Goodbye winter. Hello spring! We’re trading snowflakes for sunshine and leaving behind blizzards for blooms! From sprawling gardens to winding bike paths and from towering coaster hills to 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. 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!
Trade your winter blues for picturesque pops of pink, purple, orange, and green that come to life each spring around the lakes, hills, forests, and parks in our region. The Hershey Harrisburg Adventure Trail offers a variety of outdoor activities and interactive attractions to get everyone moving.
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 22-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.
Soar into spring with fast-paced thrill rides on Comet and Candymonium! Chill out with the sweetest refreshments or take in family-friendly entertainment at Hersheypark®. The park opens April 2, and will operate most weekends in April and May before kicking off its daily summer season hours over Memorial Day weekend. Speaking of summer, two new ride experiences coming this summer will add a pop of color - and flavor! - to the park's skyline. The Jolly Rancher Remix™ reimagines one of the park's coasters by adding a tunnel, unique sensory effects, and a cool new colorway to the track. Mix'd™ Flavored By Jolly Rancher is a family ride featuring spins, lifts, drops, and sweet new views of the park. Check their website for operating hours, tickets, and health & safety guidelines.
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.
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 more than two dozen breweries within a few miles of one another, making it a perfect place to brew-hop. Download our mobile Brew Barons Beer Trail mobile pass, check-in, and win cool prizes. Tastes like a win to us!
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 to fill a rainy day with fun. Learn how HERSHEY’S makes its 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 interactive STEM-inspired activities at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Update your summer style with a shopping trip to the Tanger Outlets at Hershey or unique small businesses like the Midtown Scholar Bookstore or the Crossroads Antique Mall. Rain can’t stop the fun in the Hershey Harrisburg Region!
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