Hershey Park or Knoebels?

I'm planning a trip in August and I have narrowed it down to either Hershey or Knoebels. I'm not sure which to go to. I have been to Hershey but it was a while ago, also I really would like to ride Skyrush. However Knoebels looks like a great place also, I was just wondering what out guys would suggest. Thank you.

Depends on what you are looking for. If you want a traditional park out in the woods, Knobels is the place to go. Wooden coasters are great, and many, many other traditional rides waiting for you. Food is very reasonable, and you can even ride with tickets instead of a wrist band. Hershey is a traditional theme park themed around chocolate. There's more coasters there, but generally, it's a much more modern park with a lot few old rides. If you like steel and loops, the Hershey is the place to go. It also depends on if you have other people with you. If there's kids along, the Knobels Kiddy rides look like a lot of fun, and you don't have to pay admission for someone who doesn't ride a lot. But if its all thrill seeking adults, then probably you want Hershey.

Yea, I am leaning more towards Hershey because its just me and my girlfriend.


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I suggest trying to go to both parks. You could go to knoebels the first day and as bunky suggested just buy tickets to ride all the rides you're interested in. You can do that pretty cheap. Then drive to Hershey and spend the night. Hit the local Giant grocery store customer service counter for discount admission to Hersheypark. I believe they are $38.95 there. Not sure if they are still offering the free parking pass when you buy tickets there. You could easily do all the coasters at Hersheypark in a day unless you want enjoy the waterpark.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH! Do Hershey first, then go straight to Knoebals. You will like them both. If time permits visit Dorney as well. Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster is an option, but this park has a rather unique flavor of its own.

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I would recommend if you would do both, check the Kneobels website and see how late they are open. I think they close first, so they're probably better to do first and then head to Hershey. It DOES seem like a shame to miss either park because they're both great in different ways, especially if you haven't gotten to either one yet and may not do this area of the country again. If you're close enough that another trip to see one of the parks at a later date is feasible, either park is a great one day trip, though Knoebels is a better full day trip with kids.

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The best way to experience Knoebels in my opinion is to camp. So go to both parks and camp at Knoebels. :)

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If I had to choose only one park to spend a full day at, it would be Hershey. If you can do both. Go to Knoebels first and then Hershey in the evening using their free preview deal. This will give you a few rides and a lay of the park before coming back the next day.

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If you only get a few hours at Knoebels, it's still worth the effort...and it will compel you to make a return trip. Hershey is a fantabulous "mega-park", and I love the place. But Knoebels is a trip back in time...

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I would probably go to Hershey and let my dogs go to Knoebels.

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I hate to pick against Knoebels, but Hershey Park's coaster lineup is as good as it gets. If you can only do one, that would be my pick.

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I think I am going to hershey. Maybe ill go to knoebels in the fall. Is there a giant store near the park? Also can anyone buy the tickets there or do you need to be part of a "club" there?I know at my local stores you need a membership card to take advantage of their deals to places.

My family went to Hershey this past June. Following advice on these forums I found the nearest Giant Foods south of the park on Cocoa Ave. There was a requirement to be a rewards club member but I was able to purchase the tickets without being a member.
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Whatever you do, don't let Kozmo know that you've chosen Hershey. That dude holds a grudge and will forever defriend you on Facebook.

You can buy discount tickets at giant no matter what. Guest services has them

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I'm going to be going to Hershey on Monday. How have the crowds been this Summer during the week? From the tr's it seems like it's hit or miss.

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It is really hard to tell with Hershey. I've already been there on random Tuesdays where it is so packed you can barely move and Saturdays where it is dead. I don't quite get Hershey's crowd patterns like I do Dorney. I'd guess you'll be fine for light crowds though.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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I'll remember that Giant the next time I go to Hersheypark. :)

NitroRider, I was going to suggest BOTH parks but you can't really go wrong with chosing one or the other. Have fun at Hershey, but you and your girlfriend definitely have to visit Knoebels SOON!!


I'm really excited :) We are leaving after work around 3 am to make sure we get there for opening. Sure is going to be a long day but it'll be worth it :)Thanks for all the help.
Most likely we will go to knoebels in September.

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