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Hershey sign on grass

As I left Lancaster and headed to Hershey, it started to rain a bit. I was hoping it would hold off long enough, until I got home. It would take me about an hour to get there, and the first time in a long time.

I have been to Hershey a bunch of times, mainly to visit Hersheypark amusement park, and the nearby Chocolate World. At one point, it was an annual tradition to go there a few times per summer, during the late 90's and early 2000's. It ended when it started to get really too costly. And I have not been there since around 2010 (I think)!

But before arriving into Hershey, I would stop by a Pizza Hut to get some dinner. I originally wanted to eat at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, that I used to go to during some of my annual visits.

street light shaped like a Hershey Kiss
But it seemed like it was long gone! So it was to one of the few dine-in Pizza Huts that are left in this country. After eating a small supreme pizza, I headed to the Hershey attractions. 

Hershey is a town that was built on... you guessed it... chocolate! It was founded by Milton Hershey, who would come up with the chocolate bar that would bear his name. I also knew it for its hockey team, the Hershey Bears, who were once the AHL affiliate of the Flyers. And where Wilt Chamberlain would score 100 points in a single NBA game in 1962, for the Philadelphia Warriors, in Hersheypark Arena for a neutral game.

As I arrived into Hershey, I decided to visit some of the attractions that I have overlooked or skipped in previous visits. Starting with the Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

I did have some trouble finding it, as I did notice the street lights shaped like Hershey kisses.
old Hershey advertisements
And it started to rain a little harder. I did find the museum, and luckily, parking was free. Once I parked the car, I went to the museum. Then looked around the place, as I hope it would stop raining when I was done. Then ended the museum visit, with the temporary exhibition, Chocolate Workers Wanted. This told the types of work that was done in the Hershey plant, to make the candy. Some of them included making the chocolate, and the shapes, as well as the wrapping and other different processes. More about the rest of the museum in the review here.

After seeing the museum, I would head to ZooAmerica - North American Wildlife Park, which was part of Hersheypark. Unfortunately, it started to rain harder, and wondered if I should visit the zoo, as I will be outside most of the times.
mountain lion
Well, I decided to go, since I made it this far, and not sure the next time I would visit.

Well, I started to question that decision, as it really started to rain a little bit harder, with no signs of stopping anything soon. I would go through the gift shop, then start my walk around the zoo. A very small zoo, I was able to see most of it in less than an hour. Also, I did rush through some of the outdoor parts, as it started to pour. I tried to see and photograph as much as I can, but had to give up as I did not want to get soaked. So I ended up cutting my visit a little short. My thoughts about the zoo and more zoo photos in the review here.

I headed back to the gift shop, and tried to dry up for a little bit. Then back out, to the car.
inside Hershey's Chocolate World
I went to Hershey's Chocolate World. I have been here before many times, and still find enjoyment, mainly for the fresh chocolate that is on sale. There are also attractions in this place, but only one that was free. More about that free attraction and visiting this place in the review here

I would shop for some chocolate candy bars, and oh boy, the price of each individual bar has definitely gone up. Over $1 now, which is unbelievable. Probably a good thing, so I won't go overboard with buying so many. Well, I bought 4 king-sized bars, which seem have gotten smaller over the years. Then left the place, as it got late.

Unfortunately, it has not stopped raining, and at times, there would be downpours. Walking to the car was one thing, but having to drive through the storm was a whole other story.
MOO!
It was not fun at all, and being nighttime, just made it a lot harder.

I would drive slow on the highway, as I tend to be a defensive driver. There were trucks that would end up passing me in the left lane, but I did get nervous when trying to drive fast in the rain.

I did make it back home safely. Despite the rain, this day has been an enjoyable one, getting to see a little bit more of Pennsylvania again. I am sure I will make more trips to that part of the state and more, as there are still more to do. And no doubt, they will be written about in this blog. 

gingerbatik says:
hm...chocolate:)
Posted on: Aug 07, 2016
Zagnut66 says:
I went to Hershey Park once as a kid, but the memory is pretty hazy. I had a good time though.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2016
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Hershey sign on grass
Hershey sign on grass
street light shaped like a Hershey…
street light shaped like a Hershe…
old Hershey advertisements
old Hershey advertisements
mountain lion
mountain lion
inside Hersheys Chocolate World
inside Hershey's Chocolate World
MOO!
MOO!
Wrapping Department machine
Wrapping Department machine
Granite roller and base
Granite roller and base
other products that Hershey made
other products that Hershey made
boy I wish candy bars cost this mu…
boy I wish candy bars cost this m…
old cash register
old cash register
Milton Hersheys passport
Milton Hershey's passport
Hershey baseball uniform
Hershey baseball uniform
old milk bottles
old milk bottles
display of Reese products
display of Reese products
hockey puck, signed by Hershey Bea…
hockey puck, signed by Hershey Be…
Hershey Bears jersey
Hershey Bears jersey
Calder Cup Championship rings for …
Calder Cup Championship rings for…
legal pad, with old Philadelphia E…
legal pad, with old Philadelphia …
entry to Chocolate Workers Wanted …
entry to Chocolate Workers Wanted…
mens and womens sanitary caps an…
men's and women's sanitary caps a…
artifacts from Hershey factory
artifacts from Hershey factory
cart and milk jars
cart and milk jars
milk chocolate making process
milk chocolate making process
chocolate depositor
chocolate depositor
chocolate mold
chocolate mold
artifacts used in Hershey factory
artifacts used in Hershey factory
dress and apron
dress and apron
surveyors level and tripod
surveyor's level and tripod
freight train passing by - 1
freight train passing by - 1
freight train passing by - 2
freight train passing by - 2
roseate spoonbills
roseate spoonbills
alligator snapping turtle
alligator snapping turtle
tree inside building
tree inside building
saguaro cactus
saguaro cactus
bobcat
bobcat
black bear
black bear
pronghorn and sandhill crane
pronghorn and sandhill crane
white-tailed deer
white-tailed deer
bald eagles
bald eagles
a bunch of footballs (no, you can…
a bunch of footballs (no, you can…
entry to Hersheys Chocolate tour …
entry to Hershey's Chocolate tour…
some Hershey history
some Hershey history
part of the Chocolate tour ride - 1
part of the Chocolate tour ride - 1
part of the Chocolate tour ride - 2
part of the Chocolate tour ride - 2
part of the Chocolate tour ride - 3
part of the Chocolate tour ride - 3
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