The Best Free Things at Hersheypark

Free things at Hersheypark

A visit to Hersheypark is absolutely worth the money. But if you’re on a budget, how can you save money and still have a fun trip? From extra time in the park to additional areas you may not know about, here are the best free things at Hersheypark

Free things at Hersheypark
The 2019 addition to Hersheypark: Reese’s Cupfusion. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke
  1. Extra Time in the Park
  2. All the Hydration
  3. Free Wifi
  4. Photos
  5. Zoo Access
  6. Waterpark Access
  7. Bad Weather Voucher
  8. Free Hersheypark Tickets for Annual Passholders

 

Disclosure: I’m happy to be one of the awesome 2020 Sweetest Families for Hersheypark! I’m also happy to give you the scoop on our visits this year!

The truth? I love saving money just as much as the next lady, but I don’t want to feel like I’m skimping on travel. So, my favorite way to budget theme park travel is to look for the freebies when I visit. And, happily, Hersheypark in Hershey, PA, is no exception. Here are my favorite freebies. 

Free Extra time in Hersheypark

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This is definitely a really good way to make the most of your Hersheypark theme park ticket: extra hours in the park the night before your entrance begins. 

Officially called a “Sweet Sneak Peek”, show your paid park ticket the night before and you can enter 2 1/2 hours early. 

Additionally, if you’re a guest of an official Hersheypark hotel property, you may enter 3 1/2 hours early the night before your ticket officially begins. 

Note: You will need to pay for parking during the Sweet Sneak Peek, but keep that stub and show it the next day and you’ll get complimentary parking!

Free Cups of Water

 

On hot theme park days, staying hydrated is a must. Technically, you’re only allowed to bring in one bottle of water per person (you may rent a locker and keep additionals), but you can quench that thirst easily: free cups of ice water. 

Simply walk up to any concession stand serving fountain drinks and ask for a cup of water. Employees will happily give you one. 

Another way to keep the fluids flowing: purchase a refillable park cup and you’ll get free refills during your visit. If you like to drink a lot of soda, this is the best way to go, budget-wise. 

Hersheypark Free WIFI

 

Not much explanation needed for this one. Once you hit the gates, you should have no trouble accessing free wifi. If you’re having issues, ask a park employee to help. 

Free Photos

Sweetest things to do in Hershey, PA, for families: Hershey Park
Having fun at the entrance fountain in Hersheypark! Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

On my first visit to the park, one of the first things I wanted to do was get my photo taken in front of the entrance fountain. Happily, there were a couple of employees there, more than willing to take a family photo. 

Seriously, all you have to do is ask. As long as it’s safe for you and the employee, you’re good to go. 

Free Zoo Access

Hersheypark ZooAmerica
Another fun free addition at HersheyPark: ZooAmerica. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

The first time I visited Hersheypark, I was happily surprised to learn that admission to ZooAmerica is included with park admission. 

The zoo is definitely geared towards the kiddos.  Also, it’s not giant in size, so it’s worth walking the giant path to see the animals. 

 

Hersheypark Waterpark Access for Free

Sweetest things to do in Hershey, PA, for families: Hershey Park Water Park
All the colorful views of Hershey Park Water Park. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Yep, another great freebie (especially on hot days) is free admission to Hershey Waterpark, The Boardwalk.

You will need to bring your own towels and a swimsuit when you visit. Again, there are lockers near the outside picnic areas. You can always run back to the car and grab them when you want to visit.

Lastly, you can always hit the waterpark first, change, then pay for a locker. 

Free Voucher for Bad Weather

Say you’ve been planning a visit to Hersheypark forever and it’s a very rainy day. If the majority of the major rides are closed for a full 60 minutes, you’ll be able to receive a Return Visit Voucher

The voucher will be valid for any operating day during the current season you’re visiting. 

Free Tickets at Hersheypark

Sweetest things to do in Hershey, PA, for families: Hershey Park
A dream come true for this gal: Hershey Park. Photo Credit: Molly Locke

There is a way to score a free ticket to Hersheypark, but it comes at a price. Doesn’t make sense? Here’s the lowdown.

When you purchase a Hersheypark Annual Pass, you’ll receive one free park ticket. The ticket is good for a single day admission and is valid only for that passholder season. 

So, technically, you can get a free ticket, or give one to  a friend or family member. 

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