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I grew up in Southern New Jersey. Every summer, I’d pile into a van with my best friend and her family and we’d head West to Hershey, PA, pop-up camper in tow. This was the highlight of our summer. Rides, food, CHOCOLATE, corny jokes from her dad (they were seriously the best), and quality family time. While everyone else was heading TO the shore, we were heading AWAY from it. That’s just what happens when you grow up on the Jersey Shore.
After a quick stop in the Lancaster Amish country, we’d drive out to Hershey and get the camper set up at the Hershey Camping Resort. That night, my BFF and I would roam the campground
looking for boys exploring the sites and have a campfire, complete with Hershey’s chocolate s’mores, of course.
The next day, we’d wake up bright and early (no small feat for teenage girls) and head over to Hersheypark, where we’d ride the Wildcat and Comet until the park closed. There are photos of said events, but I am not posting photos of me from the early 90’s.
Fast forward a few years later, and I was making my annual summer trip to Hershey to see the Dave Matthews Band at the Hershey Park Stadium. We’d cram into tents at the campground and play in the park like kids. Hershey Park Stadium was always an awesome place to see my favorite band (tip: try and sit on the floor sections, not the sides) and it was awesome to combine a concert with some park time.
A few years later (again), I met my husband, who happened to be from the Lancaster area. Whenever we went home to visit is parents, we’d drive out to Hersheypark for the day. Now, we’re able to take the entire family. We’re hoping to visit this summer so we can take advantage of The Boardwalk (the water park within Hersheypark). It will most likely be our first time camping as a family, too! Hershey Camping Resort makes it fun to camp without really having to rough it…perfect for families with small kids like ours!
I’m also excited that Hershey has added a half marathon race! The Hershey Half Marathon will take place on October 20th of this year. You can run/walk the half marathon as an individual or sign up for a two-person relay team. Hershey, PA is a very scenic historic town, which will make for a very pretty run, and how can you not love a race where a) you smell chocolate in the air while running and b) the swag bags come with chocolate inside? I may try and convince the husband to take an adults-only weekend trip to Hershey for the race and a little pampering at the spa at the Hotel Hershey.
Have you been to Hersheypark before? I highly recommend it for a weekend road trip for those in the Northeast!