Hershey Park

Hi friends!

So I HAVE GOT to tell you guys about our mini vacation last week.

We went to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA…which is basically my kids (and my) favorite place to go!

It just so happened that it was my little guy’s 8th birthday, and spending it in Hershey was so extra special.

This post is a little picture-heavy, so bear with me. (Also, if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of these already!)

When we arrived in Hershey we stopped and checked into our hotel (Hershey Lodge) and took the free shuttle over to the park.

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My boys talked about this trip for weeks and couldn’t WAIT!

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Of course I made them pose in front of the cute sign!  (Our older son’s girlfriend joined us for the trip too which was great!)

Also when we arrived we found out it was Christmas in July that week at the park, so they had fun holiday decorations up and holiday music playing as well!

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Like I said, my kids were all about the rides.  The Great Bear was one of our favorites!

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Of course we went on the Speedway where there is no bumping allowed.  Ahem.

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But even beyond the rides there were fun little shops like this…

photo 2(10)With adorable displays…

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And also sweet candy shops where we couldn’t resist trying their peanut butter explosion and cookies and cream fudge!

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There was even a fun ride called the Reese’s Extreme Cup Challenge

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The weather got a little rainy on that first afternoon, but it really wasn’t a huge deal…

photo 1(7)Especially since Hershey Park has a whole water park right inside…

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As we were leaving that evening we decided to hit up my favorite…CHOCOLATE WORLD!

photo 3(3)Where of course we had to get our picture with the Hershey Bar!

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Finally we decided to head back to hotel to swim.

Hershey Lodge has 2 outdoor pools and one indoor…plus they have some really great activities..like miniature golf, S’mores roasts, kids activities and Hershey’s Character appearances!

Here are a few pictures of the inside of the lodge…in the lobby area…

PicMonkey Collage2They put the Christmas tree up for Christmas in July!

There are also some fantastic restaurant options right inside the Lodge as well!

One thing I wished I had a chance to do was visit the Chocolate Spa….next time!

Our room was really nice too…

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And like I said before it was my little guy’s birthday, so there was a sweet gift waiting for him!

The next morning we decided our first stop would be back to Chocolate World to create our own candy bars.

But first grab some coffee at the Cocoa Beanery inside the Lodge!

Where else in the world would have Vanilla Cupcake Coffee?

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Ok, back to Make your own candy bars…

I think it was my kid’s favorite part of the trip!

PicMonkey CollageThey loved designing their own unique candy bar packaging…

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Inside Chocolate World they also have LOADS of bakeries and delicious goodies…

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Plus the hugest candy store ever!

Where I happened to find this…Who knew Jolly Rancher Jello EXISTED?

photo 4(8)The whole place is just a happy place to be…

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After we made our own Candy Bars and shopped a little bit we decided to hit the park!

The weather was fantastic the second day and the lines were short, which is always a bonus!

Hershey Park is really such a clean and pretty place to be! Plus they serve ice cream cones the size of your head…

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And have the most awesome little carts all around selling specialty items like this Chocolate Chip Reese’s Smore sandwich.  I am not kidding when I say it was the size of a hamburger…

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And another shot…

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We really had the best time with our family there.

I can’t WAIT to get back there soon!

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Thanks so much to our friends at Hershey, PA for hosting us!  We made memories that will last a lifetime!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Kaelanimae
Kaelanimae

Was looking at the photos and all the great comments about Hersey, wish me and my family can go there, I’m from Guam. Maybe sometime in the near future. We all love chocolate!!

Burhan Ibrahim

Very nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

ashley - Baker by Nature

Such a cute post! I grew up in PA and my family still resides there so Hershey is very close to my <3!

Must get there before Summer ends!

Lynna

Your family looks so adorable and cute! I love candy since the day I was able to eat candy! I must visit this place!

Katie

I loved reading your post! I grew up 15 minutes outside if Hershey and moved when I was 7. I have so many childhood memories at Hershey!

Cookbook Queen

You guys are the cutest!! I wish I came with you!!

Kristin
Kristin

Very cool to see pics from my neck of the woods. Our family loves Hershey, PA and we’ll be going to Hershey Park next week. I’m definitely ready for another chocolate day!

Monica

Wow! I am so jealous! I’ve been to Hershey Park once when I was a kid, and I just remember that I absolutely loved it! What a lucky duck for celebrating a birthday there! I love your photos, especially the ice cream cones that are the literally the size of your head — literally! (:

Joan
Joan

I remember the chocolate tours. We took the kids up for a two day visit. We got there in mid-afternoon and did the tour. The next morning we visited the park. Late in the day – almost time to leave, one of the kids got separated from us. I was pretty sure where he would be, so I plunked the other one down with her dad (they took another trip on a nearby ride while I was gone) and took the skyride across the park to find him. Sure enough, he was in line for a favorite ride. He got… Read more »

Sara
Sara

I live in Hershey! We stop at Chocolate World every Monday for a bag of their giant chocolate chip cookies. Somehow I only ever get one – the rest of them disappear! You should come back for Candylane!

LisaC

Glad you had a great time! Funny my sister and I brought her daughter who is only 5 there last weekend also; it was a total surprise trip. She was in SHOCK LOVED IT. Friday we did Dutch Wonderland and Saturday Hershey. Hershey World was great but oh was it busy busy. Did you get VIP I noticed when making your choc bars there were no other people in your pictures. Ours was so mobbed and long wait but well worth it. Its just under 2 hours from us so another day trip around the holidays might be in order.… Read more »

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

Oh gosh, how freaking fun! Looks like y’all had a blast. The inner choco-holic in me is kind of freaking out. I need to go there! Thanks for sharing!

Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg

Ah, yes, growing up in PA, we went to Hershey Park pretty often. In grade school we took a field trip there and in those days you walk thru the chocolate factory and there would be large bins of Hershey kisses at the end of the tour, you could just reach in and take as much as you want. It was fun!

Sarah

I had the chance to breeze through Hershey last fall and LOVED it. The park and tours were closed by the time we got there but we had dinner and shopping at the Lodge. I wanted one of everything from the store. We also grabbed that coffee, SO good!

Sandie
Sandie

This looks like a blast. Thanks for sharing all the picks. You have such good looking children. I would love to go there.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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