Over the weekend I surprised the kids and my husband, with their first trip to Hersheypark. The last time I was there was in middle school, so it was practically my first visit too. I remember riding my first big roller coaster at Hersheypark, conquering the Super Dooper Looper. We had an amazing day and we definitely went home #HersheyparkHappy!
I want you to have a great visit too so I'm sharing my top 10 tips for visiting Hersheypark! From Hersheypark lockers to parking info, I've got everything you need to know.
Thank you to Hersheypark for hosting us for the day. All opinions and chocolate mustaches are our own.
Top 10 Tips For Visiting Hersheypark
1. Rent a locker
Lockers are located in several locations throughout the park. We rented one close to The Boardwalk since we would be spending a lot of time there. Since we brought a backpack with us, we chose a large locker. I recommend renting early in the day if it is a busy, because they are first come first serve. The good news once you rent the locker it is yours for the whole day!
2. Pack a bag
I never go to an amusement park or theme park without a bag. When you have kids are you even allowed to leave the house without one? I packed sunscreen, wipes, hand sanitizer, swim suits, water shoes, towels, and high protein snacks.
Fact: You can choose to air dry if you want but you will get SOAKED at The Boardwalk! So pack a towel or two to dry off.
3. Get officially measured at the front of the park located near the fountain of Milton S. Hershey
By getting measured right from the start you know exactly what they can ride. It will also save time in the lines because they won't have to stop and be measured.
4. Arrive when the park opens
This gives you a good parking spot and a chance to get right on the rides. Season pass holders get to enjoy Sweet Start, which gives you access to the park 1 hour before it opens to the public. There are a lot of other sweet benefits to being a Hersheypark Season Pass holder, so you should definitely check it out.
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5. Download the Hersheypark App
The free official Hershey Park app has ride info, wait times, character appearances, show times, food locations, and more. Download it for Apple and Android. You can also see your ride photos and other interactive ride info like racing times and high scores.
Ready to ride the Super Dooper Looper! And thanks to the app we knew the wait time was 10 mins and both of the kids were the right height.
6. Character fun
This is probably the only time you can hug chocolate without it melting on you! Throughout the day and at various locations you will run into some pretty sweet friends. Check the app to see where your favorite candies will be hanging out.
7. Eat a S'More
I had the regular the kids got the cookie one. Either way, you need it. Looking at these pics, I know what I want to make at home this weekend. Yum! Psst: Season Pass Holders can save 15% on these and other food items in the park!
8. Stay Hydrated
Bottled water is available throughout the park for purchase. You can also get free water at the various food places, or you can purchase a Souvenir Cup and get free refills throughout the park all day.
9. ZooAmerica and other in park entertainment
ZooAmerica and other shows are included with your park ticket. We watched a traveling show with Ms. Twizzler, met a sea lion, and danced along with the Character Commotion.
10. The Boardwalk
The Boardwalk and all the awesome water rides are included with your regular park admission. We spent a good chunk of the day there and it was so much fun! Get instantly soaked on the Tidal Force, relax in the lazy river, or hangout at the East Coast Waterworks.
If you need a place to cool off between coasters, The Boardwalk is where it's at. I will post up here all day to beat the Summer heat.
My boy had a great day celebrating his birthday at Hersheypark. The whole family cannot wait to go back for more sweet fun!
They definitely went home #HersheyparkHappy!