We’ve been to Hershey quite a few times since we’ve lived in Pennsylvania. We’ve visited Hersheypark a handful of times, Chocolate World, and the Giant Center for Frozen on Ice.
Last weekend we had a friend staying with us, and we decided to drive down to Hershey to visit some attractions that we hadn’t seen before.
Our first stop was The Chocolate Story. This was a museum dedicated to the life and history of Milton Hershey and the Hershey empire.
We started downstairs learning what it was like to work in the Hershey factory in the early 1900s. We got to train for different jobs, and were then assigned a job and pay once we went through all of our training. I was assigned the job of chocolate wrapper, and I earned $0.10 for every 5 pounds I wrapped. I probably also earned arthritis too….
Charlotte was so excited that she was able to move the heavy bathtub by herself. Girlfriend is STRONG!
The upstairs portion of the museum chronologically took us through the history of the Hershey company and Milton Hershey’s life. The kids were given “I Spy” cards, and had a blast searching for the items throughout the second floor.
Next we visited Hershey Gardens. The gardens sit on 23 acres across the road from Hotel Hershey on a hill overlooking Hersheypark.
Of course our first stop in the gardens had to be the children’s garden and the butterfly house exhibit. This was Trenton and Charlotte’s favorite place. They loved finding all of the butterflies, and were even able to distinguish between moths and butterflies without my help.
We saw so many beautiful flowers throughout the gardens. Trenton and Charlotte loved being able to run in the wide open spaces. And Evelyn was worn out from eating chocolate at the museum…
Charlotte was also really excited that there was a wedding going on in the gardens. Of course, she wanted to crash it, but we stayed far away. We did pass the bride on a walkway before the ceremony though and she was happy about that.
We visited the botanical gardens in Norfolk a few times while we lived in Virginia, and the place was HUGE! We’re talking like – you have to take a tram to get around that place. The children’s garden in Norfolk had tons of play areas and water features.
Hershey Gardens wasn’t near as large, and didn’t have as nice of a children’s garden as Norfolk did, but for its size, Hershey Gardens was really nice.