Hersheypark 2021 - The BEST Reasons to Visit This Year

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Family theme parks have been some of our favorite destinations over the years and we missed visiting them last summer.  Now, we are ready to get back to the sun, fun, and, in the case of Hersheypark, the chocolate!  Last summer, Hersheypark unleashed a new rollercoaster, Candymonium, and a new entrance to the park.  This year, they will be releasing some new dining experiences and they sound fantastic!  There's a lot to love about a visit to Hersheypark and here are some of the things I'm looking forward to most this year!

New Dining Experiences at Hersheypark

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New is always exciting and Hersheypark has done a great job adding attractions, restaurants, and more over the past few years.  This season, guests can enjoy new dining experiences as part of Hershey's Chocolatetown.  This spring, Milton's Ice Cream Parlor and The Sweeterie Confectionary Kitchen will both open on April 2nd.  Milton's Ice Cream Parlor has both sweet and savory options covered with local custom and King Size Sundaes as well as options like grilled cheese, shareable buckets of fries, and Chicken N Waffles.  The Sweeterie Confectionary Kitchen is the ultimate candy kitchen with chocolate dipped treats and grab-and-go sweets to enjoy around the park.  You can find more details about menus for these new dining options here.

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Memorial Day weekend will bring another new dining addition with The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio opening just in time for summer.  Stay tuned for more sweet details about this restaurant to round out the dining options in Hershey's Chocolatetown.

Roller Coasters Galore!

Beginning with Springtime in the Park (weather permitting) and continuing throughout the summer and fall, guests can enjoy some of the best variety of roller coasters on the East Coast.  I've spent my entire life visiting Hersheypark and remember my very first coaster ride on sooper dooper Looper.  My kids have enjoyed The Comet, Cocoa Cruiser, and Trailblazer at their younger ages, but my nine year old is excited this year to finally try some of the bigger coasters and I can't wait to introduce him to some of my favorites like Lightning Racer and Wildcat.  If you're looking for big thrills, my two favorite coasters in the park have traditionally been Fahrenheit and Storm Runner with big drops and fast speeds.  I didn't have a chance to visit Hersheypark last year and experience the all-new Candymonium, but I can't wait!

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Want to get a sneak peek at the coasters before you visit?  Check out the Hersheypark YouTube page for POV rides on many of the coasters!

Added Value to Your Visit

A ticket to Hersheypark means more than just access to some of the best roller coasters and shows around, but so much more.  During Springtime in the Park, and throughout the entire year, guests of Hersheypark can access ZooAmerica directly through an entrance inside the park and included with your admission to Hersheypark!  I also can't visit Hersheypark without making a stop at Hershey's Chocolate World.  There is a really cute free ride inside which takes you on a musical and immersive look at how Hershey's makes the best chocolate in the world!

Come back in the summer and enjoy The Boardwalk - Hersheypark's very own waterpark!  With a lazy river, water slides, buckets of fun, AND a water roller coaster, you can almost plan an entire day just in this area.

Looking for more details about planning your day at Hersheypark?  Check out my tips for planning a SWEET day with your kids!

Make it a Vacation!

Don't forget that Hershey, PA has several resort options that you can choose from if you want to spend several days enjoying the SWEET fun.  The Hotel Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and Hershey Camping Resort offer a variety of options for every price point.  Guests at these resorts enjoy added benefits like free transportation to and from the resort, extended hours, and more.  Learn more about the official resorts of Hersheypark here.

Plan Your Visit

Hersheypark is open for Springtime in the Park weekends in April and will be opening in May for the official start of the summer season.  Find the latest ticket deals and information on season passholder perks on the official Hersheypark website.

Hersheypark will also continue to offer COVID safety measures this summer including park reservations, social distancing, and mask requirements for guests 2 and older.  You can find the latest COVID safety precautions hereUPDATE:  AS OF 5/14/21, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC GUIDANCE AND PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDANCE, FACE MASKS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED FOR FULLY VACCINATED GUESTS.  GUESTS 2 AND OLDER WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED SHOULD CONTINUE TO WEAR A FACE MASK.  HERSHEYPARK IS ASKING THAT ALL GUESTS ACCURATELY FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES.

I can't wait to have some SWEET fun this summer and look forward to being back at Hersheypark with my family!  Drop your favorite part of a visit to Hershey in the comments below and see you on the coasters!



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