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; 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, which turns 100 this year.
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.
Catch a Show
Hersheypark offers a sweet lineup of shows and entertainment all summer long. When it is raining, park-goers can catch a show in the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre. New this summer is a one-of-a-kind musical adventure called Big Top Dreams, which transports the audience behind-the-scenes at the circus. The show runs from May 25-August 24 with multiple showtimes available.
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: Guests can save more than 30 percent on select games with a Games Value Pack, which can be purchased in advance online or day-of at both arcades.
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. 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 Gourmet Grille or Overlook Food Court, the latter of which offers nine 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 Dutch Fudge for the widest assortment of candy in the Park, Hershey Shoppe for the largest assortment of Hershey’s merchandise, or Hersheypark Character Corner store to personalize a t-shirt. Talk about a great souvenir!
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 entered through the Park; hours vary. 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 American alligators, a diamondback rattlesnake, a gopher tortoise, 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.