HersheyPark is no Disney World, but it’s still pretty cool. The thing that surprised me the most is the need to have more than one day here.
Aside from the theme park, there’s a water park, and a zoo. And that’s not even including things like Hershey Gardens, Chocolate World, and a museum.
HersheyPark is super family friendly. The first thing you’ll notice are signs like these, which are located throughout. This lets guests know which rides are appropriate for which age group.
We didn’t have the chance to go to ZooAmerica, which boasts 11-acres and 200 animals from five regions within North America. We also didn’t visit the Boardwalk, which is essentially a water park. Honestly, we didn’t even get to see most of the theme park, because of this:
I think we each managed to go on a roller coaster, and I took the baby on the carousel, but that’s when she first fell asleep.
The park has a monorail, a ton of coasters, a kids area, and even shows. Dining wasn’t anything notable, as it includes mostly chain eateries. What surprised me the most was just how much there was to do outside of the park, which I’ll detail below.
Admission to Chocolate World is free (as is parking for a certain period of time), and there are activities within that are also either free, or pay as you go. The most notable, and probably the longest wait is a ride along factory tour. It’s baby-friendly, and you get free chocolate afterwards! Guests load into slow moving cars that are on a track, and learn all about how chocolate is made.
Things to do in Chocolate World:
– 4D Chocolate Mystery Show (fee). It has over 100 variations, and families become part of the show while interacting with Hershey characters to help solve a mystery.
– Create Your Own Candy Bar (fee). Guests choose their own ingredients and wrapper! While it’s probably one of the most expensive chocolate bars you will have, it’s a cool thing to do.
– Tasting Experience (fee). Tasting Experts teach you all about tasting chocolate with sights, smells, and sounds.
– Trolly (fee): For a small fee you can embark on a trolly ride through the town of Hershey. A guide will fill you in on the historic town, and during certain times of the year they are geared towards holidays, like Halloween, Christmas, etc.
– Photo Studio: Fun photos with the option to purchase.
– There’s a bakery, shopping, and more!
Beautiful gardens that also include a big kids area and large butterfly exhibit. While you can walk from Chocolate World to HersheyPark, you cannot walk to HersheyPark from Hershey Gardens.
The Hershey Story
This is an interactive museum with fun exhibits, things for kids to do, and a chocolate lab where you can make your own chocolate. While you can walk from Chocolate World to HersheyPark, you cannot walk to HersheyPark from Hershey Gardens.
Where To Stay?
Check out Hotel Hershey, here.