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Going to Hershey, PA was one of the best family vacations we have taken in a long time!
Now, this was not the first time we went to Hershey. Our last trip was about 5 years ago and at that time my health was not the best so I couldn’t fully enjoy the activities. I had a really bad issue walking with my left side after having my daughter, Hailey. So, I am sure you understand why it was difficult…all the walking.
This time around we wanted to have a special family trip and give Hailey the full Hershey experience. Meaning we wanted to know how Hershey started, we wanted to find out how chocolate was made. Basically the whole history behind it and include some really fun activities too!
We would have gladly stayed longer if possible. We stayed in Hershey Lodge. The stay was so much better than expected. I had originally hoped to stay at the Hershey Hotel only because it is the original hotel. Sadly, it was all booked but I am so happy we decided to stay at Hershey Lodge. They are the best place to enjoy a family vacation if you are staying in the area. The Hershey Lodge has so many fun activities for the little ones plus the adults can relax and be comfortable while they are playing. The best part was the indoor waterpark, Waterworks which is included with your stay.
We choose to stay and explore for a total of three days. We had booked the hotel for two nights and used our check out day as our full day in the park. We fit a lot into our schedule. The first day, we wanted to get settled in our hotel especially after a long drive. That night we were able to wander around the never ending hotel. We actually got lost a few times! Haha! Also, we played mini golf, went to both arcades and spent a few hours at Waterworks.
The second day we woke up well rested and headed to Hershey Gardens. Hershey Gardens is a beautifully crafted 23-acre garden that was built by Milton Hershey for the Hershey community and to honor his wife, Catherine. It also includes a butterfly atrium, children’s garden, 11 themed gardens and so much more. My daughter’s favorite was the butterflies! She was so into it, asking so many in-dept questions. Hailey has been fascinated with all things animals ever since we saved a hurt little groundhog in our neighborhood park. So, seeing her engage was the best. For me, I loved the gardens! The roses were just starting to bloom and it was absolutely stunning. I think, if I recall correctly, they have over 170 types of roses. Not to mention all the other beautiful themed gardens. It was really a sight to see!
After Hershey Gardens, we headed over to The Hershey Story. The Hershey Story is a self guided tour that gives you the inside look as to how Milton Hershey started the chocolate industry. This was one of those must do’s if you want to know the history behind Hershey. Like I was saying before we really wanted to have some sort of learning activity on this trip and I felt like this was the perfect place for that. Not only are you and your little ones learning it also goes with the whole Hershey “theme” trip. They also have some really cool artifacts displayed as you are going through.
After a fun filled day we were still able to have time to grab a bite to eat, play at The Hershey Lodge Waterworks and get lost in the hotel again! Can you tell we like to explore? Lol Oh and I almost forgot! We had a park pre-view meaning the night before your full day at Hershey park you are allowed into the park for 2 1/2 hours starting at 5:30 depending on how late they are open. The park hours are slightly different during the week days. I am also certain this was included with the stay at one of the Hershey hotels.
Our last and final day in Hershey we had our full day at the Hersheypark. We started our day at the boardwalk, their 11 acre waterpark which is included with your full day pass. We went to Shore side of the waterpark then made our way over to the two new waterslides. The Whitecap Racer and Breakers Edge Watercoaster just opened up Memorial Day weekend! We were super excited for this. We did however have a slight hiccup when we first arrived the new watercoaster was still running their test runs but did open later in the day. The Whitecap Racer was super fun though! We climbed so high and went through so many windy tunnels all while trying to race down to beat our challenger at the bottom.
We certainly had a blast during our stay in Hershey Pennsylvania from our stay at The Hershey Lodge to The Hershey Gardens, The Hershey Story, Chocolate World and most definitely the Amusement and Water Park. It was one of those trips where you just hate the idea of going home. I have so much more to put out about our trip over this week mostly because we loved our trip so much I want to share everything and be more indepth on each activity we did while we were there. We also have lots of pictures that will be uploaded throughout the week on our Facebook Page!
I must say Hershey is definitely the sweetest place on earth!
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*The Kitty Crumbles received complimentary tickets in return of our honest opinion. Our opinion was not influenced in any way.