Thank you Pepsi and Hersheypark for sponsoring this post and for allowing our family to create more fun memories. All opinions are my own.
Hersheypark is a place that my family loves to visit. It’s a little over 2 hours but a really easy ride for us. We’ve been there so many times I can’t count anymore!
The best part is the memories we’ve created together as a family like capturing my boys’ very first up-side-down roller coaster experience on the SooperDooperLooper about 4 years ago. The photo from the ride is simply priceless. My older son had the look of fear on his face, while my youngest had a grin from ear to ear. It’s something we’ll never forget.
We were invited last weekend to visit Hersheypark again. This time was a bit different. Instead of my husband coming with us (due to a work conflict), my mom joined us. It was awesome for us girls to spend some time with the boys. Since my husband is the one that goes on all of the crazy, scary rides with my youngest (who is a daredevil) that meant I had to suck it up, close my eyes, and go on whatever ride he wanted me to.
To my surprise, I enjoyed the thrill rides!
I wanted to share a few helpful tips for making your next trip to Hersheypark a successful one.
Depending on how far you live from Hersheypark, it might make sense to stay overnight. Again, we live a little over 2 hours from the park and like to make it an overnight trip so that we can maximize our time there.
There are 3 resorts on property; Hershey Lodge, The Hotel Hershey, and Hersheypark Camping Resort. For this trip, we stayed at Hershey Lodge, which is perfect for families. They have an awesome indoor pool, Hershey’s Water Works, that has water slides, pool, basketball hoops, Reese’s Water Walk and an area for the little guys.
Before you hit the park, take a look at the height requirements online so you are prepared. Kids can still “measure up” at the measurement stations to find out what candy category they are. My younger son was happy that he’s now graduated to a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate!
Hersheypark does a great job of having very visible signs at each ride entrance so you know the height requirements. From experience, look online first so you know which rides your children can ride prior to going.
MAP IT OUT
Once we know the height requirements, we love sitting down as a family and mapping out the rides we want to hit. This also prevents any meltdowns while at the park since the kids know ahead of time which rides they are tall enough for.
The park is big so I recommend downloading their mobile app. They have an interactive map but you can also find food locations, menus, bathrooms, entertainment shows, character meet-ups, and ride wait times.
However, it’s always good to have a map on hand. My younger son loves being our tour guide and telling us exactly where we need to go next.
Our first stop we checked out was Hersheypark’s new ride, The Hershey Triple Tower. We even convinced my older son to go on with us. My stomach dropped big time and I screamed the entire time! We only made it to the Reese’s Tower, which was enough thrill for us.
We then made our way to the SooperDooperLooper before it got crowded because this is one of our favorite rides. After that we went on The Claw, Frontier Flyers, Fender Bender, Comet, Sidewinder and finished off with the Scrambler.
It was 90 degrees and humid! We forgot our swim suits in the car (duh!) but they had misting fans all over the park. My boys hit every one they could find to stay cool. If you are more prepared than us, make sure to bring your swim gear and hit The Boardwalk water rides.
MEALS AND DRINKS
Thanks to Hersheypark, we were refillable souvenir cups that we could fill up every 10 minutes. On a hot, summer day it’s so important to keep everyone hydrated. My boys often get headaches if they are dehydrated so we took advantage of filling our cups up as much as possible. We started with Tropicana Pink Lemonade but quickly went straight to water with lots and lots of ice the rest of the day. You can purchase these cups for $13.99 inside the park.
Hersheypark also hooked us up with the all-day-dining package. This is the first year they are offering this package, so I was excited to try it out. For $29.67 you can dine literally every 90 minutes at various locations around the park.
We didn’t eat a lot during our visit because it was so hot and my kids didn’t have a big appetite. But we made sure to stop for lunch so that we could relax in the shade and fuel up. We had lunch at Moe’s and snacked on chips and queso, tacos, and burritos.
Treats are a must when at an amusement park! We got to check out Pepsi’s new BBLz fizzy creations station, a one-of-a-kind beverage experience only found at Hersheypark. BBLz features unique flavor and ingredient combinations blended by trained “Bubble Makers” who add both bubbles and fun. These drinks have a combination of Pepsi beverages, Hershey candy, frosting, and more mouthwatering ingredients.
There are a lot of BBLz flavors you can choose from. I chose the All-Day PBJ (I’m a HUGE peanut butter fan), my mom selected the Whip Scream Sundae, my older son got the Melon Baller and my youngest decided on the Laffing Lime. All delicious, all different, all amazingly YUMMY!
BEFORE LEAVING THE PARK
Don’t forget to get your hand stamped so you can re-enter. You can bring your own food and have lunch and/or dinner outside the park. Also, if you have little ones that need to take a nap, this allows you to come back and enjoy the park in the evening when it’s not so hot.