As you might imagine – I visit a lot of cities across America each year. But, Hershey, Pennsylvania will ultimately go down as one of my most favorite stops in the time I’ve covered travel and tourism for Bill On The Road.
So, what better way to share my personal experiences in Hershey Pennsylvania than with 3 awesome reasons to visit. Although it's off-season for now, it's never too early to planning your trip!
To say there’s no shortage of Hershey's products here is the understatement of the century. You’ll find everything from a Hershey's Kiss the size of your head to an entire wall of candy machines where you can mix and match your favorite Hershey's brands.
There are t-shirts, mugs, glasses, sandals, hats, key chains and even boxer shorts sporting the logo of your favorite chocolate candy.
The biggest collection of items can be found at the Hershey’s Chocolate World – although the other properties have many of the same items.
2. RAISING THE (CHOCOLATE) BAR
It was great fun designing my own Hershey’s candy bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World. You have several options to choose from of items to add to your milk chocolate bar. During my visit – I could choose from things like pretzel bits and butterscotch pieces. In high-tech fashion, you design your bar on a computer screen in a “chocolate factory” then pull a lever to begin the assembly line which will build your custom product.
Visitors learn the different types of machines that are used in producing a candy bar and will watch from start to finish until your candy bar goes through a cooling process before it’s wrapped.
You can also design a custom candy bar logo that goes on the outside of a special tin you’ll leave with – candy bar nestled inside. It’s a fun process and a great gift idea.
3. RIDICULOUS ROLLER COASTERS
Hersheypark is a top notch theme park and a major draw to town. There are 13 different roller coasters mixed in with a variety of rides, shows and attractions for young and old alike.
The first thing I noticed about the park was how well it’s laid out. On nearly every ride you’re on – you can see other rides and attractions. In fact, as you ride on certain roller coasters – you can already be planning which one you want to ride next because you can see them from so many vantage points.
Since roller coasters are what most visitors love to experience – having 13 of them in one park is pretty impressive. And these aren’t dinky coasters that don’t give you a thrill – most all of them will leave your heart pounding once the ride is over.
One coaster in particular called Skyrush may be the most frightening (ehh exhilarating) thing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been on a lot of roller coasters and none of them have left me with quite the “holy crap” look on my face that this thing did. At its fastest point – the coaster can go over 70 miles per hour. The freak-out factor however comes from the first initial drop – more than 200 feet. You’re obviously secured in your seat but there’s a feeling that you’re actually flying. It was unreal.
Originally titled "10 Sweet Things About Hershey PA.". Check out the entire list at BillOnTheRoad.com
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