On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:You’ll want to bring your clubs to Hershey if you’re a guest at any of the Hershey Resorts, because the Hershey Golf Collection offers four beautiful courses that exude Pennsylvanian charm. The 7,061-yard par-71 East Course at Hershey Country Club was designed by George Fazio, while the 6,860-yard par -73 West Course at Hershey Country Club overlooks Milton S. Hershey’s former mansion. If you enjoy wildlife and windswept tall grass, try Hershey Links, which overlooks the cityscape. Spring Creek Golf Course is the most affordable of the bunch, but it’s no less accommodating. It was once called the Juvenile Country Club, Spring Creek Golf Course in 1932, when it was originally built, and it continues to welcome young golfers. It’s a great course for those traveling with kids who might want to try their hand at a round of golf.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Start off your day in Hershey at the elegant Circular Dining Room at The Hotel Hershey. At the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, you can munch on yummy classic breakfast dishes like chocolate chip brioche French toast with red raspberry syrup or The Hotel Hershey Benedict with poached eggs on an English muffin, Canadian bacon, spinach and crabmeat hollandaise sauce. Then, for the afternoon, go to either Hersheypark or Hershey Museum, depending on your family’s interest level in theme parks and the time of year. If you’re traveling in the summer, the seasonal theme park is home to a dozen water rides — including a few on the boardwalk — that will cool you off. Hershey Museum, on the other hand, will take you back in time to learn about the famous chocolate-maker, Milton S. Hershey. In addition to exhibits that chronicle the life and work of Hershey, there’s also a Chocolate Lab where you can mold and design your own chocolate. You can buy tickets to a class at the admissions desk. Top off your day with either a trip to Hershey’s Chocolate World to tour the historic Hershey factory or take an Amish horse and buggy ride in the more remote areas surrounding Hershey.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Historic Hershey offers so many things to do — from a buggy ride through farmlands to a tour of the original Hershey’s chocolate factory. With that in mind, we recommend bringing casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes, because it’s likely you’ll be doing a lot of walking around Hershey. If you plan to avoid the crowds and visit in the winter, pack a thick coat, sweaters and other cold-weather gear.
Also, don’t forget to bring a camera. You’ll want to document your cocoa facial masks at the Spa at Hershey and the memories you make at Hersheypark. Beyond that, Hershey is home to many outlet malls and places to buy Hershey’s chocolate memorabilia, so make some extra room in your suitcase as well. You will need space for the massive five-pound chocolate bar for sale in The Hershey's Store.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:If you think that you’ll only come away from Hershey with pounds of chocolate, you’re wrong — memories of cultural experiences are to be had as well. Hershey Theatre was built during the Great Depression by none other than Milton S. Hershey. Today, it serves as a historic place to see modern Broadway shows and rock concerts. Australian pop group Human Nature is one such band. Remember to check the theater’s calendar on their official website for upcoming live shows. Hersheypark Stadium is a different animal, offering 30,000 seats and the likes of U2 and The Who gracing its massive stage. Big-name acts like Nickelback and Dave Matthews Band sell out this stadium whenever they come to town.
Star Pavilion, the stadium’s sister venue, also hosts live musical performances, but it can only hold 8,000 spectators. Last, but not least, there’s Giant Center, which primarily hosts Hershey Bears hockey games and WWE Smackdowns, but it also books popular musical acts like Lady Antebellum.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:There’s a lot to see and do in this chocolate-loving town. According to our Forbes Travel Guide editors, here’s a list of the five best things to see and do in Hershey:
1. Spend a day at Hersheypark. This bustling theme park first opened in 1907, but it’s not the least bit dated. Instead, ride on 12 modern roller coasters, get soaked on water rides and take the kids on some tame carnival rides. Hersheypark has something for everyone, including Hershey’s chocolate treats and plenty of people dressed up like Hershey’s Kisses.
2. Indulge in Spa at Hershey. If you’re lucky enough to stay at The Hotel Hershey, be sure to book treatments at the hotel’s decadent chocolate-themed spa. There, you can get treatments like a chocolate sugar scrub, a whipped coca bath or a caramel kisses pedicure.
3. Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World. To learn everything behind Milton S. Hershey’s legacy, visit Hershey’s Chocolate World. Kids will get a kick out of creating their own desserts and touring the famous chocolate factory where it all began.
4. See a show at The Hershey Theatre. For 75 years, The Hershey Theatre has remained committed to putting on prestigious performances in its intricate 20th century-designed venue. Come see a Broadway show like Mary Poppins and Mamma Mia! or take in a rock performance.
5. Dine at Circular Dining Room. Guests of The Hotel Hershey should make their way to this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, either for the chef’s six-course tasting menu on Friday nights or an a la carte meal anytime of day. For dinner, try dishes like Lancaster county chicken with savory bread pudding, brussel sprouts, cipollini onions and bourbon jus. Or go for Sunday brunch and indulge in The Hotel Hershey’s grand buffet.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:When you book a trip to “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” there are three resorts you should consider, depending on the type of trip you desire: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and Hershey Highmeadow Campground. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel Hershey is the most luxurious. It has 276 rooms, a chocolate spa — you can get slathered in the sweet stuff — and fine-dining restaurants like Trevi 5 and Circular Dining Room. The Hotel Hershey also offers the Woodside Cottages, which feature cottage décor and modern amenities like a fireplace and rainforest showerhead. You’ll want to stick around the property for planned activities like family s’mores night, chocolate bingo, movie nights by the pool and a falcon demonstration. Or, take to the bocce court or hiking trails independently. You won't run out of things to do on or off the property.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:What kid doesn’t love chocolate? The town of Hershey was built around the first Hershey factory, so everything from the entertainment to the dining revolves around the classic chocolate brand. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities to choose from that will both cause and distract from the inevitable chocolate-induced sugar rush. Here’s our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ recommendation for the five best things to do with kids in Hershey:
1. Hersheypark. Theme parks are a kid’s paradise. This one in particular offers 65 rides, tons of games and tasty food options to keep you and your kids busy all day. Check out the boardwalk in the warm summer months. Cool down in the 378,000-gallon wave pool or ride the Roller Soaker, a half-coaster, half-water ride that will leave you soaked and refreshed.
2. Hershey’s Chocolate World. This attraction is devoted to — you guessed it — Hershey’s chocolate. Here, you can pretend you’re a factory worker and package your own milk chocolate, take a trolley tour of Chocolate Town or make your own dessert.
3. ZooAmerica. Located in the Minetown area in Hersheypark, ZooAmerica houses Native American animals ranging from mountain lions to reindeer. Take a break from chocolate to teach your kids about some of the country’s most fascinating creatures.
4. Family entertainment. Venues like Hersheypark Stadium, Star Pavilion, Giant Center and Hershey Theatre regularly host performances that are designed for the whole family, such as Disney’s Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey on ice. Buy your tickets online and prepare yourself for a heavy dose of wonderment.
5. Hershey gardens. When tasting chocolate starts to get old, we recommend rounding up your gang and spending some time in the 23-acre Hershey gardens. In addition to the Butterfly House and rows of precious roses, there’s a Children’s Garden with interactive elements, so your kids can learn more about the plants in Pennsylvania.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:A trip to Hersheypark is within your reach when you visit the park’s official website to purchase tickets. You can either buy a one-day ticket or choose from any of the deals like consecutive day admission, sunset admission or a hotel reservation along with your ticket. By buying your tickets online and printing them at home, you can avoid the long lines at the ticket booth.
Remember that Hersheypark has seasonal hours. From May until September, the park and the water-themed boardwalk are both open on select dates at varying hours. You can explore the park at night in October on select dates, while the park gets decorated for winter holidays in November and December. Needless to say, you should check the park’s calendar on its official website before booking your trip to Hershey.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:You can’t visit Hershey — especially with children — without spending time on the exhilarating rides at the historic Hersheypark. What began in 1907 as a glorified park to host vaudeville performances has blossomed into a major modern theme park with 65 rides, including 12 thrilling roller coasters, 14 wild water rides and family-friendly entertainment galore. The Hersheypark’s boardwalk offers the Roller Soaker, a roller coaster water ride that encourages interaction between the riders and the spectators.
After you’ve gotten your fill of roller coasters and Ferris wheels, head to one of the many venues at the park for a dance show, a musical or everything in between. Hersheypark Amphitheatre, Country Grill and Music Box Way are among the venues at the park where you can catch shows like “Showdown at Cocoa Island,” the tale of a cook protecting his secret ingredient that features sea lions and acrobats. Once you’ve left the show, grab some Hershey treats at Simply Chocolate or some healthy grub at Turkey Hill. After the day is done, you can settle into your room at one of park’s official hotels, such as The Hotel Hershey, and wake up to go to the chocolate spa in the morning.
On May 30, 2012Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:The history of Hershey, Penn., is quite interesting. In 1883, Pennsylvania-bred Milton S. Hershey, who only completed the fourth grade, opened what would become a lucrative business: Lancaster Caramel Company. Following his success with caramels, he began to focus his energy on milk chocolate. What’s known around the world today as Hershey’s chocolate was conceived around 1905 and produced in a massive factory — the biggest of its kind at the time. But it wasn’t enough that Hershey had taken the confectionary industry by storm. In an effort to please his employees, the philanthropic Hershey built a beautiful town around his booming factory during the Great Depression, complete with a school, homes, parks and a public transportation system. Today, visitors from all over flock to Hershey for its resorts, attractions and to indulge in the sweetness that is the classic brand.