There’s no need to hibernate through a cold winter! Make plans to visit a museum, see a play, and make time for yourself. (That was one of your resolutions, right??) There are lots of things to do in Hershey and Harrisburg during winter. Pull on a coat and we’ll see you soon!

Explore Museums

PA State Museum family looking at antique car

Every day is a good day to learn! Guests of all ages can explore The State Museum of Pennsylvania to learn about the Keystone State. You know the chocolate bar, but do you know the incredible story about Milton Hershey’s great building campaign during the depression and his commitment to underserved youth? You’ll find those stories and more about Mr. Hershey at The Hershey Story Museum.  

For more museum ideas, check out our Hershey Harrisburg Museum Guide.

Curtain Calls

Theatre is always in season, but winter is a great time to warm up with laughter and music from Broadway shows, see a live comic, or grab tickets to your favorite band. Stay up to date on big time acts coming to stages across Hershey and Harrisburg by browsing our Events Calendar.

Family at Popcorn Hat Players show

Outdoor Adventure

ZooAmerica River Otter

Lace up you best boots and dig out the new scarf you got as a holiday gift. Snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an outdoor activity. Hike through Dauphin County’s Wildwood or Detweiler parks. Check out the Adventure Trail for paths and trails to access year-round. (Always use caution and follow trail rules in snowy and icy conditions!)

Feeling wild this winter? Visit ZooAmerica in Hershey to see animals like snowy owls, grey wolves, and river otters. The bears might be hibernating, but lots of our furry and feathered friends are perfectly suited to play in the snow!  

Celebrate an Anniversary

Say “Cheers to 50 years” with a toast of hot cocoa! Hershey’s Chocolate World celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023. Stop in to savor all the sweet activities like making your own candy bar and stuffing your own Reese’s Cup!  There’s nothing blue about winter at Chocolate World – except maybe a tasty Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher! 

Chocolate World Hot Cocoa

Take a Break

B&B fireplace & Coffee

The holiday season can make a whirlwind out of November and December. Now’s the time to relax and recharge by taking some time for yourself. Whether you’re traveling solo or planning with a special someone, reserve a cozy B&B or reserve a hotel room for a night (or two!) to enjoy some time away. You deserve it!

Traveler Tip: Don't let winter freeze your plans! Download the 511PA Mobile App to see traffic conditions & receive weather alerts.


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