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2-Day Winter Itinerary for Hershey, PA in 2024

How To Spend A Winter Getaway in The Sweetest Place On Earth

Hershey, Pa. is a year-round destination with plenty of activities and events, even in the winter months when Hersheypark amusement park is closed. In fact, you really need at least two days to take in all of the sights. 

Check out this 2-day winter itinerary with information on where to stay and what to do during a visit to The Sweetest Place On Earth between January and March 2024. 

Where to Stay in Hershey

The town built on chocolate is home to three distinctly Hershey resorts with sweet hospitality and iconic chocolate details around every corner. 

Guests looking for a luxurious getaway should consider The Hotel Hershey, a  Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel. Hershey Lodge is a sweet option for families, as a stay includes access to Hershey’s Water Works indoor pool complex featuring two pools, Twizzlers Twists Slides, Reese’s Water Walk, a sand castle spray zone and an indoor whirlpool. Guests interested in a sweet camping adventure can find it at Hersheypark Camping Resort, a year-round campground with more than 300 open and shaded sites, including 50 cabins and a tiny home with heat, indoor plumbing and additional amenities. All resort stays include FREE Resort Benefits, such as complimentary or discounted admission to area attractions like Hershey GardensThe Hershey Story's Museum Experience and ZooAmerica.

For a limited time, guests can save on their winter getaway with sweet rates and special midweek offers on select dates through March 19, 2024:

  • Book One Night, Get One 50% Off 
  • Book Two Nights, Get One Free (only available at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge)
  • Kids Stay, Play, Splash & Eat FREE (available exclusively at Hershey Lodge)

The popular Kids Stay, Play, Splash & Eat Free Package includes deluxe accommodations at Hershey Lodge, a free kids' meal for kids 17 and younger*, free $20 arcade card, two Hershey's Water Works at Hershey Lodge logo pool towels and more.

*Complimentary starter, kid combo, sandwich or entree salad for children (ages 3-17) at Cocoa Cabana with the purchase of one adult sandwich or entree salad of equal or greater value.

Check out our resort winter guides to help you prepare for a sweet stay.

Day 1


Learn About Milton S. Hershey at The Hershey Story Museum

Through informative museum exhibits and hands-on activities,  learn about the story of Milton S. Hershey and the town that bears his name at The Hershey Story's Museum Experience. The museum provides an interactive experience for children and adults alike, making it a great stop for the whole family. 

If you have a sweet tooth, book a Chocolate Tasting and sample flights of warm drinking chocolate from around the world. Or, book a class in the Chocolate Lab and learn how chocolate is made while you pour and decorate your own chocolate bar. 



Explore ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

Bundle up and take a stroll through ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, home to more than 200 animals native to the North American continent. ZooAmerica is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in January-March. Keep an eye out for the more active animals in the winter, like the gray wolves, river otters and snowy owls.

Dinner Plans

Indulge In A Fun-To-Table Menu at The Chocolatier 

In between activities, stop for a bite to eat at  The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio. This can't-miss restaurant serves up classic family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate in appetizers, entrees, over-the-top desserts and seasonal craft cocktails. During a visit, guests can also find past and present pieces from the Hersheypark ride collection. The  Comet Car booths, Tilt-a-Whirl booths and Roller Coaster Track Lights are just a few examples throughout the restaurant. The Chocolatier is located in Hershey's Chocolatetown and is open year-round with complimentary parking in the Season Pass Holder lot while Hersheypark is closed. 


Evening Events

See A Show at Hershey Theatre or GIANT Center

If you have yet to see a show at the Hershey Theatre or GIANT Center, this winter is the perfect time to knock it off your bucket list. Hosts to a wide variety of entertainment, there's sure to be a show for you.

Upcoming shows:

Hershey Theatre 

GIANT Center

Day 2


Enjoy Brunch at STACKS

Start your second day in Hershey with a hearty meal from STACKS, the newest all-day breakfast and lunch eatery at Hershey Lodge. With a menu as iconic as the Hershey Smokestacks, STACKS serves dishes stacked high with flavor, such as stacks of Buttermilk Pancakes and Belgian Waffles with sweet toppings or a Double Decker BLT.  Signature cocktails, hot chocolates and decadent espressos are also available. 


Experience Hershey's Chocolate World

Conveniently located just across the plaza from Hersheypark, Hershey's Chocolate World offers many fun activities for you to participate in. Browse their selection of Hershey's exclusive chocolates and retail or take a ride on the free Chocolate Tour

Guests can upgrade their experience with other activities like Hershey's Great Candy Expedition, Create Your Own Candy Bar, Reese's Stuff Your Cup and more. 


Root For The Hershey Bears At A Home Game

Cheer for the hometown AHL hockey team, the Hershey Bears, as they look to defend their Calder Cup title. The Bears will take the ice at the GIANT Center for 10 games between now and the end of March. Hockey fans should mark their calendars for upcoming key promotional nights, including the Hall Of Fame Night on Jan. 28 and Hersheypark Pass Night on March 17.