Kids love amusement parks – everything from the rides and water attractions, to the food and live entertainment. While most children of all ages thrive on the activity and craziness, many parents do not. For those parents, I have two words for you: Dutch Wonderland.
Dutch Wonderland is a 43-acre amusement park located right off Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster, not far from some of the most beautiful farmland in the county. Boasting over 30 fun-filled rides, a wonderful water-play area, and fabulous live shows, the park is geared toward families with children up to age 12. This year, the park celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In addition to the wide variety of rides, the entire park can be described as “clean and green.” It is quite beautiful really, with gorgeous flower beds, plentiful areas for sitting, numerous trees to provide ample shade, and clean walkways. Because of the layout of the park, and the fact they target younger children, you rarely experience long lines like you might at typical amusement parks. In addition, there are lots of food and drink offerings, all reasonably priced.
Since my kids are teenagers, I thought I’d enlist the help of my good friend, 6-year-old Bailey, to tell me about her recent experience at Dutch Wonderland.
Bailey, what was your favorite ride at Dutch Wonderland?
“Turtle Twirl, because it went around in circles and I love it so much. It made me giggle a lot!”
How about your favorite food?
“The cookies and cream Dippin’ Dots.” (Yummy….my kids always loved them, too!)
What was your favorite thing about the park?
“I rode the big roller coaster with my hands up after the third time!” (Bailey’s mom told me they were able to ride each ride 3-4 times because of either no, or minimal, lines!)
How did you like Duke’s Lagoon waterpark?
“I loved it! I got to go down the slides. They were so awesome. I went down the big, black one that was dark. I didn’t think it was scary, but Mommy screamed. I liked going down the orange slide, too, in the play area and shooting water at people.”
As you can tell, Bailey had a great time at Dutch Wonderland, and I am certain you and your family will as well. For more information, please visit www.dutchwonderland.com.