A Visit To the Sweetest Place On Earth – Hershey Park
I am constantly being asked for family-friendly vacation ideas. My #1 recommendation? Hersheypark! As a child visiting Hersheypark, it was a blast. But, now as a parent, I can’t get over how much there is to do and see for the young and old alike. My husband and I took the kids (ages 3 and 5) the last weekend in May and we all had a really fun time.
After we got off the Hershey Lodge shuttle bus, we made our way straight to Hershey’s Chocolate World. The free Great American Chocolate Tour Ride has always been a favorite of ours. There’s nothing better than the candy at the end!
We made our way through the theme park after we left Chocolate World. We spent a lot of time in Founder’s Way and The Hollow. We got to the park around 1pm and we spent about 8 hours in the park before we felt it was time to go before a melt down. We spent most of our time in these areas because of the kiddie attractions. We aren’t roller coaster type people, but if you are, I can assure you there is plenty for you as well. The great thing about Hersheypark is that each attraction area has a mix of adult and kiddie rides, so there is always something for everyone in your party.
We were very lucky and the lines for the kiddie rides were virtually non-existent all day. The kids were able to go on many rides over and over again, which they absolutely thought was the coolest thing ever. This was also the reason we didn’t get to many other areas in the park. We were completely OK with this though, just as long as the kids were happy and having fun.
Right in the front of the park, there is an area to have your children measured to see which brand they are. They get a wristband to classify them to know which ride they are eligible to ride. I had 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They were able to ride all of the rides they wanted to with no adult needed with them.
My husband and kids love carnival games. They’re lucky they have a dad who is pretty good at it. Throughout the park you can find various different games with some pretty cool prizes!
Quick Tip: Your family can meet Hershey’s Characters in Founder’s Way near the Carousel and Kisses Korner near the Kissing Tour.
We took a quick break for some drinks and snacks. We were able to bring in our own light refreshments. Throughout the park though there are many different food and beverage options. I was shocked at the many different gluten-free options the dining provided at Hersheypark. It was a big relief to know I could find something to eat at some point throughout the day.
Quick Tip: Any of the concessions in Hershey Park, you can ask for a cup of ice water for FREE!
Around 6pm when the Boardwalk area closed and visitors were using the Sunset Admission , it got very crowded in the park, so ride lines got a bit longer. At this point, we were able to check out some cool shows throughout the park as we were walking back to the main entrance. We enjoyed Wide Open Country at the Dietz & Watson Country Grill. where many styles of country music were performed in a non-stop song and dance revue. In Founders Way, we enjoyed Pattie & The Peppermints sing classic rock ‘n’ roll songs. We also caught the Piano Express and the Cocoa Rhythm Factory, two strolling entertainment shows.
We only had one-day passes to the park and I think another day would have been great because there was still so much we didn’t get to see and do! I was really hoping to visit ZooAmerica (admission is included with your Hershey Park ticket), but we just ran out of time. We also wanted to see one of the shows in the Aquatheatre — Our Friends from the Sea featuring California sea lions and harbor seals.
We went back to Hershey Park in July for the Chevrolet Ride & Drive event and were able to catch the Our Friends of the Sea show!
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Find out more about where to stay on Hersheypark property – read my review of the Hershey Lodge here!