Review of Dutch Wonderland ~ Lancaster Pa.
Entrance to Dutch Wonderland
Dutch Wonderland a park for children located just outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This is a 48 acre amusement park dedicated to families with children under the age of 12. Don’t misunderstand children of any age can come to Dutch Wonderland, and they do, but is seems that children 12 and under enjoy I the most.
The theme of this park is that it is a “Kingdom for Kids” The entrance to the park is a palace façade that was built by a potato farmer named Earl Clark. The park was opened in 1963 by Earl Clark and was owned by the Clark family until 2001 when it was sold to the Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company.
When I first started taking my daughter to Dutch Wonderland over 18 years ago the park was beginning to look run down, but we still had a great deal of fun. When Hershey purchased it they performed a lot of upgrades and added some new rides bringing the park into the 21st century.
In November of 2012 Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company sold the park to Palace Entertainment Company. This company added a small but impressive dinosaur park within the park.
Parking is free unless you would like to park in preferred parking. If you don’t want to spend the money the free parking is almost as good as the preferred. The children will be excited when they see the amazing castle façade as the entrance to the park. Step inside to a world of wonder and enjoy a fun filled day with the kids.
The park has 34 rides, a water park that is tropical themed and the new Exploration Island. On Exploration Island park goers will find over 15 dinosaurs, a fossil dig site, a canal cruise, and turnpike cars.
This park also features seasonal themed events. They offer Happy Hauntings for Halloween and Dutch Winter Wonderland for Christmas. The park is festooned with decorations of the season; you will not want to miss this.
Duke’s Lagoon is a small water park located inside the park and included in admission. This is a tropical themed water park that offers water slides and other fun water activities for smaller children. It is possible for guests to rent cabanas for the day and just relax.
Dutch Wonderland has several roller coasters too. The Kingdom Coaster was opened in 1992 and was named the Sky Princess until 2007. This is a wooden roller coaster that is on the tamer side so that younger children can enjoy it.
The Joust is another roller coaster; this one is a steel coaster that is very subdued. The younger children will find it fun without being scary.
There are many great rides designed just for the smaller children, not to mention the shows that they put on. There’s a new show called Thomas the Tank Engine, and of course, is based on Thomas the Tank Engine. They have a high dive show called The Adventures of Frog Prince and so much more.
Not only can you take the family for a day of fun, but you can plan birthday parties, and have a character breakfast too! If you are planning to bring a large group, discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
This park is in a shaded area, so getting out of the sun is not hard to do on a hot day. Let’s not forget about the water park on a hot day. It is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you are interested in staying nearby there are a variety of hotels to choose from including the Old Mill Stream Campground that’s adjoining the park.
Inside the ParkClick thumbnail to view full-size
Old Mill Stream Campground
Old Mill Stream Campground is right beside Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park. If you are interested in camping this campground is a must. The campground itself is immaculately clean, the bath houses are cleaned several times a day and the staff there is friendly and very helpful.
The sites here are level and the campground is beautiful. It is located, not only beside the park, but there’s a stream and beautiful fields just behind it. If you are interested in a little shopping the Lancaster Outlets are just a few minutes away.
Exploration IslandClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Dutch Wonderland
Dutch Wonderland - A Kingdom for Kids, family amusement park located in Lancaster, PA. 1-866-FUNatDW