There are a wide variety of options throughout the park, including a few fast-food chains (Chick-Fil-A, Nathan's, Subway, Chickie and Petes, and Famous Famiglia Pizza). Burgers and chicken fingers are the most popular items on many menus, but for a change of pace try Spring Creek Smokehouse (near Trailblazer) or Tumbleweed Tacos. Hersheypark Square in Tudor Square is the park's full-service restaurant. Some of the unique snacks at the park is a smores cart in Founders Circle and the Whoopie Pie stand. Before you leave the park you may want to buy a bag of kettle corn, some of the best around, and to further feed your sweet tooth, you can purchase Hershey products in bulk and ice cream at Chocolate World.
Hersheypark is open for the summer season for weekends beginning in early May and daily from late May through Labor Day. They are also open for a few September weekends after Labor Day.
Established Seasonal events
Springtime in the Park generally occurs for one weekend before the park begins the regular operating season. Ticket prices are discounted, but some rides may still not be ready for the season.
Halloween in Hershey is a town-wide celebration of this "frightfully fun" season! Hersheypark in the Dark features over 50 rides, including 10 exhilarating roller "ghosters" and dozens of family favorites like the Night Mares (Carrousel) and The sooperBOOperlooper! Between Thanksgiving and New Year's is the Christmas Candylane event. Holiday lights and decorations surround a very limited number of open family rides.
Access & Location
From Baltimore: I-83N to York and Harrisburg. Near Harrisburg, continue on I-83N to 322E to Hershey. Exit at Hersheypark Drive/Route 39W.
From Central New Jersey: I-95S to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76). I-76W to Exit 266. Turn left onto 72N to 322W. Route 322 becomes Hersheypark Drive/Route 39W.
From NYC: I-78W to I-81S. Take Exit 77 and follow Route 39S to Hershey.
From Philadelphia: Schuykill Expressway (I-76W) to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76). I-76W to Exit 266. Follow NJ directions above.
Hershey offers three nearby options: Hotel Hershey (luxury accomodations), Hershey Lodge (premium pricing), and Hershey Highmeadow Campground. http://www.hersheypark.com/lodging/index.php
Rates tend to be higher for all motels in Hershey, and better deals can be found if you don't mind staying 15 miles away in Harrisburg.
Virtual Queue Options
Hersheypark offers their Fast Track Pass, available on 14 rides coasters. One time on each coaster with assigned seating. They also have an unlimited Fast Track Pass allowing repeat use on all rides
Arrive the night before and take advantage of the preview plan. Purchase your next day's ticket, and enter for 2 1/2 hours prior to the park closing. (Example: Arrive Sunday night after 7:30 PM and purchase or present your ticket for Monday--be a guest for no additional cost!)
The preview plan is a great way for you to explore the park so that you can be prepared for your big day! Bonus! Pay to park in the evening, and the next day's parking is FREE.
Musical shows are housed in two locations: Music Box Theatre and the Hershey Ampitheater. But there are also performances along Music Box Way and in the Hatfield Country Grill. Sea lions perfrom in two separate shows at the Aquatheater.
Hersheypark is a large, clean, well organized park. It has some very cool rides including Lightning Racer and a classic Schwartzkopf, Sooperdooperlooper. However, most of the parks newer coasters, to me, seem to be shorter, more "budget" versions of what SF and CF parks install. The crowds and lines are almost always insane, and there's no quick queue or flash pass option. My advice--go on a cloudy/rainy day to avoid the lines and be prepared to enjoy the rides (after a wait), but don't expect to add any of the coaters to your "top 10" list. This is a park I don't love, but I don't hate. It's just OK.
Many people day-trip from far away and the crowds really thin out in the evening, even in the busy season; thus, Hershey offers a "preview" 2.5 hrs before closing included with your next-day ticket. You can ride all the coasters at least once during the preview in a fraction of the time you'll spend the next day. The excellent complement of coasters includes 3 great woodies, a short-but-sweet B&M inverted, 2 interesting Intamins (one is launched), the crappiest mine train anywhere and others.
It may seem small from the outside, but once you enter the park, there's a lot to do! The coasters are great for the most part, but the park lacks some other major rides to offset them. Make sure you visit ZooAmerica and Chocolate World to have something else to do other than coasters.
The first time I ever visited here I didn't even know where I was going. I was about 7 and my parents planned a surprise trip, and this is where we ended up. I was instantly in love. Hershey has a tremendous selection of coasters and flat rides. With rides ranging from SooperDooperLooper to Fahrenheit, there is something for everyone. The only thing that hurts this park is the crowds. If you are planning a visit, come on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
Hersheypark has a lot of coasters and a lot of flats, but it also has Chocolate World, the zoo, and an included waterpark which is pretty cute. The waterpark can lead to larger-than-usual crowds at the attractions around it, but the crowds are manageable and the park has some very unique coasters.
I visited Hersheypark in June 2004 and I still desperately want to return. The atmosphere and rides were both great - with many really interesting and fun coasters. There's good history there with SooperDooperLooper, along-side modern wonders like Fahrenheit and Storm Runner; plus a good collection of flat-rides.
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