HersheyPark is no Disney World, but I’ll admit it’s still pretty cool. The thing that surprised me the most is the need to have more than one day there. Aside from the theme park there’s a water park, and a zoo, among other things (which I’ll detail below).
It’s very family friendly, and you’ll notice signs like these located throughout, which lets guests know which rides are appropriate for which age group.
We didn’t have the chance to go to the zoo, called ZooAmerica, which boasts 11-acres and 200 animals from five regions within North America, or the Boardwalk, which has water rides. Honestly, we didn’t even get to see much of the park. Because this:
I think we each managed to go on a roller coaster, and I tried to take the baby on the carousel, but that’s when she first fell asleep.
The park has a monorail, a ton of coasters, a kid area, and even shows throughout the park. Dining wasn’t anything notable, as it includes mostly chain eateries, but what shocked me was how much there was to do outside of the park.
Admission to Chocolate World is free (as is parking for a certain period of time), and there are activities within that are either free or pay as you go. The most notable, and probably the longest wait (because it’s free) 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:
– A 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 fun experience!
– 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 toward holidays like Halloween, Christmas, etc.
– Photo Studio: Fun photos with the option to purchase.
– Of course there’s bakery, shopping, and more!
I touched upon Hershey Gardens, as well as other fun things to do in the area like falconry, character meet & greets, dining, etc in this post. 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.