Summer activities are in full swing at Hershey Gardens. In addition to Marvelous Mondays making a return, new offerings include art exhibits, live music, Rose Day, and children’s shows.
Following is a complete listing of summer events and activities at Hershey Gardens:
Guided Nature Walks
Saturday, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Dr. Ray (Barbehenn), a biologist with expertise in plant ecology, leads a one-hour tour of the Gardens, providing guests with insight and information on various plants. Included in admission; subject to cancellation without prior notice.
Marvelous Mondays in The Children’s Garden
Monday, July 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2 and 9
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kids can explore The Children’s Garden while discovering nature, creating crafts, and enjoying entertainment. Each week brings a new program. Included in admission.
- July 12 – Animals with ZooAmerica
- July 19 – Trees and flowers with Butterfly Rick
- July 26 – Birds with the Audubon Society; puppet shows
- Aug. 2 – Science and art with VanGo! Museum on Wheels
- Aug. 9 – Garden creatures; children's book author Kevin McCloskey
Children’s Play – “Neverland”
Friday, July 23
Take a trip to "Neverland," an original adaptation presented by students of Hershey Area Playhouse's Summer Theater Camp. This beloved story of eternal youth will be filled with swashbuckling pirates and rambunctious lost children. "Neverland" will be presented in The Children's Garden Amphitheater. Included in admission.
NEW! Music in the Gardens
Saturday, Aug. 7
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
An evening of live music will be provided by the Anthony Haubert Trio, featuring local jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist Tom Strohman, Philadelphia-based bassist Ryan Kuhns and jazz pianist Anthony Haubert. Guests can walk through the Gardens or bring their own beverage, blanket and lawn chairs, and snacks. Included in admission.
NEW! Rose Day
Sunday, Aug. 8
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Guests will learn about rose care and flower arranging, and they will tour the Historic Rose Garden. Children's activities include a Rosebud Tour, a craft, and a scavenger hunt. Sarah's Creamery truck will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included in admission.
NEW! “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show”
Sunday, Aug. 8
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Eric Carle’s critically-acclaimed show features a menagerie of large-scale puppets. Every show also features two other Eric Carle short stories. Performed by Gretna Theatre; included in admission.
Summer hours at Hershey Gardens are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry into the Butterfly Atrium is 5:45 p.m. For ticketing information, please visit HersheyGardens.org.