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Hersheypark is an awesome destination for families to visit.
Located just a few miles outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capitol, Hershey is home to the chocolate factory of the same name as well as many other exciting, family-friendly attractions.
An easy drive from the D.C., Baltimore, and several other northeast metro areas, a visit to Hersheypark means that you and your family are in for one sweet vacation. You can spend hours exploring the park (and don’t forget the zoo inside of the park) and then fill up the rest of your trip visiting some of the other local, Hershey related attractions.
And, while we are partial to many of their summer activities (The Dudes love The Boardwalk, Hersherpark’s waterpark), there are things to do in Hershey no matter what time of year you choose to visit.
No matter what your final literary looks like, you’re going to need somewhere to lay your head at night. When it comes to choosing where to stay in Hershey, we always elect to book at one of the Hersheypark official resorts. While each is perfect in so many ways, they all offer unique accommodations, activities, and more that will help you and your family have a comfortable, relaxing, sweet getaway.
If you’re planning a visit, here are some things to know to help you plan where to stay in Hershey.
Where to Stay in Hershey: 15 Things to Know About Hersheypark Resorts
Where to Stay in Hershey: Hershey Lodge
Hershey Lodge is the largest convention resort in the state of Pennsylvania.
They have a fun and convenient kids check-in in the lobby for a special welcome for the youngest guests to the Lodge.
There is a convenient shuttle to and from the Lodge to Hersheypark.
Hershey’s Water Works
Overnight guests can enjoy Hershey’s Water Works. The 30,000 square feet of splashing good times featuring Twizzlers Twists water slides and Reese’s Water Walk is open daily year round! Plus, enjoy fun interactive water features including our zero entry pool, sand castle spray zone, lighthouse tipping bucket, basketball hoops, and more!
Dining at the Lodge
There are a variety of dining options on site. You can dine at the Bear’s Den if you’re in the mood for burgers and fries in a sports bar like atmosphere, or go for something more classic at the Hershey Grill. Pro tip: Go to Hershey Grill for breakfast –it is THE BEST!
Find out more here: Hershey Lodge
Where to Stay in Hershey: The Hotel Hershey
Built in the 1930s, this historic hotel is a beautiful, luxury destination. With both rooms and cottages to choose from, Hotel Hershey has received both the Forbes Four-Star Award and the AAA Four-Diamond Award.
The Indoor Pool
A huge pool with a hot tub and splash pad for the kids means the entire family can enjoy a dip no matter the weather, guests can enjoy this amenity year round.
The Outdoor Pool
For summer visits, the outdoor pool, featuring an infinity edge adult pool and whirlpool, family pool with zero-grade entry, two large slides, and a kiddie spray deck is a great place decompress after a day at HersheyPark. With cabana rentals available and a poolside menu available, you can pool all day.
The Chocolate Spa
Yep, they have chocolate treatments so you can catch up on some sweet relaxation.
Dining at Hotel Hershey
With several options on site, if you’re visiting for a long weekend, you can easily enjoy a different dining experience each night of your stay.
They are a thing and you can order them in one of the bars.
They have them so you can tour the resort in style.
Find out more here: The Hotel Hershey
Where to Stay in Hershey: Hersheypark Camping Resort
Yes, they have them. So if you’re not fancy enough to own and RV, but way fancier than a tent, you can rent one and enjoy the comforts that keep you human.
Not required (thank goodness!). They have clean, indoor bathroom and shower facilities, and on-site general store, and free wi-fi so you can still use the Hersheypark app to plan your day at the park.
Pool, Game Room, and S’mores
You can find it all at the campground. And, visit in summer and you will also get to enjoy daily special activities at the campground, like movie nights, live entertainment, and more.
Find out more here: Hersheypark Camping Resort