Twelve high speed roller coasters, 15 water rides, 37 family rides, 27 kids rides, shows, street performances, a water park, and chocolate in every direction - with all this to see and do, who could pass up a trip to Hersheypark,”The Sweetest Place on Earth?”
The park was opened in 1906 as a leisure park for employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company. Since then, it has been a fixture in south central Pennsylvania. It has morphed over the years into a 120 acre complex containing the Hersheypark theme park and a water park called Boardwalk at Hersheypark. It is adjacent to Hershey’s Chocolate World and the ZooAmerica wildlife park.
Hersheypark comprises six main areas. These include Founder’s Way, The Hollow, Kissing Tower Hill, Midway America, the Boardwalk and Pioneer Frontier. Each area houses shops, rides and restaurants that are all theme based.
No matter where you start your visit, be sure to take in some of these Hersheypark favorites:
Hersheypark is known amongst thrill-ride aficionados for its roller coasters.
If you love classic coasters, try the Comet, a wooden coaster known for its drops and turns. Or maybe the Fahrenheit is more your speed, with a beyond-vertical 97 degree first drop. If those aren’t your style then gather up all your courage and ride Skyrush, the parks fastest and tallest coaster - a 75 mph ride across 4 high speed turns and 5 zero-G airtime hills. These definitely aren’t rides for the faint of heart!
The Boardwalk at Hersheypark
A great place to visit on a hot summer day, the Boardwalk water park is a collection of all sorts of water slides, rides and sprays. If you’re brave, take a ride on the Tidal Force - one of the world’s tallest splashdown attractions.
Hersheypark uses a unique system to determine ride eligibility. Hershey brand candies define each category, from Miniatures (guests under 36” tall) to Jolly Ranchers (guests over 5 ft. in height). Rides are also given thrill ratings which range from Children’s Ride, #1, to Aggressive Thrill Ride, #5. All rides are labeled with a “brand” and a thrill rating, so visitors know just what they are getting into before they climb aboard.
Located 15 miles west of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, along Pennsylvania route 422, Hershey park is open from mid-May through September.
Our excellent location allows for easy access to the PA Farm Show complex, Hersheypark, downtown Harrisburg, and a wide variety of state and corporate offices. Enjoy our many complimentary amenities...