Hershey Pennsylvania may not technically be its own city, but that hasn't stopped Hershey PA from becoming one of the top family vacation destinations in the United States. Hershey Pennsylvania is governed by Derry Township, and was actually originally named Derry Church. The name was changed in 1906 after it became clear that the Hershey Chocolate Company was in town to stay, and as many people in town became employed by the Hershey Company.
The themed town of Hershey Pennsylvania is a great place to go for family vacations. Hershey PA was first constructed in the early 20th century, when Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, wanted to demonstrate his success and offer his employees a place to relax with their families. Originally, the park was mostly open space, with a baseball diamond, a carousel and places designated for picnics. As the popularity of the Hershey Chocolate Company increased throughout the nation and as the population of the surrounding area increased, the park was eventually opened to the public for the enjoyment of all.
Today, the theme park within Hershey PA is one the premier places in the Northeast for family vacations Hershey Park and has experienced some major renovations since its original construction. Over 50 rides are found throughout the park, including 11 roller coasters, which are among some of the nation's largest. There are also some more gentle rides for small children, adding to the attraction of a family vacation Hershey Park. Zoo America, located within the park, is another favorite attraction among children and families and features both native animals and animals from around the world.
A family vacation Hershey Park is also popular due to the great golf courses and the luxurious resort found onsite near the park, making Hershey Pennsylvania appealing to both children and adults. The Hershey Lodge, located right near the park, is the most popular place to stay and in addition to its own full golf course features miniature golf, a movie theatre and even tennis courts. The Hotel Hershey is another place to stay and has its own spa.
Something the whole family can enjoy is a tour of Hershey
Park via the Hershey Trolley Tour. The Hershey Trolley
Tour is a trolley, which takes folks on a tour of the
park and the Hershey Museum. Along the way on the Hershey
Trolley Tour, guests will learn about the history of chocolate
and the Hershey Chocolate Company, as well as how all
of the different kinds of chocolate made by Hershey are
mixed, packaged and sent to market. This is a great tour
for chocolate lovers of all ages. The train conductors
also sing and offer information as they guide the trolley.
Rates are around $13 for adults and $6 for children. Packages,
which combine golf with hotels stays or park fees with
hotel stays, are available by booking in advance. Rates
to get into Hershey Park are around $38 for adults (ages
9 and up) and around $22 for children ages 3 to 8. Children
age 2 and under are free.