Family Fun

Family Fun

The Hershey Harrisburg Region has year-round family fun and some of the best kid attractions in PA. Days last forever with thrill-seeking adventures and evenings are filled with fantastic food and desserts. S’mores anyone? From a trolley ride in Hershey to a safari ride at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, you're just a short ride away from family fun!

Halloween in Hershey

Take a weekend getaway filled with sweetly spooky fall fun including 50+ rides and roller coasters at Hersheypark In The DarkSM and a flashlight tour of ZooAmerica® during Creatures of the Night®. Trick or treat with life-size candy bars at the Trick or Treat Adventure through Hershey Hallow in Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction and into Treatville in Hersheypark®. Parents can pick up their season’s supply of chocolate at Hershey’s Largest Candy Store inside Chocolate World. Maybe you turn your porch light out this year!

Downtown Hershey hosts Choctoberfest, a family-friendly street festival filled with food, vendors, children’s activities, and of course, chocolate! Check out our fall festivals and activities in Hershey and Harrisburg for more ideas!

Hersheypark in the Dark kids in costumes

Family pumpkin picking

Farm Fun

There’s nothing more “fall” than a walk through a pumpkin patch! Local farms like Strites Orchard invite families to pick plump pumpkins and fill a basket of apples. Shop for peak-of-freshness produce at our farmers markets like Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market, the oldest continuously operating market house in the country.

Fill a fall day with farming activities at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, just south of Hershey in Ronks, Pa. Take a hayride, let the kids play in a pile of corn, build with giant Lincoln Logs, learn about farm life, and more. Their most popular attracting is their a-maize-ing five-acre corn maze, the most dynamic and interactive corn maze in the world!

Open-Air Adventure

The crisp air is ideal for outdoor autumn activities! Fall is the perfect time to take a safari tour at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. The animals are most active in cooler temperatures and you’ll get 360° views of the colorful fall foliage. You might associate boat rides with summer, but The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat runs weekend voyages and dinner cruises through October.

Immerse your family in a forest of colors with a short hike in one of our state forests or hiking trails! Little Buffalo State Park has 8 miles of trails including quick and easy ADA accessible trails. Find a little tranquility near the city at Wildwood Park, a nature preserve with 8 paved, primitive, or boardwalk trails. Stop by the Olewine Nature Center to browse their educational exhibits about conservation and Pennsylvania wildlife.

Little Buffalo

PA State Capital Tour

Free Things to Do This Fall

No tricks, just free treats! There’s no charge to take the Chocolate Tour Ride at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Learn how they make their famous chocolate, from cocoa bean to wrapped candy bar. Explore the beautiful State Capitol in Harrisburg on a free guided or self-guided tour, including a stop at the interactive Welcome Center. Cozy up with a book at Midtown Scholar Bookstore & Café. Among their collection of new, used, and rare texts, their kid’s section includes books for every age with tables and cushions to kick back and read.


Family Events

September 17

Peppa Pig Live

September 20