Every summer, our father takes a week off of work after we finish camp, and we do something fun as a family. This is what we did this year:
On Monday we went to the Bronx Zoo. First we went to see the flamingos and the birds of prey. Then we ate lunch and afterwards went to the children's zoo.
In the children's zoo, we sat in pretend bird's nests, went into a tunnel and popped up in mock gopher holes and saw the gophers up close, climbed a "spider's web" made of rope, went inside a fake log and climbed in a treehouse that had telescopes and a slide inside the tree. The last part of the children's zoo was a petting zoo where we had lots of fun feeding and petting the animals.
Next we went to the monkey house and then to Tiger Mountain, where we saw a tiger up-close!
On Tuesday it rained a lot. We went bowling and to TCBY to redeem coupons that we received from the library for reading over the summer. The flavors we got were rainbow cream, cotton candy, chocolate chunk cookie dough and white chocolate mousse.
On Wednesday we drove to a hotel near Harrisburg, PA. After we unloaded the car, we went swimming in the indoor pool and enjoyed the jacuzzi and then we went to Hershey Park
. At Hershey Park you can "preview" the park for free for the last 2 1/2 hours it is open the day before you've purchased tickets for.
We got a chance to go on the carousel, Sidewinder, SuperDooperLooper, CoalCracker and the little kids went on Dry Gulch Railroad. After the park closed we went back to the hotel and went swimming again till the pool closed at 10:00PM.
The next day, we got up, packed and loaded as early as we could, and went back to Hershey Park. First we went to Midway America, where we went on Wildcat, Wild Mouse and Lightning Racer, while the younger kids went on the Miniature Train, Granny Bugs and Pony Parade. Then we all got changed into bathing suits and went on water rides!! We went on Canyon River Rapids (4 times), Tidal Force (5 times) and Roller Soaker (once). Meanwhile, the two little kids played in the sprinklers. After that we changed back into dry clothes and ate lunch.
S: Then I went on StormRunner with Mommy. That was my favorite ride! It's the fastest ride in the park . Here's the description from the website:
This one-of-a-kind coaster will launch you from 0-72 mph in 2 seconds flat. 18 stories straight up, straight down. And that's just the beginning. You'll fly through a 135 foot cobra loop, barrel rolls, and a dramatic flying snake dive so fast, you won't know which way is west.
D: In the meantime I went on Sidewinder 4 times in a row. I was my favorite ride! It goes forwards through three loops and then backwards! Click here
to see a movie of the ride! (ed: warning - BIG file [66MB])
Y: My favorite rides were Canyon River Rapids, Tidal Force and Coal Cracker.
K: I loved everything, especially the slides. I went on the Trailblazer roller coaster 3 times!
The baby's favorites were Coal Cracker and Merry Derry Dip fun slides.
Then we went to Chocolate World, where the tour was a little different than it was two years ago - they even gave out a different kind of free chocolate bar sample.
Next year HersheyPark will be adding five new water rides in honor of their 100th anniversary! We can't wait to go back!!