The drive to Hershey, PA on a Sunday morning about 8 a.m. was effortless. New Yorkers party on Saturday nights but don’t like to get up on Sunday morning if they don’t have to. Have you been to Hershey Park yet?
For two summers in a row, we took the 3.5 hour trip with the kids hoping that our son grew enough to get onto more rides than last year.
Yay! We now (barely) have a Twizzler in the family! He was pretty excited that he can now hang with us, although I couldn’t help from intertwining my arm around his during the rough rides for added security.
On day one, we went straight to the park to enjoy the rides. It was a nice day, about 85° or so with a breeze. I don’t remember there being so many inclines. Boy, did our calves hurt when we returned home. The good thing is that the lines were manageable. I think the longest we stood in line was maybe 50 minutes and that was on one of the newest rides which we learned opened last year. That was pretty amazing given it was a holiday weekend.
The next day, we awoke early to enjoy the free breakfast here, put on our swimwear, and headed out to enjoy The Boardwalk which we missed last year. We didn’t do our due diligence last summer and was surprised to learn that there were two sides to Hershey Park.
The kids couldn’t wait to ride Tidal Force which we rode last year in our clothing. Big mistake! You’ll see why when you get there. Once was enough for us. It’s like the water just kept falling and falling! The kids LOVED standing on the bridge where they were splashed again by other rides.
We also rode a few of the water slides which I recommend you get on first thing when you arrive AFTER you claim your spot at the wave pool. Better yet, reserve a cabana for an even better experience because that sun can get hot!
The kids pretty much stayed in the East Coast Waterworks area and my daughter snatched all of my nerves swimming way too close to the red line in the wave pool. Yes, she can swim, but those waves can wear you out. I’m trying my best to let her do her thing, but I will forever be a mama bear wanting my kids to always be safe.
We ended day two at the special BBQ dinner which we could have skipped. I think this was just a holiday thing. It wasn’t very well attended, so the word must have gotten out, but missed us. It’s better to eat at one of the restaurants onsite.
On day 3, we headed over to Chocolate World for a little chocolate tasting, the tour, and the 4-D movie. You’re probably thinking, doesn’t she already know what Hershey chocolate tastes like? Yes, I do but when you take the time to taste it, smell it, let it melt on your tongue while you actually taste the various ingredients they carefully select to put into their chocolate it can take you to another place!
But my candy of choice was the 3 lb bag of Jolly Ranchers which we just finished nine days later. I’m also trying not to finish off my husband’s bag of licorice on the shelf…. (Update: I finished his bag of licorice-
Being from the midwest and growing up going to Cedar Pointe, I had no idea how fun Hershey would be until I saw on Facebook that many of my friends were heading to the park as we were leaving. Some stayed at local hotels and other stayed at Hershey Lodge, which we have yet to stay in. I hear it’s nice. Maybe we’ll go back in a few years when the kids are taller and not such chickens about riding a few of the modern rides the do the loop de loops and go backwards.
But then again, my neck may not let me ride like I used to when I was younger. Man, did some of them give me a headache!
Have you been to Hershey?