Hersheypark is a world-renowned family theme park in Hershey in the Derry Township. Established in 1906 by Milton S. Hershey for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company, the popular leisure park was known as Hershey Park until 1970 and has been the recipient of several awards, including the IAAPA Applause Award.
Hersheypark’s opened the first rollercoaster ride called the Wild Cat in 1923, and after an expansion and renaming in 1970, the park added several new rides, including the SuperDooperlooper, and a 330-foot-tall observation tower called the Kissing Tower.
Hersheypark covers over 110 acres and is home to more than 70 rides and attractions, as well as ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park. Next door the park is Hershey’s Chocolate World, a visitor center that features a variety of restaurants and shops, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.
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1.Themed Areas and Rides
Hersheypark has several themed regions, namely Founder’s Way, Kissing Tower Hill, Midway America, Pioneer Frontier, The Boardwalk, and the Hollow. Rides at Hersheypark include the Lightning Racer, which features a double wooden track with two coasters that race side by side and then curve to face each other, creating a "duel." The Coal Cracker is an exhilarating aerial water ride that features water blasters, water curtains, and exploding geysers, drenching riders and spectators below. The Claw is a thrilling, 65-foot spinning pendulum ride and the Storm Runner is an the world's first hydraulic launch coaster complete with inversions. Family Rides include the Cocoa Cruiser, Fender Bender, Kissing Tower, Music Express, Skyview, the Howler, and the Wave Swinger.
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2.Hershey Chocolate World
The popular attraction of Hershey Chocolate World can be found at Hersheypark and offers several interactive and immersive exhibitions, activities, and chocolate-related experiences. Fun tours include exploring the journey from cocoa bean to the end product and new features of the attraction range from learning more about the dairy farms in Central Pennsylvania and the cocoa farms of West Africa, state-of-the-art animated figures such as the famous barnyard cows, catchy sing-a-long theme songs and new technological effects that explain the story of chocolate.
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Established in 1937 at Milton Hershey’s to create a ‘lovely garden of roses,’ Hershey Gardens began as a small rose garden and grown into 23 acres of botanical and blossoming beauty that provide visitors with enriching experiences. Boasting lovely views over the town of Hershey, Hershey Gardens is home to a collection of rare and significant trees, a spectacular assortment of shrubs and flowers, including brilliant seasonal displays, themed gardens, an indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium and an interactive Children’s Garden where the kids can explore the wonders of nature.
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4.ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is an animal center next to Hersheypark in Hershey that is home to over 200 animals from five regions of North America. The zoo covers 11 acres of tree-lined pathways and natural habitats and offers a unique and fascinating walk-through experience. Established in 1905, the zoo was founded by Franz and Louise Zinner and began with a collection of ordinary and exotic animals ranging from a family of ‘possums, two black bears and a pair of Zebus to angora goats, fox squirrels, and three peacocks.
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5.Shows and Entertainment
Hersheypark offers more than 12 resident shows, concerts, games and plenty of opportunities for children to meet their favorite Hershey’s Characters over a special breakfast. The park offers more than 40 games and two indoor arcades for children of all ages, including Wac-A-Mole located in The Hollow, Center Ring located in the Kissing Tower, and the long-shot basketball game Pro Shot located in Founder’s Way and the Overlook Arcade in Kissing Tower Hill. The Overlook Arcade in Kissing Tower Hill is a large arcade center with video games, skeeball, crane machines, and redemption machines. The Play Dome Arcade is located in Pioneer Frontier and features video games, crane machines, and redemption games for all ages.
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6.Plan Your Visit
Hersheypark offers three places to stay, including the family-friendly Hershey Lodge with a new indoor pool complex, the elegant Hotel Hershey, famed for its abundant amenities and gracious service, and the HersheyPark Camping Resort, which offers year-round camping on 55 acres of beautiful landscapes.
Hersheypark is located at 100 Hersheypark Drive in Hershey and is open daily throughout the year. Ample paid parking is available, and a shuttle regularly runs from all parking lots to the park. Food is not allowed into the park, but Hersheypark offers picnic and restroom facilities. Hersheypark provides two meal options for groups, namely catered picnics and meal tickets. Catered picnics include a delicious all-you-can-eat meal prepared by experienced catering staff for the group to enjoy in one of six private catering areas conveniently placed around the park. Vegetarian, Kosher, and specialty-themed menu options are available upon advanced request. Hersheypark also offers the flexibility of enjoying a variety of different meal options with individual meal tickets that can be used throughout the park.
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100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033, Phone: 800-437-7439
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