Who doesn’t love a visit to a theme park? Complete with rides, roller coasters, food, lots of picture opportunities and meeting our favorite characters, these places are always a big hit with family members of all ages! Here are three cool theme parks highly recommended for planning a family friendly trip.
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Located close to Allentown, PA, the Dorney Park has multiple roller coasters, a waterpark and many other rides. The famous Steel Force roller coaster is housed in Dorney Park.
Attractions for the Thrill Seekers
- Steel Force
- Thunder Hawk
- Demon Drop
Attractions for the Water Babies
- Thunder Canyon
- White Water Landing
Attractions for Everyone in the Family
- Ferris Wheel
- Dinosaurs Alive
- Sea Dragon
The Halloween Haunt is a kid-friendly, non-scary event in the theme park that focusses on the Halloween theme. It is best suited for children 13 years and older. A smaller version of it called the Boo Blast was introduced later for younger children. Both these events take place on weekends during the months of September and October.
Mazes like the Tourist Trap, Trick or Treat and Blackout are popular in the Halloween Haunt. Other than mazes, the Haunt also features some scare zones like Age of Darkness and Cut Throat Island.
The Wildwater Kingdom is situated right inside Dorney Park. It comprises of lots of splash-based attractions including the Aqua Racer, Cascade, Jumpin’ Jack Slide and Runaway River.
Many of the popular attractions in Dorney Park have the Fast Lane option. This is a shorter queue to get on the ride. To get access to this fast lane, visitors need to purchase the Fast Lane wrist bands in addition to the park admission passes.
Another kid friendly theme park is the Dutch Wonderland. Located in the East Lampeter Township of PA, the Dutch Wonderland houses 32 rides and a water play area. It also holds special events like the Happy Hauntings during Halloween season and Dutch Winter Wonderland for Christmas.
Attractions for the Thrill Seekers
As Dutch Wonderland is more geared towards younger kids, the rides are a little on the calmer side compared to other parks. However, adventure lovers need not despair! They have these three cool roller coasters to make sure they have fun too –
- Merlin’s Mayhem
- Kingdom Coaster
For the Whole Family
- Wiggle Racers
- Dragon’s Lair
- Sky Ride
- Turtle Whirl
- Lots more!
- The Adventures of the Frog Prince
- Storytime Corner
- Garfield the Great & Friends
The Merlin’s Buffet, Bean Sprouts, Potato Patch are some of the kid-friendly restaurants inside the Dutch Wonderland. The Merlin and Friends Breakfast Buffet is a magical breakfast experience for little kids along with their favorite characters. Other than those you can even find some good snacks and sweet treats at The Slush Shack, Funnel Cake Factory, Breyers Ice Cream and Coffee Shoppe or some pretzels at Auntie Anne’s.
Souvenir and Gift Shops
There are multiple gift shops to choose from in the Dutch Wonderland. The Castle Gift Shop, Merlin’s Marketplace and Artifacts are a few of them. The Gem Mine is a fun, interactive gem finding experience for kids.
Knoebels Amusement Resort
The best thing about visiting the Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA is surely the free admission. Considered the largest of its kind, Knoebels requires its visitors to only pay for the rides that they want to enjoy. Even the parking and some entertainment options are free!
Knoebels’ houses some very popular roller coasters.
- Black Diamond
- Kozmo’s Curves
To name a few.
Other Fun Things to Do
- The Old Smokey Train and Pioneer Train are two miniature railways operated inside the park.
- 110-foot Ferris Wheel
- Haunted Mansion
- Bumper Cars
- Italian trapeze swing ride
The park has many different options of full-service restaurants including the very famous Alamo Restaurant, the Nickle plate and more. If all you need are some snacks and refreshments, you can choose from a plethora of options like the Cookie Nook, Dippin dots, Bavarian Nuts, Kettle Korn and so much more!
For the calmer members of your troupe, the park also features a golf course. It is open all day long and you get to play 18 holes for just $25! They also provide you with a cart.