6 Sweet Ways to Savor a Rainy Day at Hersheypark
A Variety of Indoor Activities Available During Inclement Weather
If the forecast calls for inclement weather during a planned visit to Hersheypark, fret not! Hersheypark is open rain or shine - and there is plenty to do when weather conditions are not ideal. Here are six ways to stay #HersheyparkHappy even on a rainy day.
Ride Under Cover
Although the weather may force some rides and attractions at Hersheypark to temporarily close during scheduled operating hours, there are a few that may remain open for guest enjoyment. During heavy precipitation, guests can take a spin on Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States; become an agent and protect the factory on Reese's Cupfusion; bump family and friends out of the way on Fender Bender; twist and turn on Whip; and take a ride back in time on the Carrousel.
Tip: Park-goers can stay up to date on closed rides and wait times with the Hersheypark Mobile App! Guests can even set up alerts to be notified when rides are reopened after bad weather.
Try a Virtual Reality Experience
Hersheypark offers Hyperdeck ,an immersive, virtual reality experience located inside Hershey's Chocolatetown. Up to 8 players enter into a dynamic virtual world featuring a full-motion floor and multi-sensory effects like strong winds, heat, and earth-rattling movements. The game continues outside as spectators help or challenge players via tablets located around the exterior of the Hyperdeck stations.
Play Arcade Games
Guests can play their way through an unexpected shower in the two arcades at Hersheypark. Play Dome Arcade, which is located in the Pioneer Frontier area, features video games, crane machines and redemption games. Across the Park is Overlook Arcade, the largest arcade located in the Kissing Tower Hill area. This arcade offers Skeeball in addition to the games found at Play Dome Arcade.
Tip: Hersheypark is now cashless in an effort to create more convenient dining, retail and gaming experiences for guests. Guests will need to purchase a separate Gaming Card, which they can load via cashless payment at an in-Park Gaming Card kiosk.
Grab a Bite to Eat
What better time to rest and refuel at an amusement park than during a brief summer storm? Hersheypark offers a variety of covered and indoor eateries for guests to grab a snack and remain dry at the same time. We recommend stoping by two of our newest dining locations, The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio and Milton's Ice Cream Parlor, located at the front of the Park in Hershey's Chocolatetown. You can wait out the rain with some ice cream in hand. A win-win!
A fan favorite, Chick-fil-A® serves up handcrafted lunch and dinner items Monday through Saturday in the Pioneer Frontier area. Guests in the Kissing Tower Hill area can swing on over to Overlook Food Court, which offers different concession locations featuring grilled burgers, made-to-order wraps, handcrafted salads, pizza and much more. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are also available. Click here for a full list of the more than 60 drink and dining locations throughout Hersheypark.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
There are more than 20 shops inside Hersheypark, many of which provide cover from the rain. Guests can visit Hersheypark Supply Co. to browse the largest collection of apparel, gifts, toys, and more exclusive to Hersheypark or head to HP Collections in Hershey's Chocolatetown to see what new premier brand apparel and collectibles we have in stock.
Tip: Hersheypark is now cashless in an effort to create more convenient dining, retail and gaming experiences for guests. All major credit cards, Hersheypark gift cards, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay will be accepted. In place of cash, guests should consider purchasing an e-gift card before their Park visit. Guests who arrive at the Park with cash only can convert cash to prepaid debit cards at five Cash-To-Card kiosks throughout the Park at no fee. Prepaid cards can be used anywhere Visa is accepted.
Visit the Zoo
Entrance to ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre walk-through zoo with more than 200 native animals, is included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark when accessing the zoo through the bridge inside Hersheypark during public operating hours. The best part? Some of the animals are located inside - providing an option for visitors to stay dry. In the Desert and Southwest Swamps buildings, visitors can see an American alligator, various species of rattlesnakes and tortoises, an ocelot, and much more.
Tip: The Admissions Building is another convenient location to avoid the rain at ZooAmerica. Restrooms and the gift shop are found in this building.
What To Do When Bad Weather Sticks Around
Hersheypark makes every effort to reopen rides that were closed due to inclement weather as quickly and safely as possible. However, there is always a chance that the weather won’t let up. In the event that inclement weather conditions cause the majority of major rides and attractions to close for a continuous 60 minutes, a Return Visit Voucher may be issued for a return visit for the current operating season. Guests can present their ticket stub or receipt of purchase to any Guest Services location to receive a Return Visit Voucher.