We are a family who loves theme parks! Hershey Park ranks up there with our favorite theme park outside of Disney and Universal. We visited last summer on our Northeast road trip and Hershey Park with your family is a must do! So here is my review on visiting Hershey Park with kids:
Hershey Park Location
Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a small town about 2 hours west of Philadelphia and 1 1/2 hours north of Baltimore (meaning it is not in the middle of nowhere). It is not far to reach if you are on a road trip in the area or are visiting Baltimore, Washington D.C. or Philadelphia.
Hershey Chocolate World
This place was so much fun! They have a giant store filled with candy, chocolate, souvenirs, and memorabilia. Of course, we picked up some snacks for the road and a token magnet for our refrigerator collection. Besides the store, there are various tours and activities you can purchase (trolley tour, 4D movie, and make your own candy bar), yet we opted for the only free one (chocolate tour). What can I say, we are budget travelers.
For more ideas on what to do in Hershey, click below to check TripAdvisor’s recommendations.
The Town of Hershey
The little town of Hershey is very cute and quaint. The Hershey brand name is evident everywhere you turn… the chocolate world, garden landscaping, and even the street lamps have a Hershey emblem. They have named the city “the sweetest city” due to the chocolate theming everywhere! There are so many family activities in Hershey. In addition to the theme park and chocolate factory, the town has great family friendly food options.
Where to Eat in Hershey
There is no shortage of great restaurants in Hershey. Here are two of my favorites:
- Irv’s Pub – We went for dinner, and it was spectacular.
- Duck Donuts – We came here for breakfast and then the following day for dessert.
Where to Stay in Hershey
I am always looking for a deal! Since we are rewards members and credit card holders for Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton
And finally, onto the highlight of this post… visiting Hershey Park with kids!!
Hershey Park Rollercoasters and Rides
Every time we visit a theme park, we strategize beforehand (this adds to the excitement). We arrive 30 minutes before the park opens to make sure we allow for enough time to park the
We went straight to Comet (classic wooden roller coaster
My husband did the very crazy rides alone (Sky Rush, Storm Runner
Another one of my Hershey Park tips is to strategize your time and analyze the map. We made sure to do the popular rides in the
We stopped to take pictures with characters, eat ice cream and ride some more rides with little to no wait times.
Overall, Hershey Park was a blast for the entire family! If you are planning a trip to Hershey Park in the near future, don’t wait. Not only were the rides top notch, but the food was very good, the park was clean, and the staff was very organized and helpful. We have traveled to a few theme parks before we had our children, but visiting Hershey Park with kids was theme park heaven! I highly recommend this park to any theme park loving family!
Other Great Theme Parks
We try to visit theme parks when we vacation if we can swing it with the budget. Here are some of our theme park favorites, check out:
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