The Hershey Harrisburg Region in South Central Pennsylvania is best known by many as the birthplace of Milton Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Bar. For others, the region is highlighted by its grand State Capitol that President Teddy Roosevelt deemed "the handsomest building" he'd ever seen. It is a Mid Atlantic destination hub that’s just under 145 kilometers from Baltimore, about 160 kilometers from Philadelphia and 273 kilometers from New York City. Connections to all of our neighboring destinations are made easy with a sprawling Interstate system, rail lines and the convenience of Harrisburg International Airport.
Sweet Family Fun is the Hershey Harrisburg Region's most salient theme, with one of the nation's best theme parks anchoring the experience. Hersheypark®'s coasters and Kissing Tower, and smokestacks from the original chocolate factory paint the Hershey skyline. The City of Harrisburg is less than 15 miles away and is full of offerings from the arts to minor league baseball to museums and cool shows at the best events venues in the region.
For couples or other adult getaways, there is an Urban Eclectic vibe that is growing even as you read this. The Harrisburg region is bursting with new restaurants and collaborative arts initiatives that stand alongside old favorites that remain cornerstones of the city experience. From farm-to table to small plates and Sunday brunch; from fine steakhouse dining to wine bars to whiskey bars, a visit here is always capped with great food and atmosphere.
The Susquehanna River, lush Vineyards and renowned Appalachian Trail create a Great Outdoors setting fit for any adventure. The region’s beauty reflects off of the river as kayakers paddle past historic mansions or walk through nature centers teeming with beautiful native wildlife.
Summertime is the region’s most active tourism season, where guests are welcomed with the sights and sounds of classic summer fun. There is the unmistakable sound of speeding coasters along with gorgeous vistas of the slow and steady Susquehanna River. You have flower gardens. You have beer gardens. It’s a place where our chefs, business owners and tour guides are anxious to greet you, serve you and share the stories of the great region that they call home.
Hersheypark® is a marquee attraction that hosts millions of amusement park lovers each year. Thirteen coasters, dozens of family rides, live entertainment and a waterpark provide the perfect setting for those endless summer days. But it’s not just the park that makes Hershey a must-visit destination. In a town lined with Hershey®’s Kiss®-topped street lights, the inspiring, entrepreneurial story of Milton Hershey is told in many unique ways.
You can buy Hershey®’s Chocolate in any store, but the only place that you can make your own candy bar, work in the “Kiss Factory” and soak in the entire chocolate-making experience is Hershey®’s Chocolate World® Attraction - situated right near the gates to Hersheypark.
An amusement park may anchor the regional attractions list, don’t mistake Hershey or neighboring Harrisburg as a “kids only” zone for summer or any other season. Mr. Hershey built a luxurious Four Diamond hotel that boasts award-winning, chocolate-infused dining and an unparalleled spa experience. One of Mr. Hershey’s many legacies is Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre botanical treasure that Hershey first envisioned as “a nice garden of roses” for his wife Kitty. (Kit Kat anyone?)
Harrisburg’s downtown is a great escape for food, theatre and cool-find stores. The restaurant and business district buzzes on warm nights when outdoor and rooftop dining spots are the place to be.