Sponsored post: Life and Liz is a member of the Dutch Wonderland Summer Blogger program. All opinions are my own.
Over the weekend, we took a family trip to Pennsylvania. We had a family party to go to in Bangor so of course, we scheduled a trip to Lancaster to go to Dutch Wonderland. No visit to Lancaster is complete without seeing Dutch Wonderland!
For those who don’t know, Dutch Wonderland is a family amusement park that caters to young children. It’s know as the “Kingdom for Kids”, making it a perfect park for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as older children.
The park was made a reality by a young potato farmer-turner-Congress-Inn-owner named Earl Clark. With no amusement park experience, Clark began the park with just 4 rides. Over the years, the park has expanded to 43 acres with 35 rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, Exploration Island, live entertainment, games, and food!
The park is located along Route 30 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It’s a busy road, but there is a stop light to allow easy entrance to the park. If you’re staying overnight, there a plenty of hotel options nearby. There are several fast food and family friendly restaurant’s close by as well.
Parking at Dutch Wonderland is $5 for general parking and $15 for preferred. It’s not a huge parking lot, so general parking is only a short walk to the park entrance. Preferred parking is in the lot right outside of the entrance. We parked in general parking, and with 4 children, we had no problems. It took roughly 4 minutes to walk from our car to the entrance. There was a line to get into the park, but it moved quickly.
Upon entrance to the park, we were greeted by friendly staff and a quick walk through the gift shop. It’s a straight walk which is nice that you’re not forced to walk through the whole shop. With small children, that can get messy quick! There are several “Am I tall enough?” charts for children to check their heigh to see which rides they can ride. They’re color coded, which is nice because children can easily remember what color they are. Even children who haven’t reached 30″ tall can still enjoy 11 rides at Dutch Wonderland! The majority of those rides are slow moving and gentle. They’re a great way to introduce little ones to amusement park rides. Our favorite ones were Duke’s Dozers, and the Merry Go Round.
Once your child is over 30″ tall, the number of rides they can enjoy increases to 17 rides! My daughter loves planes, so her favorite was Sky Fighter. She felt like she was in a real airplane!
There’s also a water park, Duke’s Lagoon, which is for all ages. The tropical island themed attraction includes water spilling coconuts, spectacular water geysers, and bubblers. There’s also a sitting area for parents and grandparents. If you’re planning on spending a long time at the water park, you can rent a personal cabana on their website.
The Prehistoric Path on the Exploration Island was a huge hit with my dinosaur loving children! There are over 20 life-like dinosaurs that can be enjoyed at your own pace. The area is mostly shady, which is nice when it’s a hot day. It’s a good break from the sun. It was one of the first spots we visited and we all enjoyed it!
There are many big kid and family rides as well. Once your child is over 42″ tall, they can ride the majority of the rides in the park. The exception is the Kingdom Coaster which is a large wooden roller coaster for children 48″ tall.
There are several eateries inside the park that sell kid friendly foods, such as chicken tenders, pizza, and hot dogs. They’re reasonably priced too, so they won’t break the bank! Dutch Wonderland does not allow outside food or beverages to be brought into the park, with the exception of those with medical needs. If you’d like to enjoy your own food, there are picnic tables outside the park. You can get your hand stamped for easy re-entry.
We had so much fun while visiting Dutch wonderland and can’t wait to return!
No matter the time of year, there is always something special to do at Dutch Wonderland. From Happy Hauntings in October, to Winter Wonderland in December, there’s always fun at Dutch Wonderland.
Find out more about Dutch Wonderland by visiting their website, dutchwonderland.com.