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Discover Hershey Park and All You Need to Know

Hershey Park has been rated one of the top 10 theme parks in the country by USA Today!!

My family really enjoys Hershey Park. I have to say though, you really need to plan out our day or you end up walking from one end of the park to the other. There are three different parks within Hershey Park to explore. Within the three parks, there are eight different areas, so you really want to figure out the rides and attractions you want to go on and plan accordingly. I personally like a mix of excitement with big rides and more reserved fun with smaller rides.

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Where is Hershey Park?

Hershey Park is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Yes, that’s right this theme park has a whole town named just for this inventor of sweet chocolate. However, the theme park isn’t the only thing in this town.

Hershey Park is located on Rt 422. This is located between the major highways I-78, I-76 & I-283 which are to the east of Harrisburg, PA. Any GPS will easily bring you to Hershey Park or the hotels, however, below is an approximate travel time from a few locations.

Hershey, PA is just

  • 25 minuntes from Harrisburg, PA
  • 1 hour from Gettysburg, PA
  • 1-1/2 hours from Baltimore, MD
  • 2 hours from Philadelphia, PA
  • 2-1/2 hours from Washington, DC
  • 3 hours from New York City
  • 3-1/2 hours from Pittsburg, PA
Waiting to go into Hershey Park
Hershey Park is one of the country’s best Theme Parks

Where to Stay While Visiting Hershey Park

I highly recommend staying on property at either The Hershey Hotel, Hershey Lodge, or the Hershey Campgrounds. There are many perks to staying on property so you should undoubtedly take advantage of them. One of my favorite perks is getting up to 3 hours in the park the night before your first day. This is a great way to get in a ride or two and get the lay of the land.

Hershey Hotel Lobby
The lobby of the Hotel Hershey – photo credit to Hershey

And You Need to Stay Here While Visiting Hershey Park will answer all your questions about staying on property at Hershey Park.

Of course, if you want some downtime while visiting Hershey Park, I’d suggest getting a spa treatment to really relax.

What is the Cost of Hershey Park Tickets?

My best advice when buying tickets to Hershey Park is always to buy early in the season. In other words, way before the park even opens for the season. You’ll certainly get the best deals then.

However, if you haven’t taken advantage of the early bird special, fear not. This year the park has an amazing deal til the end of May 2022, Everyone Pays Kids’ Prices!!! What a fabulous deal this is.

In addition to these great prices, Hershey Park tickets aren’t bought for a specific day. They are good from the day you buy them till the end of that year! This is such a great feature since you aren’t locked into a date that may need to change.

Waiting to go into Hershey
We have our tickets and we’re ready to go!

Hershey Park’s season passes are also a great deal. Honestly, if you think you’ll go to the park more than 3 or 4 days for the year it’s totally worth getting a season pass. The perks alone are worth the passes.

Of course, you can’t forget the Add-Ons. Things like fast track, parking, drink plan or meal plan, and photo pass. Add on these extras to make your day even more memorable.

When is Hershey Park Open?

This year Hershey Park is open from April 2, 2022, until January 1, 2023. When you buy tickets they are good on any day during this time frame. Such a great perk.

Hershey Park opens at 11 am. Closing times vary during the year from 6 pm but during the summer months, they stay open till 9 pm.

height check at Hershey Park
Making sure he can go on all the rides

Hershey Park Breakdown

Let’s break down the park into its eight areas. They are as follows from the entrance back and around to the left as the park is oriented.

  • Hershey’s Chocolatetown
  • Founder’s Way
  • The Hollow
  • Kissing Tower Hill
  • ZooAmerica
  • Pioneer Frontier
  • The Boardwalk at HersheyPark – the water park
  • Midway America

Each of these areas has food and drink options that are super convenient. Allowing you to stay in each area, grab a snack, and get right back to the action.

Hershey’s Chocolatetown

Chocolatetown is the entrance to Hershey Park. To the left is the carrousel, but straight in front of you is the enormous Candymonium. This is Hershey Park’s tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster to date. I have to say, walking into the park and seeing this rollercoaster is impressive. What a perfect way to start off your day. Riders must be 54″ to ride this coaster.

The gang in front of Candymonium
That’s Candymonium in the background

Founder’s Way at Hershey Park

Founder’s Way is a great family area of Hershey Park. It has rides for younger kids such as Mini-Himalaya, Space Age, and Starship America are sure to be a hit with your youngest riders. However, a must-ride in Founder’s Way is Cocoa Cruiser. This should be everyone’s first rollercoaster. Parents need to ride with kids under 48″.

Reese's Cupfusion in Hershey Park
Reese’s Cupfusion – photo credit to Hershey Parks

The second, not to be missed ride, is Reese’s Cupfusion. Here riders become agents helping to protect the factory so no one is without Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. There are six ways to play this interactive video game which is great for everyone to play. My kids really love all the different character’s in this ride. Parents need to ride with kids under 48″.

The Hollow at Hershey Park

The Hollow boasts Hershey Park’s oldest rollercoaster, the Comet. This wooden rollercoaster will still have you scared as you come to the crest of the first hill. I guess the old saying is always true, the first one is always a doozy. But all jokes aside, this is a great rollercoaster and a way to show younger kids how the old coasters are still awesome. Riders as small as 42″ can ride with an adult.

Comet rollercoaster
Comet – photo credit to Hershey Parks

The two other big coasters in The Hollows are SooperDooperLooper and Skyrush. Both are great coasters for the thrill-seekers in your group. Make sure to note the height restrictions on these rides. You can ride SooperDooperLooper at 42″ with an adult rider but for Skyrush the rider needs to be at least 54″ tall.

Skyrush rollercoaster in Hershey Park
Skyrush – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Kissing Tower Hill at Hershey Park

Great Bear is the biggest coaster in this part of Hershey Park. If you are a daredevil then this coaster is for you. I’ll give you my two main reasons for this description, first, it’s a hanging coaster. Now, I don’t know about you but I prefer terra firma, or at least to have my feet on the bottom of the car for the rollercoaster. Dangling is just not my thing. For some reason, I always feel like my feet will graze along the ground as we come down. Crazy, I know but nonetheless, my fear. Plus, and this is great for you daredevils, this is a loop-dee-loop and corkscrew coaster. Riders need to be 54″ for this coaster.

Great Bear rollercoaster in Hershey Park
Great Bear – do you see those twists? – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Two other rides in Kissing Tower Hill are Hershey Triple Tower and Kissing Tower. Again you daredevils will love Hershey Triple Tower. It’s one of those sheer drop rides that scare me but others seem to love. Riders need to be 48″ for this ride.

Kissing Tower is kind of unique in that it’s not really a coaster but rather an enclosed observation tower. You get to see Hershey Park and the surrounding town of Hershey.

Twin Turnpike speedway
Twin Turnpike – speedway – photo credit by Hershey Parks

However, don’t miss the Twin Turnpike – Speedway. This race car track will take your youngest driver through the paces and win the race. Riders as small as 36″ can ride with an adult but must be 48″ to ride independently.

ZooAmerica at Hershey Park

ZooAmerica is an 11-acre animal park attached to Hershey Park via a walkway bridge in the Kissing Tower Hill part of Hershey. Your admission to ZooAmerica is included in your park ticket.

This is a great small zoo with lots of different animals to visit. For small kids that need a break from the fast-paced activities in Hershey, this is a great place to get a break. However, with the wide variety of animals, everyone in your group will love their time in ZooAmerica. For instance, I’m sure kids of all ages will love seeing the mountain lion, black bear, Canadian Lynx, and the Bald eagle. Yet, the true animal lovers will go crazy for the armadillo, alligator, and the Gila monster.

Pioneer Frontier at Hershey Park

Pioneer Frontier land as I like to call it has the arcades and lots of places to eat and 4 amazing rollercoasters plus a brand new ride for 2022. Now you came to Hershey for the rollercoaster after all so let’s talk about them.

Storm Runner

First, Storm Runner might only be 1 minute long but it packs a punch in that one minute. How you ask? Well, for instance, there is a 135-foot cobra roll and barrel rolls and it has a flying snake dive. And all this is done at 72 miles per hour, yes you are literally flying through the air. Thrill-seekers wanted! Riders must be 54″ to ride.

Storm Runner in Hershey Park
Storm Runner – photo credit by Hershey Parks

One of the Original Rides at Hershey Park – Trail Blazer

Then there’s Trail Blazer, more of a family rollercoaster with speeds only up to 45 miles per hour. My older daughter, who isn’t a big rollercoaster kid, really liked this one though. She even went on it 4 times! In a row! That says a lot for this rollercoaster. Riders as small as 36″ can ride with an adult but you must be 48″ to ride independently.

Trail Blazer in Hershey Park
Trail Blazer – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Jolly Rancher ReMix -Revamped for 2022 at Hershey Park

Next, we have a new twist on an old favorite, Jolly Rancher ReMix. This is the old Sidewinder ride with a new look and a new twist. If you aren’t familiar with the Sidewinder, it’s a back and forth coaster. In other words, you ride the same track forwards and backward. The new addition to the ride has you going through a ‘flavor tunnel’ with the addition of colors, music, and flavors. There are 5 different flavors you can see randomly therefore you never know what this ride might be at the beginning. A pretty cool experience for sure. Riders need to be 48″ to ride.

Jolly Rancher ReMix
Jolly Rancher ReMix – photo credit by Hershey Parks

New at Hershey Park is Mix’d

Another new addition in the middle of all that Jolly Rancher fun is a new ride this year called Mix’d. This ride has you on 1 of 4 arms twirling and rotating you as you circle around all with amazing views of the Jolly Rancher ReMix ride. Riders as small as 42″ can ride with an adult but you must be 48″ to ride independently.

Mix'd in Hershey Park
Mix’d – photo credit by Hershey Parks

The Claw

The claw will have you swinging back and forth while you are spinning. All this fun is happening while you swing up to 64′ in the air. This is a fun ride for sure but not for the faint of heart.

The Claw in Hershey Park
The Claw – photo credit by Hershey Parks


Lastly, in Pioneer Frontier (land) at Hershey Park is Fahrenheit. This is another rollercoaster that isn’t for the faint of heart. The initial 97° drop is so steep but that is just the start. Next, you will be plunged into loops, corkscrew, and dives. This really is a thrill seeker’s dream. Riders must be 54″ to ride.

Fahrenheit in Hershey Park
Fahrenheit – photo credit by Hershey Parks

The Boardwalk at Hershey Park

The Boardwalk at Hershey Park is only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day so plan accordingly if you want to play here. We went during July so we really enjoyed cooling off at the water park. Not only does the water park have two splash areas and a zero-entry pool but also a lazy river for those looking to take it easy.

Must Have’s in The Broadway at Hershey Park

You really do need these essentials when going to the Boardwalk at Hershey Park. I love rash guards and swim shorts for my kids. They try super fast and are easy to wear. You will see signs as you leave the Boardwalk area that says “no bathing suits beyond this point”. It’s really for this reason that I love the water shorts and rash guards. But also make sure to bring a change of clothes. We found it was nice to change out of the swimwear later in the day. There are lockers available in the Broadway area for your use.

The lazy river
cooling off in the lazy river

But for those more adventurous folks, there are a few really fun water coasters. Everything from riding small and large rafts to mats to a large flume ride.

Breakers Edge Water Coaster

Breakers Edge Water Coaster is one of my favorites. With 4 riders front to back in one raft you ride the tube with hills and valley then open up to the flying saucer where you don’t know if you will ride the rest of the way down forward or backward. This is one of my favorite rides in the water park. Riders as small as 42″ can ride with an adult but must be 48″ to ride independently.

breaker's edge in the Boardwalk
Breaker’s Edge – photo credit by Hershey Park

Coastline Plus at Hershey Park with 6 Options

Then you have the coastline plus, with 6 options of slides. From single rider to double rider rafts and light tubes to dark tubes, these slides have a great variety for you to try. I say try them all to see which one is your favorite. For Vortex and Whirlwind, you need to be 48″ to ride and for all the others you can ride with an adult at 42″.

Coastline plus tube ride
Coastline Plus – photo credit by Hershey Parks

White Cap Racer

But if you have any sibling rivalries in your group, I highly suggest going on White Cap Racer. There are 6 slides where you can duke it out for bragging rights for the fastest rider. Riders need to be 42″ to ride.

White Cap Racer in the Boardwalk
White Cap Racer – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Midway America at Hershey Park

Midway America is the last area in the park but has a few of our favorite rollercoasters. Here you have the old and the new. Two of the best wooden rollercoasters you will ever ride are in MidAmerica as well as two new coasters that are super fun.

Lightning Racer

First, you have Lightning Racer, this is a duel wooden coaster. You definitely need to ride twice to see which lane is faster. This is one of those wooden coasters that you won’t soon forget. Riders need to be 48″ to ride.

Lightning Racer in Hershey Park
Lightning Racer – photo credit by Hershey Parks


Next, you have WIldcat where you can see for miles from the top of this large wooden rollercoaster. My personal favorite part of this ride is the first big drop and turn, it feels amazing. Certainly, a great rollercoaster to ride again and again. Riders need to be 48″ to ride.

Wildcat in Hershey Park
Wildcat – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Laff Trakk

Laff Trakk is the first Fun House rollercoaster I’ve ever ridden. First, you get to play in the hall of mirrors then you get to be in the Fun House. Rollercoaster connoisseurs will love that each ride is different. Honestly, my daughter and I liked this coaster so much that we went on it 4 times. It was that much fun. Riders as small as 42″ can ride with an adult but must be 48″ to ride independently.

A bit of Laff Trakk fun
Funhouse fun
Laff Trakk in Hershey Park
Laff Trakk – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Wild Mouse

The last rollercoaster in Midway America is Wild Mouse. This ride appears to be simple but don’t let it fool you, it is scary. It whips you around in ‘S’ turns up at 45 feet in the air. More than once you will believe you are about to fall off the tracks. Like I said, simple but oh so fun. It’s a must-ride while at the park. Riders as small as 48″ can ride with an adult but must be 54″ to ride independently.

The Ferris Wheel at Hershey Park

Midway America is also home to the park’s Ferris Wheel. This classic ride warms the hearts of everyone who rides it. And let’s face it, it’s awesome to see so far.

The Ferris Wheel in Hershey Park
The Ferris Wheel – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Food at Hershey Park

The variety of food places in the park is quite extensive. I dare to say they cover everyone’s favorite foods, from BBQ to tacos to hamburgers to pizza. You certainly won’t go hungry while at Hershey.

Chocolatier Restaurant at Hershey Park
Chocolatier Restaurant – photo credit by Hershey Parks

However, I highly suggest you get a reservation at The Chocolatier. This restaurant and bar serves everything from flatbreads with chocolate-infused balsamic glaze to cocoa dusted steak to mac-n-cheese. After that, you’ll need to top off your meal with one of their signature desserts.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

You shouldn’t miss out on the experiences that Hershey offers at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Yes, it is a world of its own. You will need to book their activities prior to your arrival. It is best to book these when you are buying your tickets.

Hershey’s World has a “create your own candy bar” activity plus a tour, a ride, a movie, and even a science show based on chocolate. Plus souvenirs, a food court with a bakery, milkshakes and ice cream, and for the adults, a wine and chocolate pair event. Check their schedule for what’s available during your visit.

Hershey Unwrapped
Hershey Unwrapped – photo credit by Hershey Parks

Another thing to be aware of is that Hershey’s World hours are 9 am – 5/6 pm during the spring, summer, and early fall. During late fall and winter, they are open 10 am – 5 pm. This is fabulous since the park doesn’t open until 11 am. You can spend your morning in Hershey’s World then head over to the park.

How Many Days Should I Spend at Hershey Park?

I left this section till the end of my post because I wanted you to see how much Hershey Park really has to offer. Hershey’s World alone with all its rides, shows, and attractions can be an entire day by itself. Then you have the spa and the three different parks within Hershey Park. Again it is super easy to spend another day just in the water park.

So the age-old question, how many days do I need to explore Hershey Park. I’d say 3 days which will really give you time to explore all the rides and attractions this top ten theme park has to offer. I hope you enjoy Hershey Park as much as my family.

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Final Thoughts on Hershey Park

In a word, GO!! Being named One of the Country’s top 10 Theme Parks by USA Today says a lot. Remember tickets are good for the rest of the year so buy early and enjoy this wonderful American Treasure.

Let me know if you’ve ever been to Hershey Park and what you like best about the park.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. SteveH

    You are never to old to enjoy an amusement park; looks like a great time! Would love to try the WIldcat. I haven’t ridden a good old fashion wooden rollercoaster in ages. THXS for sharing Hershey park with us.

    1. Leeanne

      It’s funny how a good old fashion wooden rollercoaster makes you so nostalgic. I really loved them too.

  2. Tammy Horvath

    I haven’t been to Hershey Park since I was a child. Your post brought back so many fond memories of my gram because she was the one who always took my sister and me to visit the park. I never realized how much the park offers, nor did I know you could get discounted tickets. I’m going to see if my husband wants to check it out. I love your hotel suggestions too.

    1. Leeanne

      Their hotels are amazing. Definitely stay in one when you visit.

  3. Stacey Billingsley

    I’ve always wanted to go to Hershey Park. My youngest isn’t into thrill rides, so I’ve been putting it off. Now that she’s older, we can go and she can sit out on anything she doesn’t want to do. We stopped at Chocolate World on our way to Gettysburg, and we had a great time. I’m ready to explore the park and stay in one of the hotels!

    1. Leeanne

      There is plenty to do for anyone who doesn’t want to ride rollercoasters. Your daughter will still have a great time.

  4. Megan

    I remember going here as a kid and having so much fun! The jolly Rancher ride looks fun. Nowadays though, wooden coasters make me nervous. They sway too much! 🙂

    1. Leeanne

      It’s funny what scares us as adults vs as a kid. Luckily Hershey Park is great at maintenance so not to worry about safety at all.

  5. Marianne

    Although an amusement park is not my idea of fun (i get wicked motion sickness), we have been planning to go to Hershey Park with the kids for some time now. Looks like it would be a really great day for them.

    1. Leeanne

      There is plenty to do besides the rollercoasters Marianne so you won’t have a problem enjoying yourself as well.

  6. Suzan

    Knowing the park and what to expect and know about it ahead of time can really set the tone for the day! Thanks for sharing the park info!

    1. Leeanne

      Absolutely, that’s why I love Hershey Park’s perk of letting you preview the park the day before you use your tickets. So helpful.

  7. Sandi

    I havent been to Hershey Park since my girls were young. I remember having a great time. It looks like your gang really enjoyed discovering the park.

    1. Leeanne

      Yes, we all had a great time. My cousin’s daughter works at the park so she knew all the ins and outs and which rides to go on first.

  8. Kristen Allred

    Hershey Park is on my bucket list! Thanks for this great guide. I really want to go on the waterslides.

    1. Leeanne

      Yes, the waterpark was so much fun. And the slides were really great.

  9. Cindy Moore

    I’d love to visit this park. Actually it would be fun to explore the whole town and all it offers.

    1. Leeanne

      Absolutely, Cindy. It’s one of those theme parks where you can totally immerse yourself in your surroundings.

  10. Lisa Manderino

    Hershey Park looks like so much fun! I am excited to go and see all the fun coasters and shows it has to offer!

    1. Leeanne

      YOur family is going to love it. Definitely spend some time in Hershey’s Chocolate World.

  11. kmf

    I love amusement parks, but have never been here. This is an epic guide to everything you need to know and do at Hershey Park.

    1. Leeanne

      Thanks, they have definitely added a lot of new rides and attractions over the years. The chocolate spa is amazing.

  12. Chantelle

    I never knew about Hershey Park until I read your post! It looks like so much fun, and I love the ride names like super dooperlooper. The hotel lobby looks incredible too! Thanks for introducing me to this fun park!

    1. Leeanne

      If you like theme parks Chantelle, you will love Hershey. It’s such a great mix of wooden rollercoasters and new steel ones. Plus how can anyone resist all that chocolate?

  13. Keirsten

    Hershey Park looks like so much fun! I’ve never been but I do love roller coasters & amusement parks. Everyone looks like they had a great time too.

  14. Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog

    Amusement parks can be so much fun! Hershey Park is on our list!!

    1. Leeanne

      Yes, Hershey Park is really great.

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