heart shaped box of candy for or from your Valentine. Warm, moist, brownies from mom’s secret recipe. But mention “chocolate bar” and one word comes to mind ~ Hershey.
The Hershey Company is headquartered in the town that bears its name, and where their confections are still made. But if you were to go to Hershey to only experience the chocolate, you would be missing an unbelievable amount of adventures and fun! Let’s take a look at why an RV trip to Hershey Pennsylvania can be about more than just chocolate.
Founding History of Hershey
If you enjoy a rags to riches story and have a love for history, take time during your visit to be inspired by the story behind Hershey Chocolates.
Milton Hershey at thirty years old was a failure. His first confectionery business was in Philadelphia in 1876. The business survived for only six years, before going bankrupt in 1882. His second confectioner shop in New York City, lasted only 3 years, closing in 1886. He moved to Lancaster Pennsylvania, and utilizing a caramel recipe he developed in his previous business ventures, was finally successful. It was the start of his Lancaster Caramel Company that established Milton as a candy maker, and set the stage for what is now known as The Hershey Company.
If you want to know more about this man and how his chocolate empire rose, stop by the The Hershey Story ~ The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. The Museum allows old and young alike to interactively become an apprentice to Milton Hershey.
Participants discover where the key ingredient of chocolate, the cocoa bean, is grown and how the beans are harvested and processed into the world’s most popular candy bar. In the museum, you can learn about Milton Hershey’s family life, his amazing legacy of philanthropy and how he supported and built the town of Hershey PA. Be taken by Milton Hershey’s story and by the life of this uniquely American visionary.
Attractions and Sights
Just want to have fun? Hershey Pennsylvania offers adventurers and thrill seekers a multitude of attractions to enjoy.
- Start your visit with the FREE Hershey Chocolate World Tour. Take this ride through an imaginary factory and learn how milk and cocoa beans are combined to make the chocolate known all over the world. At the end of your journey, get a sample of what’s being made on the factory line that day.
- Get your thrill on riding one of twelve rollercoasters found in Hersheypark. This “disneyesque” amusement park features over seventy rides and has variety shows and other entertainment. You can even get pictures or have a breakfast with the Hershey Product Mascots.
- Enjoy getting thrills on the wet and wild side? Head on over to The Boardwalk at Hersheypark for it’s Coastline Plunge tubes, East Coast Waterworks splash park and the crazy fast Tidal Force flume.
There are plenty of other attractions worth a visit in Hershey Pa.
- Visit the Chocolate Spa, where you can indulge in signature chocolate-themed treatments.
- The botanical beauty of Hershey Gardens overlooks the town of Hershey. These historical gardens feature a breathtaking assortment of flowering annuals, deciduous shrubs and a stately collection of rare trees.
- ZooAmerica features over 200 native North American animals in recreated natural habitats.
- Hit the links and choose from three distinctive greens with a round of Hershey golf.
For these and more attractions click the link here.
Hershey has plenty of opportunities to “shop till you drop.” Some outstanding possibilities include:
- For anything with the Hershey logo on it, there’s no better store than in Hershey World. Get your fill of favorite Hershey candy, or interesting gifts and souvenirs featuring Hershey products.
- For Outlet shopping check the Tanger Outlets at Hershey for major brand discounts.
- The Hershey area also has a variety of antiquing, boutique and consignment shopping to be discovered listed here.
There are plenty of dining experiences to try in Hershey. Here are a few of our favorites:
- If you enjoy eating like a local, or a good local brew. be sure to try Tröegs Brewing Company. Though they call their eatery a “snack bar,” don’t be fooled – this local hotspot offers unique and tempting appetizers to share, and mouthwatering entrees of great locally grown, farm fresh,
- Another great local eatery is the Hershey Pantry. Available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the atmosphere of this restaurant is trendy urban eatery combined with the cozy warmth of a small-town diner.
- Travelers who favorite the comfort of a national chain will find them plentiful and available. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in the area, click here.
Hershey RV Show
If you’re interested in taking the next step, every September, Giant Center in Hershey becomes the site of “America’s Largest RV Show.” Widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier consumer RV shows, it is typically the event at which RV manufacturers will debut new models or features to the public. In addition to RVs on display, the show features over 100 vendors along with seminars for the RVing public, RV dealers, and technicians. Topics featured include training, and service advising clinics, showcasing RVing experts and travel writers to help in planning your next step in the RVing lifestyle. Lean more about the RV Show here.
Campgrounds – Where to Stay
Staying at the official camping resort of Hersheypark has it’s advantages for RVing families. Hersheypark Camping Resort features a free shuttle to the amusement park, and offers the best prices on Hersheypark tickets. There are also discounts to be had for admission to many favorite Hershey area attractions. Other campground possibilities close by can be found here.
Other Destinations Nearby
Hershey Pennsylvania has lots to offer and fun to get involved in. Other Destinations in Pennsylvania worth checking include:
- Heading North to the Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley Region.
- South to the rolling farmland of Lancaster County.
- Point your RV East for Historic Philadelphia and tasty cheesesteaks.
- Travel West to the wilderness of the Allegheny Mountains and the beautiful Raystown Lake.
Whichever way you head though Hershey and the surrounding landscape of Pennsylvania, – it’s better when you take family and friends and go RVing!
Mike Karl guest blogging for Monty’s Musings -The Motorhome Travel Blog – El Monte RV
About Mike Karl – Also known as RoadAbode, Mike is a ten year RVer and writer of all things dealing with the RV Lifestyle. He is a regular contributor to the RV.net and Reddit GoRVing Forums. Serving as a Contributing Advisor for the TripAdvisor website, others can share in his insights into destinations throughout the Eastern United States. His blog “The Adventures and Travels of RoadAbode” relates personal travel experiences with friends and family in RoadAbode, his Class C RV – previously a rental. Other topics include RV updates, and reviews of RV resorts, products and destinations. Go to www.roadabode.us to read more, or contact Mike. Subscribe to the RoadAbode newsletter for a link to a FREE downloadable RVing LifeStyle Cookbook!
Chocolate World By By Paulo Ordoveza from Washington, DC (Chocolate World Uploaded by clusternote) (derivative image) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Milton Hershey By unknown (original image); Centpacrr (derivative image) (Hershey Community Archives (original image)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Boardwalk at Hersheypark [Public domain], via Wikipedia
America’s Largest RV Show Image by Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA)