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Guide To Labor Day Weekend 2022 In Hershey, PA

Spend Labor Day Weekend in The Sweetest Place On Earth

There’s still time to celebrate summer! From coaster rides and water park splashes to zoo visits and sweet overnight getaways, there’s so much fun to be had in Hershey, PA this Labor Day weekend. Join us to soak up the last bit of summer in The Sweetest Place On Earth

Here are a few things you won’t want to miss during your visit.

Last Splash of Summer at Hersheypark 

Hersheypark is open on Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for guests to celebrate a sweet end to summer with coaster rides, King Size Shakes and water park splashes. On Labor Day, King Size and Full Size Season Pass Holders will receive a scratch-off with a sweet surprise for their Labor Day Appreciation Day event during Sweet Start.

The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park closes after Labor Day and won’t open again until May 2023, which means that Labor Day Weekend is the last chance to enjoy racing water slides, a relaxing ride along the lazy river, delicious eats and more. 

The Boardwalk is open throughout Labor Day Weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark. Guests can save more than 30% on tickets when purchased on Hersheypark.com by Sept. 5. 

For guests with or without a Hersheypark ticket, The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. over Labor Day Weekend. Guests looking to dine for lunch or dinner can make a reservation here. Hurry! Reservations are limited Friday through Monday. 

Celebrate Wildlife Day at ZooAmerica

National Wildlife Day (Sept. 4) just so happens to fall over Labor Day Weekend, and there’s no better place to celebrate than ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park. The 11-acre zoo is open daily from Sept. 1-5, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can see and learn about dozens of animals native to five regions of North America. 

Regular admission for guests ages 9-61 is $13. Juniors and seniors are $11 and children 2 and younger are free. ZooAmerica is one of three parks in one included with admission to Hersheypark only when entering the Zoo through the bridge inside Hersheypark during posted Park hours.

Save on An Overnight Stay at the Official Resorts of Hersheypark

Celebrate the long weekend with a stay at the Official Resorts of Hersheypark! Hershey Lodge is offering their most popular package, Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE - perfect for the whole family. With this package, kids enjoy free accommodations, free Hersheypark admission, and free breakfast, while parents enjoy sweet savings. This package is only available through Labor Day, so don’t wait! 

Additional packages and offers available Labor Day weekend include:

  • 2-Day Stay & Play Package at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge 
  • 3-Night Sweet Stay Package at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge
  • Hersheypark Summer Camping Package at Hersheypark Camping Resort

Plus, guests staying over the holiday weekend can enjoy the last splash of summer at the resorts’ outdoor pools, which close for the season after Labor Day. All resort guests also receive FREE Resort Benefits, including free front gate shuttle service to and from Hersheypark, extra hours at the Park, family-friendly resort activities, complimentary or discounted admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience, and more. 

Relax at the Spa

Take time to indulge in sweet relaxation this Labor Day weekend with an appointment at one of the spas in Hershey! The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa and MeltSpa by Hershey day spa in downtown Hershey offer a variety of chocolate-inspired and seasonal treatments unique to The Sweetest Place On Earth.  We recommend booking early as summer availability is limited!

Guests at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey can experience the Everything Chocolate Collection or try one of the fall seasonal treatments like the Pumpkin Spice Massage, Pumpkin Souffle Hydrating Body Wrap or The Great Pumpkin Facial. Those looking for a quick pick-me-up at MeltSpa by Hershey can enjoy exclusive Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Treatments. Plus, for the month of September, MeltSpa is featuring two new Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry treatments to celebrate their 5th birthday on Sept. 12!

Also available at MeltSpa by Hershey is the Pumpkin Spice Collection. Warm up with treatments like the Pumpkin Spice Massage, Pumpkin Whip Perfecting Facial, Pumpkin Spice Immersion and more.

Try Houlihan’s New Summer Menu

Just down the street from MeltSpa in downtown Hershey, Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar is open Labor Day weekend with a variety of new, summer-inspired dishes on their menu. Guests can enjoy the flavors of the season with new food items like the Salmon BLT, Mushroom & Arugula Flatbread or BBQ Salmon Salad. Or, enjoy some of Houlihan’s classics and indulge in one of their top five menu items during your visit. 

Houlihan’s is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Sunday to Thursday. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the bar top only, and outdoor patio seating is available, weather permitting. 

Explore Hershey's Chocolate World

There's always something to do at Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction! Create Your Own Candy Bar, become a chocolate tasting expert at the Hershey's Unwrapped experience, and enjoy a FREE Hershey's Chocolate Tour. Plus, make sure to catch the 4D Chocolate Movie one last time before the curtain closes for its final showing on Sept. 5.

View hours here. 

See Botanical Beauty at Hershey Gardens

Stroll 23 acres of botanical beauty at Hershey Gardens, including 11 themed gardens and an indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium featuring 600 butterflies from around the world. From Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4, guests can also see fabulous works of art by members of the Hershey Area Art Association in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. The Hershey Area Art Association Show & Sale is included in admission and free for members. Hershey Gardens hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day.


The Hershey Story Museum honors and preserves the life and legacy of Milton S. Hershey, the town he created and the lives he touched. While you're exploring the museum's exhibits, grab tickets for the interactive Chocolate Lab, where guests can try their hand at chocolate pouring and decorating, and Chocolate Tastings, where guests can experience a flight of warm drinking chocolates from around the world. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Labor Day.