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Hersheypark in the Dark is officially open at Hersheypark. For three awesome weekends guests can enjoy rides, special dining menus, and of course candy! We went opening night for the first time and we had a blast. I wanted to share with you my 4 tips for Hersheypark in the Dark including what allergy parents should expect at the event. 

1. Download the free Hersheypark App

The Hersheypark app includes a map, ride wait times, character appearances, showtimes, food locations, and more. It also contains info for Hershey’s Chocolate World and ZooAmerica attractions. If you get turned around in the dark, you can locate Treatville on the map as well.

The Hersheypark app is available for Apple and Android.

2. Come early! 

Hersheypark in the Dark begins each night at 5pm. On Saturdays and Sundays you can enter the park earlier in the day. There is candy to be had both inside the park and at Chocolate World. We suggest you begin the night at Hershey’s Chocolate World with 3 stops and then head back into the park for Treatville. For complete info on hours visit Hersheypark in the Dark Hours.

3. Zoo America 

Zoo America is free with your admission to Hersheypark in the Dark. Grab a flashlight and come learn more about the nocturnal animals that call Zoo America home. We learned that scorpions glow under black lights and that skunks are usually chunky because they never know when to stop eating. That sounds like me when they bring the chips and queso to the table.

We also got to be hands on with several creatures including a snake, lizard, and moth pupa. My favorite may have been Mumford the Owl who was determined to chew through his leash.

Sweet Tip: Bring your own flashlight or they will have some available for purchase before you explore the exhibits.

4. Nut Allergy? Don’t worry!

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