Where I live, in Chester County, there are no amusement parks, but no matter which direction you go, there is a huge park no less than three hours away. To the northwest is Dorney Park, to the southwest is HersheyPark, and to the east is Great Adventure. Also to the west is a child’s park known as Dutch Wonderland. I almost forgot the park to the north east – Sesame Place. Which of these is my favorite? The answer is easy – Hershey Park rocks!
When I was a girl, I remember the youth group in our church taking all of us to Hershey Park. My one friend and I hung out together. I remember that was the first year the Sooper Dooper Looper was running. I stood there in line and watched the cars stall on the tracks. I didn’t want to ride this one. My friend insisted that we stay in the line. I got in the car, with great chagrin. Of course, our little train stopped on the way to the top. I remember thing, “today I’m going to die,” but then it took off. It shot down the big hill and flew along with my heart racing at warp speed. I honestly don’t remember it going into the loops. The speed of the cars kept us in nicely. I do remember being relieved when I got off the ride. My favorite ride of the day was a tie between the Coal Cracker (still there) and the Spider (gone). I still miss the Spider.
My husband and I go to this park every few years to experience our youths once more. He loves the roller coasters. I love the water rides and the swings. He’s terrified of the swings, and I’m terrified of the coasters. We love the Himalayan. It flies along playing rock and roll which blasts out of the giant speakers. The music adds to the fun of the ride, but the ride isn’t long enough to get through a whole song.
We also enjoy touring Chocolate World. You cannot miss the smell of the chocolate as you are on the ride. The smell enhances the whole ride, but that tiny sample at the end is really just a teaser. They know that, and at the bottom of the ramp is where the candy purchasing begins. It is so hard to decide what diet breaker you want to take home with you. We usually get samples and bags of candy, but just remember, buy the candy at the end. If you don’t, you are carrying it with you all throughout the park.
There is a little Italian eatery in the park. The San Giorgio place knows how their pasta should taste. After paying, find a good spot facing the stage because the show is worth it. I never cease to be amazed or impressed by their performances. The beauty of eating here is once we are done, no matter what the food item being sold in the park, we are not at all hungry.
There is also a zoo in the park. It is small and it part of the whole package, so no extra money needs to be shelled out, but there is a gift shop, so don’t be surprised if you feel like spending a few more dollars in the zoo.
By the end of the day, we usually have a nice tan and empty wallets, but we had a great day. No one does amusement parks like Hershey, but it does not come cheap. The last I knew, the price to get in was about $30. I believe they have since raised it once or twice. The good news is that many businesses give out coupons for up to $5 per person discount on the admission to the park. Or for that matter, I believe the coupons can be gotten at Hersheypark.com.
When summer is over, that does not mean the fun at Hershey stops. No it doesn’t. Not by a long shot. The park is open for Halloween, but it closes again until right after Thanksgiving when it reopens for Christmas. It closes again right after the New Year. Then all is quiet until Spring, when they prepare to open once again around early May.