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Why You Need An Extra Day in Hershey, PA

Planning a visit to Hershey, Pa.?  With so much to do across the destination, it’s nearly impossible to see it in one day. Luckily, a stay at one of the Official Resorts Of Hersheypark with their sweet resort packages makes it easy to experience it all. 

On select dates through Sept. 5, 2022, The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge are offering a 2-Day Stay & Play Package or a 3-Night Sweet Stay Package. Hersheypark Camping Resort has a Summer Camping Package with sweet rates on sites and cabins. 

Keep reading to uncover all the fun The Sweetest Place On Earth offers and see why you’ll need an extra day in Hershey, Pa.  

Free Resort Benefits

A stay at one of the Official Resorts Of Hersheypark comes with incredible perks and amenities for guests of all ages. Both The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge offer complimentary access to indoor and outdoor pool complexes, fitness centers, arcades, and outdoor sports complexes. Or, stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort and enjoy campfires, an indoor game room, playgrounds, sports courts, and an outdoor swimming pool. The outdoor pool will open (weather permitting) on May 27, 2022.

Each resort will plan activities like s’mores roasts, Hershey Character appearances, chocolate bingo, and arts & crafts for guests during their visit.  Be sure to check the schedules posted online so you can plan accordingly or pick up a schedule at check-in. 

Click here for The Hotel Hershey’s complete list of amenities and activities.

Click here for Hershey Lodge’s complete list of amenities and activities.

Click here for Hersheypark Camping Resort’s complete list of amenities.  

Have a trip booked at one of the Official Resorts Of Hersheypark? Learn everything you need to know before your stay with our resort guides. 

The Hotel Hershey Guide

Hershey Lodge Guide

Hersheypark Camping Resort Guide

Staying an extra day at one of the Official Resorts Of Hersheypark also gives you the best price on Hersheypark tickets, plus extra hours for coaster riding! As a resort guest, you can enter Hersheypark for three hours on the evening before your scheduled visit with Preview Plan and enjoy one-hour early access before the Park opens with Sweet Start, available May 26 - Sept. 5, 2022. The resort’s free front-gate shuttle service makes it easy to visit Hersheypark, as it will drop you off steps away from the main entrance. Shuttle service starts one hour before the Park opens and will run in a continuous loop until an hour after the Park closes. 


Hersheypark is an iconic amusement park with more than 70 rides and 15 mild to wild coasters for guests of all ages. A ticket includes three parks in one with the rides; The Boardwalk At Hersheypark, an 11-acre water park with a lazy river, wave pool, and water coaster open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day; and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre zoo home to over 200 animals native to five regions of North America. While you can do it all in a day, we recommend purchasing a 2-day ticket, which is the best value and allows you more time to enjoy the rides. 

Hersheypark is open for one more weekend of Springtime In The Park from Apr. 15-17, 2022, followed by weekends in May. Daily operations begin on Memorial Day Weekend.

This summer, the Hersheypark skyline is getting brighter with two new Jolly Rancher attraction experiences opening in the heart of the Park. Thrill seekers can take a flavor ride on Jolly Rancher Remix, a newly reimagined coaster for the senses, while families can spin 360 degrees on Mix’d Flavored by Jolly Rancher, an all-new family ride. To view Hersheypark’s hours, click here

All guests of the Official Resorts Of Hersheypark are also granted free or discounted admission to Hershey Gardens, located across the street from The Hotel Hershey, and The Hershey Story Museum in downtown Hershey, Pa.

The Hershey Story Museum

Learn more about the chocolate pioneer himself, Milton S. Hershey, at The Hershey Story Museum. This museum takes you on a journey through the history of the life of Milton, his wife Catherine, and the town of Hershey, Pa., with informative museum exhibits, artifacts, and interactive experiences. For an additional fee, visitors can make and decorate chocolate in the Chocolate Lab, while learning more about the chocolate-making process from “bean to bar.” Chocolate lovers can even sip chocolates from around the world at Chocolate Tastings

The Hershey Story is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended summer hours. Tickets can be purchased at the museum for entry. Children must be at least 5 years of age to enter the Chocolate Lab. Admission is free for  The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge guests and is discounted for those staying at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Click here for details and a daily schedule of Chocolate Classes. 

Hershey Gardens

Hershey Gardens is a 23-acre botanical garden and arboretum with seasonal displays of flowers, shrubs, and trees across 11 themed gardens. This time of year, you can enjoy the fragrance of nearly 22,0000 spring tulips and other blooming perennials like daffodils, primrose and hyacinths. During your visit, be sure to stop by the year-round tropical Butterfly Atrium, located in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory, and enjoy hundreds of butterflies from around the world. Admission is free for  The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge guests and is discounted for those staying at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticketing counter upon arrival 

More To Do

The fun doesn’t stop there. Guests at one of the Official Resorts Of Hersheypark can schedule a tee time at one of the award-winning golf courses at Hershey Country Club. Each course (East Course, West Course, and Spring Creek) provides a unique playing experience geared toward varying skill levels. If a day of relaxation is more your speed, book an appointment at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey or MeltSpa by Hershey and indulge in one of their signature chocolate spa treatments.

Dining In Hershey

Hershey, Pa., is home to 16 deliciously unique and award-winning restaurants! Experience the eclectic dining options and signature chocolate-themed menu items on every visit! Some must-try items include the chocolate martini, milkshakes from The Chocolatier, or the Bavarian Pretzel Cheese Board from Harvest. Visitors can take advantage of the sweet happy hour deals at various restaurants throughout the destination to try these elaborate foods and more on every visit. 

We look forward to welcoming you for a sweet visit this summer!