Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hershey Travels

Now that I've filled you in on our honeymoon travels, it's time I filled you in on our family trip. This year we decided to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Growing up in New York, I had always wanted to visit, but our vacations were filled with amazing trips all over the Adirondacks, so we never quite made it there.

Since we live in Virginia, and our families still live in New York & New Jersey, we thought Pennsylvania would be a perfect place to go (though we definitely took the longer end of that drive). We tried to squeeze in a quick Phillies game, but it got rained out, so we didn't get to check that ballpark off of our list as planned. Anyway, we spent three wonderful days & nights there with my husband's parents, my stepson, and my nieces. I'm a huge fan of amusement parks and I will definitely say that Hersheypark was one of the best that I have been too. We spent two days in the park and we still didn't get on half of the rides. I'd go back in a heartbeat, especially since I still have some coasters to test out there! 

On the third day, we spent the day at Chocolate World, where we did chocolate tastings, saw a 4-D movie, rode through a fake factory (they don't do the real one anymore), made our own chocolate bars (for $15 each...ouch!), and took a trolley ride through the area, learning about Mr. Hershey, who was quite generous with his money, by the way! It was a chocolatey good time for everyone :-) We were definitely wiped out at the end of our third day and slept like babies each night. Driving back the fourth day, it felt like the longest 7 hours in a car EVER, but it was totally worth it for a great time and great memories with my husband's family.

Highlights of the trip include: 

  • Getting my 8 and 13 year old nieces and my 8 year old stepson to not only ride roller coasters, but also ride upside down roller coasters. I was so proud of all three kids for conquering their fears. 

  • Riding Skyrush, a roller coaster that is 200 feet high, going 75 miles an hour with five zero-G air time! Only my husband and I were brave enough to ride that one and I almost had a panic attack when I realized just how steep it was, but I overcame my fear too! 
You'd panic a little too, wouldn't you?

  • The peanut butter chocolate shake at Hershey's Chocolate World. Yum times infinity! 

Reese's is my favorite! 

The best part of our trip was seeing the constant smiles of my in-laws as they enjoyed everyones company. My husband has an amazing family and I am lucky to be a part of it and to be surrounded by such amazing people! 

I'll get back to blogging about school soon, but I'm a teacher on summer vacation, so it seems only fair that I share my summer with all of my wonderful followers! I hope that you are all enjoying your time as much as I am!


  1. Looks like a fun time! I LOVE roller coasters.

  2. I have always wanted to go to Hershey! My hubby's family is originally from there -so I'm always trying to get him to go! We live in SW VA now - but we lived in Hampton Roads (Portsmouth) when my husband was stationed there. I taught in Portsmouth for a year, and Norfolk for 1/2 a year - we still have friends in Hampton and Newport News. Welcome to VA- and nice to meet a fellow military wife (even though my hubs got out!)

    1. You should definitely go to Hershey sometime! I taught in Hampton for a couple of years and I'm now in a much smaller district that I absolutely LOVE! We'll have been in the Hampton Roads area three years in September. My husband has four years until it's retirement time! We'll head back north then, but I'm going to enjoy every second of our time in Virginia while we are here! We LOVE the weather after two very rainy years in Washington!