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A Family Trip To Hershey Park Filled With Memories, Chocolate, And Laughs

My family took a family vacation to Hershey Park and had so much fun. Hershey Park is one of those trips that you just don’t want to end. Just a few hours away from NYC, we were transported into a chocolate wonderland. And I mean it. Almost everything we did revolved around a chocolate bar. It was hilarious. But let’s start at the beginning — a drive down to Hershey always has a pit stop at Cracker Barrel. I’ve been taking photos on these rocking chairs since Natalie was 2 years old. It’s a Sweeney tradition. It was such a pleasure to FINALLY get a few shots of Caleb playing with one. Our newest Sweeney addition. 🙂 

Cracker Barrel rocking chairs

A Family Trip To Hershey Park Filled With Memories, Chocolate, And Laughs

After that quick trip, it was back out to our adventures to Hershey Park. I grew up visiting that amusement park and hotel. I have such vivid memories of spending weekends there with my cousins. As a New Yorker, it made sense to return over and over again considering the distance. To walk around a place and know that you will get to high five a Reese’s Pieces or a chocolate bar around every corner? That’s pretty sweet – literally. 

Where To Stay Near Hershey Park

Hershey Lodge Hershey's Kisses kids photo

The first thing my family did once we arrived into the area was to check into the Hershey Lodge. Immediately, we were greeted by a few friendly characters. I’m talking right in the LOBBY! How great is that? Knowing that you can run into a Hershey Kiss or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup while walking around your hotel = priceless. There’s no major line to wait on either! You take pictures at your leisure. Loved it. The kids did too! 

Another amazing perk? We forgot our pack n’ play (whoops) and called down for one from the front desk. They brought one up right away along with sheets, shampoo, conditioner, and diaper cream. DIAPER CREAM! I didn’t ask for these things but the Hershey Lodge understood how hard it is to travel with kids. So, they just went above and beyond and gave us a little care package. I thought that was excellent. Talk about family service!

Arriving At Hershey Park

height measurement Hershey's Milk Chocolate Hershey's Park

We threw our bags down and hopped on a free bus to the parks. Both the Hershey Lodge and the Hershey Hotel offer this service for their guests. Within a few minutes we were at Hershey Park and the kids were THRILLED. There’s a place right in the front where children can measure their sweetness. 🙂 Their size determines what kind of rides they can go on. It’s an easy way to remember. Both Natalie and Liam were Hershey’s Chocolate. Caleb was a Miniature. LOL!

Hershey Park RIdes

Hershey Park RIdes

Hershey Park Roller Coaster

We spent the entire day hopping from one ride to the next. The lines are completely manageable which we were SO THANKFUL FOR!!!

Zoo America

Hershey Park Zoo

Oh and PS –if you are looking for a little escape, you can always head on over to Zoo America — a zoo that is right inside Hershey Park! In front of the entrance, we found a wonderful introduction to a tortoise. Last time we came, there was someone outside with an owl. Always something new to learn and see at Hershey!

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey Chocolate World

Hershey Chocolate World

The next day we headed to Hershey’s Chocolate World. There was SO MUCH TO DO THERE! We watched an interactive 4-D movie where scents would flood the room and vibrations would rock our seats every single time the movie warranted it. We also walked through a “Make Your Own Candy Bar” factory which was SO FUN! The kids got to create a custom-made design and then eat it. YES PLEASE. And then we even did a chocolate taste test and learned the difference between milk, dark, and white chocolate. Samples anyone???

Hershey Park


And then… it was back for more rides and games. Of course, we ran into more chocolate characters. No one complained about that.

Hershey Chocolate World

Here’s a video recap of our Hershey Park trip! See below for more photos, but I would love for you to check out our adventures above.

End result? An amazing time had by ALLLLLLL. If you love rides, games, adventure, and chocolate… Hershey Park is the place for you and your family. A trip filled with memories is a click away. LITERALLY!

* I’m a Hershey Park ambassador. The company invited my family to visit the park this summer. Hotel and tickets were comped. All opinions are my own.

Jen Purdin

Friday 11th of July 2014

Loved this and your video! We just got back from our Hershey vacation and we loved it! :) My boys 17, 12, and 7..had a blast!

Laura P.

Thursday 10th of July 2014

Love the fact that you took a lot of photos of Hershey. We had a lot of fun when we went there as well.


Thursday 10th of July 2014

Love Hershey PA. these are great photos and I swear I can hear Natalie scream in the video on that ride!!!

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