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MLK Weekend 2022: 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.


Spend this weekend enjoying a sweet getaway at The Hotel Hershey or Hershey Lodge and save big with our sweet packages and offers, now available this long weekend! 

  • Book One Night, Get One 50% Off at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge 
  • Kids Stay, Play, Splash and Eat Free at Hershey Lodge

With so much to do in Hershey, you'll want to stay overnight to truly experience it all. Keep scrolling for more ideas of things to do during your stay. And, don't forget, all resort guests receive FREE Resort Benefits, including free or discounted admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story Museum, preferred pricing to ZooAmerica, on-site recreation and activities and more. See you soon!


Looking for a fun winter activity for the family? The beginning of the year is a great time to visit ZooAmerica, open daily, as many of the North American animals are more active in winter. 

Plus, Discovery Weekends are back so kids ages 8 and under will get into the Zoo for FREE on Saturdays and Sundays this month with the purchase of a regular or senior ticket. This weekend, the theme is “BONE Appétit - What Do Animals Eat?”

LEARN MORE: 10 Things You Didn't Know About North American Animals at ZooAmerica in Winter


Join the Bears Nation at GIANT Center for some Hershey Bears hockey this weekend and get ready to chant "B-E-A-R-S BEARS, BEARS, BEARS, WOO!" with us. The Hershey Bears take on the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Bring your friends and family to cheer on the team! Tickets are on sale now


There’s no sweeter place to enjoy lunch, dinner, dessert or drinks this weekend than in Hershey’s Chocolatetown. Take a look at some of the special winter food offerings here.

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  • The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily this weekend. Guests can enjoy classic family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate for lunch or dinner. Plus, there’s a signature dessert menu filled with mouth-watering Hershey's chocolate-inspired treats. Those 21 and older can also stop by for Happy Hour at The Chocolatier on Monday-Thursday from 4-6 p.m. with discounts on drinks and apps. 
  • New this January - Bites With Coco The Bear: If you're in town on Thursday, enjoy a FREE kid’s dessert with the purchase of a kid’s meal during Bites With Coco The Bear, available Thursdays in January from 6-8 p.m. Plus, hang out with Coco, The Official Mascot of the Hershey Bears!

And a special perk for 2022 Full and King Size Pass holders - we’ve doubled your discount for The Chocolatier so show your pass to get 20% off food (alcohol not included and one discount per check).

King Size Sundae at Milton's
  • Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Guests can indulge in custom house-made ice cream creations crafted by expert Ice Creamologists complete with Hershey’s candy toppings, decadent sauces, and more. Savory options are also available as part of a shareable menu.
  • The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily this weekend. Guests can choose from a curated collection of mouth-watering confections including chocolate-dipped treats, decadent desserts, signature hand-crafted fudge, and more.


MeltSpa by Hershey day spa and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa are offering relaxing treatments and packages featuring scents to match the winter season.

  • MeltSpa by Hershey offers its Chocolate Candycane Collection through the end of the month. Treatments include a NEW Chocolate Candycane Massage and Facial, plus the seasonal body scrub, body wrap, immersion, manicure and pedicure.
  • The Spa At The Hotel Hershey features special treatments to relax through the season. Treatments include the Peppermint Hot Chocolate Immersion, Holiday Spice Massage, Peppermint Mocha Manicure and Peppermint Mocha Pedicure, available through early 2022. Additional winter-inspired packages are also highlighted.


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 or other sweet treat! View hours.


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 this weekend. Please note, Hershey Gardens is closed Monday, Jan. 10 through Friday, Jan. 14, so staff can perform necessary maintenance.

Remember, resort guests receive free or discounted admission! 


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.  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. 

Remember, resort guests receive free or discounted admission!