Located next to Hersheypark, Hershey's Chocolate World is basically a gift shop with some attractions. If interested in only visiting this place and NOT Hersheypark, then make sure you go to the correct parking lot, as parking for the first 3 hours is free. After that, it does cost some money, though not as much as the Hersheypark lot. This place and Hersheypark are 2 separate places.
Entering the Hershey's Chocolate World building is free in itself. But some of the attractions inside are not! When I visited, I would only go for the one attraction that is free.
And that is Hershey's Chocolate Tour, which is a ride that takes you through the process of making Hershey chocolate. There is an order of different, moving displays that give an idea of how each stage of the process is done. An interesting ride, and more of a visual aid for the chocolate-making process, that you may not quite get at the Hershey Story museum. Worth going on at least once, as it is free! And at the end of the ride, you do get a free, small Hershey bar.
Other attractions include the 4D Chocolate Mystery, Chocolate Tasting Experience and Create Your Own Candy Bar. While the last 2 sound very interesting, the 4 D show may be only worth it for those who has kids, as I did see the show on YouTube. Still, all of which, charge admission, which was enough reason for me to skip, as they are basically major tourist traps.
The gift shop has a nice variety of candy, which are almost always fresh off the factory. I would say, a lot more fresher than at the supermarket, as you can definitely feel the difference when tasting it. As a chocolate-lover myself, this makes visiting this place very much worth it. Or maybe it is just me. Plus there is a café and food court, so you can definitely eat a meal there as well.
So if you are a chocolate lover, stopping by this place is definitely worth it, mainly for the fresh chocolate on sale and the ride. While not really a must-visit by itself, it does add to the visit to Hersheypark, and a good place to cool off during those hot summer days.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.