Pop Quiz: Do you know where the city of Hershey is? Pennsylvania, of course! Amidst rolling farm country is the corporate headquarters and tour area for the chocolate brand.
We stopped in at Hershey's Chocolate World for a free ride that covers the basics of chocolate-making (with free chocolate samples at the end). If you're in the mood for a little entertainment, you can go to Hershey's Really Big 3D Show ($5.95/adults; $4.95/kids) - very well-done (albeit a tad bit scary for my tenderhearted 2-year-old). They also have a new attraction where guests can create their own candy bar.
Adjacent to Chocolate World is the highly-acclaimed Hersheypark, an amusement park equally well-suited for little ones and daredevils. Our girls laughed like crazy on the Spinning Ladybug and the Ferris Wheel, while Tim & I preferred the fast pace of the wooden coaster. You could easily spend an entire day there from sun-up to twilight (P.S. Don't forget your suits - there's a water park inside the gates too!).
To find out more about the man behind the brand, we strolled through the Hershey Story Museum on Chocolate Avenue. Tim & I left feeling very inspired by Milton Hershey - a man who knew many failures and who gave away his fortune to help others. In fact, he even started a residential school for orphan boys that is still in existence today - although now it reaches children of both genders who have financial and/or social need.
Have you ever been to Hershey, Pennsylvania? What did you like/not like about it?
What is your favorite Hershey's candy? Or - What is your favorite brand of chocolate?
* Special thanks to Hershey Entertainment & Resort for providing passes for area attractions.