Hershey, Pennsylvania, for Family Getaways

Hersheypark - Skyrush roller coaster
••• Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Hersheypark is a theme park located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a year-round destination in central Pennsylvania, close to Amish country. Hershey is well positioned about three hours from NYC, two hours from Philadelphia, and two hours from Washington/Baltimore.

Chocolate Town USA for Families

  • Hersheypark - voted top amusement park by FamilyFun Magazine; see more, below
  • ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, a modest-sized walk-through zoo
  • the Dutch Wonderland family amusement park geared to younger kids, 30 minutes away in Pennsylvania Dutch country
  • The Hotel Hershey- a grand old hotel, with kids' club and spa with chocolate treatments (and a major expansion in 2009)
  • Hershey Lodge and Convention Center- welcomes families
  • Hershey's Chocolate World: visitors' center with fun free "Factory Tour", and FactoryWorks where kids package their own Hershey Kisses; also (paid admission) the Really Big 3-D Show and trolley tour with a singing conductor.
  • The Hershey Story: interactive museum tells Milton Hershey's story (which is an interesting one) and has fun classes in a "Chocolate Lab".

Highlights

Hersheypark is the best known attraction, and was built by chocolate entrepreneur Milton S. Hershey in 1907 as a place where his employees could enjoy a Sunday afternoon. Hersheypark is now a major theme park on 110 acres, with sixty rides including some adrenaline-pumping coasters.

There are also water rides, family rides, kiddie rides, live concerts and shows. 

Hersheypark is basically a summer theme park, but there's a special preview "Springtime in the Park" on several weekends in April. During October and December, Hersheypark re-opens for seasonal fun.

Hersheypark celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007 by opening a major new area.

The Boardwalk—built in the style of classic seaside boardwalks—has water-play attractions, including extreme slides, a tot zone, a wave pool, surfing, a giant water-play structure, and a lazy river. All the waterpark fun at The Boardwalk is included in admission to Hersheypark.

Seasonal Fun

Where to Stay in Hershey

Looking for a great place to stay in Hershey? There are two official resorts and a campground at Hersheypark plus more than a dozen budget-friendly hotels in Hershey and the vicinity. 

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Check rates at Hershey Lodge

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- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher