We visited Dutch Wonderland for the first time last summer and my girls had a blast! It was also a nice experience for my husband and I since it was such a manageable park to conquer with little ones. We went on a weekday and the crowds were not bad so we were really able to enjoy our girls. We decided to go again this year since they loved it so much and we had just as much fun the second time around!
It’s a little over a 2 hour drive from the D.C. area so we decided to just drive up for the day again. We arrived right when the park was opening at 10am. There are two options for parking and I highly recommend the preferred parking for $15 per day. This lot is right in front of the entrance and is a very short walk. It made it easy to run out and grab our pool bag when we were ready to go to the water park. General parking is only $5 but you have a longer walk to the park entrance.
One of the great things about Dutch Wonderland is that it’s very family friendly and the 35 rides are mostly designed for smaller kids under about age 9. So my 5 year old could go on all the rides except for the 2 big roller coasters and my 7 year old could go on everything. There are even a few rides that baby Teddy could go on like the carousel, train, and gondola cruise.
The park is pretty compact so there isn’t a ton of walking which is nice for little legs on a long day. You would only need to bring a stroller for babies and toddlers. There is also quite a bit of shade, although you will still need sunscreen. There are lots of different dining options for lunch or dinner. Dutch Wonderland does not permit food or drink to be brought into the park, but they do permit one water bottle per person as well as some small snacks to be brought into the park. Picnic lunches can be enjoyed outside the park in the picnic pavilion.
There are lots of fun carnival games where kids can win stuffed animal prizes. We can never leave a theme park without at least a few new stuffies! Mae’s day was made with this giant pink dolphin and a slushie!
Dutch Wonderland also has great live entertainment options throughout the day from storytimes to high dive shows in the Aqua Stadium. Last summer we saw “A Dragon’s Tale” and it was fantastic. This year I couldn’t get my girls to stop going on rides and once they were done with rides they only wanted to head to the water park. So maybe next year we will catch one of the shows again!
Another thing we love about Dutch Wonderland is Duke’s Lagoon – “It’s an oasis of summer water fun for kids”. There is plenty of seating for parents, many under umbrellas so there is some shade to keep cool. They also have several private cabanas that you can rent for the day. There are areas for babies to enjoy and large water slides for big kids.
If you are on the fence about visiting Dutch Wonderland, let me help you decide…… just go! Your family will have the best time! It’s perfect for little kids, so if yours are under age 10 make sure to visit before they age out. Tickets are very reasonably priced and children ages 2 and under are free! Click here for more details on ticket prices and packages.
Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.