Hersheypark, originally spelled Hershey Park until about 1970, was founded in May of 1906 by Milton Hershey as a place for Hershey factory workers to enjoy the outdoors. Its first summer in operation, the park had Memorial Day celebrations, bands, baseball games, and other events. The very first ride was introduced in 1908; a Merry Go Round. In 1910, the park added a miniature railroad, and in 1923, the park added its first roller coaster, The WildCat.
Today, the park has more than 75 rides, 13 roller coasters, and 16 water rides. Hersheypark receives approximately 3.2 million visitors each year. The park is open Easter weekend through September, Halloween, and Christmas day.
The theme park recently came under fire in July 2019, after an attempted child abduction at the park was discounted by employees, who were reluctant to call security and security refused to contact local police.
The park is privately owned by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. Hersheypark opened their newest attraction in 2007, Boardwalk, which features water rides such as Canyon River Rapids and Tidal Force.