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Visit Hershey Gardens

Updated on March 17, 2015
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Paula Atwell is a freelance writer with WriterAccess, webmaster, member of Pinterest Party on FB and the owner of Lake Erie Artist Gallery.

Entrance to the gardens
Entrance to the gardens | Source

Take the Time to Visit Hershey Gardens

I just returned home from a vacation that included a three-day visit to Hershey, PA. I didn't choose the location of this trip because it was for a family reunion, however I would have chosen it if I had known what I know now.

Hershey, Pennsylvania is a great place to vacation for both children and adults. There are numerous activities to do in town including visiting Hershey Park, the Hershey Story Museum, Chocolate World, and Hershey Gardens. My family managed to get to almost everything in and around Hershey. We were very impressed by the cleanliness of each of the attractions, and the variety of hotels in and nearby Hershey.

While I personally love chocolate and had a great time eating it in Hershey, my favorite part of the visit was to Hershey Gardens. Hershey Gardens was started as a place for Hershey employees and residents to spend some pleasant recreation time, and it has turned into a lovely attraction for visitors as well.

All pictures on this page were taken by the author.

The Most Impressive Thing About Hershey, PA is Milton Hershey himself and what he did to build the town.

Roses in Hershey Gardens
Roses in Hershey Gardens

Hershey Rose Gardens

The Hershey Gardens started as rose gardens. When we visited there, many of the roses were not flowering, but even in the pictures I have here, you can see the lovely roses that were blooming.

This garden started in 1937 and has 275 varieties of roses.

My Visit to Hershey Gardens. These are in the order we walked through. . .

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Entrance to Hershey GardensWalking into the gardens.Near the entrance is a booth for kids to get started on the children's activities.My husband and daughter. Still on the way in.Love this statue. This is before entering the gardens proper.Part of the rose gardens..Along the pathway.Monarch WaystationFlowers to attract monarch butterflies.Butterfly benches are throughout the gardens.
Entrance to Hershey Gardens
Entrance to Hershey Gardens
Walking into the gardens.
Walking into the gardens.
Near the entrance is a booth for kids to get started on the children's activities.
Near the entrance is a booth for kids to get started on the children's activities.
My husband and daughter. Still on the way in.
My husband and daughter. Still on the way in.
Love this statue. This is before entering the gardens proper.
Love this statue. This is before entering the gardens proper.
Part of the rose gardens..
Part of the rose gardens..
Along the pathway.
Along the pathway.
Monarch Waystation
Monarch Waystation
Flowers to attract monarch butterflies.
Flowers to attract monarch butterflies.
Butterfly benches are throughout the gardens.
Butterfly benches are throughout the gardens.
Inside the Butterfly House.
Inside the Butterfly House.

The Children's Garden is Beautiful and Very Interactive

Even though we had no young children with us, I enjoyed the Children's Gardens. There were several interactive features in the gardens including misters, musical blocks, and the Butterfly House.

I took a lot of photos in the Butterfly House because it was so fascinating. Butterflies were so close to us and the setting was beautiful, too. Although one woman was scared of the butterflies and almost jumped on top of my mother when one of the butterflies landed on her shoulder.

The Children's Garden and Butterfly House

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Walking along the pathway from the butterfly waystation.Entrance to the Children's Garden.Right inside the Children's Garden.The entrance to the Butterfly House.Inside the butterfly house.Closeups of butterflies.
Walking along the pathway from the butterfly waystation.
Walking along the pathway from the butterfly waystation.
Entrance to the Children's Garden.
Entrance to the Children's Garden.
Right inside the Children's Garden.
Right inside the Children's Garden.
The entrance to the Butterfly House.
The entrance to the Butterfly House.
Inside the butterfly house.
Inside the butterfly house.
Closeups of butterflies.
Closeups of butterflies.

Inside the Butterfly House. I loved seeing all the butterflies close up.

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Caterpillars eating leaves.Outside the butterfly house.Pretty potThe Japanese Garden entranceInside the Japanese Garden.
Caterpillars eating leaves.
Caterpillars eating leaves.
Outside the butterfly house.
Outside the butterfly house.
Pretty pot
Pretty pot
The Japanese Garden entrance
The Japanese Garden entrance
Inside the Japanese Garden.
Inside the Japanese Garden.
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden

Other Parts of the Gardens

There is an ampitheater in the Children's Gardens for presentations as well as surprise hideaways, creatures and whimsical characters. The rest of the gardens are divided into the Japanese Garden, Arboretum, Rock Garden, and then several smaller gardens.

The Japanese Garden has a stream running through it and features rare sequoias and dawn redwood trees. The Arboretum features Four Seasons statues surrounded by horsechestnuts, willow oaks, bald cypress, beech, hemlocks and snowbells. The Rock Garden contains dwarf evergreens, dogwoods, Japanese maples and English and American holly.

There is also a magnolia garden, herb garden, nut grove, and perennial garden.

In recognition of the Hershey Gardens' 75th anniversary in 2012, there is a M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden in honor of Milton Hershey's love of horticulture and beauty.

The Japanese Garden and Walking Out

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A giant Bonsai treeThis horse and buggy is from the original Hershey garden by Milton Hershey.More roses.On the pathway outLovely roses.
A giant Bonsai tree
A giant Bonsai tree
This horse and buggy is from the original Hershey garden by Milton Hershey.
This horse and buggy is from the original Hershey garden by Milton Hershey.
More roses.
More roses.
On the pathway out
On the pathway out
Lovely roses.
Lovely roses.

Milton Hershey and Hershey PA

I think the thing that I found most fascinating about Hershey, PA, was the origination of the town. I learned a lot about Milton Hershey's plan of a town for the people who worked in his plant creating candy, and was amazed by how much he cared for his workers.

Hershey: Ideal Community for Orphans
Hershey: Ideal Community for Orphans

Milton Hershey is responsible for sponsoring and supporting the Milton Hershey School, a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. This school is still in operation from the trust that Hershey bequeathed to it upon his death.

 

Living the Legacy: The Untold Story of Milton Hershey School

View of the Gardens from Satellite

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Hershey Park (Images of America)
Hershey Park (Images of America)

Hershey Park was originally developed to entertain Hershey factory workers after a hard day at work. It was part of Milton Hershey's plan for a healthy town for his employees.

 

Documentary of Milton S. Hershey

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Virginia At least you got your chocolate fix.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      We stopped off in Hershey last fall with our RV. I would have loved the gardens, but it was rainy. Fun place to visit anyway.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @teaches Well, if you like chocolate, it is hard not to like Hershey. :) And there is so much to do there and learn.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have heard so much about this area but have yet to experience the excitement. I would love to be there during the fall some year. Your sharing of this place is all wonderful.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Susan Thank you. It was a bit of a hidden gem because everyone wants to eat the chocolate and go to the park.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been to Hershey but never did make it to Hershey Gardens. Next trip through I'll be sure to stop there for the day though. sounds like you had a great time and I love all of your beautiful pictures.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Deal Thanks, we really enjoyed it. :)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      You have some fantastic photos here! I haven't been to the Hershey reason but will surely have to see the gardens and Hershey Park if I'm around.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Chitrangada Thanks for visiting. :) It is beautiful and changes with the seasons.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Rhonda There were other cultural gardens also, but we didn't go all the way back there. It is really lovely.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Barb I remember touring the factory a couple of times when I was younger too. They don't really let you do that anymore. However, there is a very cool museum there that shows you the process plus a lot of the history for the town.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Sunshine I actually had a salad that had a chocolate dressing on it there and a chocolate martini. Both were delicious.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @favored Thanks. Yes, the school is really only one of the amazing things about this particular factory town. Milton Hershey had a great vision.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks like an amazing place to visit!

      Very nice pictures and a well written hub. Voted up!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This looks like a really fun place to check out. Love the photos, especially of the Japanese garden.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I visited Hershey in 1995 when the chocolate factory was still there, and that's what we visited. I, too, was impressed with the story of Milton Hershey. I had read his biography before I visited, but learned even more when I saw the film during my tour. You did a great job. I'd love to see that garden.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Enjoyed the tour very much. I'm going to have to visit one day...just for the chocolate and of course the gardens :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Hershey, PA is one of my favorite places to visit. I remember when everyone was up in arms when they tried to close the school. It's a great place for class trips as well as family outings. I love it when they close the park to the public when we have Christian youth groups comes from all over the country. It's fantastic. The gardens are an added bonus to the entire adventure. I'm so glad you got to experience this on your trip.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! I've heard of it, but never visited. Thanks for the tour!! ;-)