We hadn’t really been anywhere as a family except for down at the shore, so I admit, I was a bit nervous for how the whole day would go. Andrew isn’t a fan of crowds or roller coasters, so this was a big risk for me. However, he wanted to be there with Skibbles and see her reaction to everything. What made me even more nervous was about 20 minutes into our drive there, it started to rain, and as we continued it was a literal downpour. It was a mess. Luckily, by the time we reached Lancaster, the rain had cleared and it ended up being a gorgeous day. And I can’t mention Lancaster, PA, without showing a picture of a horse and buggy.
We arrived right about opening time and saw the mass of cars pouring into the parking lot. This probably made me more nervous than anything for the simple fact that Skibbles is just really learning patience and waiting and I was scared about long lines and her just having an all out freak fest at each ride. We walked into the castle and grabbed our tickets and off we went. Once we got inside, I was amazed at how quickly everything was moving and even if there was a line, we didn’t have to wait very long.
Her cousin met us there and they had so much fun playing together the entire day. They were able to ride almost every ride together and it made their first experiences so much better. I didn’t realize it until after taking one of the pictures (below, right), but they were actually holding hands on the ride. I’m a huge family person, so seeing them together made my day. I was impressed with just how many toddler rides there were. Many times an amusement park just has a handful, but there were actually more than 20 things for them to get on at Dutch Wonderland. Plus, there were so many more for older kids as well!
In between some of the rides, we were able to stop at StoryTime and watch Princess Brooke and the Knight of Safety talk about safety and read a story. Afterwards, everyone was allowed to take a picture with them.
We were also able to take a break and relax by kicking up our feet and taking a River Boat ride that took us along the Farmland of Dutch Wonderland. Skibbles and her friends loved seeing the water and the grown-ups just enjoyed being able to take a break from the running around.
Probably one of our favorite things about the whole day was Duke’s Lagoon, a water park inside of Dutch Wonderland. We were able to do all the rides in the beginning of the day and then go to the lagoon in the afternoon. There is a multi-level splash pad area that features more than four different slides, as well as spray nozzles, jets, tipping cones, tipping buckets and so much more. There’s also lounge areas and shaded sections too so adults can relax. You can even rent cabanas!
We had an absolutely amazing time as a family and can’t wait to go back again. I personally think children of all ages would really love this and to be quite honest, I wish Andrew and I could go back without Skibs so I could ride the bigger rides alone!
About the Park: Dutch Wonderland is a Family Amusement Park in Lancaster, PA. It covers 43-acres and there are over 30 family-friendly rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, and live entertainment every day. Children ages two and under are FREE and they offer season and day passes, as well as discount for ages 60+, and a variety of other packaged deals. For more information on Dutch Wonderland, please visit www.dutchwonderland.com