Venturing into The Hershey Gardens & The Hershey Story

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We enjoyed visiting The Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story.

On our first full day in Hershey Pennsylvania we wanted to do some “themed” activities. We knew we shouldn’t drain all our energy since we were going to Hersheypark later on that night and the following day!


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-depth 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! I would love to just have one of these beautiful gardens in my back yard with some kid friendly add-ins.

We decided to go to The Hershey Gardens early in the morning they open at 9AM. I am so glad we did this because by the afternoon it was so hot! Something we didn’t do that I suggest is start outdoors and then do the butterflies before heading out. This way you are able to have more time in the gardens. Since the afternoon was really starting to heat up we decided to head 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. We always try to have some sort of learning activity on trips and I felt like this was the perfect place for that. Not only are you and your little ones learning but it also goes with the whole Hershey “theme” trip.

They have some really cool artifacts displayed as you are going through including old containers, packaging, clothing and many others. We thought it was neat seeing the original machine Hershey Milton used to mold and package Hershey Kisses. This was an intriguing tour and afterwards you can get a snack in their café before heading out.

*The Kitty Crumbles received complimentary tickets in return of our honest opinion. Our opinion was not influenced in any way.

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