Our Hershey Vacation

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If you follow along with me on social media you probably saw some of my pics from our Hershey Trip. We had so much fun! I had never been there so it was a thrill for me as well as the kids. We set aside two days thinking that would be enough and any longer the kids would be bored, but we were wrong and definitely could have used an extra day.

First we hit Chocolate World … We took the tour through the simulated Hershey Factory and learned all about how the cocoa beans make their journey to become a chocolate bar. My little one loved that it was a ride-through tour and kept saying he wanted to go back on the “train”. Then, thanks to some complimentary passes from the wonderful folks at Chocolate World we were able to take in their 4D Great Chocolate Factory Mystery, which was very, very cool! I had never experienced a 4D movie before.

Then we were off to make our own treats. My older girls did the Create Your Own Candy Bar feature. They got to choose their own ingredients, design their own wrappers, and watch as their candy bars went through the whole creation process. This was hands down their favorite part of Chocolate World! While they were busy making their bars, we kept little man busy in the Dessert Creation Studio. He was given an art palette plate and got to pick out some toppings to use to decorate a cookie. Very cute idea! I am planning to buy some stuff to do this at home too.

Hershey Chocolate World

By the time we were done at Chocolate World, little man was exhausted and in great need of a nap, so we called it a day and headed back to our hotel so he and daddy could rest and the girls and I could take off to the shopping outlets they were eyeing up on our way into town.


The next morning we were up and out to Hersheypark bright and early. It was so, so hot! We only went on a few rides and then headed right for the waterpark area to cool down.  Even then, with the heat and the lines for the waterpark rides, it really was just too hot to enjoy the park and even the kids didn’t want to stay long and were ready to go back and play in the pool at our hotel.  But first we had to, had to, had to hit ZooAmerica because it was all my little one had been talking about the whole time. And I am happy we did because we got to see some really unique animals that I hadn’t seen before.  We especially loved their Great Southwest area and got a kick out of the burrowing owls. Did you know that some owls burrowed?! My son’s favorite part was the watching the ocelots. I had a hard time getting good pictures of the animals through the gated enclosures but I did manage to get a clear shot of a black bear and an elk.


All in all, we had a great trip! We are already discussing plans for next year (hopefully at a cooler time of year!). There was a lot more to do in the area and in the park itself than we originally thought. We were also very pleasantly surprised with the number of really good places to eat we found. Our two favorites were Tröegs Brewery and the Chocolate Avenue Grill (the Noah Sandwich is a must!).

And of course I finished the trip off with a little hooky creation … like my little crocheted kiss? And yes, of course I will share the pattern with you all! Coming soon …

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6 Responses to Our Hershey Vacation

  1. Mrs.C July 24, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Oh Hershey Park! One of my favorite places on earth!!! Went there as a child myself and it became our go to family vacation for many years when my kids were younger! We would take 3-4 days and stay at Hershey High Meadow Campground down the street from the park. They free shuttle to and from the park at the campground. So many great memories! 🙂

    • Kara July 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      I have to look into that campground … we love to camp!

      • Mrs,C July 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

        Definitely check it out! The prices were always reasonable because we would tent camp. They fill up fast so I would always book a trip for August in March/April !

  2. Preeti July 24, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    Wow!! That’s definitely a perfect place for kids to enjoy!! Your crocheted kiss looks perfect!! Waiting to see more chocolate crochet 🙂

    • Kara July 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

      It was a lot of fun 🙂

  3. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet July 29, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    The kiss is darling! Such a sweet way to remember your family trip! I have fond memories of visiting Chocolate World as a child…although I don’t think that we could create our own candy bars back in the day. What a cool idea! I really enjoyed seeing your family pics on instagram and following along in the fun, Kara. Hope we can get back to Hershey Park someday!

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