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“Hershey Park, The Best Family Amusement Park”
Review of Hersheypark

Hersheypark
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Hershey
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hersheypark is closed until Spring 2017 and will re-open APRIL 8-9 & 14-16, 2017. Please check our website for most up to date information. Hersheypark(R) is THE premier historic family amusement and water park with something for everyone. Genuine hospitality, thrilling rides and attractions, water fun and live entertainment are all part of the authentic Hershey experience. Generations share memorable times in Hersheypark, the centerpiece attraction in one of the world's unique resort destinations. Located in a town founded by an American icon who created a brand that is synonymous with trust and quality, Hersheypark upholds the standard of excellence and advances the legacy of Milton S. Hershey.
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Holbrook, ny
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“Hershey Park, The Best Family Amusement Park”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

We are a family of four that just got back from Hershey Park. Firstly, I would like to say that this park is so clean and family friendly. The rides and attractions are a perfect mix of an amusement park. We found the prices of food at this park very reasonable. We camped at the Hershey Park Campgrounds. The grounds were so clean and beautiful. The camp ground offers various types of camping from tent sites to fully equipped log cabins. We chose a tent site, which was $40 per night. There are various actitivites at the campgrounds. There is also a shuttle that takes you to and back from both the amusement park and the chocolate factory. . When you stay at the campgrounds the tickets for the amusement park are $42.
There is general store on the grounds. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring grill for cooking. The public restroom and shower areas are kept immaculate. I would highly recommend this for families that need a inexpensive getaway.

Visited August 2013
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“Spring fling!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

The spring weekend rates are well worth it. The park wasn't crowded, the ride lines were short, the temperature perfect. The park was very clean and the employees were friendly. This would have been really miserable in the heat of summer. Some rides were not available, but it didn't hinder our enjoyment. This is a perfect time and place to take kiddos! (food is very expensive... Plan for this!

Visited April 2013
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“ITS A GREAT PARK”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I loved this park as a kid and I still love it as an adult. Our daughter loved it too. She went on every ride many times, the lines were never that long. We went on a weekend in August so I was pleasantly surprised that the ride lines weren't longer. Lots of hills to walk so be prepared if you have a stroller. Try to get there early so you don't have to park a mile away.

Visited August 2013
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“Unsanitary Food Practices”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Visited Hersheypark last week with my family of 6 for our summer ending event. While standing in line at the Turkey Hill Ice Cream stand in the Boardwalk Area we watched a clerk scoop ice cream and make shakes then turn and handle cash and coin without changing his gloves. After repeated attempts to get him to change this practice we left and went to hospitality where we reported the practice and much to my dismay we were told "that was not how their staff was trained". I'll be spending my hard earned money somewhere else next year.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful Park, but TOO crowded & $$$”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had been to Hershey Park several times before & always LOVED it. We hadn't been in several years & decided to visit this past weekend since we got free tickets. We arrived at the park around 11am (it opens at 10am). We paid $12 to park in the Hershey Lot. We walked to the gates to find a HUGE crowd of people standing at the ticket gates. Even the line for pre-paid ticket entry was bottlenecked. Once we got closer to the gates, we came across security who did a brief bag check on all guests. Once at the gate, our tickets were taken and entry permitted. The ticket lady did NOT offer us a map, so we just grabbed one from her basket.

At Hershey we do think they have a nice assortment of rides. They have several kiddie rides, rides for middle age kids and adults. They have several coasters to choose from and a water park area that is included in admission. Admission to ZooAmerica, the Aquatheatre, Amphitheatre, Music Box Theatre & Monorail ride are included in Hershey Park admission as well.

Our visit at Hershey Park started with a visit to ZooAmerica, which we really enjoyed. It is a small zoo, but very nice. I would recommend taking advantage of this attraction at some point during your visit to Hershey Park. It is a nice step away from the hustle & bustle of the amusement park. They even have some kids entertainment scheduled there. At the time we were passing through they had 4 people singing and juggling for the kids.

After ZooAmerica, we caught the first Aquatheatre show of the day at 1:15pm. It was really packed. There was hardly any seating left when we arrived, so arrive early to the show if you want your choice of seats. We did not stay for the whole aquatheatre show as it was not as entertaining as it had been in past years. Plus the sound system was way too loud. They have sea lions and a seal in their show. We basically saw them swimming around and waving their flippers. The portion we saw did not have any theme or actual storyline. Note: Wheelchair access is from the 2nd level; everyone else enters from the bottom level. Strollers are NOT permitted in the aquatheatre & unfortunately there is limited space outside the theatre for strollers.

After the aquatheatre show we decied to try to grab lunch. We made our way over to the boardwalk area since that is where we planned on visiting after lunch. We decided to eat at Nathan's Hotdogs. The line was SO long that it went back & forth through the roped off section and then zig zagged into the crowd of bathing suits. It was terrible. I stood in line for OVER 30 minutes to get lunch. Prices were similar to what you would probably pay at a regular Nathan's. We paid $20 for an order of chicken tenders & 2 hot dog meal (2 hot dogs, a large soda and small fries). The food was decent, but the wait was TOO long. Plus there are a limited number of seats/tables next to Nathan's. I had to wait for a table ONCE I had my food!

After lunch, we decided to try to take the kids into the kiddie section of the waterpark/boardwalk. The lines there were much TOO long as well. People were standing in line holding their toddlers, waiting for entry into sandcastle cove & East Coast Waterworks. So, we decided to pass. We figured our kids would enjoy visiting the pool OR beach back home rather than standing in line for this. So, we promised to go elsewhere the following day.

We were just overwhelmed with the crowds of people & lines to do ANYTHING! We did manage to ride one rollercoaster (lightning racer), but lines for the rest of them were just TOO long. We barely even saw the newer coasters (Skyrush & Fahrenheit) run. Lines were long for them, but rarely did we see a coaster leave the station.

We did also take the kids on the carousel, which we thought was nice & had NO line. We stopped over by Music Box Way at 4:45pm to catch the Hershey's Character Party. We had been watching for the characters throughout the park ALL day. We saw Hershey Bar once by the Carousel when we 1st arrived, but that was it!! We figured the character party would be the best way to see them. Payday, Rolo, Nutrageous & York Peppermint Pattie were at the party....but NO Hershey Kiss, NO Hershey Bar, NO Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It was nice for the kids to get to see the candy that they did, but the "famous" ones were not there.

So, there were some things that we did not like about Hershey Park this time....mainly the lines & being way overcrowded. Another thing to consider when visiting is that the park is in the hills of Pennsylvania, so some pathways are uphill/on an incline. It is not terrible, but IF you are pushing a stroller...it can get tiresome!

There are some nice features that caught my eye: One plus is that Hershey Park offers a place for breastfeeding Moms to breast feed OR pump in privacy. It is located at the Family Health & Services Center/First Aid. Hershey Park also rents lockers & strollers (both single & double). They have a family dryer in the boardwalk area to dry off ($5.00) after getting wet on the water rides.

Overall, Hershey Park was kind of a disappointment this year. It looks good. It is clean & there are lots of rides. The atmosphere is lively & kid friendly. BUT, the lines to do just about ANYTHING are way too long. I know IF we hade spent $60 a ticket to get in....I would have been mad. We got to ride a few rides, but not $60 worth. I am just glad the Zoo ($10.50 value) is included! Chocolate World is next door & it has a FREE tour that you can do too in addition to pay entertainment. But, I was NOT impressed with it either this year. It will probably be a while before we go back...IF we do.

Visited August 2013
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