Hershey Children’s Garden

Help your child disconnect from technology and discover the wonders of nature.

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Children can become immersed in hands-on activities like:

  • Searching for fish, frogs and turtles in the pond*
  • Learning about veggie and herb gardens
  • Exploring and playing in nature’s playground
  • Creating in our sandbox 
  • Learning how to care for plants with our water pump

The Hershey Children’s Garden was one of the first of its kind in the country when it opened in 1999, and it still serves as a model for children’s gardens around the world.

Please note that the Hershey Children’s Garden is undergoing construction through summer 2024. Some areas may be blocked off during this time, including the treehouse. Thank you for your understanding.

In the meantime, please join us for our other winter experiences:

  • Explore our indoor, child-focused nature play area, the Ron & Lydia Harrington Perennial Playspace, on the 2nd floor.
  • Bundle up and visit the outdoor gardens, including the Herb Garden and Restorative Garden, to observe plants & animals in the winter.

For your safety:

  • We may limit the number of visitors inside this garden at one time
  • Parents assume the risk associated with touching play surfaces and children congregating

Adults are responsible to actively supervise children in their care.

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