Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania

If you’re passionate about chocolate, roller coasters, water rides, ferris wheels or stadium concerts, a visit to Pennsylvania isn’t complete without at least a day or two spent exploring Hersheypark amusement park.


Hershey Park’s Founder
Milton Hershey was an American manufacturer and philanthropist who founded one of the world’s largest confectionery companies, the Hershey Chocolate Company. He pioneered the mass production of milk chocolate, making it affordable for everyone. Born in Derry Church, Pennsylvania, Hershey built his factory there, and the town was renamed Hershey in 1906. A year later, he opened Hersheypark as a private picnic and pleasure park for his employees. Its carousel, swimming pool, amphitheater and grounds were later opened to the public.


Hershey Park near Howard Johnson Harrisburg/Hershey
Looking for hotels near Hershey Park? Just 10 miles from Hersheypark is Howard Johnson Harrisburg/Hershey, a comfortable hotel offering guests contemporary accommodations that are ideal for families on a Hersheypark vacation. Offering single king- or double queen-bed guestrooms, Howard Johnson Harrisburg/Hershey provides guests with quality amenities like complimentary wi-fi Internet access, premium cable TV, an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, an onsite fitness center and dinner at our two onsight restaurants, Lancaster Brewing Company and Metro Express. Book your lodging near Hershey Park with us and take advantage of the benefits of our special Harrisburg Hersheypark Travel Package.


Hershey Park Rides and Entertainment
Hersheypark has come a long way from its early days. The amusement park offers thrill-seekers 12 roller coasters including Storm Runner and Skyrush, Hersheypark’s new winged-seat roller coaster, 14 water rides, 26 family and kiddie rides, and iconic Hershey Product Characters, making up a full day of exciting fun. And who doesn’t love a ferris wheel? The Hersheypark ferris wheel soars 100 feet up, affording a spectacular Pennsylvania view. And check out the Star Pavilion and Hersheypark Stadium for dazzling shows, comedy acts, musical entertainment and more that the whole family will enjoy.


Hershey Park’s Boardwalk
The Boardwalk At Hersheypark commemorates the 100th anniversary of Hersheypark and also pays tribute to the great boardwalks of the East Coast. Enjoy over 100 fun-in-the-sun experiences with the flavors, sounds and activities of an old-fashioned boardwalk, featuring the largest water-play structure in the world and the exhilarating refreshment of ten wild watery rides—including the Coastline Plunge Whirlwind, Vortex and Surge plus Tidal Force and Roller Soaker—the soothing waves of Bayside Pier and little kid friendly Sandcastle Cove add up to hours of action-packed play.


ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park
Milton Hershey built the zoo with Franz and Louise Zinner next to Hersheypark, and it was named Hershey Zoo. After a long closure, the zoo was renovated and reopened as a zoological park in 1978 as ZooAmerica. ZooAmerica can be reached by Hersheypark and its focus is educating the public about American wildlife including alligators, rattlesnakes, Gray Wolves, martens, Bald Eagles, elk, turkeys, bob cats and many more mesmerizing creatures native to North America. In 2000 ZooAmerica opened a major new exhibit for bears. The bear habitat was moved and completely revamped, giving the animals a natural environment in which to roam. In addition, the “Black Bear Encounter” features a 13,000-gallon swimming pond for the bears.




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Done with Hersheypark? Zip to Hershey’s Chocolate World! Read more below…
  • Step this way chocoholics and soak up the magical sights, smells and history of Hershey’s Chocolate World.
  • Open year round, your entry and the Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour Ride are both free.
  • Make your own Hershey’s chocolate candy masterpiece, indulge in extravagant Hershey’s home-baked cupcakes.
  • Laugh along with Hershey Product Characters in a 3-D animated musical adventure.
  • Hop aboard for a 60-minute trolley ride through Chocolate Town, USA and much more. Fun for the whole family!