Hershey, Pennsylvania

Recently, I visited Hershey, Pa with my husband. We were celebrating 17 years of marriage and decided to go away for a few days. I have always wanted to visit Hershey. I don’t know why, but the street lamps shaped like kisses and the smell of chocolate all over the place just intrigued me! Chocolate World is amazing. First thing we did was take the Chocolate tour which is totally free! Your tour begins by going through a hallway that has lots of TVs all showing where the cocoa bean comes from. It is very interesting and I did learn some things. Then, when you get to the end of the line, you actually ride on the cars through a whole factory which visually and verbally describe the whole chocolate making process, we loved it. They even have singing cows everywhere too that really make it cute. Why cows? Well that is one of the main ingredients in Milk Chocolate. At the end of the tour you are even giving a Hershey bar to sample; so even you are bored with the tour, the wonderful candy at the end will make it worth your time! After the free tour, we walked around all the many gift shops that were available. You can buy almost anything Hershey related, from candy, to toys, clothes, key rings, shot glasses, hats, etc. If the prices are too pricey for you, look around for the discounted items, they also have candy discounted in the Factory Shop. We took the trolley ride through the town of Hershey after that. We had 2 young trolley conductors that basically told the story of Milton Hershey and the history of Hershey through song and drama. It was great and they really did a wonderful job holding your attention. My only gripe about the trolley is that we rode with a bunch of either high school or college kids and they made stupid cracks about everything and ruined the songs we were singing. The rules were no talking, and I think it should have been enforced! Other things you could do, but we chose not to were the factory works, this is where you actually make the candy and wrap it yourself, it looked like mostly kids doing this to me, so we didn’t do it. I don’t have to make my candy to enjoy it. 🙂 New for this year is a tasting adventure where you go through and taste an assortment of chocolate. We didn’t do this either. If all this is boring to you, there is always an amusement park. I would have to say that Hershey, Pa is a great place to visit whether you have kids or not. You can spend a little or a lots depending on what you want to do. Milton Hershey was a great man who really has a gracious heart, his school for underprivileged children that is totally free really convinced me of that. If you ever get a chance, visit Hershey! Have a Hershey Bar on me but you keep the calories!


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