Sweet Fun at Hershey Park, PA
After our fun adventures at Chocolate World, the family and I couldn’t wait to visit Hershey Park. I had heard so much about the park from so many different people who have gone, and never once have I heard anyone say anything negative about it, we just needed to go see for ourselves.
We went on one of the busiest days of the season (last Saturdays of Summer). We arrived to the area a little after 10 AM, when the park opens, and were greeted by huge lines of cars. I truly expected the worst in terms of wait at this point. I took a deep breath and braced for it.
However, part of what makes the places we visit great (or not so great) are the people who we meet there. Almost every ride we got on consisted of a long line, this is true, but in those lines we met some of the nicest families, most already huge fans of the destination and repeat visitors every season.
But before we even got to the lines, we went to the measuring station, where we determined the height for each child, which was then followed by placement of a bright, easily visible wrist band. This band, along with bright, candy coded signs by each ride helped not only us, but also the kids determine ahead of time which of the rides was appropriate for them. I also liked that next to some of the bigger rides we could find rides for the younger ones. This helped entertain them when there were rides they couldn’t get on.
We enjoyed it all – from the games, the rides, and even the deep-fried Kit Kats (actually, you can find most Hershey’s chocolates in the deep-fried version).
By the time we reached the water side of the park night had fallen and we had already been there almost 10 hours. We didn’t get to check out the water park this time around, but it looked pretty impressive, with a super fun kid’s water splash area and some pretty fun looking water slides. The Boardwalk was also fun to walk through.
Hershey Park’s last Summer season day is Labor Day, so if you can get there this weekend do so. But if you don’t, this park has something that none of the other parks had to offer – awesome cool weather events.
One of their most popular is the Halloween event. HersheyPark in the Dark features such fun events like Hershey’s Trick or Treat Adventure and Sweet Rides, where guests can treat themselves to a 3-hour front of the line tour. For more information check out the HersheyPark in the Dark.
Another fun time at Hershey Park is Christmas. Granted, cold weather might affect some of the rides, but there’s still some fun to be had. Family events such as Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and Christmas in Chocolate Town.
We arrived to Hershey Park when it opened and left at closing time. The kids, from the 13 year old till the 4 year old, didn’t seem to care. I absolutely love that there wasn’t a moment when my kids, regardless of age, felt left out or bored. Everywhere we went we saw signs that stated we were in the sweetest place on earth. And after 10 straight hours of fun, I have to say I completely agree.
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Disclosure: Admission to Hershey Park was complimentary. No request to express any particular point of view was required nor requested. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Wow, those deep fried Kit Kats look yummy. Never heard of frying them, but guess anything goes nowadays.