Dutch Wonderland is the ideal first theme park for kids. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country this park offers over 35 attractions, a water play area, shows and delicious food.
Nestled along 43 acres in Lancaster; Dutch Wonderland is truly a kingdom for kids. I was asked to be a part of this years Blogger Program at Dutch Wonderland. We were invited to visit on Tuesday for a day full of pint sized fun. Instead of taking along my husband and older daughter; I opted to take my sister and nephew. This gave Miss M a ride buddy for the day. We found that the perfect age for kids to explore Dutch Wonderland and ride all of the attractions is 6-7 years old. They can ride many attractions alone without an adult at that age (depending on height).
With the park being smaller it makes getting around much easier than larger theme parks. All of the attractions are situated close to one another but not on top of each other. Kids love this because they can walk from ride to ride quickly and not waste time.
Arriving at the park around 11 a.m.; it was virtually empty. This could be in part due to the fact that it was Tuesday. We had perfect weather and no waits for the kids! Head towards the back of the park and work your way forward, this also helps with lower lines when you first arrive. After a few smaller rides the kids decided it was time to ride the Kingdom Coaster. A classic wooden coaster is a great “first coaster” experience for kids as it is not too high or fast. We did have to accompany them on this coaster as you must be 54″ to ride alone.
We decided to take a break on our feet and catch the noon diving show at The Aqua Stadium for The Adventures of the Frog Prince. The kids were absolutely entranced the entire show; they sat and yelled out Oohs and Ahhhs fascinated by the divers. This show has been around for years and always packs the stadium. Be sure not to miss it.
It was getting hot and the kids were ready to play in Duke’s Lagoon. The splash and play area is perfect for a hot summer day; and for the kids to get the wiggles out as they can run freely and play. Our kiddos stuck with the slides and dunk tanks; but there are also toddler play areas as well. With squirting geysers, spill buckets and multiple play platforms Dukes Lagoon provides hours of water fun.
You can rent a cabana for the day if you wish and relax in the water area all day. Prices vary on Cabana rentals and you can reserve it online in advance. You cannot bring outside food in the park; but there are many choices at Sharky’s Grill for lunch and they will deliver to your cabana. Also located in Dukes Lagoon are The Slush Shack and Rita’s Italian Ice.
Do you have a dinosaur lover in your family? My nephew went crazy when we visited the new attraction Exploration Island. Here you can find over 20 lifelike dinosaurs and see them in a lush habitat. You can learn about the dinos from the story boards in front of them. After you come face to face with the dinosaurs you can dig for fossils in Dino Dig. That T-Rex was awfully lifelike when he roared!
New in 2016
- This year Dutch Wonderland unveiled two new live shows hosted by the Dutch Wonderland characters. Visit the Celebration Theater for the interactive show, a Royal Fiasco!. You can help Princess Brooke and pals plan a royal ball. What better way to celebrate your memorable at Dutch Wonderland than with a Kingdom Celebration hosted by everyone’s favorite princess! Join Princess Brooke and your favorite characters as they bring our Dutch Wonderful fantasy to life in a party for all the visiting royal subjects, young and old alike!
- A brand new dining experience; Bean Sprouts has opened in the Mill Stream eatery. Offering healthy and wholesome meals for kids and adults. I would absolutely eat the turkey sandwich, it sounds fantastic. I love that Dutch Wonderland has this offering; even if you are on vacation you can still eat healthy.
We boarded the last train of the day and bid farwell to Dutch Wonderland after a great day of fun just for the kids.
FUN FACT: The Wonderland Special (train) has been there since the park originally opened in 1963
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I hope you are able to have a Dutch Wonderful day this summer at the best kids park in Pennsylvania.