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Hershey Park

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Hershey Park

The small town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, is known for not only its chocolate and the sweet smell of dark cocoa that greets every visitor, but also for its theme park. Originally built in 1907 by Milton S. Hershey as a picnic grounds for the employees of his candy company, Hershey Park has expanded immensely over the last 99 years. It now encompasses 110 acres, with more than 60 rides and attractions ranging from mild to thrilling.

With 10 world-class roller coasters, six water rides, and more than 20 kiddie rides, the theme park has something for all ages. The most popular ride is the Storm Runner, a high-speed roller coaster.

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The park's amphitheatre offers concerts Sunday nights. Live performances also happen continuously on one of the many stages throughout the park during the day.

Single-day adult admission is $42. Arrive two-and-a-half hours before close to get a sneak preview of the park and only pay for the following day's admission. Two-day flex passes are more economical at $59, and allow guests to use their tickets at any time during the season. Package deals are also available at nearby hotels and resorts.

Saturdays tend to be the busiest days, especially in July and August. Visit midweek or when it's overcast to avoid long lines and crowds. Kathy Burrows, Hershey Park's public relations manager, suggests that visitors "come on a day when there is rain in the forecast. It usually does not rain all day and the lines are usually much shorter." For further information, visit Hershey's website.

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