The kids and I spent Memorial Weekend Saturday at Hersheypark and had SO. MUCH. FUN! Definitely a #HersheyparkHappy day! We were invited to attend a media dinner and family day as part of my Hersheypark Sweetest Moms ambassadorship. Hersheypark provided us with complimentary park passes as well as a family 4-pack of tickets to give away, but all thoughts are my own.
Psst! Don’t forget to enter to WIN a family 4-pack of tickets to Hersheypark at the end of this post!
Hersheypark is OUR park. We feel so at home there and love every visit. Since the summer season is a great time to plan a trip to Hersheypark, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for making the most out of your summer day at Hersheypark.
7 Tips For Making The Most of Your Summer Day at Hersheypark
Get a refillable drink cup – It’s so important to stay hydrated when you’re walking around Herhseypark, especially in the summer heat. When my kids don’t drink enough, they drag….and get extra cranky. We don’t have time for that! We always get a few souvenir cups…they are 100% worth the money! Refills are 99 cents for the rest of the season, and the cups are easy to strap onto a backpack strap or stroller handle (just take my advice and don’t put a full cup inside a kid’s backpack because it will leave all over when that certain kid forgets about the drink and sets the backpack on the ground…). Here’s a healthy AND money-saving tip that I love: Ask for ice and water in your cup. It’s free!
Indoor activities and rides – Whether you schedule a ride on Laff Trakk, Reese’s Extreme Cup Challenge or the Monorail or take a break to watch a show, a little bit of time out of the sun (and often off your feet) seems to give everyone a needed boost. We love to spend some time during each Hersheypark visit at Chocolate World (free), which is just a short walk from the Hersheypark entrance.
Cool off – Spend some time at The Boardwalk (the 5-acre waterpark inside Hersheypark) – When the sun is out, the Boardwalk at Hersheypark is one of our favorite places to hang out! We always bring a change of clothes so that we can fully enjoy the water attractions. There are plenty of lockers for rent in the park so that you don’t have to carry your wet items around all day. Note: the 2016 season for the Boardwalk at Hersheypark is May 28 through September 5. You can always check dates and times at hersheypark.com/hours.
Take a mid-day break – We love taking a break in the middle of the day when the temperature is at its hottest and the kids are starting to wear down. Whether we head to our home base (the hotel or a friend’s house, for example), spend a little time at Chocolate World, leave the park for a restful lunch at a local restaurant, etc. the break is often worth the time away from the park. We head back to the park at night when the sun has gone down and the lines are not so long. Everybody comes back with renewed energy and excitement.
Dress smart – Good shoes are a must, since you’ll probably do quite a bit of walking during your visit to Hersheypark (unless you’re a lucky stroller-rider, in which case you’re probably not reading this…). Go for comfort in everything you choose to wear, and don’t forget to consider the weather. Sometimes it’s chilly in the morning or at night…be prepared with layers if needed. I find that wearing loose, light-colored tops and lighter-weight fabrics on the bottom make a huge different in my comfort level. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, too!
Get the app – Before you head to the park, download the Hersheypark app (for iPhone and Android) to maximize your time. You can check ride times before you walk over to your favorites rides and even get alerts when they’re not busy. The app also includes an interactive, GPS-enabled app, which means you can get to where you want to go more quickly. The app also lets you know about show times, places to eat, and ways to save. It will even tell you exactly where you parked your car.
And no one wants to have to worry about remembering where the car is parked at the end of a long, exciting day at the park!
What are your best tips for enjoying a day at Hersheypark?
WIN a family 4-pack of tickets to Hersheypark!
I am so excited to share the Hersheypark love! One winner will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to the park. Tickets can be used at any time during the 2016 summer season and are good through September 25, 2016. Giveaway ends June 20, 2016 (the 1st day of summer!).
Note: you must be able to get to Hershey, PA. No travel or accommodations are included in this prize. A winner will be notified via email and I’ll be mailing the tickets personally. Good luck!
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