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Why You’ll Love Hershey Lodge Hershey PA 

One of my favorite places to stay is at the Hershey Lodge Hershey PA. It has it all for family fun: from characters, to the onsite Hershey Lodge water park, to fab Hershey Lodge restaurants! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your next Hershey stay. Thanks for hosting my family, Hershey Lodge.

 

Tips for visiting Hershey, Pennsylvania from a first timer. Chocolate World, Hersheypark, Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge and more!

 

If you’re like me (a proud chocoholic theme park lover!) then visiting Hershey, PA was probably high on your travel bucket list. It sure was up there on mine!

Thankfully dreams do come true and last year I spent my first glorious weekend in Hershey, the town that chocolate built. And I was immediately hooked. If you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway on the east coast, there are so many great things to do in Hershey, PA!

Start by staying at the Hershey Lodge.

 

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Why You’ll Love Hershey Lodge Hershey PA

If love at first sight is real, then that’s what happened to me when we pulled up to this hotel. I was smitten, y’all, with everything about our stay.

It started at the front door. When we pulled up and went inside for check-in, the good folks at the door offered us cold water and asked if we needed any assistance.

 

hershey lodge hershey pa entrance

 

We enthusiastically took advantage of the offered water bottles and cooled off as we went inside to check in. I absolutely love service that does the unexpected!

Here are a few more things we loved about staying at the Hershey Lodge Hershey PA.

 

The Rooms At Hershey Lodge Hershey PA

We are a larger family and sometimes finding accommodations for all of us can be a challenge. Hershey Lodge is great because they did have a family suite available for us.

The two-room suite had 2 queen beds in one room and a pull-out sleeper sofa in the other.

 

hershey lodge hershey pa hotel room

 

Suite at Hershey Lodge Hershey PA

 

And most importantly? It had two bathrooms. This is a huge score when you’re road tripping with teens and tweens who love to take their time in the shower these days!

My favorite part of staying in Hershey Lodge are all the Hershey details: little chocolate kisses could be found everywhere: on the bed cover and on the wallpaper as well. How cute is that?!

 

hershey kisses wallpaper in Hershey Lodge hershey pa

 

Hershey Lodge Water Park

The real standout at this hotel is the Hershey Lodge water park, Hershey’s Water Works. You might wonder how much it costs? Welp, this is where things get GOOD.

Entrance to the Hershey Lodge water park is included in your stay at the hotel!

 

hershey lodge water park Hershey's Water Works

 

This indoor water park at Hershey Lodge was a fantastic option to let off steam one morning when our Hersheypark plans were thwarted by rain!

 

The Sweet Deets on Hershey Lodge Water Park

  • The official name: Hershey’s Water Works
  • Hours: 8 am to 10 pm daily
  • Twizzlers Twist slides open 8 am to 10 pm daily
  • outdoor splash pad open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 8 am to 9 pm daily
  • Food at Hershey Lodge Water Park: YES! Cocoa Cabana is open for Breakfast: 8 AM – 11 AM, daily Lunch/Dinner: 11 AM – 9 PM, daily.
  • Cocoa Cabana serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty beverages as well.
  • An Arcade is located in the complex and is open 24/7 with room key access
  • Get your fitness on in the world class fitness center! Also open 24/7 with room key access

The Hershey Lodge water park has something for all ages. My beginning swimmer up to my swim team level swimmers enjoyed the facilities.

This is definitely a must-do when you are staying at Hershey Lodge Hershey PA!

 

hershey lodge water park Hershey's Water Works

 

 

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Hershey Lodge Restaurants

After you play at Hersheypark and swim at the Hershey Lodge water park, you’ll need to EAT. Because all that play will build up that appetite!

There are six total Hershey Lodge restaurants to choose from on property. And there is something for everyone here!

 

forebay hershey lodge restaurants

Cocoa Cabana at Hershey’s Water Works

As I mentioned before, Cocoa Cabana is located at Hershey’s Water Works, the Hershey Lodge water park. Think typical poolside fare: chicken fingers, nachos, pizza and salads.

 

Hershey Grill | Hershey Lodge Restaurants

Just outside the Hershey Lodge, you’ll find the entrance to the wonderful Hershey Grill. We had breakfast here and I cannot recommend it enough!

Hours of the Hershey Grill:

  • Breakfast: Daily, 8 – 11:30 AM
  • Lunch: Daily, 11:30 AM – 4 PM
  • Dinner: Daily, 4 – 10 PM
  • Daily Dinner Specials are served from 4 – 10 PM

You can make reservations in advance by calling 717-534-8601. But reservations are not accepted Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Hershey Lodge restaurants Hershey Grill smores french toast

 

The Forebay | Hershey Lodge Restaurants

I love this cozy location set at the top floor of the Lodge lobby.

The drinks are to die for and it’s a perfect place for a date night for mom and dad!

Hours of the Forebay:

  • Dinner 5 pm to 11 pm daily

You can make reservations in advance by calling 717-534-8601. But reservations are not accepted Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

The Bears’ Den- My Family Favorite!

This is out must-do when we are in Hershey PA. Even when we aren’t staying at the Lodge, we head over to get some fantastic milkshakes, onion rings, and sports in the Bears’ Den.

This is a local favorite as well and if there’s a hockey game on the big screens, you can bet it gets loud here! So much fun!

 

The Bear's Den Sportsbar Hershey Lodge restaurants

 

Hours of the Bears’ Den:

  • Breakfast Buffet: 8 AM – 10 AM
  • Lunch/Dinner: 11:30 AM – 1 AM*
  • *Kitchen closes at 12 AM

Reservations are NOT accepted here.

 

Fire & Grain | Hershey Lodge Hershey PA

This place is wonderful! It is also the newest Hershey Lodge restaurant offering, so you can bet it’s also popular!

You can’t go wrong eating anything here. But I highly suggest you try THIS.

 

s'mores jar at fire & grain hershey lodge restaurants

S’mores Jar dessert: worth making a stop for at Fire & Grain one of the Hershey Lodge restaurants

 

Fire & Grain Hours:

  • Breakfast Buffet: 7 – 11 AM
  • Bar: 3 PM – Midnight
  • Happy Hour: 4 – 6 PM, Daily bar area only
  • Dinner: 4:30 – 11PM

You can make reservations in advance by calling 717-534-8601. But reservations are not accepted Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Cocoa Beanery

Need a quick on the go snack or meal? This is your go-to stop inside the lobby of the Hershey Lodge.

The Cocoa Beanery offers yummy coffee and sandwiches, and I even found a fun S’mores to go kit!

Hours of the Cocoa Beanery:

  • Daily, 6:30 AM – 10 PM

 

s'mores kits at the cocoa beanery | hershey lodge restaurants

 

Bottomline Reasons to stay at Hershey Lodge in Hershey PA

You’ll find a great room, cute Hershey touches, and you’ll sleep like a baby! The beds are incredibly comfortable.

You get free transportation to Hersheypark! You can’t beat that. It’s so nice to let someone else do the driving and not worry about parking.

 

Free shuttle service to Hersheypark sign Hershey Lodge Hershey PA

 

The Hershey Lodge water park Hershey’s Water Works is THE BOMB.

You have SIX delicious Hershey Lodge restaurants to choose from onsite. SIX, y’all!

Characters in the lobby- WHAT?! If you know me, you know I was over the moon to step out of the elevator and find Reese’s in the lobby waiting to say hi.

 

Characters at Hershey Lodge Hershey PA

 

There’s room for families and it’s definitely family friendly.

Full-size bars of chocolate at check-in- always a good thing, in my world!

And the customer service at is top notch. But really, you will find this everywhere in Hershey, PA. And if the Lodge isn’t quite what you are looking for, be sure to check out the Hersheypark Camping Resort– another delightful Hershey property.

See you in Hershey, PA this year!

 

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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)

Comments

  • Margie DQ says:

    Great post! We visited for the first time last year and were enthralled by Hershey PA. We are major Disney aficionados and are always comparing other theme parks to Disney… well Hershey ranks pretty close! I wanted to stay at Hershey Lodge, but we had reward points and stayed somewhere nearby for free. Thanks for the review though! Maybe I will check it out next summer!

    • Patty says:

      As a fellow Disney fan, I felt the same way about Hersheypark! It is just a delight- and there are so many things to do in Hershey that it makes for many a great return trip. Hope you get back soon & check out Hershey Lodge.

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Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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