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Milton Hershey, who was born in 1857, was not only a confectioner and a founder of the Hershey Company, but also a founder of the town of Hershey. Situated along Chocolate Avenue, the Hershey Story Museum offers an interesting journey into his life through interactive displays, exhibitions and educational objects. The museum also has the wonderful Chocolate Lab, where visitors get a first-hand knowledge on chocolate making. There is also a museum shop that sells souvenirs.
The 11-arche Zoo America provides a great natural habitat for the wildlife found in various regions across the country. A popular tourist destination, Zoo America is committed towards preserving the wildlife and takes several initiatives to fulfill its goal. Some of the animals and birds found here include reindeer, American alligators, crocodiles, Barred Owls, rattlesnakes, Canada Lynx and other exotic animals. For kids, the zoo hosts numerous programs that help expand their knowledge about wildlife and also facilitate a better understanding of the surrounding area.
Hersheypark, opened in 1907, is a theme park in its namesake city. This amusement park is not only a kids' paradise but also attracts adults. Go on a thrilling roller coaster, have a splash on a water slide, or enjoy some family fun on the kid friendly family or kiddie rides. Make sure you ride the Wildcat wooden roller coaster, s the park's oldest roller coaster. The Great Bear Coaster with its an inverted loop promises an adrenaline rush like no other. Fahrenheit towers 121 feet (36 meters) above ground and its loop gives you breathtaking views of the city below. Then after all that fun check out one of the park's shows.
Drawing in visitors of all ages, color and taste is the wonderful Hershey's Chocolate World. This place is mainly a visitor's center that includes a variety of attractions, features and events that make it different from any old boring information center. It forms a part of the bigger entertainment complex including the Hersheypark and the Giant Center. The Hershey Chocolate World takes you in to the hidden world of chocolate and the wonderful factory that churns out the many yummy chocolate bars and treats, and the famous Hershey's Kisses. Kids and adults alike will love the tours, interactive sessions and more!
Tröegs Brewing Company was founded in the year 1996 and is one of the finest micro-breweries of Pennsylvania. Champions in producing specialty and seasonal beers, Tröegs dishes out diverse types of year-round beers: Hopback Amber Ale, Troegenator Double Bock, Tröegs Pale Ale, and seasonal varieties like Nugget Nectar, Dead Reckoning Porter, Sunshine Pils and The Mad Elf. Brewery tours are available, which allow visitors to catch a glimpse of the elaborate brewing process from fermentation and filtration to bottling of the beer. At the Tasting Room and Gift Shop, you can try out different brews and scan through beer merchandise.
The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, or the AACA Museum as it is known, is a fun and informative museum pertaining to historic vehicles. The museum features a large number of vehicles, delighting adults and kids alike with its striking exhibits comprised of cars as well as bikes and buses. Explore this unique collection and admire these spectacular vehicular specimens up close.
Indian Echo Caverns is a must visit when in Hummelstown. These limestone caves are a geographical wonder and were formed centuries ago. Marvel at stalactites and stalagmites, and see if you can catch a glimpse of bats too. The well-informed tour guide provides information on its history and importance of the sight. Apart from the ancient caverns, caves and limestone crevices, there are other attractions, including a playground and a gift shop.
As the name suggests, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art showcases different aspects of nature through the medium of art. Opened in 1993, it was named in the honor of renowned naturalist and artist, Ned Smith. Keeping in mind Ned Smith's dedication and love towards nature, this center with its tranquil and scenic surroundings is a perfect place to showcase his collection. The center features art galleries, an outdoor area, classrooms and a gift shop. Its art galleries display works of contemporary artists and photographers who focus on nature and a permanent exhibition comprising collection of Smith's work. Given the lovely combination of nature and creativity, the events held here are very interesting and include camping, theatrical shows, workshops, auctions and cultural festivals. For more details, check its website.