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Hershey is located in Dauphin County in southeastern Pennsylvania, just 12 miles east of the capital city of Harrisburg. Hershey is not incorporated, therefore all municipal services are provided by Derry Township. The population of Hershey, as of the 2000 census, was 12,771. The community is often called the "Sweetest Place on Earth," and popularly called "Chocolatetown, USA," due to it being home to the famous Hershey Chocolate Company. Hershey makes the well-known Hershey bar and Hershey kisses candy, and it's the parent company to H.B. Reese Candy Company, manufacturer of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Hershey provides lots of activities for the whole family, including a factory stores and virtual tour ride of the company. There is also the Hersheypark and Hersheypark Stadium, ZooAmerica and Hershey Gardens. Other attractions include a Hershey Museum, playhouse, library, shopping outlets, lodge and a cross-country ski course. Hersheypark alone consists of 65 rides and attractions, including 11 roller coasters, live entertainment and 20 children's rides. Hershey Gardens offers 23 acres of year-round theme gardens and flowers, and the popular Butterfly House. In addition to all this, Hershey is just a short drive to Harrisburg's museums, dining and shopping and capitol tours.

Surrounding areas: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (12.4 mi), Pa Dutch Region, Pennsylvania (16.1 mi), Lancaster, Pennsylvania (25.0 mi), Intercourse, Pennsylvania (33.5 mi), Reading, Pennsylvania (38.3 mi), Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania (39.0 mi)

Hershey Vacation Rentals

Hershey Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn Hershey350 W Chocolate AveHershey, PA (717) 534-2162
Econo Lodge Hershey115 Lucy AveHershey, PA (717) 533-2515
Hampton Inn & Suites-Hershey749 E Chocolate AveHershey, PA (717) 533-8400
Quality Inn & Suites183 Hershey RdHershey, PA (717) 583-5151
Rodeway Inn43 W Areba AveHershey, PA (717) 533-7054
Springhill Suites By Marriott Hershey115 Museum DrHershey, PA (717) 583-2222
The Hershey Lodge & Conv CenterWchocolate Ave/university DrHershey, PA (717) 543-3006
The Hotel Hershey100 Hotel RdHershey, PA (717) 533-2171
Travelodge1043 E Chocolate AveHershey, PA (717) 533-5179
Triangle Motel1518 E Chocolate AveHershey, PA (717) 533-2384
Comfort Inn Hershey1200 Mae StHummelstown, PA2.3 mi.(717) 566-2050
Hilton Garden Inn Hershey550 E Main StHummelstown, PA2.6 mi.(717) 566-9292
Holiday Inn Express Hershey610 Walton AveHummelstown, PA2.6 mi.(717) 583-0500
Palmyra Motel1071 E Main StPalmyra, PA4.3 mi.(717) 838-1324
Country Inn And Suites Harrisburg Ne8000 Jonestown RdHarrisburg, PA5.7 mi.(717) 651-5100
Weber's Motel7624 Jonestown RdHarrisburg, PA5.8 mi.(717) 652-0602
Howard Johnson Inn7930 Linglestown RdHarrisburg, PA6.1 mi.(717) 540-9100
Hampton Inn255 Bow CRK RdGrantville, PA6.3 mi.(717) 469-7689
Comfort Inn Harrisburg/Hershey7744 Linglestown RdHarrisburg, PA6.3 mi.(717) 540-8400
Econo Lodge252 Bow Creek RdGrantville, PA6.5 mi.(717) 469-0631
Comfort Suites450 Station RdGrantville, PA6.7 mi.(717) 469-8181
Holiday Inn-harrisburg Hershey604 Station RdGrantville, PA6.7 mi.(717) 469-0661
Quality Inn200 N Mountain RdHarrisburg, PA7.8 mi.(717) 540-9339
Best Western Harrisburg/Hershey300 N Mountain RdHarrisburg, PA7.9 mi.(717) 652-7180
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-harrisburg5680 Allentown BlvdHarrisburg, PA7.9 mi.(717) 657-2200
Wyndham Harrisburg Hershey4650 Lindle RdHarrisburg, PA8.3 mi.(717) 564-5511
Four Points Sheraton800 E Park DrHarrisburg, PA8.4 mi.(717) 561-2800
Residence Inn By Marriott - Harrisburg/Hershey4480 Lewis RdHarrisburg, PA8.4 mi.(717) 561-1900
Best Western Inn & Suites815 Eisenhower BlvdMiddletown, PA8.7 mi.(717) 939-1600
Days Inn800 Eisenhower BlvdMiddletown, PA8.7 mi.(717) 939-4147
Baymont Inn & Suites-harrisburg Airport990 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.8 mi.(717) 939-8000
Courtyard By Marriott Harrisburg/Hershey725 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.8 mi.(717) 558-8544
Red Roof Inn950 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.8 mi.(717) 939-1331
Wingate Inn1344 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.8 mi.(717) 985-1600
Wyndham Garden Hotel765 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.8 mi.(717) 558-9500
American Inn495 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.9 mi.(717) 561-1885
Econo Lodge495 Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.9 mi.(717) 561-1885
Howard Johnson Motor Lodge473 S Eisenhower BlvdHarrisburg, PA8.9 mi.(717) 564-4730
Fairfield Inn By Marriott1018 Briarsdale RdHarrisburg, PA9.0 mi.(717) 412-4326
Super 8 Motel4131 Executive Park DrHarrisburg, PA9.1 mi.(717) 564-7790
Bed & Breakfast
Pinehurst Inn Bed & Breakfast50 NE DrHershey, PA (717) 533-2603
Berry Patch Bed & Breakfast115 Moore RdLebanon, PA12.5 mi.(717) 865-7219
Forge B&BRR 1Pine Grove, PA22.9 mi.(570) 345-8349
Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast150 Hickorytown RdCarlisle, PA25.4 mi.(717) 258-0717
The Gerhart House B & B287 Duke StEphrata, PA26.2 mi.( ) -
Buttonwood Bed And Breakfast980 Waggoners Gap RdCarlisle, PA29.8 mi.(717) 249-7827

Hershey Weather & Climate

Southeast Pennsylvania lies within the humid continental climate zone, but the weather varies according to area and altitude. The state experiences four seasons, but each can vary in temperature depending on location. Summers, in general, tend to be long, hot and humid, particularly in the southeast. The mountainous areas are likely to be cooler and less humid. Autumns are usually moderate and a pleasant time to travel. Winters are cold with snow, especially in the mountains. July tends to be the warmest month, and although temperatures can reach over 90 F in the southeast, average temperatures are usually about 80 F. January is the coldest time of year, with temperatures dropping to about 23 F. Tornadoes and floods are possible in southeast Pennsylvania.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 35°F 19°F 3.19 in. -
February 38°F 20°F 2.56 in. -
March 49°F 28°F 3.31 in. -
April 60°F 37°F 3.72 in. -
May 70°F 47°F 4.61 in. -
June 78°F 56°F 4.04 in. -
July 83°F 61°F 4.57 in. -
August 80°F 59°F 3.48 in. -
September 73°F 51°F 4.08 in. -
October 62°F 39°F 3.32 in. -
November 51°F 31°F 3.62 in. -
December 40°F 24°F 3.19 in. -

Hershey Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Harrisburg International airport (MDT) located about 8 miles southwest of Hershey in Harrisburg ( Middletown ), Pennsylvania, the Martin State airport (MTN) located approximately 67 miles south of Hershey in Baltimore, Maryland, the Lehigh Valley International airport (ABE) located roughly 68 miles east of Hershey in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the New Castle County airport (ILG) located around 69 miles southeast of Hershey in Wilmington, Delaware, and finally the University Park airport (UNV) located about 73 miles northwest of Hershey in State College, Pennsylvania.

Hershey Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA19.6 mi.
Dutch WonderlandLancasterPA25.0 mi.
KnoebelsElysburgPA40.3 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD62.1 mi.
Dorney ParkAllentownPA64.9 mi.
Blue Diamond ParkNew CastleDE71.8 mi.
Bushkill ParkEastonPA80.1 mi.
Pocono Play ParkBartonsvillePA87.2 mi.
JeepersRockvilleMD87.3 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD89.4 mi.
DelGrosso's Amusement ParkTiptonPA89.8 mi.
Water Parks
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA60.9 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA64.9 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA87.6 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ89.7 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA91.4 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE105.1 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD110.7 mi.
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA120.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Spring Creek Golf CourseHersheyPA 
Beaver Bend Par 3HummelstownPA3.2 mi.
Manada Golf ClubGrantvillePA5.8 mi.
Sunset Golf CourseMiddletownPA8.3 mi.
Tree Top Golf CourseManheimPA9.6 mi.
Par Line Golf CourseElizabethtownPA9.8 mi.
Rustic Meadows Camping & GolfElizabethtownPA9.8 mi.
Fairview Golf CourseQuentinPA11.1 mi.
Kings Mountain Golf CourseRockwoodPA12.4 mi.
Iron Valley Golf ClubCornwallPA13.2 mi.
Pine Meadows Golf ComplexLebanonPA13.2 mi.
Royal Oaks Golf ClubLebanonPA13.2 mi.
Freeport Mills Golf CourseLebanonPA14.9 mi.
Waynesboro Municipal Golf CourseWaynesboroPA15.4 mi.
Monroe Valley Golf CourseJonestownPA15.6 mi.
Armitage Golf CourseMechanicsburgPA16.0 mi.
Evergreen Golf Course IncManheimPA16.3 mi.
Blue Mountain View Golf CourseFredericksburgPA17.8 mi.
Four Seasons Golf CourseLandisvillePA18.6 mi.
Silver Spring Golf CourseMechanicsburgPA19.8 mi.
Lebanon Valley Golf CourseMyerstownPA20.5 mi.
Midatlantic Golf ClubDoverPA22.4 mi.
Overlook Golf CourseLancasterPA22.7 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubYorkPA22.8 mi.
Hawk Lake Golf ClubYorkPA22.8 mi.
Heritage Hills Golf ResortYorkPA22.8 mi.
Honey Run Golf & Country ClubYorkPA22.8 mi.
Rolling Acres Executive Par 3 Golf CourseYorkPA22.8 mi.
Springwood Golf ClubYorkPA22.8 mi.
Mound Grove Golf & RecreationWaterfordPA23.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Doe MountainMacungiePA59.8 mi.
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA68.3 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA73.5 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA87.6 mi.
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ89.7 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ89.7 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA91.7 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA94.9 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA96.5 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA108.9 mi.
Shawnee MountainDelawarePA109.4 mi.
Elk MountainUnion DalePA115.8 mi.
State Parks
Memorial Lake State ParkPA9.6 mi. 
Swatara State ParkPA15.5 mi. 
Gifford Pinchot State ParkPA19.2 mi. 
Swatara State ParkPA20.2 mi. 
Samuel S Lewis State ParkPA21.3 mi. 
Little Buffalo State ParkPA29.6 mi. 
Kings Gap State ParkPA35.9 mi. 
Nolde Forest State ParkPA36.9 mi. 
Susquehannock State ParkPA38.0 mi. 
Pine Grove Furnace State ParkPA38.5 mi. 
Codorus State ParkPA38.6 mi. 
Museum of Bus TransportationHersheyPA(Technology)
Hershey MuseumHersheyPA(History)
Museum of Scientific DiscoveryHarrisburgPA12.4 mi.(Science)
Watch and Clock Museum of the NAWCCColumbiaPA19.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Watch & Clock MuseumColumbiaPA19.1 mi.(Technology)
York County Heritage TrustYorkPA22.7 mi.(History)
Franklin and Marshall College's North MuseumLancasterPA25.0 mi.(Science)
North Museum of Natural History and ScienceLancasterPA25.0 mi.(Science)
Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster CountyLancasterPA25.0 mi.(Art)
Historical Society of Berks County PennsylvaniaReadingPA38.3 mi.(History)
The Condiment Packet GalleryWest ChesterPA59.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA 
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA58.2 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD68.8 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD68.8 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE69.3 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA81.8 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ84.6 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC98.3 mi.

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