At the beginning of June, we took our annual summer trip to Hersheypark. As usual, we had an excellent time!
If you’re unfamiliar with Hersheypark, it’s a beautiful theme park located in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, just East of the state capital of Harrisburg. Priced more affordably than parks like Disney, Universal, or Cedar Point, Hershey is a great place for families with kids. Included in your ticket, you get access to the theme park, a nicely sized, very clean waterpark called The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, and the 12-acre ZooAmerica.
While the park boasts 13 roller coasters, many very thrilling, there is still a ton to do for little ones and those who prefer a more relaxing experience. Multiple kiddie ride areas are spread throughout the park, providing plenty of options for young thrill seekers not yet tall enough to ride everything with mom and dad. Kids can be measured and find their candy-themed height range at the front of the park. Hershey’s Miniatures, Kisses, and Jolly Ranchers are just some of the fun categories, and you’ll hear people reference them throughout the day.
There is also a monorail (not quite like Disney as it’s open-air, but still a nice aerial tour of the theme park and zoo), as well as an indoor laser shooting ride, akin to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. The water park, nicely themed as The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, is much the same, even offering a kid-sized wave pool.
Food offerings throughout the park are reasonably-priced for theme park food, with most adult meals being in the $10-$12 range if you include a drink. The typical Dippin’ Dots, popcorn, and lemonade are available at many locations as well. Founder’s Kitchen, located near the front of the park, even offers a family meal for about $40 that serves four people and includes drinks. The Overlook Foodcourt is another good option as there are nine different stations serving things like burgers, pizza, noodle bowls, and even quite a few gluten-free options. As a matter of fact, one food location, The Outpost, serves an entirely gluten-free and nut-free menu! A fun location to try is BBLz, located toward the back of the park in Kissing Tower Hill. It features a unique array of soda creations that include candy, frosting, and more, all served in a bubble-shaped cup. It’s a very cool experience if you’re looking for a unique snack. Be sure to check out my video here to see the experience for yourself.
Entertainment options are abundant as well. Theater productions with singing and dancing, a roaming marching band, a percussion group, costumed characters (a giant Hershey Kiss, for one), a sea lion show, and more, will keep you entertained all day and night.
While you’re in the area, be sure to head across the parking lot to Hershey’s Chocolate World. Entrance is free, with some activities and a food court available for an extra fee. You can make your own giant Hershey Bar, take a free ride through a tour of the chocolate making process, experience a chocolate tasting, and more. Also, you’ll be right in the middle of the world’s largest Hershey store, so prepare for some sweet purchases!
I definitely would recommend checking out Hersheypark and spending at least a few days to experience everything the area has to offer. If you’ve been there before, tell us about your experience below!