Hershey Park Part III: Grubbing at Hershey Park

If you have read our previous posts for Hershey Park, you will notice we mainly concentrated on the chocolate.  After all, isn’t that what Hershey is famous for?  Now we are going to take a tour of Hershey Amusement Park, where not only can you get the thrill of your life, but you can grub as hard as you want (click on the map for a larger image).

2009 Map of Hershey Park

2009 Map of Hershey Park

We are going to walk around the park and point out the many places that there are to eat and we might hit up a ride or two along the way.  First we will head down the path to the entrance gates where you can measure yourself to see which candy you represent (this is a guide for the ride height requirements):

Hershey Park Entrance

What Hershey’s candy are you?  A Hershey’s Kiss, A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, A Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, A Twizzler or a Jolly Rancher?

Before we even enter the park, we walk through Tudor Square which has the Tudor Grill, Dunkin’ Donuts, and many other shops.

Tudor Grill at Hershey Park (Air conditioned, full-service) Appetizers, freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, dinner entrees, and Hershey's chocolate desserts.

Tudor Grill at Hershey Park (Air conditioned, full-service) Appetizers, freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, dinner entrees, and Hershey's chocolate desserts.

Walking through the entrance gate brings us into Rhineland.  There aren’t any rides here, its just a very small section of the park where you can do a little shopping.  Hungry?   Why not enjoy some German Kettle Corn or if you are hungrier, how about one of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs?   (You can also eat at Central PA Kosher Mart, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria or Salad Garden)

Rhineland Section

Rhineland Section

The next area we enter is Founder’s Circle.  There are plenty of rides here, some for little people and some for people of all ages.  Let’s take a ride on the Carousel before we check out the food:

Carousel at Hershey Park

Carousel at Hershey Park

That brought back some memories.   Now, let’s see what we have to eat.  In Founders Circle you can eat at the Craftbarn Kitchen which is air conditioned with indoor seating.  They serve chargrilled burgers, chicken strips, garden burgers, corndogs and fries.  You can also get a funnel cake or slushy if you just want a snack.  Not in the mood for a burger?  Head over to  Crustanos Deli and get a prepared to order, allergen-friendly deli sandwich or wrap.  You can also visit Dutch Candy Kitchen for your sweet tooth.

Founders Circle

Founders Circle

Now on to Music Box Way where you can ride the Blue Cross Monorail for a birdseye view of the park.  Let’s take a ride on the Skyview and view Comet Hollow:

Skyview and The Great Bear

Skyview and the Great Bear

WOW, awesome view of the Great Bear, we basically rode right through it!  Are you still hungry?  Let’s see what we have to eat in Music Box Way. If you want more than a snack, there is  Shakey’s Drive In where you can get  beef or chicken sliders, popcorn chicken, fries and milkshakes.  How about dessert at Crossroads Creamery where they have soft-serve ice cream and sundaes?  Maybe a lighter snack from Country Cousins where they have fresh-squeezed lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and candy apples.  (You could also visit Cold Stone Creamery, or Planet Pepsi for an assortment of  soft drinks)

Music Box Way

Music Box Way

Since we’ve already had a sneak peak from the Skyview, we will head over to Comet Hollow and check out the roller coasters there.  How about a ride on the Comet?  One of Hershey Parks wooden roller coasters:

Comet at Hershey Park

Comet at Hershey Park - look closely, is that us up there???

Not much to eat in this area really.  You can try the Paddleboat Café which serves cheesesteaks, pierogies,  chicken strips, fries, salad, Icees of soft-serve ice cream or the Hatfield Filling Station serving hot dogs, Italian sausages, fries, and slush puppies frozen beverages.  There is also Sandwich Stop.

Comet Hollow

Comet Hollow

The Comet was fun, but we aren’t even 1/2 way through the park.  After we leave Comet Hollow, we enter into Minetown.  Depending on your thrill-level you can ride on the Classic Cars, the Flying Falcon or you can brave the Great Bear as I did (although it bothered my tummy).

The Great Bear, The Flying Falcon and Classic Cars

The Great Bear, The Flying Falcon and Classic Cars

Hershey Park has a special ride representing the Hershey Kiss, called the Kissing Tower.  It is a slow ride that takes you up above the park and rotates so that you get a great view of the entire park.  And of course, while up there, you are supposed to kiss, hence the name “Kissing Tower.”   Unfortunately, the ride is temporarily closed for the day.

Kissing Tower

Kissing Tower

Since we can’t ride up in the Kissing Tower, I guess we will see what food options we have in Minetown.  Lots of choices here, Minetown Restaurant, which is air conditioned with  indoor seating, and serves grilled chicken sandwiches, oven fresh pizza, chargrilled burgers, chicken strips, build your own salad, fries and beer.  Gourmet Grille also air conditioned with  indoor seating, serving pasta, panini’s and Southwest Fare.  Mixed Grille Express where you can get salads and gyros.   Just Wing It has hand-tossed wings, chicken fries and waffle fries.  Boardwalk Fries, and Dippin Dots Sundae Shop.

Minetown

Minetown

Now we will cross over the bridge and into Pioneer Frontier. Wow, there are some awesome roller coasters in this section.  If you dare, you can ride the Stormrunner, the Fahrenheit… or if they are too wild for you, the Trailblazer is a lot tamer (I’m not that brave, I only rode the Trailblazer)

Pioneer Frontier

Pioneer Frontier

There is a lot to eat in Pioneer Frontier. Hatfield Country Grill is a covered area with live entertainment.  You can choose from pulled pork BBQ, chicken sandwiches, chicken strips and/or fries.  Freeman’s Texas BBQ has pit beef subs, smoked pork ribs, turkey legs, fresh sweet corn and Texas sweet tea.  The Pioneer Food Court consists of Whistlestop Restaurant, Mixed Grille, Tumbleweeds Taco, Turkey Hill Creamery, Latte Tude, Pioneer Petes, Subway, Wurstburg Grill.  In this section of the park there is also  Prairie Dawgs serving corn dogs and hot dogs and Pier Side Slush where you can create your own slushies.

Pioneer Frontier

Pioneer Frontier

It’s pretty hot today.  We can go cool down at the Boardwalk.  The Intercoastal Waterway has a wave pool and a lazy river.  And we can ride the Tidal Force-where we will definitely get soaked!  Or just hang out with the kids in the East Coast Waterworks.

Boardwalk Rides

Boardwalk Rides

Now that we have cooled off, we can concentrate on the food again.  The Boardwalk has Decades where you can get a freshly prepared burger, a grilled chicken sandwich or a salad.   Shoreline Grill has black angus burgers, grilled chicken, beef tenderloin, crab cakes sandwiches, salads, chicken fingers and fries.  Go to Famous Famiglia Pizza if you are hungry for pizza, hot dog or something lighter, there is Nathans Famous Hot Dogs and Wurstburg Grill.    If you just want a quick snack heat over to Turkey Hill Ice Cream Parlor, Dunkin Donuts or Surfside Snacks.

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

We have almost walked the entire park.  We are now entering the last section, Midway America.  We have time for one last ride, the Wild Mouse:

Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse

Hopefully you didn’t get whiplash.  The park is closing soon, so we should decide if we want a snack before we leave.  The choices here in Midway America are German Kettle Popcorn, Waterfront Creamery, Subway or Midway America Food Court consisting of Brickers Famous French Fries, Midway Munchies and Trolley Car.

Midway

Midway America

What a day.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired.  Did anyone happen to see the Rolo Dude or the Reese’s Dude while were walking around?  Or how about the candy vending machines?  If not, here they are:

Candy Vending Machines and Reeses and Rolo Characters

Candy Vending Machines and Reese's and Rolo Characters

These grubbers look like they are enjoying their food:

Grubbers at Hershey Park

Grubbers at Hershey Park

I hope you enjoyed your tour of Hershey Park.  If you have never been there, you should really try to go one day.  Mixing chocolate and good grub along with a fun day at an amusement park-what more could one ask for?

In case you missed it:

Part I: Tour of Hershey’s Chocolate World

Part II: Market Place Shops at Hershey’s Chocolate World

8 comments on “Hershey Park Part III: Grubbing at Hershey Park

  1. Once again thank you Heather! Awesome tour. You keep this up you’ll make the parks go out of business by giving us the experience right in our own homes!
    Hope you and who ever came with you had fun there!

  2. Alright….at first I saw this “…but you can grub as hard as you want ” and was like “ohhhhh reaaaally?!? Pray tell my good friend”, thinking to myself that wasn’t really true….but DAMN!!!! That reads like a who’s who of amazing grub slingers. Geez Louise!

    Although each one is amazing sounding I would totally hit up Rhineland for the grub, I mean honestly….German Kettle Corn, Nathan’s, Central PA Kosher Mart, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria or even the Salad Garden!

    I love how they have all the different areas. This seems like such a cool park. Thanks for putting this all together Heather, you rock! I love amusement parks, I love everything thing from the rides, to the food to even the screaming kids 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of the wooden roller coasters…they are too jarring. I like the “drop” towers or whatever you’d call them.

    I want to be the Reese’s PB Cup guy SOOOOO SOOOOOO bad!!!! I honestly would pay so much for that costume!

    Once again….great freakin’ write up Heather! You made me Jealous and RememBearing all the good times I’ve had at parks.

    @Erin – Get your buns out there…didn’t you say you live close?

  3. …..oh yeah…one of the other things I always love at parks is the entertainment. Did they have any cool show? And the live bands…..I know they have quite a few here…anything stand out?

  4. Ryan says:

    I want a pair of the Reese’s guys’ shoes…wonder if they have a size 11 for me? Great thorough post Heather. Lots of grub spots at this park…oh and they also have a zoo next door. I’m in the mood for a Mr. GoodBar milkshake now 🙂

  5. Yum Yucky says:

    I wanna go hang out with the human-sized candy bars….and eat some Nathans.

  6. Ya I will as soon as we can afford too. A little tight on money right now 😛

  7. Raiders757 says:

    Nice overview of the park. I have got to try out some of those roller coasters some day. For now, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg will do. I’ll be heading there in a few to ride some coasters, eat some BBQ and check out the old 80’s band Loverboy live in concert. Oh yea, and lets not forget the fresh beer shipped over from the AB brewery next door. It’s going to be a fun evening.

  8. Heather says:

    Thanks everyone! I had a great time writing the Hershey Park mini-series.

    @Bear- I didn’t really see any entertainment, we were too busy on the rides. We did make it over to ZooAmerica and we watched their show in the Aquatheater “The Great Candy Caper (featuring 2 seals and a giant chocolate “pearl”).

    @Erin-If you can get there, go. We didn’t actually eat in the park except for a funnel cake and some kettle corn. You can cut down on the cost that way.

    @Ryan-I’ll have to try a milkshake next time that I go.

    @Raiders757-I rode 7 of the roller coasters there. I normally don’t like roller coasters, I guess I’m getting a little braver as I get older :). I haven’t been to Busch Garden’s in years.

    @Yum Yucky-hehe, I actually have a pic of myself and my bestfriend with the Reese’s dude. I wasn’t about to post it though.

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