No Foolin' - Hersheypark Opens Weekends April 1st!

Photo: Catherine Roberts

(Hershey, Pa. - March 31, 2023) - Hersheypark amusement park will kick off its 117th operating year on April 1, 2023, with eight fun-filled spring weekends of coaster rides, new food and beverage offerings, Hershey Characters selfies, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park visits and endless Hersheypark Happy moments. For more information, visit

Eight Weekends of Spring Fun

For the first time, Hersheypark is open more days than ever and every week from April 1, 2023 through Jan. 1, 2024, with a combination of earlier openings and later nights for guest flexibility. The spring season at Hersheypark runs eight weekends from April 1, 2023, through May 21, 2023, as well as Friday, April 7, 2023, and Fridays throughout May. Daily summer operations begin on May 25, 2023, with The Boardwalk At Hersheypark water park opening for the summer on May 27, 2023. Hours vary by day and time of season. Guests are encouraged to check the calendar for the day they plan to visit at

During the eight weekends of spring fun at Hersheypark, guests can enjoy more than 50 family-friendly rides and thrilling coasters, weather permitting, including Great Bear coaster, celebrating 25 years, and Fahrenheit coaster, which turns 15 in 2023. Tickets also include photo opportunities with Hershey Characters at Hershey's Hangout performance area across from the HPGO program stand and at Our Friends From The Sea shows with the seals and sea lions in the Aquatheatre inside Hersheypark. Additionally, guests can see dozens of North American animals like black bears, gray wolves, river otters and Canada lynx at ZooAmerica, included with a Hersheypark ticket for added value - only by accessing the Zoo through the bridge inside Hersheypark during posted Park hours. 

Stay tuned for more details about the summer debut of our 15th coaster and first hybrid - Wildcat's Revenge!

New Spring Food and Beverage Offerings

This spring, guests can enjoy new sweet and savory items throughout Hersheypark, including new flavors of King Size Shakes at Simply Chocolate dessert shop and the addition of Philly Cheesesteak Co. in the Pioneer Frontier region of Hersheypark

A full-service option, The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio in Hershey’s Chocolatetown region is open daily this spring with a Fun to Table menu featuring new seasonal items, such as a Summer Berry Salad, Pasta Primavera, Peach Upside Down Cake, S’mores Milkshake and eight new cocktails. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at Milton's Ice Cream Parlor is open daily this spring with new items including a four-scoop ice cream flight, Chicken Bacon Ranch Grilled Cheese and exclusive spring ice cream flavors like Lemon Meringue Pie and Black Raspberry Swirl. The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen is also open daily for guests craving a sweet treat such as new house-made fudge and deluxe cookies. 

Save on Tickets and Parking

Guests can save on Hersheypark tickets with great offers online at Tickets purchased online are valid on any public operating day from April 1, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024. Current 2023 Season Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited visits during spring weekends as part of their year-long perks.

All tickets include Preview Plan, allowing guests to enjoy two free hours of extra fun before closing on a night before their full-day visit if Hersheypark is open the preceding day. Guests of The Official Resorts Of Hersheypark can enjoy three free hours of extra fun the night before their full-day visit.

Guests are also encouraged to purchase a parking voucher online before a visit to save 20 percent. General parking is $20 online compared to $25 in person at the parking booth. To save on parking, visit

Book a Spring Getaway

Visitors looking to extend their stay in The Sweetest Place On Earth can book a sweet spring getaway at The Official Resorts of Hersheypark: The Hotel Hershey luxury accommodation, Hershey Lodge resort and Hersheypark Camping Resort campground. It’s also the perfect time to plan for summer fun. For rates, visit

All guests of The Official Resorts of Hersheypark also receive FREE Resort Benefits, including the best price on Hersheypark tickets, extra hours at Hersheypark with Preview Plan, free front-gate shuttle service to the exclusive resort drop-off location, free admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story Museum, and more. For more information, visit

Spring Live Entertainment Lineup

GIANT Center arena and Hershey Theatre venue will welcome a full lineup of concerts, comedians, Broadway performances, and more this spring. Hersheypark Stadium's Highmark Blue Shield Concert Series will kick off in May. For a complete list of events, visit

  • April 1-2: Disney on Ice at GIANT Center
  • April 4-9: Hadestown at Hershey Theatre
  • April 12: Chicago at Hershey Theatre
  • April 13: Jeff Dunham Still Not Canceled at GIANT Center
  • April 14: Reba McEntire at GIANT Center
  • April 15: Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy at GIANT Center
  • April 22: Natalie Merchant: Keep Your Courage Tour at Hershey Theatre
  • April 23: Brit Floyd: 50 Years of Dark Side at Hershey Theatre
  • April 30: Alice Cooper at Hershey Theatre
  • May 5-6: Nate Bargatze: The Be Funny Tour at GIANT Center
  • May 18: Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time World Tour at Hersheypark Stadium
  • May 20: Shane Gillis, Tim Dillion, Nick Mullen and Big Jay Oakerson at GIANT Center
  • May 22: WWE Monday Night RAW at GIANT Center

New Spring Spa Collections

MeltSpa by Hershey day spa and The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa offer sweet relaxation with signature chocolate treatments and new collections this spring. Seasonal treatments at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey include the Milk & Honey Wrap, Milk & Honey Soak, Milk & Honey Hydrating Body Wrap, High Point Garden Manicure and Pedicure, Mojito Massage, Herbal Meadow Sea Salt Scrub and Strawberry Hydrating Wrap. Meltspa by Hershey debuted a new Spring Lavender collection with various treatment options, including a scrub, wrap, immersion, massage, manicure and pedicure. For more information, visit or

Other Attractions Around Town

HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD Attraction, The Hershey Story Museum on Chocolate Avenue and Hershey Gardens are open this spring. For more information on things to do in Hershey, Pa., this spring, visit

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