I was invited by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts to attend the Sweet Welcome Event. All of my expenses were paid, but I promise all opinions are my own.
Are you looking to plan a girl’s weekend? Hershey, PA offers numerous options for visiting guests and makes the perfect destination for this fun weekend away with your girlfriends. There are a variety of activities and places to visit as well as places to relax during your trip.
How to Plan the Perfect Girls Weekend in Hershey Pennsylvania
When to Visit
The Sweetest Place on Earth hosts a month-long celebration in honor of all things chocolate. They believe that Chocolate makes the world go round and it deserves to be commemorated accordingly. Events include chocolate-inspired dinners, food & spirit packages, dessert buffets, truffle-making classes, decadent spa treatments and more.
Enjoy 7 days of delicious deals on menus filled with $20 2-course lunches and $35 2-course dinners! Visit a different restaurant each day for distinctive meals, quality service, and sweet touches of Hershey hospitality.
The Wine & Food Festival is usually held in the Fall and is perfect for a girl’s weekend away and includes numerous activities like comedy shows, a session on winemaking, wine & cheese tastings, dinners, entertainment, etc. There is a cost associated with each activity.
This race provides runners the unique opportunity to run through Hershey and past many attractions including Farenheit, Wildcar and Skyrush. This event is usually held in the Spring timeframe and benefits numerous charities in the Central Pennsylvania.
This Half Marathon benefits Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and is held in the October timeframe each year. This is a 13.1 mile tour of Hershey, PA with several memorable locations along the way including Hersheypark, Milton Hershey school, Chocolate Avenue and more.
I’ve never been to any of these events but I am excited to check out a few. They’ve been recommended to me by some of the locals and they truly enjoy them.
Where to Stay
The official resorts of Hersheypark offer the ultimate Hersheypark experience with exclusive packages and activities and the best prices on Hersheypark tickets. As a resort guest, you’ll receive VIP benefits including complimentary shuttle service to Hersheypark, Sweet Start (1-hour early access) to select rides and attractions at Hersheypark, complimentary admission for guests of The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience (preferred pricing available for guests of Hersheypark Camping Resort), and other exclusive perks.
Opened in 1933 and defines service, luxury and elegance without pretense. This property features Mediterranean design and offers panoramic vistas, state-of-the-art amenities, and The Spa at Hotel Hershey. The hotel offers stunning views and majestic formal gardens, fountains, reflecting pools and terraces. This hotel offers 276 deluxe guest rooms including 48 premium cottage rooms. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools; sports complex; 18-hole all grass putting course; disc-golf; fitness center and more.
Here’s a little tour of the lobby!
Full service resort with 665 guest rooms, including 15 suites. Each guest room features chocolate-themed décor and artwork. Guests can enjoy recreational activities including swimming, working out in the fitness center, playing a round of miniature golf or a game of basketball. You can also enjoy year-round good splashing good times at Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge.
This is a 30,000-square-foot indoor pool complex that includes Twizzler’s Twists water slides, a Reese’s Water Walk adventure, a zero-entry pool, sandcastle spray zone, lighthouse tipping bucket, splash pad, basketball hoops and more.
The Hershey Lodge is a wonderful, family-friendly resort with an amazing indoor pool complex that provides fun and entertainment for the entire family. There are also numerous restaurants (some highlighted below) that are fantastic for a family night or even a date night!!
This camping resort features more than 300 sites, including 46 cabins (log and deluxe) with amenities ranging from rustic to deluxe (indoor plumbing, showers, heat/air conditioning, refrigerator, microwave, etc.), basic sites and RV sites featuring partial to full hook up (electric, water, sewer, cable TV).
You’ll receive exclusive VIP benefits including the best prices on Hersheypark tickets and shuttle service to Hersheypark. During the summer and fall, guests will enjoy activities such as movie nights, and live entertainment. Plus, there is plenty to do with playgrounds, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard courts and more.
Where to Eat
Hershey Resorts offer the largest and most deliciously diverse selection of restaurants in Central Pennsylvania. They have award-winning four-star cuisine and fun-filled family options as well as everything in between. As you would expect, their signature chocolate items include extravagant chocolate desserts, delicious chocolate martinis and so much more. Visit HERE for more details.
This flagship restaurant is located in The Hotel Hershey and features the fresh, new flavors of an iconic American dining experience, reimagined. The menu and ambience provide a versatility of dining experiences.
Opening May 11, 2017, this restaurant is located in the lobby of Hershey Lodge. Fire & Grain will serve an innovative breakfast and dinner menu of completely re-mastered comfort food featuring appetizers, entrees, drinks and desserts.
You will dine in an engaging, energetic atmosphere complete with a full-service bar and gathering tables. Check out this video about making their S’mores Jar!!
Come together at Cocoa Beanery for a chance to recap and relax from all your exploring in Hershey, PA! Share everything from a cup of rich coffee, seasonal smoothies and beverages, to a tasty slice of pie or a delicious sandwich – located in a renovated farmhouse – and rest up to make even more sweet moments in Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth.
Located at The Hotel Hershey, Harvest is a farm to table restaurant that offers a fresh take on American cuisine perfect for the whole family. The menu features fresh seasonal fare and a variety of beverages including micro-brews, cocktails, and an American wine list. Attire is resort casual.
This restaurant located at Hershey Lodge features seasonal menu with a fresh focus on culinary details and creative flavor combinations. Hershey Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and features house-made sauces and specialties. Attire is resort casual.
What to Do
This is also known as The Chocolate Spa that offers everything from traditional to chocolate and Cuban-inspired treatments. This spa is a three-story 30,000-square-foot European-style spa overlooking The Hotel’s formal gardens and reflecting pools. The Spa at Hotel Hershey provides more than 64,000 spa treatments per year. The spa is famous for its signature chocolate treatments but also offers traditional spa treatments.
121 acre themepark that is among the most respected in the amusement park industry. It is home to more than 70 rides and attractions, including 25 kiddie rides and a water park, The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. They have seasonal features such as Springtime in the Park, Summer Season, September Weekends, Hersheypark in the Dark, and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Hersheypark is closed January-March and open for weekends beginning in early May and daily from late May through Labor Day. Hersheypark offers a number of ticket packages, Season Pass options, meal and game plans and more.
Plus, Chick-Fil-A just opened in the park!! There are also a lot of food options with allergy friendly meals available throughout the park! Oh and LOTS of chocolate ;).
Located just outside the Hersheypark gate, you will find an awesome experience at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Come EXPLORE Treat yourself to an assortment of one-of-kind experiences and discover the sweetest feeling of pure happiness. Plan your chocolate adventure today! Inside you’ll find all kinds of activities for the entire family including a 4D movie, make your own chocolate bar, shopping opportunities, baked goods and more!!
ZooAmerica admission is included in your Hersheypark admission. It is a year-round, 11 acre, walk-through zoo adjacent to Hersheypark. The Zoo is home to more than 200 animals representing 65 species and five regions of North America. They offer behind-the-scenes tours (for an additional cost) and began more than 100 year ago with Milton S. Hershey’s private collection. ZooAmerica is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Overlooking the town of Hershey, Hershey Gardens features a breathtaking assortment of flowers and shrubs, a stately collection of rare, signature trees, and various programs designed to delight visitors of all ages. Indulge your senses in the color and variety of our brilliant seasonal displays and explore themed gardens, including the indoor, tropical Butterfly Atrium, the hands-on Children’s Garden. Admission to the Hershey Gardens is FREE when you stay at the Hershey Lodge or The Hotel Hershey.
The Hershey Story museum experience takes visitors on a journey through his life, his chocolate company, his generous philanthropic legacy and the town of Hershey, PA. Engaging museum exhibits explore Mr. Hershey’s early failures, how he successfully revolutionized the process of making milk chocolate, and how the orphan boys of the Hershey Industrial School became heirs to his fortune. Further, you can taste chocolate from around the world and visit the Chocolate Lab to learn all about chocolate.
Enjoy a fun hockey game with friends at the Giant Center! The Hershey Bears are an American professional ice hockey team based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Bears currently serve as the primary development club for the NHL’s Washington Capitals and have been since the 2005-06 season.
What do you think? There are SO many fun things to do in Hershey and would make a fantastic girl’s weekend destination. I traveled there a few weeks ago with some of my girlfriends and had an absolute blast!! I can’t wait to go back and experience more!! If you’ve been, what are your favorite things to do and places to stay?