We just got back from a very fun trip to Pennsylvania and spent the good part of one day at Dutch Wonderland. If you have kids under 10, you definitely want to make the trip to Dutch Wonderland for the day. I’d say the park is more for the 3-8 year olds but my 10 year old daughter said she still loves it and even my 12 year old found some rides he liked. And we ALL absolutely love the dive shows, which were a highlight of our day.
This was our 4th trip to Dutch Wonderland over the years. Located about 30 miles from Hershey, Pa, you can stop at Dutch Wonderland on the way to Hershey like we did. If you have kids of varying ages, between both parks, you can cover just about every size ride and show possible! They even offer combo tickets to save a few bucks on entrance.
Dutch Wonderland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It’s a small enough park to do in 4 or 5 hours if you include some shows. And let me tell you, DO NOT MISS the shows at the aqua stadium. I was told The Adventures of the Frog Prince is a fan favorite -it’s VERY funny and if you sit up front, in the “soak zone,” the kids will love it even more. I think I enjoyed them as much or more than my kids. Later in the day the Open Dive show features some very creative and unique dives while the divers goof around making it a casual, fun experience for all.
Other shows, to name a few, include the new for 2013 “Decades of Dutch Wonderland” stage show, story times with Princess Brooke, a star-studded parade and Funsation- a 50 year celebration with songs, dancing and audience participation. Young kids love these shows! If you have a little girl, she’ll love meeting the princess and the boys and girls all love meeting Duke the Dragon.
As for rides, my 6 year old went on just about every ride several times and was one happy boy!
My older 2 loved the roller coaster and flume ride, which we went on as a family. Who doesn’t love getting wet on the flume? The drop was just big enough to be scary (well, for me anyway) but small enough not to totally freak me out.
There’s even a small water park area called Duke’s Lagoon. It has a few small spraygrounds, mainly 3 areas, for different ages. The older kids will love the tube ride (bring water shoes or flip flops as they are required on this ride). Older kids may get a bit bored on the play areas but on a hot day, everyone loves to cool off, including this Mom who let her sons spray her down and stand in the area that gets dumped on!
One thing I really like at DW is that the park is just plain pretty and it’s got a very country laid back feel to me. It’s nicely landscaped and shaded which I love. In the back of the park, over the river, you can often see cows grazing on the rolling farm fields. Plus it’s all walkable without getting exhausted.
Dutch Wonderland also includes a game of mini golf with your ticket. There’s several dining options, both indoors and out and plenty of snack areas too. DW is open daily in season and weekends through Mid- October. As they say, have a Dutch Wonderful Day!
After a day at Dutch Wonderland, head over to Chocolate World or Hershey Park. It’s less than an hour drive.
*Disclosure- Dutch Wonderland provided us with admission to review the park for TodaysMama readers.We were grateful to have this opportunity. All opinions and pictures are my own.
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