It was a windy day and the surf was high, but it was still a nice day at the beach. Parking cost $1 per hour, and we did see a sign about a beach pass, but didn't see where to purchase one. We didn't stay long, but there was police and lifeguard presence. It looks like a safe family beach.
If you love trains, you have to make this one of your stops, I'm not a train fan, but this will motivate you! We didn't have time to take the full tour, but we will be back. As a stop point on your trip, you don't have to pay to take pictures with these great engines!
If you love RV's this is the place to be. Be warned- if you're going on the weekends it is super busy. We waiting sitting in our car for one hour or just over to get a parking spot on Saturday of the last weekend. If you're going plan for a weekday or you're going to be waiting in line to see many of the units. Don't let this get you down, the trip in Hershey is worth it with tons of things to do for the family, Museums, Rollercosters in Hershey park, Water slides, Campgrounds, and Tanger Outlets for Mom. Hershey is a great place, but be sure to get there early for easier parking!
So, here was a great little enlightenment when it comes to all things Hershey. It was really something special to learn about the history of Mr. Hershey and how the town was built around his company and the workers of the town. This small museum offers a chance to create or mix chocolate to make your own chocolate creation. The price for each Museum $12.50 and Chocolate lab $12.50 or both for $20, so go for both if you're going here. Parking was free, and a little more than I would have like to have paid, but it's worth it, children prices vary based on age. There is also a coffee shop, and gift shop, along with chocolate tasting from different parts of the world. Check out their website before going!
This was a great day trip, plenty to see in a small area. Head to the beach ($1.00 per hour) parking, but the beach was clean, and plenty of police, and help if needed. In the downtown area, parking is $10-$25 4-8 hours depending on what you are looking to do, but you will have to pay for parking. Getting over to Atlantic city from the Philadelphia area you will have to pay for tolls going and coming $3.75 each way (1 for $3.00 and 1 for $.075) if you come via the Expressway. I planned to visit Bass Pro Shop, and if you use their parking lot, you'll pay $10 for 4 hours, but If you purchase more than $30 in the store, your parking is free, so if you're going to pay for parking, it's a deal. The area now is a little depressed, with businesses closing, and lots of real estate for sale, but still worth the trip if you've never been.
If you haven't visited yet, it is a little overpriced in my opinion for $8.00 (adults) and they do ask for an extra $1.00 to maintain the home. The home was built in 1953, and is a wonderful work of architecture. The complete self-guided tour of the home is roughly 5 minutes, and you can spend another 10 to 15 minutes going though the gardens outside the home. They don't provide fish food, but the Coy fish come right up to you as well as the small turtles that live in the pond and will eat from your hands. So in my opinion $5.00 would be a more agreeable price, but still worth a look if you're into Japanese culture.