Sunday, June 5, 2011

Memorial Day Fun at Dutch Wonderland

Our Memorial Day weekend was mostly spent enjoying the nice weather and getting work done around the house. Sounds like fun, I know...  So when Monday rolled around, we were sick of hangin' out at home decided to explore our surroundings. After much deliberation as to what we could do on a short notice it was decided on we should check out Dutch Wonderland. (Yes I was out-voted on this one. I personally am not a huge fan of theme parks and would have preferred to go shopping instead and get in on all the Memorial Day Sales going on, but alas it was not meant to be).

For those of you non locals, Dutch Wonderland is an amusement park for kids somewhere in the age range of 3 to 10 located right across from the Lancaster Outlet Malls on the outskirts of Lancaster PA.  From the outside it does not look to be all that big however once you get inside, it is a completely different story. And might I say, I was pleasantly surprised.

Warning: The following contains more photos than one of my Aunt MeDonna's photo albums. Prepare to be amazed!

We started off by taking a train ride thru the park. The girls loved it and it gave us a chance to see what was actually there without having to walk thru the entire place.

Did I mention that it was hot that day?  Yeah, like 90 degrees. Notice how not sweaty we are.  That doesn't last long.

After the train ride, the girls decided they wanted to go on the first ride they see.  Here they are all ready to go.

Lookin' super cute, not knowing what to expect. Addy especially is thinking this ride is going to be lame.  Boy was she wrong!

Just look at those smiles!!  I love it!!

Needless to say, we were hooked! We checked out the Flying Trapeze, the roller coasters, bumper cars,  log rides, boat rides, diving shows, and ice cream! They have rides for kids Reese's age and rides just for Addy's age, rides that Mommy and Daddy can go on and rides the kids could to themselves. It was so much fun! Everyone had a blast and despite the heat it was a perfect day.  

Reese driving her own little train (with Daddy's help of course)

Driving the boat!

Notice the sleeves rolled up?  Yes, the heat was starting to get to us!

Roller Coaster Fun!

"The Princess and the Dragon" Diving Show

The Court Jester

The Wizard and his evil Minions

The Princess

I wish I had pics of them doing their amazing dives but since we were sitting in the splash zone, I didn't dare get my camera wet.

Posing on the horse and buggy just outside the dive show.  Check out the wet hair!  Yes, it was a good time.

Bumper Cars!

After several hours of fun, food and getting soaked, it was time to go home. They also have a whole separate water park that we didn't even get a chance to go to. Mental note for next time, we will have to check it out. Especially if it is another 90 degree day. The girls haven't stopped talking about it since we got home so I must concede that it was much better than any Memorial Day sale out there.

No, Dutch Wonderland did not compensate me in anyway to write this post.  (Although it would have been nice if they did!) It is just me, writing about a family fun day that we truly enjoyed!

1 comment:

Shane said...

It looks like you had an awesome time! Ever since I saw this place on Jon & Kate Plus 8 (you know, back when they were happily married), I've wanted to visit. I think we'll probably need to have some kids, first, though. Haha.