On our trip up to Massachusetts, we took a detour over to the town of Hershey, PA to visit Hershey’s Chocolate World. It was basically right on our route, so we figured why not? We took the free Great American Chocolate Tour, which consisted of a free moving ride through a simulated factory.
Luckily this ride was free because it definitely wasn’t anything special. The 5 minute ride consists of videos about how chocolate is made and singing animatronics. We were definitely dissapointed and were expecting an actual glimpse into how chocolate was made. There are no views of an actual factory, just set up scenes simulating the factory process. Luckily, we didn’t spend any money on any of the overpriced attractions. On the bright side, the free Hershey tour ride was a fun break from driving and we didn’t drive out of the way at all. I wouldn’t not come here just for the tour ride or you will be dissapointed.
At the end of the tour, you get a free piece of miniature chocolate. The tour, unsurprisingly, leads you into the Hershey’s store which is filled with brand souvenirs and chocolate. In my opinion, this attraction was not worth the lengthy wait. Hershey’s Chocolate World is not worth visiting unless you feel like driving out of your way to get to a candy store. If you are visiting the amusement park (which looks nice) then stopping here isn’t going to hurt, but going out of your way for a short, uninformative tour just isn’t worth it.
In addition to the tour, there are are several other pricey tourist traps such as a make your own chocolate bar experience (which is done by computer), a 3D movies, and a chocolate tasting experience. I recommend saving your money and buying the candy for half price at a grocery store! Skip the pricey Chocolate World attractions and head over to the Hershey Park Amusement Park next door – at least you will be getting your money’s worth with a whole day of fun and attractions!
Hershey’s Chocolate World
251 Park Blvd