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Tips for Visiting Hersheypark Labor Day Weekend

Visiting Hersheypark or Hersheypark Stadium this Weekend? Here's Some Advice.

If you are spending a day riding coasters at Hersheypark, enjoying the last weekend at The Boardwalk At Hersheypark or rocking out at a concert at Hersheypark Stadium, make sure you are prepared for an exciting holiday weekend ahead by following these five tips.

1. Put Info in the Palm of Your Hand

Hersheypark hours at a glance:

  • Thursday - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday - 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Saturday - 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Sunday - 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Monday - 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

We recommend arriving early as bag check lines tend to back up closer to lunchtime as each guest enters one by one for guest safety.

And if you're here early, head straight to The Boardwalk At Hersheypark if you want to enjoy water attractions given the warm weather (note that given the sun setting earlier, The Boardwalk now closes at 6 p.m.). 

Another tip is to head back to the rides in Midway America. These areas are usually less crowded in the morning and get significantly busier as the day goes on.

And don't forget to download the Hersheypark app to view ride wait times, show schedules, Hershey Character appearances, and open food and beverage locations to plan your day. If lines for your favorite attractions are longer than you'd like, you can always purchase Fast Track on mobile or at Fast Track Services.

2. Pack Light and Hydrate

Bring only essential items with you as all bags entering Hersheypark or Hersheypark Stadium will be searched. Check out the guidelines for concerts specifically as there is a bag size restriction of 12x12x6 inches. Guests are allowed to bring in one sealed water bottle per person to Hersheypark and Hersheypark Stadium. You can also bring in an empty, refillable water bottle and fill it up at water fountains or Fast Fill locations around the Park. This will help alleviate your wait times to purchase a drink.

3. Save on Tickets and Transportation

Did you know concert fans attending a show get a discount to enter Hersheypark? Show your concert ticket to Ticketing Services to get a deal on Hersheypark tickets the day before, day of and day after a show. And always good advice - carpool! Save time getting in and out of the Park when you ride together. Please note that field parking is included with concert tickets. Guests staying at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark get free shuttle service to Hersheypark.

4. Arrive Early for the Concert

It's a big weekend at Hersheypark Stadium with Zac Brown Band on Thursday, Hootie and the Blowfish on Friday and Jonas Brothers on Saturday. Are you coming to one of these concerts? Parking is often busy during a summer concert weekend so make sure to get here an hour to an hour and a half before doors open! When you arrive closer to when doors open you get through security fast and have time to get food and drinks!

5. Save on Dining Eat at off-times

Over the weekend we tend to have many guests visiting the Park, so food lines can be long. Why not look for windows during the day where you aren't waiting in a long line? We suggest before noon and after 2 p.m. for lunch. Also, you can leave Hersheypark and come back in with a hand stamp, so consider packing a lunch to eat at the picnic benches along tram circle if that's easier for your family. We also offer a meal ticket valid at more than a dozen locations that includes a drink, entree and side for $13 plus all you care to eat Labor Day picnic. 

Labor Day Weekend Picnic | Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2

Where: Pioneer Frontier Catering Time: 12-3 p.m. 

Buy online the day before and save: $15.50 - Ages 9+ $10.50 - Ages 3-8 (Children 2 and younger FREE) Buy Now 

Buy when you arrive at Hersheypark: $18 - Ages 9+ $12.50 - Ages 3-8 (Children 2 and younger FREE)

Labor Day Weekend Picnic MenuClassic Cookout Taco Bar with Chips, assorted toppings and Seven Layer Dip; Cocoa Dusted Brisket with apple butter puree; Oven Roasted Chicken Quarters; Mac and Cheese; Potato Salad; Mixed Garden Green Salad; Ice Cream Novelties; Apple/ Berry Cobbler.
Assorted Pepsi Products
Vegetarian Options available upon request 
Cash Bar - Beer, Wine & Specialty Cocktails (cash bar)