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One Sweet Minute: May 2021 in Hershey, PA


Welcome, May! As you prepare for your visit to The Sweetest Place On Earth this month, please know that we are operating in accordance with guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and industry partners.

Hersheypark  Now Open For Summer Season

The 115th season of Hersheypark Happy continues this summer with mild to wild coasters, classic family rides, new food offerings, Hershey Character appearances, and more. 

Hersheypark is open for the summer season weekends in May (Friday through Sunday) with daily operations from Memorial Day to Labor Day, followed by September weekends. Tickets include three parks in one with rides and coasters (weather permitting), The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park with one million gallons of water (open May 29-September 6) and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park.

Guests can save on 1-day tickets when they purchase online. For the first time ever, tickets purchased during this sale will be valid any 2021 public operating day through Jan. 2, 2022. Current 2021 Season Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited visits this summer as part of their year-long perks.

The Chocolatier  Restaurant, Bar + Patio Opens May 29

The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio will open to the public in the new Hershey’s Chocolatetown region on May 29, 2021. The all-new, full-service restaurant, bar and patio serves up fun, food and drinks year-round and does not require a Hersheypark ticket to dine.

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..

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.

Go Behind-The-Scenes at ZooAmerica 

Have you always wanted to get an up-close look at the animals at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park? ZooAmerica is offering three unique tours this summer that guide participants through non-public areas and leave them with a deeper understanding of the animal world. Guests can choose from the After Hours Tour, Early Bird Tour or Photography Tour - all of which includes same-day admission to the zoo.

ZooAmerica is open daily this month from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on days when Hersheypark is open and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the week when Hersheypark is closed. Entrance to ZooAmerica is included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark when entered through the Hersheypark bridge during posted park hours.

Enjoy A Sweet May Getaway

Make sweet family memories with an early summer getaway to Hershey, PA this month, and save big with our guests' favorite package. On select dates now through June, The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge are offering their Kids Stay, Play & Eat FREE package so families can extend their visit and truly enjoy all that Hershey, PA has to offer. With this package, kids enjoy free accommodations, free Hersheypark tickets and free breakfast, while parents enjoy sweet savings.

Additional packages and offers currently available at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark include:

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

Make Time For Spring Relaxation

The Chocolate Spa offers its spring-inspired treatments year-round, but this is naturally the perfect time to experience them. Choose from the Milk & Honey Hydrating Body Wrap, Strawberry Hydrating Body Wrap, Mojito Massage, Highpoint Garden Hand Ritual and Highpoint Garden Foot Ritual. Plus, the spa features more than 10 facial treatments, offering something for every skin type. 

Refresh and moisturize at MeltSpa with treatments from the seasonal Coconut Lime Collection including a body scrub, manicure and pedicure. And don't miss the lemongrass massage...these treatments are only available through the end of May! Facials are now available, including the popular Circadia Chocolate & Champagne, Hershey's Cocoa and Sothys MeltSpa by Hershey Prescription services.


As the weather gets warmer, we look forward to the return of patio dining, weather permitting, this month. Restaurants across the destination, such as Devon Seafood + Steak and Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar in downtown Hershey; Harvest and Trevi 5 at The Hotel HersheyRevelry and Hershey Grill at Hershey Lodge; and Cocoa Beanery on Research Blvd; have beautiful patios and even better menus. Visit DiningInHershey.com for more info.

Play a Round of Golf

Spring Creek Golf Course is now open! Experience the area's best and longest nine-hole course with rounds as low as $13. Book your tee time now by calling the pro shop at 717-533-2847.

Cheer on The Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears hockey team is scheduled to play four home games at GIANT Center this month. Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster. Or, you can now cheer them on from home, as three games will be televised on FOX43 this month! Since capacity is limited due to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions currently in place, the Bears and FOX43 are excited to bring the action to those unable to secure seats. The following games are available to anyone in the region with an antenna, digital tuner, cable subscription, or streaming service that includes local channels:

  • Sunday, May 2 vs. Lehigh Valley, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 vs. Lehigh Valley, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15 vs. Binghamton, 1 p.m.

 For more options to follow the Bears, visit HersheyBears.com or follow them on social media. Let's go, Bears!

Join the Team

The Hersheypark team is hiring for its summer season. Be a rides operator, lifeguard, food & beverage team member, or games attendant. Now hiring ages 15+. Flexible hours and perks including FREE tickets to the Park.

Visit www.HersheyJobs.com for a list of full and part-time positions across our sweet destination including culinary roles at our Resorts!


Hershey Restaurant Week is back for the 12th year this spring with special two- to three-course tasting menus. Menus will consist of fresh, seasonal dishes hand-crafted by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts’ (HE&R) award-winning culinary teams with prices ranging from $22-$38 per person. 

This spring's event will offer dishes with new seasonal flavors, giving HE&R chefs the opportunity to feature new items that are often seen for the first time on a Hershey Restaurant Week menu. Guests can enjoy plates such as Charred Cauliflower Steak, Pan-Roasted Pennsylvania Chicken, Roasted Mushroom and Bresaola Flatbread, Strawberry Peach Crisp, and Cantaloupe Italian Ice.