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MLK Weekend 2021: Things To Do In Hershey, PA

Looking for something to do on this long weekend? There are lots of sweet happenings throughout Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth! Keep scrolling for some of our favorite activities in Hershey, PA.

As you prepare for your visit to The Sweetest Place On Earth this month, please know that we are operating in accordance with guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and industry partners.


Winter is a great time to visit ZooAmerica as many of the North American animals in the outdoor habitats like the gray wolves, river otters and snowy owls, are more active when the temperature drops. 

ZooAmerica is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this month. Tickets are available for purchase online here. New ZooAmerica Passes are also on sale and include unlimited visits for 12 consecutive months after purchase.


MeltSpa by Hershey day spa offers a NEW Chocolate Candy Cane Collection, only available through the end of the month! Treatments include body scrub, body wrap, immersion, manicure and pedicure. A Cinnamon Mocha massage is also available.

The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa also features special treatments to relax through the season. A NEW Peppermint Hot Chocolate Hydrating Body Wrap is available, as well as a Holiday Spice Massage and Peppermint Mocha Manicure or Pedicure, only through the end of the month! Additional winter-inspired treatments and packages are also highlighted.


There are dining options aplenty for a sweet meal during your visit to Hershey, PA! Whether you're hungry for seafood, pasta, steak or a chocolatey dessert, our amazing culinary teams have a dish for you. Options include Cocoa BeaneryFire & Grain, and The Bears' Den at Hershey LodgeChef's MarketHarvestIberian LoungeThe Circular and Trevi 5 at The Hotel HersheyDevon Seafood + Steak and Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar in downtown Hershey; and Cocoa Beanery on Research Boulevard.

Visit DiningInHershey.com for more info.


Turn your visit into a weekend getaway and save big when you stay at The Hotel HersheyHershey Lodge or Hersheypark Camping Resort. All guests receive FREE Resort Benefits including complimentary or discounted admission to area attractions as well as sweet resort activities, such as chocolate bingo, crafts, trivia, and fun with the Hershey Characters. Plus, don't miss out on s'mores at Hersheypark Camping Resort, delicious dining at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, and splashes at Hershey's Water Works, the indoor pool complex at Hershey Lodge! The below offers are valid on select dates through March 31, 2021.

  • Book 1 Night, Get 1 50% Off at The Hotel HersheyHershey Lodge and Hersheypark Camping Resort
  • Kids Stay, Play, Splash and Eat Free at Hershey Lodge


There's always something to do at Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction, the official visitor's center of The Hershey Company. Create Your Own Candy Bar, help solve the mystery at the 4D Chocolate Movie and become a chocolate tasting expert at the new Hershey's Unwrapped experience. Plus, save time for shopping and a milkshake, s'more or other sweet treats!

Please note, Hershey's Chocolate Tour is temporarily closed through Jan. 22 for maintenance. 

A free timed entry pass is required to enter, and face coverings are required. View details and reserve a time here.


Did you know Hershey is home to one of only 25 year-round indoor tropical butterfly atriums in the U.S.? It's home to 600 butterflies from around the world and makes for a great wintertime activity. Find the Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre walk-through botanical display garden.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in January. Please note, capacity is limited, and face coverings are required. Please visit HersheyGardens.org for more info.


While visiting Hershey, PA, take some time to learn about the town's sweet history. The Hershey Story Museum in downtown Hershey honors and preserves the life and legacy of Milton S. Hershey, the town he created and the lives he touched. Museum exhibits explore Mr. Hershey's early failures, how he successfully revolutionized the process of making milk chocolate, the "other" model town he built in Cuba and how he and his wife, Kitty, created Milton Hershey School. Today the School stands as the Hersheys' legacy and is the world's largest residential home and school for children in financial and social need.

While you're at The Hershey Story, grab tickets for interactive Chocolate Lab and Chocolate Tastings experiences. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note, face masks are required for all staff, volunteers and guests. Visit HersheyStory.org for more info.

Save the Date - GIANT Drive-Thru Teddy Bear Toss

As we reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of helping others this weekend, please save the date for the GIANT Drive-Thru Teddy Bear Toss and Food Drive. Join the Hershey Bears hockey team on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at GIANT Center, and donate new or gently used stuffed animals to benefit local charities.