This past weekend we headed to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. We decided to go just a couple of weeks ago. This past Saturday, March 2nd, was the 1 year anniversary of Peter’s Dad’s death. We knew we wanted to spend it with Peter’s sister and her family. We had the most wonderful time and it is EXACTLY how Chris would have wanted us to do it. The cousins absolutely love spending time together, it is really special to watch. We did SO MUCH in less than 24 hours and it was worth the tired eyes on Monday morning. We hit the Milton Hershey muesum, enjoyed a fun dinner at Troegs, made smores at the fire, hit the indoor pool, had a ridiculously amazing chocolate-filled breakfast, enjoyed the Butterfly House then to the Hershey’s Chocolate World…in less than 24 hours!!
Once everyone had arrived on Saturday afternoon, we unloaded our bags and headed to The Hershey Story Museum. Such a great place. It is perfect for adults and kids. The kids absorbed everything there was about Milton and Catherine Hershey and how the chocolate plant came to be in Pennsylvania. But, my personal favorite part (and I think the kids’ too) was the hot chocolate tasting. We tasted tested different chocolate from all over the world. And then, after choosing your favorite, you got a cup. DELICIOUS!!
(A fashion side note – the girls are TOTALLY into wearing athleisure gear right now. They rocked these leggings, shirts and wrap from Target…super cute. // Lilac Leggings // Lilac Shirt // Lilac Wrap //
After taste tasting, we headed to dinner at Troegs Brewing Company and then finished the evening with smores at the fire before heading to spend a couple hours at the indoor pool.
Sunday morning, we got up and headed to breakfast at the hotel. Talk about amazing!!! Once we finished all the “acceptable” chocolate breakfast goodies ;-), we went to The Butterfly House at the Hershey Gardens which is located on the Hershey property. On a warmer day, we could have easily walked to it. Again, I highly recommend!!
Those things up there though, did not need to be seen 😉
The next and last stop was Chocolate World. WOW!! So many fun things to do under one ceiling, including the biggest candy store I have ever seen!! We definitely spent some time taking it all in, then hit the 4D movie which was not only very cool but personalized with the kids names. We also took a ride but I would say the highlight for us all was creating our own chocolate bar, including the wrapper. You decide whether you want milk, dark or white chocolate. Then, do you want pretzels, rice crispies or chocolate chips in it? Then, when it’s done, sprinkles on top or not. So ridiculously cool!!
Before we were able to head in and make our chocolate bars, everyone had to rock aprons, hair nets and the guys, beard nets!!
Let’s just say we will probably be visiting again, soon. As soon as we pulled up to the hotel on Saturday, Shay said “I want to come here for my birthday…no more party” So, there you have it 🙂
Natasha Nicolaides says
Wow what a great place and how awesome these pictures are!! Definitely adding it to my list!!!
Natasha, it’s AWESOME!! Emily and her gang almost every year for Matt and Jack’s birthdays and we had never been. I have no idea why as it’s only 3 hours from us. It was truly great and we’ll be going back soon, hopefully in May.
Gail Rudman says
This trip looked like a lot of fun for the kids and I know I would love it too! We will have to visit sometime soon!
Gail, I highly recommend it!!! Super fun for kids and adults!!
My twin lives down the street from Chocolate World. We go there many times a year and I love it more and more every time. Haven’t checked out the Butterflies yet, but looks really cool. You guys really did squeeze a ton in. Next time you grab a chocolate martini from the Hershey Lodge.
I know, a TON is a short amount of time, but it was worth it! You’re the second person to tell me about the Chocolate martini at the Lodge…that’s a definite next time!!