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Planning a Staycation to Hershey PA

staycation in Hershey PA I am so excited to share with you all the fun and frugal things you can do in my hometown of Hershey PA! If you are not from the area check back tomorrow as I will have a HUGE list of staycation ideas from around the country!

Completely FREE Activities in Hershey:

Hershey Chocolate World: This has to be one of my favorite things to do with my kiddos! Parking is FREE up to 2 hours and the Hershey Great American Chocolate Tour Ride is also completely FREE as well! You even get a sweet chocolate candy at the end of the ride.
There are other things to do that are not free and can get costly, so you can find some coupons for Hershey Chocolate World here

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Cocoa Castle in Hershey: is a large playground on Cocoa Avenue. That resembles a castle and is completely fenced in. There is NO admission cost it is completely free to play on! Lots of fun for your kiddos

Hershey Public Library:  offers lots of fun FREE entertainment through out the year. Borrow movies and books from the library for FREE plus they offer story times through out the summer along with music performances as well. Could be a nice break from the heat this summer!

Governor Dick: The 1105 acres of undisturbed forest is in the West Cornwall district of Lebanon County.  Is ideal for families with littler kids because its a nice 1 mile walk to a tower, that you can climb if you choose to do so.

Boxcar Rock: or “Chinese Wall” is  A Wall of Rocks with heights between forty and eighty feet and some spots for hands and feet to climb the rock wall.  Probably best for expert climbers but a nice hike and spot to see in PA. Located at Goldmine Rd Pine Grove, PA 17963

Dinosaur Rock: Might be better with families of older children because it can be a little more difficult to climb the “dinosaur rock” Dinosaur Rock is located in southern Lebanon County, along Mt Wilson Road. No bathrooms available but plenty of space for a large group.

Hershey Farm: In Strasburg, PA with Free walking trail, free self-guided tour of their flower and vegetable gardens, free children’s play areas, free photo opportunities with various Amish buggies, and free on-site farm animals to see

Free or Discounted Movies at local theaters check out this list of theaters that offer Free or very cheap movies through out the summer. Usually movies that have been out for awhile, still a very nice way to escape the heat for a couple hours!!

Kids Bowl Free -this is a nice program but its NOT COMPLETELY FREE. You do need to pay for shoe rentals. Up to 2 Games are free. Nice discount family activity.

Here some of the local attractions:

Hershey Park: Hershey Park can get expensive, I have posted a way to get discounted Hershey Park tickets or you can find discounts at Giant grocery stores. Hershey Park is a 110-acre theme park that offers more than 65 rides. The park has a nice mix of children rides, 11 roller coasters and even a 4,000 square feet water park. It can be a fun day adventure. No outside food permitted in the park but you are able to get a handstamp, leave the park, and re-enter.

Zoo America:  Is  a year-round, 11-acre, walk-thru zoo right next to Hersheypark Home to more than 200 animals! Plus it offers a Ranger Scratch Kids Club and for $25 you get a Free one-year subscription to Ranger Rick magazine (ages 7-12) or Your Big Backyard (6 and under), a Welcome gift, Free admission to ZooAmerica during regular operating hours PLUS many other goodies! Cost of admission is $10.50 for ages 9-54 and $8.50 for ages 3-8

Hershey Gardens: The Children’s Garden is fun with a fine spray of water and meandering pathways through 32 themed gardens with hands-on activities and a Hershey Kiss character to greet the kids! — Plus an interactive guide that contains clues to help you solve the garden mysteries! You get a reward at the end! Cost: $9.95 per guide–  Cost of Garden Admission: Regular (ages 13-61) – $10.00 Junior (ages 3-12) – $7.50 Children under 3 – FREE


Visit Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience for a combined price!

Regular – $15.00 (regularly $20.00)
Senior – $13.00 (regularly $18.00)
Junior – $12.00 (regularly $15.00)

Get your Combo Pass at Hershey Gardens or The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

Indian Echo Caverns: Perfect for a HOT summer day the Caverns are always a nice 52 degrees!  The Cavern is a limestone cave. Children love the adventure of being in the caverns as well as playing on the grounds. There is even a petting zoo! Cost is $14 for Adults, ages 12 and over, $12 for Seniors, ages 62 and over, $8 for Children, ages 3-11. Children, ages 2 and under are FREE There is a discount coupon that can be found here!

AACA Hershey Auto Museum: In 2013 they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary so Every Tuesday, beginning January 8th – December 31, 2013, the AACA Museum will provide two admissions for $10.   This is a 50% savings off regular admission price.   This special rate will be available for all ages from age 4 and up.   Children 3 and under are FREE.
*Special Event to mention: Matchbox Toy Show on Sep 22,2013 from 9AM – 3PM.  Admission to the Museum on this day will be just $5.00 per person for ages 4 and older, with children 3 and under FREE. This is a great chance for you to enjoy some miniature cars and full size cars on the same day at a terrific price!

Knoebles: Is a FREE parking and admission amusement park that you pay as you ride. So if you don’t go on any rides you don’t pay. That’s a nice feature for Grandparents who want to come along but don’t go on many rides.
*Knoebles also offers a Bargain Night which is a all day ride pass for just $10 on select Wednesdays and Fridays!
The park is shaded pretty well which is also nice. There are also little shows through out the park and day that don’t cost anything either. It is located outside Hershey in Elysburg, PA


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  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I was just talking to my husband yesterday about going to Hershey this summer as part of our staycation. You just saved me a lot of work. 🙂

  2. I’m from Hershey too..just a few more suggestions…adventure sports on 743 and lasertag on 422 in annville (has an all day pass for 12 hrs for approx $20


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