Philadelphia, PA - Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark is the largest theme park in the state. It is 95 miles west of Philadelphia and 15 miles east of Harrisburg. It features more than 70 rides and attractions. It is open Friday through Sunday. It is also home to the ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park.
Hershey Park - Pennsylvania's Largest Theme Park
Hersheypark was designed with families in mind. Children could enjoy playgrounds, water parks, and dozens of family rides. It also features live entertainment and picnic pavilions. The park's main entrance has flower beds and newly planted trees. The Park also features a boardwalk that symbolizes childhood memories of boardwalks and beaches.
Hersheypark's history is intertwined with the history of the Hershey Chocolate Company. The park's founder, Milton S. Hershey, wanted to keep the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, from becoming dull. He set aside 150 acres of land for a park. The park would be used as a recreational park for the workers of the chocolate company.
The park's history was significantly affected by World War II. During the war, gas rationing made it difficult for the Park to draw in visitors. In 1942, the Ballroom and Zoo were closed. Although trains still brought in visitors, the Park's operations were greatly affected.
Hershey Park was also heavily influenced by new trends in amusement parks. After the war, the Park added the Comet roller coaster. In addition, it opened a water flume. It also introduced scenic bridges and overlooks.