Spring is here, and it's time to soak up some sunshine in the Hershey Harrisburg Region! From blooming gardens and bike paths to the towering coaster hills at Hersheypark® we have everything you need for a weekend getaway!
Springtime In The ParkSM
If you've been dreaming about Hersheypark all winter long, Springtime In The Park is your first chance to catch a thrill in 2018! The gates open in spring for 7 happy days of exciting rides, including 13 coasters ranging from mild to wild, along with family favorites like the Carrousel, Ferris Wheel, and Kissing TowerSM. Get a sneak peek of the new ride construction at The Boardwalk At Hersheypark®, debuting the Breakers EdgeSM Water Coaster and WhitecapSM Racer on Memorial Day weekend!
We’re not the only ones who are happy it’s spring! The lovable animals at ZooAmerica are scurrying about, and the weather’s just right to step outside and learn something new about North American wildlife. You’ll find reptiles, like snakes and lizards from the Great Southwest, and bears, bobcats, and barn owls from the Eastern Woodlands. The most curious visitors can book a behind-the-scenes tour of the park’s non-public spaces for the opportunity to feed some animals their breakfast or pet a scaly reptile!
Flowers and plants are synonymous with spring, but you haven’t seen seasonal beauty until you’ve walked through the Hershey Gardens in bloom! Endless rows of multi-color tulip bulbs, flowering trees, perfect pansies are photo-ready in early to mid-April, before the daffodils, primroses, azaleas, and snapdragons come alive during the Spring Extravaganza late April to mid-May. Step inside the tropical Butterfly Atrium which houses 500-600 winged beauties that are known to land on a welcoming shoulder!
Wildwood Park & Olewine Nature Center
Sometimes the best spring attractions are natural settings, like the 229-acre Wildwood Park in Harrisburg. Open daily from dusk to dawn, Wildwood Park welcomes visitors of all ages to exercise, picnic, and learn about our region’s flora and fauna! Take a jog on the 3-mile trail that encircles the park, or bring the family for a nature walk on the boardwalks where you might spot a bullfrog, a turtle, or one of the majestic great egrets. Before you leave, step inside the Olewine Nature Center to browse exhibits for a quick lesson on Pennsylvania conservation!
Riverfront Park & Harrisburg Bike Share
When the snow melts and the sun warms the city of Harrisburg, Riverfront Park along the eastern bank of the Susquehanna is bustling with walkers, joggers, dogs, strollers, bicycles, rollerblades, and even some meditative folks practicing yoga. Riverfront Park runs from the intersection of Front and Vaughn Streets to the Walnut Street Bridge, which connects Harrisburg to City Island. Along the way, you’ll find benches, metal exercise equipment for chin-ups, art sculptures, and ample photo spots to capture the beautiful day! New this year, Harrisburg Bike Share allows visitors to see the city by bicycle without packing their own wheels using the Zagster app!
We're welcoming back beautiful weather! And you, too!