This past Sunday, my family and I spent a gorgeous fall day at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pa. Also known as “The Sweetest Place on Earth”, the amusement park is only a short drive from my home and a summer tradition in my family. Because of our ridiculous summer and fall schedules, the only date available for our annual adventure was Sunday, September 29 – the very last day of the Summer 2013 season. Even though the waterpark area (The Boardwalk) is closed, fall happens to be a wonderful time to enjoy the pleasures of roller coasters and bumper cars. The crowds are lighter and the temperature is perfect for a day spent outdoors.
We had fun. I took photos. I thought I’d share a few.
[ Milton S. Hershey, mastermind behind The Hershey Chocolate Co. and philanthropist extraordinaire ]
[ The Kissing Tower ]
[ Views from the Tower ]
ZooAmerica is an 11 acre park that showcases animals from different areas of the United States and is included in the admission price for Hershey Park. Jay and I decided to wander over and take a peek. Most of animals were napping when we visited but a few were happy to pose for pictures.
[ Beautiful landscaping and gardening everywhere! ]
[ The Road Runner ]
[ A snack for Mr. Slowski ]
[ Mr. Elk ]
[ One of many industrious prairie dogs ]
[ The porcupine was out cold ]
[ This was his bed. Unbelievable! ]
[ An injured bald eagle ]
[ Old cocoa bean silos seen from the black bear habitat ]
We spent the rest of the day in the park proper, riding rides, eating junk food, and feeling sick to our stomachs. Good times!
[ The Great Bear ]
[ Love the Kiss lights – the street lamps in Hershey are kisses, too ]
[ An adorable icon ]
[ Storm Runner ]
We left the park exhausted but happy, feeling like we could finally let summer go and embrace the cider-laced, spice-infused loveliness of autumn.
Hershey Park happy!
Hershey Park glad!
So many things to see and do;
Good times to be had!