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When a hotel goes beyond the ordinary to do something extraordinary with their hotel pool, you get Hershey Lodge Water Works. A treat only for Hershey Lodge guests, Water Works was the perfect way for us to start a sweet day of Hershey fun.
The Sweetest Place on Earth Creates the Sweetest Hotel Pool
The Hershey, Pennsylvania, area has so many local attractions for children and families. With Hersheypark, Hershey’s Chocolate World, ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, and the Hershey Story Museum all keeping visitors busy, the Hershey Lodge could have settled for an ordinary hotel pool. But we were so glad they didn’t!
Wonderful Water Fun! Splish and Splash with Water Works
With Water Works, the Hershey Lodge definitely did not settle when it created their indoor hotel pool.
- An ordinary hotel pool takes the shape of a rectangle or an elongated oval. There are steps at one end, maybe both.
- An extraordinary pool like the one at Water Works is large with areas carved out and designated for Hershey candy-themed water play.
Water Works is an innovative Hershey-themed water playground located inside the Hershey Lodge. Maybe you’re looking for something to do after a busy day exploring Hershey attractions. Maybe it’s a rainy, yucky day and you want an option for inside fun. Water Works is a great indoor activity for Hershey Lodge guests.
Must-See Water Fun
For my family, we arrived at Hershey Lodge knowing we had to visit Water Works. When Kaylee from Hersheypark’s public relations team invited us for a media stay, she shared her excitement about Water Works with us. Her enthusiasm was contagious. We had to check it out. My boys couldn’t wait to discover how their favorite Hershey candies could be reimagined as water park and hotel pool activities.
The hours of Water Works were very convenient for hotel guests.
- An ordinary hotel pool might be open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Hershey’s Water Works is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Our Hershey visit was during the holiday season and we only stayed for one night. We spent the night enjoying Christmas lights at Hersheypark and Sweet Lights. Then, the next morning we got up early to check out Water Works when it first opened. Visiting Water Works at opening worked out perfectly for us. The pool wasn’t too crowded and my boys enjoyed splashing, swimming, and exploring each of the Water Works areas.
Swim, Shoot, Ride a Dolphin
In the Water Works pool area, not only can families swim together, but they can also enjoy multiple play areas. My boys were drawn to two floating dolphins. They took turns trying to ride them. No worries, they are chained to the bottom of the pool. While they will bob around a little, they won’t move into a deeper area. This activity pool is 3.5 feet to 5 feet with steps in different spots to enter. We noticed three lifeguard stands positioned around the pool.
- An ordinary hotel pool advises swimmers to swim at their own risk. No lifeguards are on duty.
- At Hershey Lodge’s Water Works, we noticed at least 4 lifeguards on duty.
On the other side of the main activity pool, separated by water for swimming and floating, are two basketball hoops facing inwards toward the pool. My 12-year old enjoyed making new friends while playing pool basketball.
Walk along the Reese’s Pieces
- An ordinary hotel pool doesn’t have special enhancements like a water walkway.
- Water Works has a colorful, candy-themed water walkway.
As my two younger boys continued to splish and splash in the water, my 12-year old made his way over to Reese’s Water Walk in another corner of the pool. There, he was able to walk across orange and yellow Reese’s Pieces from one side of the pool to another. A rope barrier separates this play area from the rest of the pool.
Twist & Turn with Twizzlers Twists
- Ordinary hotel pools don’t have waterslides.
- Twizzler Twists are water slides several stories high.
In the back corner of the Hershey Lodge Water Works are two adjacent waterslides, titled Twizzlers Twists. The waterslides start at the top of a set of wooden stairs and extend outside the Hershey Lodge. The closed-in tubes twist and turn outside the building before sliding back in and under the stairs that took them outside. (We found the hours may vary for these slides as they weren’t open the entire time we were at the pool.)
Zero Depth Equals 100% fun
Water Works has two playful zero-depth water areas for preschoolers and babies. Preschoolers could walk in to water that gradually gets deeper but never over a foot deep. Babies can sit on the ground within the inner edge and play with water shooting from fountains between their legs. My kids would have loved this in their younger years. We saw lots of little ones splish-splashing in the water with faces full of glee.
A water playground greets preschoolers and toddlers when you first enter Water Works. It’s designed like a majestic sand castle with two towers. Kids can step inside from two different sets of stairs and slide out from different water slides. Water guns shaped like fish let kids spray each other with water. Other fountains move water down from one level to another.
Just a few steps from there is a zero-entry splash and pool area. It’s like a toddler pool, only this area is much better.
- Ordinary toddler pools are basic plain circles, typically to the side of the main pool.
- Hershey’s toddler pool is playful and colorful, drawing in all the little ones to come splish and splash.
A vibrantly-colored lighthouse will attract your kids to this fun area, while the overhead buckets will have them running in and out to be showered with water. Water pours down and over from an umbrella-shaped fountain. A lifeguard is stationed in this area as well.
Who Can Visit?
Water Works is for the exclusive use of the Hershey Lodge guests. We found plenty of seating for those guests who need a break from the water from time to time. Complimentary towels are available poolside. A snack bar is also open at select times for snacks, meals, and beverages. There is a Jacuzzi available for guests 14 years old and older.
Learn more about the Hershey Lodge in this article, Enjoy a Sweet Escape at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Looking for something to do after visiting Water Works? See what’s new at Hershey’s Chocolate World or consider a visit like we did to the Hershey Story Museum.