Bring your sweet tooth to a chocolate-flavored wonderland
Are you a chocoholic? Then you need to make a trip to Hershey in southeastern Pennsylvania, 15 miles east of the state capital of Harrisburg.
The town’s history is closely tied to Milton S. Hershey, who developed the namesake chocolate company here in the early 1900s. As the chocolate factory grew, the town was built up around it. Today, the community’s street names and attractions tell the colorful story of the company’s rise to prominence.
After arriving in town, drive down Chocolate Avenue and keep your eyes peeled for Cocoa Avenue — the two streets form a junction known as the Chocolate Crossroads (yes, these are real street names). Once there, you’ll see streetlights that look like Hershey’s Kisses. You’re in the heart of Hershey.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Make your first stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World, an elaborate theme park dedicated to the town’s main industry. You’ll be welcomed by colorful chocolate characters that resemble Krackel Bars, Hershey’s Bars and little Hershey’s Kisses. Take Hershey’s Chocolate Tour, and along the way, you’ll get to see how Hershey transforms cocoa beans into the amazingly delicious chocolate treat that is loved by millions.
Hersheypark: Company Town Treat
Now for some real thrills. Step out of Chocolate World and into Hersheypark, right next door. Hersheypark has delighted visitors since 1907, when it was built for the employees of the chocolate factory. Of course, the park has grown a bit since then. Today, the park boasts 11 roller coasters. The oldest, named the Comet, is a wooden coaster built in 1946.
On the other side of Hersheypark, you can get back to nature by visiting ZooAmerica, a wildlife park devoted to North American wildlife.
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Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development