Dutch Wonderland, a premier amusement park located within the heart of Lancaster County, is geared toward families with kids up through 12 years of age. Since my children are now teenagers and self-proclaimed thrill seekers, a visit to nearby Hersheypark – with its 11 exciting roller coasters and expansive waterpark – was in order.
Hersheypark is only a 20-30 minute drive from Lancaster County and is great fun for families of all ages. In addition to the roller coasters and waterpark, it boasts numerous rides for younger children, live entertainment, games, gift shops and more. Their one-price admission gets you access to everything for the entire day.
My kids love going to Hersheypark – in fact they’d probably go every day if they could. The rides are diverse and thrilling, the games are fun, and the waterpark is refreshing. From a parent’s perspective, there are plenty of shaded areas, lots of beautiful hanging plants, and an extremely clean environment.
Speaking of clean, when I was part of the Hersheypark management team years ago, the General Manager was passionate about maintaining the cleanliness of the park. Whenever we managers were in the park, which under his leadership was quite often, it was our duty to make sure things were running smoothly and that any trash was picked up promptly. There were many 90 degree days I spent wearing high heels and a suit, picking up sporadic pieces of trash in the park.
So for fun, I told my oldest daughter Maddie I was going to look for trash during our visit and count the number of pieces I saw. There’s always SOME trash at amusement parks, right? So any guesses as to how many pieces I saw? ONE. Yes, in an amusement park of over 120 acres, I only saw one piece of trash the entire day.
For for a fun and thrilling day with the kids, in a safe and clean environment, Hersheypark is the place to go.
As part of the Lancaster County tourism team, I feel we are extremely fortunate to have two world-class theme parks in such close proximity to each other, one suitable for families with children up through 12 years of age, and the other for more thrill seekers.
Hersheypark is open weekends through the end of September, then opens for seasonal hours & events around Halloween and the holidays. At only 20-30 minutes away, it’s the perfect day trip during your stay in Lancaster. For more information, please visit www.hersheypark.com.