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8 Reasons to Visit Hershey, PA This Summer

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This summer is the perfect time to visit Hershey, PA. From brand new attractions, to new food, to tons of outdoor fun, you’ll want to make sure you schedule a trip to the Sweetest Place on Earth.

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Hershey, PA is year round destination for family fun. My family and I loved our experience during the holidays and look forward to visiting sometime in the fall. But summer has been our go-to time to visit. There’s so much happening during the summer season and it’s about to get sweeter this year. The two major attractions, Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World will unveil new attractions. Plus, there are a few opportunities for families to experience the fun at a discounted price. I’ve rounded up 8 reasons why you should visit Hershey, PA this summer.

8 Reasons to Visit Hershey, PA This Summer

Reese’s Cupfusion at Hersheypark

Hersheypark Aerial View
Photo Credit: Hershey

Opening May 25, Reese’s Cupfusion is a mild family thrill ride. Your mission will be to protect the factory to make sure the world is never deprived of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. This new interactive gaming ride will feature the most targets in the world and 6 ways to play. We are looking forward to riding this one as a family when we visit this summer.

Hershey’s Unwrapped at Hershey’s Chocolate World

As a huge chocolate lover, I always make sure a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World is on the agenda. This summer, a new attraction, Hershey’s Unwrapped will make its debut. Unwrapped is a theatrical experience that lets visitors unwrap and taste their way through the tale of Hershey’s chocolate. Yum! It will be a great addition to the line up of other attractions which include Create Your Own Candy Bar, 4D Chocolate Movie and Trolley Works.

Pro Tip: Purchase your tickets to Hershey’s Unwrapped in an Adventure Bundle to save up to $17

New Food at Hersheypark

As much as we loved our visits to Hersheypark, food was an area I felt could use some improving. I’m happy to see the addition of new snacks and treats to 12 different locations in Hersheypark this summer. They’re celebrating the opening of Reese’s Cupfusion with a new King Size Shake and an amazing snack fusion Fundae. They’ve also added in some new savory items. Here’s what’s new on the menu.

  • Reese’s Cupfusion Inspired King Shakes – Simply Chocolate
  • Fundae (Funnel Cake Sundae)- Founder’s Way Funnel Cake
  • Hershey’s Dipped Cheesecake (and other dipped treats) – Turkey Hill Creamery
  • Sundaes and Waffle Bowls – Rita’s
  • Smoked Turkey Sandwich – Country Grill
  • New gluten free sandwiches, salads and wraps – The Outpost
  • Smoked Brisket – Spring Creek Smokehouse
  • Pierogies – Overlook Food Court
  • Chick-fil-A, Nathan’s and Keepin’ It Kosher food trucks

The Boardwalk at Hersheypark

The Boardwalk at Hersheypark

Summertime means fun in the sun! No better place to beat the heat than at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark will open for the season on May 27th. Families can enjoy East Coast Waterworks splash area, The Wave Pool, 6 tube slides and so much more. Admission to The Boardwalk is included with your Hersheypark ticket.

Marvelous Mondays at Hershey Garden

The Children's Garden at Hershey Gardens

Just across the way from Hersheypark, high up on the hill, lies the Hershey Garden. Originally created to fulfill Milton Hershey’s request for a nice rose garden, this 23-acre botanical garden features an assortment of flowers, shrubs and trees.

On Mondays during the summer, the children’s garden hosts Marvelous Mondays. Enjoy special children’s activities and crafts while you stroll the interactive area designed just for kids. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket to the Hershey Garden.

Tickets include admission to Hershey Gardens and the indoor Butterfly Atrium.

Regular (ages 13-61): $13.50
Senior (ages 62+): $12.00
Junior (ages 3-12): $9.50
Children ages 2 and under – FREE 
Hershey Gardens Members – FREE

Summer Concerts at Hersheypark Stadium

Hershey Stadium
Photo Credit: Hershey

There’s nothing like an outdoor concert in the summer. You can see the stars under the stars when you take in a show at Hersheypark Stadium. The line up for summer 2019 is pretty awesome, especially if you are a boy band or country music fan.

  • Luke Bryan, June 6
  • Blink 182 and Lil’ Wayne, July 5
  • New Kids on the Block, July 6
  • Thomas Rhett, July 20
  • Breaking Benjamin, July 27
  • Florida Georgia Line, August 17
  • Backstreet Boys, August 18
  • KISS, August 21
  • Zac Brown Band, August 29
  • Hootie & The Blowfish, August 30
  • Jonas Brothers, August 31

Everyone Pays Kids’ Ticket Prices at Hersheypark

Kids with Hershey Bar at Hersheypark
Everyone pays kid’s ticket prices when you buy your tickets before June 30th

Tickets to a theme park can be a huge expense for families. Hersheypark is making it easier for you to say yes to a visit this summer with their Everyone Pays Kids’ Prices offer. Save money on tickets to Hersheypark when you buy your tickets online before June 30th. The Everyone Pays Kids’ Ticket Prices offer saves families more than 30% on tickets. Not planning on going right away? Purchase your tickets by June 30th and they are valid all summer long.

Pro tip: Did you know a sweet sneak peek is included with every Hersheypark ticket? Just present your ticket the evening before your visit & enjoy up to 2.5 extra hours. 

Kids Stay, Play and Eat Package

The Hotel Hershey
Photo Credit: Hershey

Want an even sweeter deal? Not only does Hersheypark just want you to visit their theme park, they want you to stay and enjoy all Hershey has to offer. Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free package is available May 2- August 25, 2019. With this package, kids 17 and younger will receive free accommodations (either at The Hotel Hershey or The Hershey Lodge), free park Hersheypark tickets, and free breakfast. Rates are based on a family of four staying on Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE package. 

8 Reasons to Visit Hershey PA This Summer

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