Goodbye winter. Hello spring! You’ve endured months of freezing temperatures, hours of snow shoveling, and a handful of 2-hour delays. Okay, now forget all about that. From blooming gardens and bike paths to towering coaster hills and chocolate treats, we have all the spring activities you need for a refreshing weekend getaway!
Enjoy blooms and butterflies aplenty at the historic Hershey Gardens, situated on a hill overlooking the town of Hershey. Be here in late April/early May to see 25,000 colorful tulips in 50 varieties at peak bloom. Wander around the themed gardens, including a fragrant herb garden and peaceful Japanese Garden. Explore the whimsical Children’s Garden, with hideaways, letter bricks, and a Hoop House where kids can learn about sustainable gardening. Indoors, the tropical Butterfly Atrium houses hundreds of winged wonders who aren’t shy about landing on your shoulder!
Want to spring for an island getaway? We're actually referring to a few hours on City Island in Harrisburg, a budget-friendly family excursion featuring minor league baseball, mini-golf, and boat rides. Enjoy popcorn, peanuts, and ice cream at a Harrisburg Senators game in their unique island ballpark. Putt around the beautifully landscaped course at Water Golf, a fun, yet challenging activity for every skill level. In mid-May, it's all aboard The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, an iconic Harrisburg attraction and one of the last remaining paddlewheel boats of its kind.
It’s time to stretch those legs and get your body moving after hibernation! Warm up on a nature walk around Wildwood Park, a scenic green oasis within the city of Harrisburg. Hike our trails, including a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail, just 20 minutes north of Harrisburg. Pedal around Harrisburg on the Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20-mile urban bike path filled with panoramic city views. Take your adventure underground with a guided walking tour of Indian Echo Caverns, a natural geologic wonder right in our backyard.
Treat yourself to a spring break getaway filled with craft beer flights and brewery tours and wine tastings and vineyard walks. Springtime hops aren’t just for the Easter Bunny! Pennsylvania is a leader in craft beer production, and our area has a dozen breweries within a few miles of one another, making it a perfect place to brew-hop. From IPAs and pilsners to stouts and sours, there’s something for every palate. Sip and sample Pennsylvania wine from our award-winning vineyards and discover your new go-to variety. The wines in the Hershey Harrisburg Region come in every shape and variety, from an oak-aged Chardonnay to a sparkling party wine. You and your friends can enjoy a guided one-on-one tasting during the day or hit up a vineyard in the evening for live music and events.
In true spring fashion, sometimes we see rain showers instead of blue skies. Luckily we have plenty of indoor activities – from museums and chocolate tastings to go-karts and shopping – to fill a rainy day with fun. Learn how Hershey’s makes their famous chocolate, then create some yourself, at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Browse a pristine collection of vintage automobiles, buses, and motorcycles at the Smithsonian-affiliated AACA Museum, Inc. Take a free, guided tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building, filled with history and art. Check out the new, hands-on STEM labs at the Harsco Science Center at the Whitaker Center, with kid-friendly activities in coding, robotics, circuitry, and 3D printing. Children ages 0-5 will enjoy Whitaker’s KidsPlace, a pint-sized activity area with a mini-market, storybook stage, book tree, and more.