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    Hershey Park.... the obvious choice.

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    If you are in Pennsylvania and looking for something fun to do for the kids, then this is the choice...... Hershey Park.

    We enjoyed it back in the early 70's as young adults and returned later with the kids in the 80's and finally with the grandkids in the late 90's. It used to be clackety-clack of wooden-track coasters and the bzzzzt of the bumper cars. Then that was replaced by the acrobatics of the metal rail coasters with their loop-de-loops and now they have added a huge water park section.
    One consistent element is the entertainment shows and how over-the-top the entertainers are. The dramatic gestures and corny scripts that make the skits both lovable and laughable. The colorful costumes and the off-broadway acting keep the kids wishing they could be on stage too.
    And don't forget the ever present food vendors: used to be lemonade in paper cups with ice and now is bottled water and "sweet tea". But you do need to keep your energy up to hit all the rides and little souvenier shops and catch all the arena acts.

    So the more it changes, the more it stays the same...... the same great place to visit now as it was then.

    (sorry, most of my "pictures" are slides so i have none to offer here)

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    Size Is Everything!!

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Twizzler's rates for riders 54

    Hershey Park rates all of their rides according to the size of the enthusiast for safety reasons,so they employ a unique way to do so...by using candy as their indicators---the rating system goes as follows:

    Jolly Ranchers--to ride you must be over 60" tall
    Twizzlers--54"-60"
    Hersheys Bar--48"-54"
    Reeses Peanut Butter Cups--42"-48"
    Hershey Kisses--36"-42"
    Hershey Miniatures--under 36"

    Since size is the indicator and not age, a tall child can ride accordingly.

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    Don't Forget The Roller Coaster

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Hershey has 10 roller coasters!!

    There are people who just travel the country riding roller coasters as their hobby!! This photo shows one of Hershey's roller coasters in the background. These rides were usually the most popular and required the rider to be a certain height. Hershey had a collection of coasters that were mildly invigorating to very wild and crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hershey Park has 10 coasters: I've included how they are rated--

    Comet--High Thrill; Great Bear--Agressive High Thrill; Lightening Racer---High Thrill; Roller Soaker---Moderate Thrill; Sooperdooperlooper---Agressive Thrill; Storm Runner---Agressive Thrill; Widewinder---Agressive Thrill; Trailblazer---Moderate Thrill; Wild Mouse---Agressive Thrill; Wild Cat---Agressive Thrill.

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    Be sure to pick up a souvenir or two!

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Gift shops like this contain lots of neat stuff
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    Hershey Park has an abundance of gift shops--all filled with t-shirts, sweatshirts, postcards, toys, candy, hats, mugs, glassware. You name it...and they all have the name HERSHEY PARK on them.

    At the gift shop near the Chocolate Factory Tour, I bought some packets of hot cocoa mix that was absolutely the best I've ever tasted--many flavors available. Ummmmmmmmm, real good! My favorite flavor was Goodnight Hugs, a white cocoa with little caffeine in it--so I can drink it in the evening. My husband's favorite flavor was French Vanilla--see photo accompanying this Tip. We liked this hot cocoa so much that we tracked down a store in our area that carried it.

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    Try out more rides!

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Cousin buddies try out a ride at Hershey Park

    Be sure NOT to get on a ride that spins after you eat...or else! This is the type of ride I avoid. I have learned through experience that I cannot ride these...before or after I eat. The grandkids have iron clad stomachs--lucky for them!

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    Try out the Log Flume

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Our family crusin' on the mini-flume

    Log flume rides are the best!! It's the last big hill that really grabs you--whoa!

    We are definitely log flume enthusiasts--it's one of the rides that almost any of us can enjoy that isn't too scary or that spins you around until you feel like...well, uncomfortable. It's usually the first ride to which I gravitate--when available!! If it's a hot day--so much the better for cooling off.

    Hershey Park has 8 water rides--I've listed them along with the ratings:

    Canyon River Rapids--High Thrill; Coal Cracker--High Thrill; Paddleboats--Mild Thrill; Roller Soaker--Moderate Thrill; Tidal Force--High Thrill; Tiny Timbers (kiddie ride); Western Chute Out (Straight Shooters) Mild Thrill; Western Chute Out (Winding Rivers)--High Thrill.

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    Make a new friend

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    'Glad to meet ya!'

    Cuddily characters parade through the park just hoping for that photographic opportunity with YOU! There's no shortage of these Hershey related creatures--a crowd usually forms around them so they are easy to spy. Of course, looking like a candy bar would draw a crowd--especially those individuals with chocolate coursing through their veins. Like me, for instance.

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    The Hershey Museum

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    The Hershey Museum chronicles the rise of Milton Hershey's chocolate business and includes original machinery from his factory and other related artifacts. The museum is free to guests staying at any affiliated hotel at Hershey Park. For those not staying at a lodging here, the cost is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 for children 3-15 and free for those under 3.

    Hours of operation are Sept.-May 10 am-5 pm; May-Sept. 10 am-6 pm

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    THE " CHOCOLATE WORLD" TOUR

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Hershey's Chocolate!!!

    Hershey Park has a free simulated factory tour which shows how their chocolate candy is made. Be sure to take this tour! This is a ride that takes you through the various steps required in candy making--the aroma of chocolate is in the air and it's pretty interesting!
    A free sample of Hershey's chocolate is a gift at the end of the ride.

    The tour is at the entrance of Hershey Park by a fantastic gift shop offering many souvenirs from your fun trip! Postcards, t-shirts, sweatshirts, toys, candy, chocolate products...lots and lots of stuff! This is where I found my favorite hot cocoa--Goodnight Hugs. It's a white chocolate drink that has only a little caffeine, so I'm able to drink it in the evening. See the accompanying photo.

    The ride is open daily at 9 a.m.; closing times vary with the season. It is closed at Christmas. There is no charge. For "Hershey's Really Big 3-D Show" the cost is $4.95; for ages 3-12 it is $3.95.

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    Visit Beautiful Hershey Gardens!

    by VeronicaG Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    Antique birthday card from my collection

    Although it was a hot day, we took time to see the rose gardens near Hershey Hotel. They were absolutely gorgeous! All types of roses were represented in this garden--over 7000 plants! Each one more fragrant and more colorful than the next! Of course, other varieties of plants were part of the garden design, too. There is a butterfly house with 400 butterflies and a Children's Garden that will capture the fancies of any child.

    The butterfly house is open May 28-Sept. 17 from 9 am-6 pm. Hershey Gardens is Open daily from Mar. 25-Oct.31 on Mon.-Tues. 9 am-6 pm; Fri.-Sun. 9 am-8 pm. In September the hours are 9 am-6 pm and in Oct. 9 am-5 pm. Admission price is $7 for adults; $6.50 for seniors; ages 3-15 $4.00.

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    Chocolate World

    by PinkFloydActuary Written May 27, 2006

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    Everyone will enjoy the tour :)

    This is the "must see" in Hershey for my money. Chocolate World has several key sights within it's walls. You can make your own Kisses (really for the kids, but it's fun to see the smiles on their faces.) There's a ton of shopping - clothes, stuffed animals, logo stores, and of course, a massive candy store. Here, you may be fortunate enough to find the latest limited editions (such as the triple chocolate Kit Kat.) Expect to spend a minimum of 45 minutes shopping the various stores. Finally, since Hershey no longer does factory tours, they offer a "simulated tour" - you ride along in a small car and watch the process as a voice-over gives the highlights. At the end of the tour, they'll give you a free snack size candy bar.

    Check the website for hours of operation, as they vary throughout the year, as do parking rates.

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    Learn all about Chocolate

    by Agraichen Written Sep 22, 2005

    Hershey Park besides being a fun place to visit, used to include actual factory tours. Now, a mock up of the factory is all that visitors can see. But it is still interesting as the process of making the famous Hershey Chocolate is seen from start to finished product.

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    Chocolate World

    by Shabu Updated Aug 25, 2005

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    Ummmmmm Chocolate

    I love Chocolate, so one of my favorite things to do is visit Hershey's Chocolate World Visitor Center. The minute you open the doors the sweet smell of chocolate hits you like a ton of bricks and gets you salivating like one of Pavlov's dogs.

    Once inside you can take a tour ride, which is FREE, that takes you through the process of how chocolate is made. At the end of the tour you get a FREE piece of Hershey's chocolate.

    Once the tour is over, you enter this gigantic Gift Shop which is filled with souveniers and tons of Hershey's chocolates. One thing nice about the gift shop is that you can find new chocolate bars that have not yet been put out on the market.

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    Hershey Gardens

    by cruisingbug Written Jan 25, 2005
    Japanese Garden, Hershey, PA

    Whether you're enjoying a quiet weekend at the Hershey Hotel, or spending your days in Hershey Park, walking through the gardens at Hershey can be a vacation within a vacation.

    This is where my parents honeymooned, and it's still a draw today for both young and old alike. Originally planned as a rose garden, Hershey Gardens now includes a rock garden, Japanese garden, and butterfly house, among other areas.

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    One last look back

    by littlesam1 Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    Ferris Wheel in the rain

    The rains returned late in the afternoon and were very heavy. So I took one last look back before leaving. It was kind of sad to see the ferris wheel almost empty with all the clouds around it. The park was starting to empty. People were tired of getting wet. Time to leave.

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