It is very likely that you know the name Hershey. Who hasn’t had a Hershey’s chocolate bar? But, did you know that the birthplace of these sweet treats makes for one of the best family-friendly vacation destinations?
Hershey, Pennsylvania is home to Hersheypark, a theme park originally opened by Milton S. Hershey as a leisure park for employees of his chocolate factory. Hersheypark isn’t just your average theme park. There are not only incredible roller coasters, rides, and dining options, but tons of other attractions available in and out of the park. Let’s look at what makes Hersheypark the sweetest place on earth, including a couple of fruity new attractions coming this summer.
More Than Just a Theme Park
For over 100 years, Hersheypark has delighted guests with its delectable rides, fun characters, and tasty food. Hersheypark has a loyal fan base, but many do not realize that there is more to Hersheypark than just its coasters and dozens of rides. Included with your admission ticket to Hersheypark, you will also be able to visit ZooAmerica, The Boardwalk, and Hershey’s Chocolate World.
ZooAmerica is an 11-acre zoo located within Hersheypark. The zoo includes over 200 animals native to North America. At this North American wildlife park, you can come up close and personal with alligators and birds, or visit exhibits for bears, snakes, and more.
The Boardwalk is the waterpark located within Hersheypark. The park boasts half a dozen tube slides, a racing slide, lazy river, and multiple splash ground areas. You can also ride the waves in the enormous wave pool. There is something for swimmers of all ages at this refreshing waterpark.
Hershey’s Chocolate World is located just outside of the entrance of Hersheypark and is not something you want to skip. Not only is it home to a superstore of sweet treats, but it also features a free dark ride. The Hershey’s Chocolate Tour dark ride takes you on a journey from cocoa bean to candy bar. You can also check out a 4D movie, the Hershey’s Unwrapped show, or create your own candy bar!
Hersheypark has over 60 dining locations with treats ranging from your typical theme park faire to monsterous milkshakes and sit-down dining experiences. Of course there is also tons of chocolate! The newest dining option is The Chocolatier Restaurant. The restaurant features classic dishes including some with a hint of chocolate. There is even a roof-top patio. They also have Milton's Ice Cream Palor with many custom house-made ice cream and all the Hershey's candy toppings you could want. Hersheypark also offers dining plan options. You can choose an all day meal or drink option, or just a single meal voucher.
Official Resorts and Benefits
Hersheypark showcases 3 official resorts: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and the Hersheypark Camping Resort. At all 3 of these resort options, guests get the benefit of entry to the park an hour early, transportation to the park, and admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story's Museum Experience which are located nearby. You can also enjoy more from Hersheypark’s Preview Plan. With the Preview Plan, guests can get in at the last 2 hours of park operations on the night before their purchased ticket date. Resort guests, however, get in for 3 hours. That is 4 extra hours of park time included with your resort stay!
The Hotel Hershey is the most grand and deluxe option. This resort features both indoor and outdoor pools, luxury accommodations, and a chocolate spa. Hershey Lodge is very family friendly. This resort features more rustic accommodations and an indoor pool complex that is practically an indoor water park. The Hersheypark Camping Resort allows you to rent a cabin, park an RV, or camp in a tent. They also have a country store, multiple playgrounds, and 2 pools.
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