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Visiting with Your Child

A Special Visit with You

Whether you live near or far, we encourage you to visit with your child during the school year. Parents and sponsors are invited to come to campus on weekends, or your child can return home during school breaks. This is your campus, too!

A visit with a parent or sponsor shows your child that you are committed to their education and success at Milton Hershey School. Visiting also helps you keep an active, ongoing relationship with your child.

Parent or sponsor with MHS student in a classroom.

Planning to Visit your Child

Before You Arrive

Prior to your visit, please contact your student’s houseparents or TL staff to coordinate timing and logistics. We request 24 hours of advance notice before your visit.

A Milton Hershey School grandfather parent/sponsor visits with his granddaughter.

Visiting Hours

Day visits are permitted on most Saturdays and Sundays.

Elementary school students: Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Middle school students: Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

High school students: Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get Details on the Parent Portal
Student taking driver's education lesson

Traveling to MHS

Traveling by car is the easiest way to get to MHS for most families. You also can travel by train or bus to Harrisburg, and then take a taxi to the campus.

GPS and Online Maps

When using GPS devices or online maps, search for one of the following buildings to get to campus.

Main Campus: Search for East Governor Road & Meadow Lane. Once you see the large white domed building along Route 322 (Governor Road), you’re there!

Catherine Hall: Search for 300 Hotel Road. The building is across from Hersheypark on the hill.

Find More Locations On Campus

Taxi & Ride Share Services

Harrisburg-based taxi services are the closest to Milton Hershey School. Ride share services are also widely available. Taxi fares are usually about $25 from Harrisburg. Travel costs are paid by the family.

Local Taxi & Ride Share Companies

Overnight Stays

If you’ll be staying in the area overnight, there are several nearby hotels. Hotel costs are paid by the family. Be sure to mention that you are the parent or sponsor of an MHS student. Some motels and hotels may offer a discount (although please note, MHS does not endorse any hotel. Hotel pricing and/or discounts are determined by each hotel and not MHS).

Local Hotels & Motels

America’s Best Value Inn
2951 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra, PA 17078
717-838-4761 / 888-315-2378
6 miles to MHS main campus

Comfort Inn
1200 Mae Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036
717-566-2050
5 miles to MHS main campus

Days Inn
350 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-534-2162 / 800-325-2525
2 miles to MHS main campus

Fairfield Inn & Suites
651 West Areba Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-520-5240
2 miles to MHS main campus

Hampton Inn & Suites
749 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-533-8400 / 800-HAMPTON
3 miles to MHS main campus

Hershey Econo Lodge
115 Lucy Ave. & Rt. 422, Hershey, PA 17033
717-533-2515
4 miles to MHS main campus

Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
844-330-1802
4 miles to MHS main campus

Hershey Travel Inn
905 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-533-7950
3 miles to MHS main campus

Hilton Garden Inn (Hershey)
550 E. Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036
717-566-9292 / 866-538-0306
5 miles to MHS main campus

Holiday Inn Express
610 Watson Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036
717-583-0500 / 866-538-0184
5 miles to MHS main campus

Howard Johnson
845 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-533-9157 / 800-800-5845
3 miles to MHS main campus

Knights Inn (Palmyra Motel)
1071 E. Main St., Palmyra, PA 17078
717-0838-1324 / 717-838-8902
6 miles to MHS main campus

Quality Inn & Suites
181 Hershey Road, Hershey PA 17033
717-583-5151
5 miles to MHS main campus

Red Lion Inn & Suites
422 and Sipe Ave., Hershey PA 17033
717-533-5665 / 866-705-0425
4 miles to MHS main campus

Red Roof Inn
1806 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey PA 17033
717-533-1234 / 937-327-6588
4 miles to MHS main campus

Rodeway Inn & Suites
43 W. Areba Ave., Hershey PA 17033
717-533-7054
2 miles to MHS main campus

Simmons Motel
355 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-533-9177
2 miles to MHS main campus

Springhill Suites
115 Museum Dr., Hershey, PA 17033
717-538-2222 / 877-720-1291
5 miles to MHS main campus

Super 8
210 Hockersville Rd., Hershey, PA 17033
717-508-7629
2 miles to MHS main campus

White Rose Motel
1060 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
717-533-9876
3 miles to MHS main campus

Things to Do

Campus Vibrant

Take a Stroll

Enjoy a walk with your child on our beautiful 7,000-plus acre campus. It’s the perfect time to catch up and hear about their experience at school.

Milton hershey parade

Events on Campus

While you’re visiting MHS, we encourage you to attend campus events. Spend special time with your child at sports games, performances, and Family Weekend activities.

Milton & Catherine Hershey Statue

Tour the Town

Explore the town of Hershey and all the history and fun it has to offer. Take a trolley tour, enjoy a day at Hersheypark, or visit the Hershey Story Museum.

Milton Hershey School students walk to the charter bus to head home for break.

Students Returning Home

Charter Buses

Through the Parent Portal, you are able to book discounted bus tickets for your child to travel home for breaks. The portal includes up-to-date bus times, rules, and travel dates. The system is an easy way to arrange travel for your child.

Visit the Parent Portal

Home Away From Home Home

Learn how to support your child and stay in touch when you miss each other.

Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Founders Hall

Milton Hershey School provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities at special events sponsored by the school. To request special accommodations, call Campus Services and Central Monitoring at least three days prior to the event. Please note that the school does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Campus Services and Central Monitoring:
717-520-2647

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. View full Equal Opportunity Policy.