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.
Hershey Park has many roller coasters. To me the best one is still the original. The Comet is one of those grand old historic wooden roller coasters. It was built in 1945 and still shakes and rattles as you plunge down the rails. One of the great experiences of my childhood that I still love today. But that is just the beginning. If you click on this picture to enlarge it you can count tracks from four different coasters all almost wrapping around each other. There are now two additional wooden roller coasters. And at least five or maybe six of the metallic giants that twist and turn and spin you in all directions.
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.
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.
Before entering Hershey Park you pass a large building with the words Chocolate World on the roof. This is your first introduction to world of the Hershey bar and Hershey, Pennsylvania. The ride is outside of the park and there is no admission. It is open year round. It takes you on a animated trip through the tropics where you pick the coco beans. It carries you through the simulated chocolate factory where smells of hot chocolate fill your senses. And it finished up with one huge commercial for Hershey chocolates. When you exit the ride an employee hands you a small Hershey bar and you enter the souvineer area. This is filled with candy bars and tee shirts. And its almost impossible to end the ride without purchasing some form of chocolate bar.
Hershey's Factory Tour is a simulated trip wherein you can see how the Hershey chocolates are being made (the original Hershey Plant is located just few blocks away from here) Your tour begins in a tropical rainforest set up to see how the cocoa beans grow, its harvest time, how its is being roasted and other process which transforms a simple cocoa into a yummylicious chocolate bar or hershey's kisses. Board the hershey's cart and see for yourself tons of hershey products being made. Before the tour ends, you will have a souvenir photo shoot. You can purchase the photo for $20.00
Free chocolates as you exit.
The tour is free of charge
Some people can go on any ride they want and have no problems. Me. I can't spin. Years ago I would ride the tilt-a-whirl, the scrambler or any ride in park. But not anymore. You can drop me, fly me high, and terrorize me. But don't spin me around. Here you see the other guy in the hat getting ready to take off and start spinning out of control as this ride rises up into the air. You will note that he is by himself. I am on the ground with the camera. I would be tossing my cookies in my hat if I had been on this ride.
After passing the MIton S. Hershey statue you find yourself in Carousel Square. Here you will find the historic carousel. This carousel dates back to 1945 when it was originally installed in the park. Although tame and harmless compared to many of the rides of today, I still refuse to ride it. I love the wild roller coasters. But a spinning carousel will make me toss my cookies every time.
As you can see it rained the day we went to the park. Luckily it was not a thunder storm. Just lots of rain all day. So we bought blue plastic rain coats and braved the weather. It was kind of a blessing. There were no lines for any of the rides. And on a day like this all rides are water rides!
It was a long day. And it rained for most of it. Towards the end of our day the rains returned and were quite heavy. I could see by the opened umbrella that this guy in the hat was ready to leave. I would not recommend going to Hershey Park in rainy weather. But it does have some advantages. There was no heat and humidity. The lines were almost non existant. We were able to ride almost every ride in the park which would be impossible on a normal hot sunny day. And the park is very accomadating. They have inexpensive rain coats and lots of covered areas to escape the rain.
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.
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
After paying your entrance fee and entering the park, one of the first things you will see is this statue of Milton Hershey. Milton S. Hershey was a visionary. With only a fourth grade education he became the founder of Hershey's Milk Chocolate. He built the chocolate factory and a model town around the factory for his employees. The park was originally part of the public recreation system set up for the employees. He was a great man who did much more than just make chocolate. He and his wife were unable to have children so they founded an orphanage for boys. Today this is recognized as Milton S. Hershey school. He took pride in the school, the town and the business. He remains remembered for placing the quailty of his product and the well being of his workers ahead of profits.
Classic Car Ride is slow moving ride while on board a classic car. For each car maximum of 4 persons are allowed. You cannot actually go and drive to any direction because it has its own pathway and speed limit.
Kids will enjoy :-)
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.
Like any other 3d or 4d shows, watching it is always fun. Seeing your friendly hershey characters come to life as they come out of the screen and be just a hand touch away. This musical animated show is really entertaining both adult and kids will love. Special effects like tickling air, splashing water and moving chair makes it more exciting. This 3d show is located at the Chocolate World. Shows run by the hour. Check show time schedule.
$5.95 for adults (13-61)
$3.95 for children (3-12)
$4.95 for seniors (62+).
Discounts are available for groups