The Hershey Gardens have been a beloved destination since 1937. However, this summer this classic Hershey attraction takes on a new look.
The Hershey Gardens has undergone major renovations that have changed many aspects of the visitor experience. The Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory is a new building that is home to a Welcome Pavilion, an Education and Horticulture Wing, and a tropical Butterfly Atrium. Mariella Trosko, the director of the Hershey Gardens, was excited to share insight on the facilities’ new additions.
The new visitor entrance to the gardens is known as the Welcome Pavilion. This new building overlooks a scenic view of town on one end and the iconic swan lake on the other side. In this building, guests can purchase admission tickets to the gardens and browse through the gift shop.
The gardens will now be open 363 days of the year—no longer a seasonal attraction. This enables the gardens to serve more school groups. Another feature of the conservatory is the Education and Horticulture Wing. It features educational kiosks and moveable plants that will be available to students during field trips. This space can also be transformed into a special event or wedding venue, and it includes an outdoor tent as well.
The final element of the conservatory is the Butterfly Atrium, which was just recently opened to the public. This tropical butterfly house is now home to 600 butterflies. There are 50 different species found in the atrium, which will be maintained at 80° and 70 percent humidity all year long. And, since we’re in Hershey, this exhibit also features a real cocoa tree!
All of the elements of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory, in addition to the regular 23 acres of landscaped beauty, will be included with admission. Trosko explained how the changes to the gardens will likely increase the number of guests. She said, “We’re hoping to increase visitors by at least 20 percent.”
To experience the new and improved Hershey Gardens, visit any day from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.