Chocolatetown, USA, rolls out treats, entertainment and thrilling rides for the visitor with a sweet tooth
Hershey is popularly called "Chocolatetown, USA" or "The Sweetest Place on Earth" and for good reason. Hershey is home to The Hershey Company, which makes the well-known Hershey Bar and Hershey's Kisses as well as the parent company to the H.B. Reese Candy Company, maker of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Milton S. Hershey
The city's legacy rests on the shoulders of Milton S. Hershey, who in 1903 returned to his birthplace with a vision to build the world's first modern chocolate factory. He was not content with the factory alone, however, and took an active role in the community sprouting up around him. He built a "real hometown" complete with schools, shops and "Hershey Park," where his employees and their families could relax. He even started an orphanage and a school, endowing it with his entire fortune. Later, while the nation suffered during the Great Depression, he created many jobs for the town's citizens by building a community center, theater, stadium, arena and a spectacular, European-style grand hotel—the Hotel Hershey.
Mr. Hershey owned not only the chocolate factory, but also many of the town's utilities and businesses, and in 1927 he decided to separate the chocolate manufacturing operations from his other ventures. All of these non-chocolate producing divisions were placed under the name Hershey Estates. Today, these holdings are known as Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.
Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company owns Hersheypark, as well as the nearby Hersheypark Stadium, Giant Center, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Hershey Gardens.
The major tourist attraction is Hersheypark. The park features 11 roller coasters, 9 unique water attractions and a total of 65 rides and attractions, including 20 kiddie rides. The park's summer season runs May through September.
Hersheypark offers Wi-Fi in most areas of the park. A Hersheypark App is available for both iPhone and Android devices.
Hershey's Chocolate World is located just outside the main gate to Hersheypark and is a must-see. A focal point of this attraction is a virtual tour through the life of a cocoa bean from the tropical rainforest to Hershey. Visitors see, feel, hear and smell the transformation from bean to Hershey's chocolate.
Chocolate World also features a 3-D show in which resident chocolate historian Professor D.P. Quigley takes spectators on a magical journey through Hershey's entertaining history. In this stunning, digitally enhanced 3-D animated musical adventure, Hershey's product characters virtually jump off the big screen and come to life with surprising in-theater special effects.
Of course, free samples are available in Chocolate World.
Other Hershey Attractions
ZooAmerica is an 11-acre, walk-through zoo adjacent to Hersheypark. The zoo features more than 200 animals from five regions of North America and is open year round.
For something different, check out The Spa at the Hotel Hershey, affectionately known as the Chocolate Spa, an elegant haven with the unmistakable touch of Hershey flavor. The Spa offers a decadent variety of traditional massages, hydrotherapy, facials, and more. You can indulge in the signature chocolate treatments like the whipped cocoa bath and new cocoa facial, all wrapped in a warm, luxurious tradition inspired by Hershey and his wife, Catherine.
The Giant Center is home to the Hershey Bears, a professional hockey team, and also hosts ice shows, family events and special attractions.
Also in the area is Hershey Highmeadow Campground, a popular stopover for campers. With more than 300 open and shaded sites on 55 acres, Hershey Highmeadow Campground is open year-round and welcomes campers of all kinds – from the family who tents, to RV owners, to those who prefer sleeping in a cabin.
Located in downtown Hershey, the magnificent Hershey Theatre is the area's premier performing arts center, presenting the finest in touring Broadway shows, classical music and dance attractions, and world-renowned entertainers.
Nowhere is a trolley ride more entertaining than in Hershey. Singing trolley conductors dressed in period costumes entertain and inform riders on an enchanting ride through Chocolate town, USA. During the spring and fall, Hershey Trolley Works features its history and chocolate tour, a 60-minute tour with a knowledgeable conductor. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Trolley Adventure is where two actors bring the story of Hershey to life in a uniquely entertaining way. There are also themed trolleys for Halloween in Hershey and Christmas in Hershey.
Hershey boasts four unique golf courses. Whether guests choose the prestigious East Course or West Course at historic Hershey Country Club or the challenging Hershey Links, each layout is distinctive and rewarding in its own right. This trio is complemented by the family-friendly Spring Creek Golf Course, an exceptionally well-crafted nine-hole course that was designed for kids, but is fun for everyone.
NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a regular season game played at Hersheypark Arena in 1962. His effort remains a single-game record.
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