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Family Activities in Hershey, PA

Family Activities in Hershey PA

There’s a good chance you’re interested in Hershey because you’re a chocolate lover or an amusement park fan! Explore all the family activities in Hershey, PA, including interactive museums, the town’s sweet history, best kids’ menus and places to find souvenirs!

Interactive Indoor Attractions in Hershey, PA

Beat the heat or escape the cold at these year-round indoor attractions in Hershey, PA. Enjoy all the sweet family fun at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction including a free chocolate tour ride that shows how chocolate is made. You also can Create Your Own Candy Bar and experience an immersive chocolate tasting with Hershey’s Unwrapped. There’s no better place to shop for chocolate souvenirs for the kids, namely Hershey’s Characters plush toys, t-shirts, and giant candy bars!

The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue presents the inspiring history of Milton S. Hershey using interactive exhibits, short films, and historical artifacts, making it an attraction the whole family can enjoy! Escape Room Hershey invites families to puzzle through their themed rooms including Wacky Candy Factory and Wizard’s Laboratory! You’ll have 1 hour to use your wits, work together, and connect clues to unlock the door.

 

The Hershey Story

Hershey Museums & History

Bring home some fun facts about Hershey after a visit to these historical attractions. Boarding at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction, Hershey Trolley Works takes visitors on a 45- or 75-minute trolley ride around the town of Hershey. Your expert tour guide shares the town’s history in a family-friendly and hilarious way, plus a few chocolate samples! Go even further back before the town of Hershey was founded to discover the history of this region’s first settlers at the Hershey-Derry Historical Society & History Museum. Kids can engage in imaginative play in the Discovery Room, set up like an 1830s general store and homestead. Ice hockey fans can browse the largest public collection of Hershey Bears® history and memorabilia.

Atop the hill overlooking Hersheypark Drive, the Pennsylvania State Police Museum tells the story of one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement organizations. Their collection includes archival documents, photographs, uniforms, firearms, police cruisers, motorcycles, and evidence from some of Pennsylvania most notorious criminal cases. Car lovers young and old can marvel at the impressive collection of antique automobiles, collector cars, buses, and motorcycles at AACA Museum, Inc. This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Tucker Automobiles and artifacts, as well as the nation’s largest display of vintage buses found under one roof!


Outdoor Activities in Hershey, PA

We probably don’t need to tell you that Hersheypark® is our region’s most popular family attraction! With rides and activities for everyone in the family, one-price admission includes more than 70 rides including 14 coasters, an 11-acre water park, and the year-round ZooAmerica® North American Wildlife Park. To help make the most of your trip, we’ve put together some insider tips, including discounts and best times to visit.

Have the kids put their allowance money on the line with some family competition at Adventure Sports in Hershey! Race go-karts, splash on the bumper boats, play a round of mini-golf, and celebrate with some ice cream. Slow things down a bit with a stroll through Hershey Gardens, 23 acres of botanical beauty featuring tulips in the spring, roses in early summer, and thousands of perennials, trees, herbs, and more! Inside their Butterfly Atrium, the family can walk among hundreds of tropical butterflies who aren’t afraid to land on your shoulder to say hello!

Hershey Gardens

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Hershey

From epic kids menus to sweet after-dinner treats, there’s no shortage of kid-friendly restaurants in Hershey! The new Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Downtown Hershey has one of the area’s biggest children’s menus with more than a dozen main options plus hot and cold sides to satisfy the pickiest half-pints. Fenicci’s of Hershey is a downtown Hershey tradition for generations of families looking for comforting and hearty Italian food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Choose a shareable pie (like their famous Upside Down pizza), classic entrees like spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna, or upscale seafood entrees. Enjoy a quick breakfast or lunch at Phillip Arthur’s Café, whose menu includes sandwiches, pizza, and old-fashioned ice cream. Immerse the family in Hershey Bears® ice hockey at The Bears’ DenSM, a casual restaurant styled to resemble a hockey arena!


Shops for Kids

If you’ve got some extra time in town, we recommend these sweet shops for kids filled with toys, sweets, and more! Among the 60+ stores at Tanger Outlets Hershey families love to frequent American Girl, Carter’s Babies and Kids, Claire’s, Disney Outlet, Janie & Jack, Justice, and The Children’s Place. Toys on the Square in Hummelstown carries thousands of products from the smallest marble to the largest stuffed giraffe. The shop specializes in screen-free toys, books, and games, perfect for kids who need a little digital downtime. If your kids love chocolate (of course they do!) stop by Chocolates by Tina Marie, a sweet candy shop filled with artisan chocolates and homemade goodies.

Toys on the Square