Now that we are in PA, we're excited to explore many of the fun amusement parks and attractions in the area. Dutch Wonderland has always been our oldest daughter's favorite, and since we only live 40 minutes away, AK couldn't wait to visit.
We've been to the park a few times since AK was a toddler. This visit was even more thrilling now that AK is tall enough for even more rides!
This year we found that parking is no longer free. But pricing was still reasonable at only $5 for standard parking or $10 for preferred.
Upon entering, we found Princess Brooke and the Knight and sat and listened to story time.
We then headed over to Exploration Island to check out the dinosaurs. Last time, AK was too afraid of them, so I was hoping she'd be more interested.
She was still a little freaked out by the T-Rex along the trail. But the Dino Dig areas were a hit and she thought it was fun pretending to hatch out of an egg.
We stopped at the Millstream Eatery to check out the new Bean Sprouts menu. There were some great nutritious options available like grilled cheese and veggies, sun flower butter and jelly sandwiches, and smoothies. We didn't order from the menu, since we usually pack a lunch and leave it in the cooler in the car. Maybe next time we'll try one of those strawberry banana smoothies!
Then we were off to the rides. I soon discovered that AK loves roller coasters! Daddy, not so much.
AK also likes to be in the driver's seat.
It was a pretty warm day so we took a cool break on a boat ride around Duke's Lagoon. While cruising the lagoon, we caught glimpses of the castle, water slides from the water park, plus Duke the dragon.
As we were walking through the park, we heard cheering and went to investigate. We found the Aqua Stadium and watched "The Dragon's Tale" and "The Princess and the Frog." The story line was entertaining and appropriate for young kids. Since it was a hot day, sitting in the splash zone and getting wet was a crowd favorite! Be warned; if you sit in the first five rows, you will get VERY wet!
AK & I make it a tradition to ride the sky ride as the first and last things that we do when visiting Dutch Wonderland. Starting the day on the ride allows your kiddos to build excitement when they see all the rides from above. Ending the day on the sky ride gives you and your child one last bird's eye view of the park to discuss all of the fun you've had!
There are so many activities to do at Dutch Wonderland, it's hard to squeeze them all into one day. With a water park, great rides, and shows, you'll want to go back again like we do!
Dutch Wonderland Savings:
You can save by ordering online in advance:
1 Day ticket advance purchase $40.99
- Tickets are valid for one admission any day during the 2016 summer season
- Purchase tickets 4 days in advance online and SAVE $4 ! Available online only. Tickets are valid for one admission any day during the 2016 summer season
- Purchase tickets 7 days in advance online and SAVE $7 ! Available online only. Tickets are valid for one admission any day during the 2016 summer season