the boardwalk and the shore

Last week while at Hersheypark Steph and I wandered through the water park area just to get a lay of the land. I had been dreading this water park. It's so much larger than DW's and it just seemed so overwhelming. After a nice walk through I felt much better about tackling this. And Matt decided that he wanted to do just that on his Father's Day. 

David can't do many of the slides, actually only two of the small red ones in the one section. Letty can go on all but two of the large slides and frankly I am thankful because those two that she can't go on look intense. There's enough variety that I think we will all be able to stick together and not get bored in whatever section, so on days when Matt isn't there I'll be able to take the kids myself and not lose them. Hopefully.

We get in to the park an hour earlier than regular admission people (makes me feel like such a baller) and we knew we were literally only doing the water park so we arrived at about 9:45 and just walked right over to the water park area. We packed a lunch and left it in the car with the kids dry clothes and stayed in the water park until about 12:50 which is when we went to the car, changed the kids and headed home while they ate. 

Lockers are $15 for the small size so sorry, that isn't happening. I just hid my diaper bag under the back seat in the stroller... under Matt's tshirt and put a dirty (pee) diaper on top... But I was constantly checking on it and worried that someone would steal my entire life that's stored in there. It was fine but I think for any future water park run I will use this that Matt had Amazon Primed (thanks mom and dad) to me for my phone and season pass and I'll just leave my camera and wallet in the car.
Life jackets are required for certain areas and certain heights. All my kids need to wear them in The Shore area. They have lots of them free for use on a first come first serve basis. It worked for Dom but I'm sure it was uncomfortable because it was a bit too large. I plan on bringing his Puddle Jumper next time. As long as it's Coast Guard approved, which they are. You may need to show life guards but that's not a big deal. 
Those life guards! They are constantly scanning the water I was so impressed. It was like their head was on an automatic track. Scanning in the exact same way each rotation. Made me feel so much better than at DW. 
I really liked how you couldn't get in and out of a certain area without going through turnstiles. Whereas at DW it is just open season. Here it's more closed off. Only one entrance and exit for each section minus the splash pad. This bodes well for solo trips with me and the kids. 

The only area that I didn't get any photos of was the Lazy Mile and well that would have been impossible to bring my camera in. Dom hated it and so I ran the Lazy Mile holding him with the inner tube around my waist trying to find an exit, which unless you rent a cabana there is only one.... So. Maybe next time I'll take a spin by my lonesome.
And lastly, just keep in mind you'll have to repaint all your nails because that place is full of chlorine. As it should be. 

It was one of the more intense places I've taken my kids but thankfully we had Matt and it all was fine. A learning experience if you will. We will get there! Here's to many more visits!