Explore the chocolate wonderland of Hersheypark, founded in 1906 as a leisure park for employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company. The park's first roller coaster ride opened in 1923, and today the venue contains a total of 70 rides and attractions, covering a vast area of over 45 hectares (110 acres). The six themed areas offer rides ranging from low-speed, gentle adventures for young children, to high-speed experiences for adrenaline junkies. You can also explore a section featuring a large water park, and a walk-through zoo dedicated to North American wildlife. Be sure to drop by the visitor center, containing restaurants and chocolate shops, and offering free chocolate factory-themed tour rides. Add Hersheypark and other attractions to your Hershey trip itinerary using our Hershey tour builder website.
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I visited with the band and family. What a fun place this was. So much to do and see. Thanks! (Date visited, not exact)
I visited with the band and family. What a fun place this was. So much to do and see. Thanks! (Date visited, not exact) more »
My husband and I are fairly local to the park (we live about an hour away) and we came because my company offered us discounted tickets. I had tickets on my phone; I'd looked at them previously and...
My husband and I are fairly local to the park (we live about an hour away) and we came because my company offered us discounted tickets. I had tickets on my phone; I'd looked at them previously and... more »
Overall not a bad visit as this was a trip for my 4 year old so most of the rides we went on was kid based/family oriented. There were no shows available and many of the kids rides was paired with...
Overall not a bad visit as this was a trip for my 4 year old so most of the rides we went on was kid based/family oriented. There were no shows available and many of the kids rides was paired with... more »
Two recent changes to the park make it a 4 instead of 5 stars. First, the main entry to the park was redesigned for the new coaster and updated buildings. In the process, they eliminated the trees and shade that used to bless the area leading to the main gates. Second, they added the scan and fill stations to accommodate the souvenir cups and I. The process, some vendors stopped offering refills. At least 3 of the refill stations on the side of park with Great Bear didn't have any ice or were out of service altogether. It seems something should be done with all the vultures in the zoo. They were everywhere. Related to the zoo, I think it's time to replace it with a botanical garden perhaps. The cages are small and seeing bald eagles, among others, in enclosures they can't fly or run in seems cruel. One of the bobcats looked so restless just pacing back and forth over the same short path along one side of the enclosure. The hawk and falcon areas both had mice or other rodents dead placed for meals I'm sure but their instinct is to hunt, not come to the landing and pick up a dead animal. Otherwise, it was a pretty good visit. Lines weren't too terribly long for most rides but assume that will change next week when the boardwalk opens.
First time to Hersey Park with family on 4/2/21. Opening day I think. Saw the cold weather approaching a week before and made 4 calls to the park and the Customer Service line to ensure the park and more importantly the rides would be open with the colder weather. Everyone said yes and that cold would not affect the rides unless it was very windy. Well it’s not windy and have been in the park since opening at 11 and not a single large coaster is open due to cold temperatures. Not what was told to me prior to arriving and would have planned another day to attend if they would have been better informed. Now have 5 teenagers riding ground rides and not having a good time. If they can not operate under 40 degrees like the Hersey associate just told me then it should be on their web site. Not a happy parent and feel today was a waste of money. Hersey could do a better job! Everyone is waiting in lines hoping the temp will warm up and rides will open instead of enjoying the park. And no refunds are being offered. Sad. Will never come back again.
The park is as great as it's ever been. It has been about 8 years since we had been there and so much had been updated and improved. The coasters are as crazy as ever. So many good food choices throughout the park. Very busy (and hot) day so wait times for popular rides were long. Staff couldn't have been nicer. Downloaded the app but found it a bit hard to use. Didn't seem intuitive for dinner aspects of the park. But we had a great time, as usual. Had to empty my pockets when re-entering the park but not when I first entered. Not sure what was different. We arrived early but had to take a very circuitous route to get to Chocolate World even though it was only across the street. Be nice if they made it easier, maybe using a pedestrian bridge.
We absolutely loved thus park. Went with our grandson and it was easy. Lots of rides for younger children. We did get the refillable drink cup, not sure if it was worth it because we don't drink a lot of fountain drinks. We did see other people with personal water containers and there are water fountains by the bathrooms where you can fill them. Plenty of places to eat - we chose Subway because there is a nice area to sit that is calm and relatively quiet with a lot of shade. The price seemed reasonable for our meal. We chose not to get the meal deal.We went to the wave pool which was a big attraction and a lot if fun. If you want a place to sit that has some shade, get to the pool early. There is a place to eat in that area and the restrooms are big. The park for season pass holders and resort guest opens at least an hour before the gates for the general public. If you are going with a day pass, arrive at least half an hour early because the line starts to get pretty long but moves quickly. There is, of course, a lot of parking and a shuttle. Bring lots of sunscreen and a small umbrella or poncho. Enjoy!
There's a reason it's the sweetest place on Earth!! Bringing families together from all across the country, HP is no doubt one of the most affordable, most enjoyable amusement park experiences you can have. Despite being incredibly busy, staff everywhere were extremely A+ kind, helpful, and professional. Parking, easy, Purchasing tickets and local accommodations, easy. Food, good. Options, unending. Family friendly, always. You must do the sneak peek, it is a great way to see the park and play. In addition, there is a tremendous amount to do in the area connected with the park, from zoos, to shows, it is a fabulous place, and the reason my family and I have come here for over 30 years. Wherever you are on the map, make Hershey, PA and Hersheypark a must stop, must do, must play location for all of you.
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