When it comes to celebrating your birthday what better way to do it than with good times in the sun and lots of chocolate? This past weekend, I surprised my son with some birthday fun at Hersheypark! Follow these tips to have the sweetest time ever at Hersheypark!
Hershey Park gave us tickets to enjoy the park for the day. All opinions are our own. Fire & Grain was not sponsored but I love it, so it is included here.
Birthday Fun at Hersheypark
1. Get to the park early.
I try to arrive a few minutes before opening, due to bag check. Once through the gate, grab a locker (more on that below), and get the kids measured for rides. By getting measured right from the start you know exactly what they can ride. Then head straight to your favorite ride.
Pro tip: Download the Hersheypark app to see ride wait times, locations, dining options, and more. Download it for Apple and Android.
2. Rent a locker. It is yours for the whole day!
Lockers are located in several locations throughout the park. We rented one close to The Boardwalk, near Tidal Force, since we would be spending a lot of time there. If you bring a large backpack like we did, grab a large locker. It's $5 more than a small and you won't have to worry if all your stuff will fit.
Pro Tip: Grab your locker as soon as you get to the park. They are available on a first come first serve basis and can fill up quickly.
3. Coming in the Summer months? Head straight to The Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk is our favorite place at Hersheypark in the Summer. This massive waterpark is included in your park admission and is the spot to hangout when it is hot outside. I could stay at East Coast Waterworks all day.
Aside from the giant bucket that dumps water all over you, slide down a slide, or get soaked at one of the other fun water features!
New to this year are the two new rides Breakers Edge Water Coaster and Whitecap Racer! After touring the construction of these rides back in April I couldn't wait to try them out! Race your family down the Whitecap Racer and see who is the winner. Spoiler alert: It was me. I'm the champion, sorry birthday boy! But what I thought was really cool, is that they will email you pictures of your family on the racers. I didn't look too cute but the kids did so here is the Princess, clearly not having any fun at all right? hehe
Pro Tip: Wear goggles on Whitecap Racer, then maybe your picture will turn out better than mine lol. Also purple one… just saying…
4. All Day Drink Deal
Grab your own 2018 Souvenir Cup for $15.89 and you can get free refills on fountain drinks and ICEE® all day long! Planning on coming back? Get .99 cent refills on future visits in 2018! For more information click here for the all day drink deal.
Pro Tip: All dining locations offer free cups of water. No need to wait in line, just go through the exit line and politely ask for water cups.
5. Enjoy all Hersheypark has to offer.
You might just be thinking about the next rollercoaster you;re going to ride or the waterpark but Hersheypark has other great activities to experience. Take time to ride the monorail to relax while enjoying a great view of the property.
We love hanging out with characters. This trip we saw a new friend, the Hershey Syrup! Loving his sunglasses.
A visit to the park isn't complete without rocking out with the Hershey band!
Pro Tip: Your admission is good for the whole day. Get your hand stamped before leaving and you are able to come back in later in the day. Take a break from the park and visit Hershey's Chocolate World located right outside the entrance of the park. Take the free tour, purchase the create a candy bar experience, and so much more!
From giant chocolate bars to adorable stuffed animals and everything in between. Take a bit of sweetness home with you to always remember your birthday at Hersheypark!
Pro Tip: Bubbles are always a great idea and they won't melt on the way to the car!
7. Get dinner at one of the Hershey resort restaurants.
When I visited Hershey in April I was able to experience several of the restaurants located on the resort properties. I fell in love with Fire & Grain. After having the S'more Jar myself, I knew my boy would love it. He couldn't wait to get dessert.
After hearing it was the boy's birthday, our server sweetened up the meal with some of his favorite candy. This is how you know you're in the sweetest place on Earth- when there is more candy than you can eat!
Then it was time for dessert! We sang Happy Birthday and everyone went home #HersheyparkHappy!
Pro Tip: Whatever restaurant you choose, you can't go wrong in Hershey!
For more Hersheypark travel tips:
Experience Hersheypark in 2018
4 Benefits of Staying at the Hershey Lodge
Girlfriends' Guide to MeltSpa by Hershey
Top 10 Tips for Visiting Hersheypark
I would love to visit her and my son also saw the pictures and has asked if we can one day as we both love Hershey’s Chocolate and it looks like it was a lot of fun.
I have heard great things about Hershey Park and how fun it is to visit. Hopefully one day we can go
We love Hersheypark! We haven’t been in a few years, but are looking forward to getting back there one of these days.
Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
Hersey park looks like such a fun summer experience for the kiddos! I can’t wait to visit with the family one of these days.
A birthday celebration at Hershey Park looks like so much fun! I’ve never been and I’d love to take the grandkids. They would have a blast.
I’ve always wanted to go here. I am BIG on chocolate. I’d go nuts here. One day we are so going!
It’s been years since I have been to Hershey Park! We loved it when we took our then 8 year old daughter there.
OK how fun does Hershey Park look! I have to admit I would love to spend a birthday somewhere like this as it seems like there is so much to do!
Oh how I long to go to Hershey Park this summer! It is so much fun and I haven’t been in so long!
Angela Ricardo Bethea
Now that a place I’d love to visit during the summer with my family. Such fun rides and interesting sights too. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.
Hershey Park is so much fun! My aunt lives nearby and I’ve been there a few times over the years. I also really love going during the holidays when they do their Candy Lane thing. Sounds like everyone had a great time!
I keep seeing all of these pictures of Hershey Park and I’m so jealous. I know my kids would love it there!
Oh I’ve heard so much about this park! I’d love it just for the candy. It looks like a lot of fun in the summer time playing in the water.
i love the height restriction signage. All the b rands delight!the water park looks like i could stay there all day too.
Kate | Life of a Ginger
We’ve never been to Hershey Park, but I’d love to go. I’ve been told by many that the whole town smells like chocolate. I could learn to love that!
I’ve always loved Hershey and it’s been a dream of mine to take our family someday to Hershey Park. Looks like you and your family had an amazing time there!
Bucket list item for sure! Someday we will make it up to Hershey and see this amazing park. Looks like you had a wonderful time!