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Your Packing List for a Sweet Day at Hersheypark

Top 5 Essentials to Bring to A Day at An Amusement Park

There are many things to look forward to when planning a day with family and friends at Hersheypark, but packing usually isn’t one of them! And, with three Parks in one - Hersheypark amusement park, The Boardwalk At Hersheypark waterpark and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park - the packing list just got a whole lot longer. So, let us help you!

Check out this list of the top five things you should bring for a day of triple the fun in The Sweetest Place On Earth.

1. Small bag or backpack

With all the walking and riding you will do, you may want to consider carrying a small bag or backpack to hold your phone, keys, wallet, etc. All guests and bags go through our Evolv security system at the entrance to the Park. The Evolv unit is an artificial intelligence-driven system using safe, ultra-low frequency, electromagnetic fields and advanced sensors to detect potential public safety concerns or items that violate Hersheypark policies. The Evolv units screen everyone who enters through the gates of Hersheypark without the need to hand over their belongings or even slow their pace.  It is efficient and frictionless but please leave any unnecessary items in your vehicle.

Bags and loose articles are not permitted on rides but you can find complimentary lockers at Skyrush, sooperdooperLooper, Candymonium and Reese’s Cupfusion to store all personal belongings while you wait and ride. There are also lockers for rent at several locations in The Boardwalk  for $18 and $25 depending on the size.

 2. Comfortable walking shoes

Hersheypark requires all guests to wear some sort of footwear at all times during their visit to the Park. We suggest choosing a pair of sneakers or sandals with arch support and cushioning to ensure your feet remain comfortable and can keep you moving from ride to ride all day long! In The Boardwalk, we have shoe cubbies to hold your shoes while you enjoy water attractions. 

3. Layers of clothing

The weather in Pennsylvania can be a bit unpredictable. As such, we recommend dressing in layers, so you are prepared for a sudden change in temperature, especially at night. Consider packing a sweatshirt or jacket for those cooler summer nights. You might also consider bringing a poncho in case of a passing summer storm. Remember, Hersheypark is open rain or shine - and there is still a lot to do when the weather is gloomy!

4. Water park attire

Did you know that The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, an 11-acre water park with one million gallons of water and 16 water attractions, is included with admission to Hersheypark from Memorial Day through Labor Day? 

If you plan to splash around in the more than one million gallons of water, make sure to pack a bathing suit and towel.  We do not provide towels so be sure to bring your own.

Please note that revealing bathing suits; shorts with rivets, snaps, zippers, and metal ornamentation; cutoffs; and jeans are not permitted. More information on proper attire can be found here. Changing areas are available, so you can change clothes during your visit. There are also dryers available if you are in a rush to hop on a coaster after you are done.

5. Water

Last but certainly not least on the packing list is water! Guests can bring in one sealed bottle of water per person. Empty reusable bottles of water are also allowed to be brought in as long as they are empty upon arrival. Free cups of water are also available at Hersheypark dining locations and Pepsi FastFill stands.  Outside food is not permitted. 

Extra Tip: Pack sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone spending time in the sun to apply a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or higher and water resistance.

If you happen to forget something, don’t sweat it. Hersheypark carries many supplies that you may need for your sweet visit in our retail stores.