Hersheypark is a great amusement park in Hershey, Pennsylvania that has year-round attractions for the entire family. We have made many visits to the park and experiences Hersheypark’s seasonal attractions. These are our ultimate favorite attractions, food, and things to do to to help plan your visit.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets for our visits to Hersheypark. As always all of my opinions are honest and my own.
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My first ever visit to Hersheypark was in 2004. My husband and I spent the weekend at Hersheypark Springtime in the Park. It was a really fun event and a great way to check out the park. Fast forward 14 years later and we visited with our family of five. I couldn’t believe that it was 14 years to the date that my husband and I had our first Hersheypark visit.
Why We Visit Hersheypark
In the last 4 years we have visited Hersheypark multiple times. We have stayed on-site at the Hershey Lodge and Hershey Campgrounds. We have experienced Hersheypark in the Dark for Halloween and Hershey Christmas Candylane during the holidays.
These are family traditions that we love! Each season and visit is different and we like to watch the kids enjoy knew experiences as they grow-up. If you live in the Rochester area (like we do) it is a perfect weekend getaway. If you live a bit further you will find many things to do for your family vacation.
8 Must-Do Moments at Hersheypark
#1 Ride Laff Trakk
The first thing we ride on every visit is Laff Trakk. It is a fun house themed indoor roller coaster. With a height of 42 inches, all of us can ride and it has become a family favorite. When you arrive at Hersheypark I suggest starting with Laff Trakk because it can get long lines through the day. We rode it 3x in a row because we were one of the first to arrive.
Be prepared to walk because Laff Trakk is at the very end of the park. Starting here works for us and then we work our way back to the front of the park. This is our favorite ride at Hersheypark and we make sure we ride it every visit!
#2 Meet Characters
A visit to Hersheypark wouldn’t be complete without meeting KISS or Hershey. We have also met Reese and KitKat. If you are visiting during Halloween or Christmas you will see them dressed up for the season. Often you will find them around the carousel and typically the lines are short. You can also meet them near the ZooAmerica entrance. Check your guide to find times and locations.
#3 Animals at Hersheypark
If you have an animal lover in your family you can walk over to ZooAmerica. A visit to ZooAmerica is included in your Hersheypark admission ticket. It is a small zoo but a nice quiet place to walk around in the afternoon. We enjoyed the quieter pace and it was a break from the action of the park.
There is also a water show called Our Friends from the Sea. Featuring the seals Bumper and Mango, this is a great place to take a break from walking the park.
#4 Lunch at Chickie & Pete’s
It is always about the food for us and we have two favorites when we visit the parks. The first is Chickie & Pete’s. You will find two Chickie & Pete’s locations inside the park. One is near The Boardwalk entrance and the other is in Pioneer Frontier. I cannot recommend this place enough. They have burgers and chicken fingers but we go for the Crabfries. Fries are perfectly acceptable for lunch on vacation…right??!!
#5 A King Sized Shake
When in Hershey you have to enjoy something sweet. There are so many options for sweet treats inside the park but our all time favorite is the Kind Sized Shake. The King Sized Shake at Simply Chocolate doesn’t disappoint. With many different flavors and options this is a great treat to share…if you can pick only one!!
#6 Ride Some Really Fun Coasters
My kids are not quite tall enough to ride some of the big coasters but if you love roller coasters Hersheypark has some of the best. We like to ride any roller coasters that we can all enjoy as a family. Our favorites are The Comet and the Trailblazer. They are great for kids that aren’t tall enough for the really big coasters but still enjoyable for the entire family.
#7 Rides for Everyone
When we visit theme parks we like to stick together. I don’t want to split our family up. I love that there are rides for everyone spread throughout the park. There are kiddie rides and bigger rides in most areas so you don’t have to split your family up for too long.
#8 Enjoy the Special Seasonal Events
The seasonal events have become part of our family traditions. In the fall we visit Hersheypark in the Dark for some not so scary Halloween fun. In winter we visit Hersheypark Christmas Candylane for a chance to see the park light up with Christmas spirit. During the spring Hersheypark has their Springtime in the Park event that welcomes visitors as we get ready for summer.
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Things to Know for Your Hersheypark Visit:
- Hersheypark is huge. Be ready to walk and become familiar with the park map before you arrive. This will save you from walking back and forth. You can check out the map here.
- Order tickets online before you arrive. This saves you time waiting for tickets in the morning.
- Check your kids heights before you enter the park and plan your day based on what attractions are best for your family.
- Use the Hersheypark App to check wait times, ride closures, and height requirements.
- There is a full water park called The Boardwalk. This is located inside Hersheypark. The Boardwalk will be opening two new attractions in the summer of 2018. Learn more here.
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