What are some of the best things to do at Hersheypark? From roller coasters to great eats, enjoy Hersheypark hacks and tips plus how to get Hersheypark discount tickets.
In the adorable small town of Hershey, PA sits one of the sweetest places on earth – Hersheypark.
As many of you know, Virginia has been our home for over six years. I can’t believe it took us this long to find the place where milk and
honey chocolate flow. This past weekend we entered the park’s gates and spent the best weekend enjoying food, rides, entertainment and more. As a girl born and raised on the outskirts of Orlando, I turned to my husband on the last day of our trip and said, “our kids are not missing out!”
Hersheypark will fill the heart of any theme park lover. Whirl your way into some fun but don’t let it come a chaotic whirlwind. We have you covered with some tips and tricks before your travels.
Get ready to learn about this slice of heaven in the heart of Pennsylvania.
What is there to do at Hersheypark?
I hate to sound cliché, but this question must really be turned around. What is there NOT to do at Hersheypark. From great eats, roller coasters, shows and more, Hersheypark offers entertainment for children of all ages – that includes you mom and dad! Enjoy theme park rides, create your own chocolate, eat some of the best bites and prepar to be amazed as we look at the many things to do in Hershey, PA.
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Looking for something free to do in Hershey, PA? Visit Hersheypark Chocolate World. Located next to the park, unwrap your chocolate cravings with a Chocolate World’s free Hershey’s Chocolate Tour. When visiting Chocolate world, you can also create your own one-of-a-kind candy bar, shop Hershey gifts and souvenirs, or enjoy world-famous milkshakes and bakery treats.
Chocolate World is open year round and located next to Hersheypark. It’s a great way to get a taste (pun intended) of Hershey without entering the park.
If you have a thrillist that loves a good roller coaster, there is something for everyone – from toddlers to adults. Be sure to try Hersheypark’s new ride, Candymonium®. Located at the park entrance, this roller coaster ride is the tallest, fastest, longest, and sweetest coaster in Hersheypark.
Speaking of coasters, it’s important to know how your child measures up. Located in the park is a ride height chart. For your convenience, each ride also has measuring sticks and lists eligible riders.
Hersheypark Height Chart
Hershey Miniatures: under 36″
Hershey Kisses: 36″ – 42″
Reese’s: 42″ – 48″
Hersheys: 48″ – 54″
Twizzlers: 54″ – 60″
Jolly Rancher: 60″ and taller
To give you a general idea for young children, my 3 year old twins were Hershey Kisses, my 4 (almost 5 year old) was a Reese’s and my preteens and adults were Jolly Ranchers.
You can find a Hershey Park height chart measuring station all around the park. Each ride also has a measuring stick – so no sneaking on rides you are not “allowed” to ride.
As the parent who often had the youngest kids (while the bigger kids experienced the fastest, most exhilarating coasters), I found plenty to do. There was something around these “big kid” coasters that the younger kids could do. From games, to smaller rides, my toddlers did not feel left out at any time.
The park offers man classic amusement park rides including wooden roller coasters, water log rides, tea cups, ferris wheel and a carousel. For our family, founder’s Way was great for Hershey Miniatures, Hershey Kisses and Reese’s. When exploring outside of this area, the Hersheypark app was great for viewing a park map, looking at ride wait times and getting directions to your next location. Loops, twists, turns, and thrills were found in every directions and something for the entire family and each age group was mostly available throughout the park.
Some of our favorite coasters included…
- Trailblazer – this was a family coaster all my kids qualified to ride.
- Laff Trakk – we could have ridden this one over and over – so fun!
- Scrambler – the youngers really enjoyed this.
- Fahrenheit – this was the first huge roller coaster our almost 5 year old could ride and he loved it.
- Speedway – feel free to give the kids the keys to these classic cars.
Hersheypark Water Park
Ready to cool off? Make a splash at the 11-acre water park inside the park. The The Boardwalk at Hersheypark is included with all summer admission tickets. Water slides, tubes, and pools of fun to cool off from the hot sun. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark.
As a Hersheypark tip, it is good to know that the are lockers around the park if you want to lock up your wet apparel or valuables.
For evenings, Hersheypark Stadium provides the entertainment. Experience concerts by the most prominent names in the music industry. Sounds for ages young to old. If you are staying at a Hershey hotel, many shuttles run through the concert hours ensuring you get from your Hershey Entertainment back to your bed safely.
Hershey hotels come with my nice amenities and perks. First, they offer shuttle service to the park so you can leave your car at the hotel. In addition, enjoy their pools and water activities, a game room, s’mores campfire events, restaurants, and other seasonal activities.
One benefit of staying at a park hotel is getting to the park an hour before it opens. If you area park expert, this is great because you can race to the rides that typically have the longest lines or perhaps just enjoy the park with fewer people.
Where is there to stay at Hershey? Visit the Hotel Hershey, the Hershey Lodge and also the Hersheypark camping resort. If you have a home on wheels or want to experience a bit of cabin life, check out Hersheypark campground.
Hersheypark In The Dark takes place three weekends in October. Enjoy a spooktacular-ly good time filled with your favorite rides and coasters, chocolatey trick or treat adventures, wild zoo visits, and festive Hershey Character experiences. It takes a “fall festival” to the next level.
Are touring Christmas lights on your winter bucket list? Enjoy more than 5 million lights for the most merry event of the year, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®! Deck the halls with your favorite rides and coasters, a visit with Santa and his reindeer, festive Hershey Character experiences, and more. This event takes place mid November to early January.
Hersheypark Discount Tickets
You’ll be Hersheypark Happy when you see the multiple ways to save Hersheypark Tickets. Learn about ticket information for each and every season including price, special offers, age categories, and more!
How much are Hersheypark tickets?
Hershey prices can change often based on the season and promotions. Learn more about Hersheypark tickets and see how you can save on tickets during seasonal specials.
Hersheypark Ticket Prices
1-Day Tickets (ages 9 – 61) $74.95
1-Day Tickets Junior & Senior (ages 3-8 / 62+) $52.95
2-Day Tickets (ages 9-61) $48 per day
2-Day Tickets Junior & Senior (ages 3-8 / 62+) $46 per day
Ticket pricing for children 2 and younger are free!
Groups of 20 or more can save more than 45% on pre-purchased Hersheypark tickets, participate in special programs, and enjoy discounted dining options.
Currently this brings invidudal tickets from $75.80 down to to $40.95.
Giant Hersheypark Tickets
Check out Giant Grocery Stores for Discounted Hershey Tickets. The grocery store sells all age tickets, and you can save up to $19 per ticket by purchasing your Hersheypark tickets ahead.
This might be a better option for your standard tickets but you likely can save on your junior or senior tickets by purchasing from Hershey or in a group package.
Hersheypark Season Pass
If you are close to Hershey, PA and want seasonal tickets for unlimited visits all year, purchase your family’s Season Passes. Pass are less than the price of 3 visits and your family can enjoy unlimited fun, extra hours, sweet discounts, and more!
Bite Size Season Pass $154
Full Size Season Pass $195
King Size Season Pass $235
Read more about each season pass plan here.
Hersheypark Military Discount
If you are looking for a armed forces discount, check with your local military base for discounted Hersheypark tickets.
*Pricing as of September 2021.
Hersheypark Preview Plan
Something that stands out is the Hersheypark preview plan. This is great because it is like getting a 2-day ticket for the price of a 1-day ticket. Get a sweet sneak peek with every Hersheypark ticket. Just present your ticket the evening before your visit & enjoy up to 2 hours with our Preview Plan. You can get in 3 hours earlier if staying at at a Hershey hotel.
Hersheypark Ticket Giveaway
I couldn’t explain the many wonderful things of Hersheypark without a Hersheypark sweepstakes! Exclusive to Frugal Coupon Living, enter to win 4 one-day 2021 Hersheypark tickets.
Win Hersheypark Tickets
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Maureen and Elaine.
To Enter the Hersheypark Giveaway:
You can enter up to three times – that would mean, leave one to three comments (with your email address) on this post. You do not have to enter more than once.
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Additional Optional Entry:
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TWO winners will each receive four electronic tickets to Hersheypark!
This giveaway ends on Monday, September 20, 2021 at midnight (EST.) The winner will be contacted via email from FrugalCouponLiving@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond. If I do not hear from the winner by that time, a new winner will be selected. Tickets are valid any operating day October 15, 2021 through January 2, 2022. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
Want to visit Hershey? Sometimes it helps to talk to a person. You can access Hersheypark Contact Us page https://www.hersheypark.com/contact/ or if you could like a contact for Hersheypark Hotels or Park, use the following phone numbers.
Hersheypark Phone Number (717) 534-3900
The Hotel Hershey Phone Number (717) 533-2171
Hersheypark Lodge Phone Number (717) 533-3311
Hershey Camping Resort Phone Number (888) 710-0917
These contacts are not affiliated with the Frugal Coupon Living Hershey giveaway.
Disclosure: I was provided tickets to the park and lodging. All opinions are mine and should not be used as your own.
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