Our family camping stay was hosted by Hershey Resorts and Entertainment. All opinions are our own.
Hershey, PA has a reputation for luxury. From the Chocolate Spa to the indulgent desserts found throughout Hersheypark and Chocolate World, you can barely turn a corner in the cocoa-scented PA town without treating yourself. So when we decided to take the family camping at the Hersheypark Camping Resort, I really had no idea what to expect. Would it be a total glamping experience? Would it be low-key enough that I’d miss that special Hershey touch and secretly long for a posh night at the Hotel?
I knew the moment we walked into our deluxe cabin. We were in for one sweet weekend.
We stayed in a 2-bedroom Deluxe Cabin, which was really just…unreal. Fully furnished and equipped with indoor plumbing (yup, a shower and full bathroom) it was little a perfect little house with all the comforts of home, but still rustic enough to really feel like a cabin.
The best thing Hershey did in building these cabins was install a big, beautiful front door. It really made the cabin feel luxurious and I felt it every time we walked in.
The kids immediately hit the comfy couch (as you can see, I didn’t fix the pillow. #fail) and checked out the bunk beds.
They have bunk beds at home, but these were a MUCH bigger deal.
The bunk bed room sleeps up to 5 and the main bedroom sleeps 2, so you can definitely house a crowd here. With a picnic table out front on the porch and a fire ring in the yard, a weekend of glamping bliss is pretty much guaranteed. Especially with TV, WiFi, heat and air conditioning, and a big ceiling fan.
See, even the ceilings are pretty!
Hersheypark Camping Resort also offers Extended Log Cabins and standard Log Cabins for those who want to rough it without indoor plumbing. The cabins do have electric, and restroom/shower buildings with laundry facilities are located throughout the campground. We definitely checked those out, and they were close by, clean, and updated, so you can forget those visions of 7th grade summer camp.
If you’re an all-in camper with a tent or an RV (don’t forget to bring an RV battery as well!), you can also rent a campsite with full or partial hookup, and pull-through sites are available. (Water is shut off from mid-October through mid-April).
Just like all the Hershey Resorts, there are lots of benefits to staying at the Hersheypark Camping Resort. They differ throughout the year, so check here to see what free resort benefits you’ll enjoy during your stay.
Fun Family Camping
For us, the biggest and best takeaway from the Hersheypark Camping Resort was how totally family friendly it is. Family camping can be a challenge in a place where there’s not much to do, but that’s never the case in Hershey.
Here’s just a partial list of things we did while we were camping:
- visited the resort playground
- walked the scenic grounds
- watched an outdoor movie (Hocus Pocus!) that was projected on the barn
- visited the Campground Country Store to stock up on Hershey’s treats and souvenirs
- took a walk to visit all the other campsites that were decorated for Halloween
- hit the indoor game room and won lots of prizes!
- took the free shuttle to Hersheypark for Hersheypark in the Dark, and then took the shuttle back. (So convenient!)
- Used the official CampersApp to schedule activities, access weather reports, get a map of the campground, and more.
- Grabbed authentic Cocoa Beanery coffee first thing in the morning!
From Hershey’s Character visits and ZooAmerica animal encounters to s’mores campfires and live entertainment, you never know what might happen while you’re visiting the Hersheypark Camping Resort. That’s why it’s always a sweet idea to stay at an Official Resort of Hersheypark!
*It also might be worth noting that we did not see one bug during our visit. I can’t guarantee your experience will be the same, but I just might be convinced to get a tent for next summer. 🙂
To learn more about the resort, see rental rates, and reserve a campsite or cabin, visit Hersheypark Camping Resort online.
Do you have questions about family camping in Hershey? Leave them here – we’re happy to help!