Lancaster, PA

A Day in Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PA

Sara Melissa Frost

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Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PAPhoto by Sara Melissa Frost

The fun is back at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA. After being closed for a good while during the Covid-19 pandemic, until being open a few days per week, the amusement park is now open 7 days a week. I went back for the first time since 2020 last week, and my family and I had a blast. The park was not crowded, and it felt safe walking around in the park.

Almost real dinosaurs

The first thing we did was to visit Exploration Island. As we walked over the bridge, we spotted several large fish in the water. Once on the island, we walked through the Prehistoric Path and got to see over 20 life-like dinosaurs. My kids were ecstatic, and for a second they thought the dinosaurs were real.

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Exploration Island in Dutch Wonderland, PAPhoto by Sara Melissa Frost

It was a hot day so we tried out the gondolas for the first time. It was a slow boat ride but it was fun to see the dinosaurs from another point of view. At one point during the boat ride, we got to see some local cows from a dairy farm neighboring the park. It felt like a real, authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Country experience.

If your little ones are into cars, it is worth stopping by the "Turnpike" where you can drive an antique-style car touring the island.

Water fun

An all-time favorite in the park is Duke's Lagoon, featuring a multi-level water play area, several slides and spray nozzles, jets, tipping cones, and a gigantic tipping bucket. Here, you can sit and relax while your kids are having fun in the water.

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Duke's Lagoon in Dutch WonderlandPhoto by Sara Melissa Frost

For the older, adventurous kids, the Pipeline Plunge is worth a try. This classic attraction features two large water slides, where you ride completely in the dark. The park has rated the thrill level of this ride 3.

Family time

With over 35 rides, attractions, and shows, Dutch Wonderland is a fun spot to spend some quality family time. This place is designed for families with young children and offers a ton of things to do, including several rides just for kids.

Since the park had its grand opening back in 1963, Dutch Wonderland has again and again been acknowledged as a premier family theme park in Pennsylvania and has been voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid’s Parks in the World by Amusement Today magazine.

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