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Hersheypark Opens For Summer Season April 30, 2021

115th Season of Hersheypark Happy Continues With Coaster Rides and New Foods

The summer fun at Hersheypark begins today, April 30, with something for everyone! Guests planning a visit to our 121-acre theme park can enjoy mild to wild coasters, classic family rides, all-new dining experiences, Hershey Character appearances, an entire water park (open May 29-September 6), zoo visits, and, of course, chocolate.

Take a look below at all of the ways to launch into happy this summer at Hersheypark.

Rides For Guests of All Ages

Hersheypark is home to more than 70 rides and attractions, including thrilling coasters and kiddie rides spread throughout the Park. 2021 is an extra special year for coaster lovers as Comet, the oldest coaster at Hersheypark, turns 75 and Candymonium, the newest, tallest, fastest and longest coaster, delights thrill-seekers for its first full year.

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, guests can cool off and make a splash at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark water park with 16 unique water attractions and one million gallons of water.

Guests are encouraged to download the Official Hersheypark App for a real-time list of open rides and wait times to best plan their day as ride availability is subject to change.

Delicious Eats at New Culinary Experiences

Another summer of Hersheypark means more sweet treats and savory offerings for guests to fuel up in between coaster rides. The 2021 food lineup includes guest favorites like King Size Shakes, King Size Donuts and Tower Fries, plus two new culinary experiences inside the new Hershey's Chocolatetown region.

Guests can enjoy custom house-made ice cream creations crafted by Expert Ice Creamologists or grab a bite from the shareable menu at Milton's Ice Cream Parlor, which is inspired by Mr. Hershey's early ventures in sweetness that came before his famous chocolate factory. Also open, The Sweeterie is a confectionery kitchen with a collection of mouth-watering confections including chocolate-dipped treats, decadent desserts, signature hand-crafted fudge, and more.

Opening May 29 - The Chocolatier  Restaurant, Bar + Patio

The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio, an all-new, full-service restaurant, bar and patio serving up fun, food and drinks year-round, will open in the new Hershey’s Chocolatetown region on May 29, 2021.

The Chocolatier features past and present pieces from the Hersheypark ride collection, one-of-a-kind views of neighboring attractions, and a second-story patio and bar that provides panoramic views of Hersheypark. Guests can enjoy classic family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate, cocktails crafted behind a Carrousel-themed bar and a signature dessert menu filled with Hershey’s chocolate-inspired treats without needing a Hersheypark ticket to dine.

The Chocolatier celebrates the life and legacy of our founder, Milton S. Hershey, by continuing to bring people together for happiness, fun, and of course, chocolate. Learn more about the story behind The Chocolatier here.

Retail Therapy

Guests can take home a piece of Hersheypark at Hersheypark Supply Co., a premier, 10,000-square-foot flagship store located outside the front gate. With the largest collection of apparel, gifts, toys and more exclusive to Hersheypark, it is the perfect location to shop the latest in Hersheypark retail.

HP Collections is another new summer shopping destination inside Hershey's Chocolatetown. The shop features apparel and collectibles from the newest rides, Candymonium and Reese's Cupfusion, and the most premier brands offered at Hersheypark like Vineyard Vines, Nike and Under Armour. Whether you’re looking for clothing, accessories, or drinkware, HP Collections has it all.

Zoo Visits 

Did you know that ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is included with admission to Hersheypark by accessing the zoo through the Hersheypark bridge during posted park hours? Guests can take a break from riding to walk through the 11-acre zoo to see dozens of animals representing species from five regions of North America.

Guests can save on Hersheypark tickets valid any day, any season through January 2, 2022, by purchasing online.

A sneak peek is included with every Hersheypark ticket as part of free extra hours. Guests can present their ticket at the main entrance 2 hours before the Park closes the night before their visit to enjoy a fun-filled evening. Guests of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark can enter 3 hours before closing.

Sweet Start begins May 27, 2021. Full Size and King Size Season Pass Holders and guests at the Official Resorts of Hersheypark may enter the park at 10 a.m. daily this summer (May 27 through September 6) to enjoy a selection of rides before the Park opens at 11 a.m.