Unwrapping Hershey’s Chocolate World

By Lisa K. Berton

Delight in a velvety smooth chocolate bar in between attractions.  Discover exotic varieties of Hershey's Kisses in a gift shop so large, you'll forget where you told your husband to wait. Give yourself an entire day or an hour if that's the only spare time you have to melt into Hershey's Chocolate World. No matter your change purse, fun, food, and facts await.

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What's free

There's no entrance fee. Parking is complimentary for the first three hours. Hershey's Chocolate Tour, a dark ride, takes guests through an entertaining glimpse into how cacao becomes a Hershey product. The singing cows audio-animatronics are sure to put a smile on your face. Don't miss your free sample after the ride. Browse the gift shop and take family photos in the lobby.

Low-cost options

4D Chocolate Mystery is a cute 30-minute movie with audience participation. Fans of corny jokes and puns will rejoice unless you're Victor Von Sauer. Even if you've seen it before, it won't be the same due to the diverse options made throughout the length of the film. Want to test your taste buds? Try the Chocolate Tasting Experience and see if you can sort out individual flavors, specific sounds and textures. Be sure to follow the steps and don't eat the chocolate until instructed. Hungry visitors will find a large array of baked goods to devour as well as milkshakes, sandwiches, pizza, daily specials, s'mores, coffees, and more. Pick up some souvenirs, Yankee Swap gifts, gargantuan Twizzlers, and every formation of Reese's.

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Under $25

Put on an apron and hairnet, you're going to Create Your Own Candy Bar. Through a series of touch screens, choose your chocolate bar, mix-ins, and topping. Design the packaging as well. Watch your creation travel down the production line. Get out and about with Trolley Works, a non-stop tour sure to turn you into a history buff. Is Hershey really a town? How many Hershey factories have there been? What is Milton Hershey's greatest legacy? Go for a ride to find out. Trolley tours vary by season.

Hershey's Chocolate World offers ticket bundles for those who want to experience multiple attractions. Open year round but with changing hours and holiday closures, it's best to check their schedule.

Address: 101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, PA 17033 Phone: 717-534-4900

Free Time Journal participated in Visit Hershey & Harrisburg Fall Media Days. Attraction tickets were supplied to write this article. Reviews are not affected.

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