Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dutch Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland lists themselves as a family friendly place and lives up to that billing. Just 30 minutes away from Adamstown Inns and Cottages, your family will be greeted by Duke, the purple dragon, upon arrival. There’s a Prince and Princess of Dutch Wonderland (DW) that walk around, talk to your children and allow pictures to be taken. Our four-year-old granddaughter was thrilled to meet a real princess, and was even more excited for all the rides!

DW has a diamond rating system that clearly shows the height requirement for each ride. They have the traditional train, merry-go-round, boat, and monorail rides, and even a hand-powered train called Choo Choo Charlie. Boys especially will love Duke’s Dozers, Sky Fighters and the Off-Road Rally ride. Our granddaughter’s favorite two rides were Huck Finn’s Leapin’ Frogs and the Silo Slide, a barn silo with a slide that winds around it. She even got to milk a (plastic) cow and ring the bell on a one room school house.

Take a break from the rides, and choose from a plethora of exciting shows! You’ll want to plan your day, so check the schedule and choose your favorites. Bubba Bear and the Badland Band is an animated country jamboree that will get everyone singing. A duo singing team, Safari Sam and Jungle Jenny, will take the kids on an interactive safari hunt. The family will be engrossed with this team! There is also diving show called The Adventures of the Frog Prince. It is a first class funny water show that will get some of the audience wet.

Don’t forget to take your swimming suit as they have Duke’s Lagoon, a splash park. It’s a great place to cool off in the many sprays and fountains, and remember to take sunscreen as items are not cheap. There is no outside food allowed in the park, but a picnic area is located outside the park that offers many healthy kid’s choices of food.

DW is best enjoyed by families with children from ages 4 to 12. However, we had our 18 month old granddaughter with us and she was able to ride the family rides, enjoy the shows and watch the fun. Don’t forget a stroller, your reservations at the Firefly or Dragonfly Cottage, and a little planning in order to have a great day!

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