We have had some record breaking flooding and road closures to central Pennsylvania these past few months. The rain sent creeks and streams spilling over their banks causing places like Hershey Park to close and evacuate! During this time I saw so many “complaints” that many had traveled to this area and no longer had things to do. There is a good amount of things by Hershey Park to enjoy with your family. I thought perhaps it was time to share some of my families suggestions.
Hershey Park: Yes, as stated above a wonderful place to bring your whole family. While I want to focus on other places to visit in area, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few things about this Park! My first recommendation…go EARLY to beat some of the crowds. This place gets packed by mid afternoon so be vigilant on planning your trip. While this Amusement Park offers rides, shows, water slides, game you name it they also have interactive characters that walk around. My son LOVES meeting them so I had to mention them!!
Zoo America is perfect Things by Hershey Park because it is connected to it! They believe it is their responsibility to protect, promote, and encourage the conservation of wildlife, natural resources, and habitats. Each habitat is well made for every animal they house. We love wandering around and viewing the different species. They also have shows, educational animal viewing (pictured above) plus petting areas for the whole family. Another great benefit, you get FREE admission when you buy Hershey Park tickets!!
Take a trip to the Indian Echo Caverns. After some HOT weather in the area it feels so good to get out of the 🔥 heat & enjoy the 52 degree caves! We visited on a day the humidity was around 99% and temps of 100 degrees. This is a guided tour that lasts a good chunk of time depending on how many questions and stories are told. I would recommend bringing a sweater because it does get chilly towards the end. These caverns are well lite but do have some small spaces to walk through. We wore sneakers and I think that is a good idea because the floor can get slippery due to the water dripping!
Explore Lake Tobias!! I will be honest with you I stumbled on this wildlife park purely by accident. We had nothing planned one day, driving to another destination, when I spotted a sign to this place. It was sprinkling so I thought I should call ahead and see if they were even open. By the time we got to Lake Tobias the sun was out and they were running the Safari buses! My family loved that many of the animals did roam freely and seemed “happy”. I know you can’t ask an animal if it’s happy BUT you can see if they are flourishing in their environment. it might be off the beaten path in the middle of no where BUT….WORTH A TRIP!!!
Hershey gardens. If you stay at the Hershey hotels you might have seen this place as you drive up to check in. I believe you also get FREE admission if you stay in the Hershey Hotels. This place you could spend some time walking around and exploring. I would pick a day that is not to humid to enjoy ( you will be walking in greenhouses and to different gardens). They even have fun kid explorer scavenger hunts!! The butterfly conservatory is also interesting to do. Whenever we see them we have to go through.
Explore the area. I honestly couldn’t believe this caboose (total beauty, right) was tucked away near the Fort Hunter Mansion And Park! My son has a LOVE of all things trains so this was rather exciting. We also found a mini statue of liberty on some rocks, in the middle, of the river we passed! Fort Hunter Mansion And Park is a great educational stop. My family enjoys history so we always try to incorporate that into our trips somehow. While this might not appeal to everyone, I know some of my followers home school. If you do, this place is a great stop on your journey!
Take a ride on the Pride of Susquehanna. This riverboat has a great selection of cruises starting in May and running to October! They have different trips you can take but we enjoyed the 45 minute sight seeing tour. The driver/guide will point out shoreline attractions as you cruise and they also offer drinks and snacks for purchase if you so choose.