Although it feels like summer smacked us in the face already, the "official" start of the summer season is Saturday. For those who are not going to Wizard World Comic Con, the shore, or the Firefly music festival this weekend, don't feel left out. Rather than sitting at home wishing you were doing something, how about considering a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania? Between shopping, beer, and rides, Hershey has something for everyone.
Thrill seekers look no further, Hershey's Amusement Park (100 W Hershey Park Dr.) is a destination just for you. Hair-raising roller coasters, soaking water amusements, and children's rides make up the perfect day for the whole family. Before you go to the park, download the Hershey Park mobile app and find out information on all entertainment the park has to offer.
Take your sweet tooth to the max at Hershey Park's Chocolate World. This interactive zone lets guests create their own special candy bar, take part in a 4D factory mystery game, and learn the rich history of the Hershey chocolate bar and its origins.
In 1937, Milton Hershey requested a garden full of roses and that is just what he got at his fabulous Hershey Gardens (170 Hotel Rd.). With the warm weather in full effect, over 250 varieties of roses are at their peak blooming season. After the garden tour, spread your wings toward the butterfly exhibit and explore the nature of these creatures.
Treat yourself to a fresh pair of summer shorts at Hershey's Tanger Outlets (46 Outlet Sq.), featuring top name brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Taylor, and tons more giving you options for the whole summer season.
Did all that shopping get you thirsty? Drop off your shopping bags and make way towards Troegs Brewery (200 E Hershey Park Dr.) for a sampler tray of their finest brews. If you are interested in how the Mad Elf, Troegenator, and other signature beers are brewed, guided tasting tours are available through reservation.
Motor heads can get a taste of America's automobile past at the AACA Museum (161 Museum Dr.). This exhibit will take you through 80 years of vehicles which impacted the lives of our grandparents, and even us today.
Located close to many of the Hershey attractions is Indian Echo Caverns (368 Middletown Rd.) in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Learn about the rich tradition of the limestone cavern and the types of people, and animals who called this cave home. If you dread the heat, you'll love that the cavern is 52 degrees year around. Bring a sweater!