Looking for fun things to do near Hershey, Pennsylvania? We’ve got a few recommendations and they’re all within 30 minutes of town.
Besides Hershey Park and Hershey’s Chocolate World, you may be wondering if there are any other fun things to do around Hershey. And the answer would be yes! In this post, we’re highlighting nearby attractions that will spark imagination and curiosity.
If you’re looking specifically for things to do near Hershey Park (maybe a someone in your group isn’t a fan of roller coasters), we recommend visiting Hershey Gardens. The gardens have been open since 1937 and are on 23 acres of land.
Visitors will find all kinds of beautiful flowers and plants spread across various themed gardens. There is also an indoor butterfly atrium, where you can see hundreds of butterflies from around the world. Hershey Gardens also has different exhibits and shows throughout the year, so even if you’ve been there before you’ll most likely enjoy something new.
It was a bit rainy during our visit, so we only went to a few of the gardens, but what we saw was beautiful. And the butterfly atrium was fun and a nice respite from the rain.
The gardens are open daily at 9am (except for some holidays) and closing times vary from 4pm to 6pm depending on the season. Admission for adults is $12.50. Active duty military members enter for free while spouse and children receive $3 off.
Another one of the fun things to do near Hershey is to visit Indian Echo Caverns. These caverns are just down the road from Hershey, in Hummelstown. They have been open commercially since 1929, but had been used for centuries before that by Native Americans and early settlers.
The caves have been carved out of limestone and inside the temperature is a constant 52° year round. Visitors can take a tour of the caverns that lasts about 45 minutes and is given by a professionally trained guide. Inside, you’ll see a lot of really cool formations and small ponds.
Indian Echo Caverns hours vary by time of year. From Memorial Day to Labor Day they’re open from 9am to 5pm. The rest of the year their hours are from 10am to 4pm. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission for adults is $18.50.
We also recommend heading over to state’s capital of Harrisburg. It’s about a 30 minute drive, and you’ll find fun museums, great food, and one of the prettiest Capitol buildings we’ve ever seen!
Pro Tip: Learn more about Fun Things To Do In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to do near Hershey! You can get your fill on chocolate and roller coasters, but also enjoy nature, history, and culture.
Know of any other fun things to do around Hershey? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂
**A big thank you to Visit Hershey & Harrisburg for helping us set up this fun itinerary. Although we were offered some complimentary tickets, as always, all opinions are our own.**