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About the Region

Hersheypark Boardwalk added in 2007

Fun Facts

  • 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Harrisburg as the state capital of Pennsylvania.
  • The Appalachian Trail curves throughout the Hershey Harrisburg region; its halfway point is located in nearby Pine Grove Furnace.
  • In 2007, HERSHEYPARK® celebrated its 100th Anniversary and opened a new Boardwalk attraction that features more than four acres of water play experiences.
  • Upon viewing the Harrisburg Capitol building in 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt described it as “the handsomest building I ever saw.”
  • More than 100,000 people take a free tour of the Harrisburg Capitol Building every year.
  • The Hoverter & Sholl Box Huckleberry Natural Area near New Bloomfield, Perry County, is home to 1,300-year-old box huckleberry. 
  • Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park is considered to be the most scenic inland waterfront in the nation.
  • The National Civil War Museum®, Harrisburg, is the nation’s largest museum portraying the entire Civil War, from beginning to end, without bias to Union or Confederate causes.
  • Before he made it big with chocolate, Milton Hershey had a successful caramel candy-making company.
  • The streetlights in Hershey are shaped like the famous HERSHEY®’S KISSES.
  • More than 80 million HERSHEY®’S KISSES are made every day at chocolate factories in Hershey, California, and Virginia.
  • Towns throughout the Hershey Harrisburg region host their own New Year’s Eve “drop” celebrations. Harrisburg drops a strawberry in honor of its Strawberry Square shopping area; Hershey drops a HERSHEY®’S KISS!
  • The Hershey Country Club hosted the PGA Championship in 1940 and the LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Tournament for almost 20 years.
  • In 2006, the Hershey Bears hockey team won the coveted Calder Cup.
  • The Hershey Harrisburg region is home to more than a dozen covered bridges, many of which are located in picturesque Perry County.