The End of a Season: Sunday at Hershey Park and ZooAmerica

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.

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[ Milton S. Hershey, mastermind behind The Hershey Chocolate Co. and philanthropist extraordinaire ]

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[ The Kissing Tower ]

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[ Views from the Tower ]

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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.

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[ Beautiful landscaping and gardening everywhere! ]

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[ The Road Runner ]

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[ A snack for Mr. Slowski ]

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[ Mr. Elk ]

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[ One of many industrious prairie dogs ]

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[ The porcupine was out cold ]

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[ This was his bed.  Unbelievable! ]

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[ An injured bald eagle ]

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[ 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!

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[ The Great Bear ]

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[ Love the Kiss lights – the street lamps in Hershey are kisses, too ]

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[ An adorable icon ]

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[ Storm Runner ]

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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!

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