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Dutch Wonderland – Summer 2020

Over the past few years, Dutch Wonderland became one of our favorite summer traditions and we have made such great memories there! We first visited in 2017 when my daughters were ages 4 and 6 and returned for our fourth time this week. You can read about all our previous visits here – 2017, 2018, 2019. All summer my daughters were asking when we could go and I told them I wasn’t sure if it would be possible this year due to Covid. I was excited to hear that the 48 acre amusement park in Lancaster, PA reopened on July 18th. After reading about the safety measures (see below) I felt comfortable and decided that we would plan our visit!

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We have always made it a day trip since Dutch Wonderland is only a 2 hour drive from the DC area. We left a little before 8am and arrived right at 10am when they open. The park had a tent set up outside the castle entrance where we had our temperatures taken and bags checked.

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Then we went inside and started going on rides! My husband took our girls ages 7 & 9 on some of the big kid rides while I took our youngest, Teddy on the toddler rides. He is obsessed with all things that go so he loved the Sky Fighter, Choo Choo Charlie, Duke’s Dozer, and Off Road Rally rides the most!

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One disappointment on this visit was that Merlin’s Mayhem was not open. This is the newest and biggest suspended family roller coaster. Clara, my 9 year old was most looking forward to this ride as this is the best one for older kids. We knew before going that there were several rides that are not open due to Covid as listed on the Dutch Wonderland website but Merlin’s Mayhem was not one of those. The Double Splash Fume was another one that is more fun for older kids but for whatever reason was not open either. But the girls still had a blast riding the Flying Trapeze swings and Kingdom Coaster!

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After we had lunch, we watched “A Dragon’s Tale” dive show in the Aqua Stadium. It is a super cute story and my kids were amazed by the talented divers. I highly recommend catching one of the shows on your visit. They are very entertaining and a great way to get your kids to sit down and take a little break from the rides. The stadium seats were marked with dots and instructions to sit at least 3 dots away from others to ensure proper social distancing.

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It was a toasty, 90 degree day so after the dive show the kids were eager to head to Duke’s Lagoon to cool off. I recommend paying a little extra for preferred parking that is right in front of the entrance of the park. So then it makes it super easy to run out to your car to get your pool bag. There are changing rooms and bathrooms located in Duke’s Lagoon where you can put on your bathing suits and flip flops. Make sure to bring water shoes or flip flops for everyone in your family if you plan on going down the two big slides as they are required. If you happen to forget, they do sell flip flops in the store located just across from the water slides.

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Duke’s Lagoon also has a few smaller slides for kids around the ages of 2-8 (one pictured above). There is no pool, so you don’t have to bring floatation devices. It is more of a splash park type set up with spray nozzles, jets, tipping buckets, etc. There is plenty of seating including chairs and tables with umbrellas. You can also rent your own personal cabana if you wish.

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At the entrance of Duke’s Lagoon there was a staff member taking count of the number of people entering, to limit the capacity. Masks are also required in this area unless you are actively participating in the water features.

I’m so glad we were able to give the kids this fun experience in what has been an unusual and difficult summer for them. Although Dutch Wonderland looks a little different this year, it still brought out tons of smiles and laughs. This might not be the year to visit if you live a couple hours away, since there are quite a few rides that aren’t open. But definitely worth it if you are a local or live closer. However, we have all been spending lots of time at home the past 5 months so if you are ready and comfortable to venture out for some summer fun, then I definitely recommend a visit to Dutch Wonderland!

***Tickets are currently 50% off! Visit for just $22.99/person. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.dutchwonderland.com/plan-a-visit/tickets-and-passes/

Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.



Dutch Wonderland – Summer 2019

Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is truly a “Kingdom For Kids” with over 35 fun filled rides, attractions, games, and shows. The park is designed for smaller children so it has been a perfect fit for my family the past few years. My daughters talk about it all year long; it is that special and memorable to them! We visited for our third time on Monday and as always had so much fun!

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One of the reasons I love Dutch Wonderland is because the park is small and easily manageable with young children. I have found that less is actually more with little ones. Here kids can walk the entire park and won’t complain that their legs are tired and demand a piggy-back ride. We have always visited on a Monday and the lines and wait times are zero to minimal. Kids are much happier when not having to wait in lines! You can even stay on a ride for several rounds if there is no one in line, which is common here! Weekends are more crowded but you would most likely never wait more than 20-25 minutes at most for the top attractions. And even though it is small, we still never do everything in one visit!

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This was Teddy’s first time on the rides and he was amazed! When we visited last summer, he was only 9 months old so he was just watching his big sisters and taking it all in! There are many toddler rides at Dutch Wonderland; some you can go on with them and others they can ride by themselves. These were Teddy’s favorites (he is 20 months old): Duke’s Dozers (pictured above), Panda Party (pictured below), Merry-go-Round, Leapin’ Frogs, Balloon Chase, Turtle Whirl, and Off-Road Rally.

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We went on rides for a couple of hours; with no lines, you can do a lot in a short amount of time! My girls favorites were Merlin’s Mayhem, Pipeline Plunge, Kingdom Coaster, Frog Hopper, and Kite Flight. Then we caught “The Adventures of the Frog Prince” show in the Aqua Stadium. There are diving boards and platforms high atop the castle where the performers do quite impressive jumps and dives into the pool down below. Kids can also meet the characters after the show.

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After the show, my kids were ready for lunch so we grabbed a bite to eat from one of the food stands (there are many located all around the park). They offer all the typical amusement park fare: pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, chicken nuggets, soft pretzels, ice cream, etc. They also offer salads and healthier sandwich options at the Bean Sprout cafe. You are not allowed to bring in picnic lunches but you could keep it in a cooler in your car and eat outside the park in the picnic pavilion.

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After lunch, we went to Duke’s Lagoon to cool off in the water! I recommend paying a little extra for preferred parking that is right in front of the entrance to the park. So then it makes it super easy to run out to your car to get your pool bag. There are changing rooms and bathrooms located in Duke’s Lagoon where you can put on your bathing suits and flip flops. Make sure to bring water shoes or flip flops for everyone in your family if you plan on going down the two big slides as they are required. If you happen to forget, they do sell flip flops in the store located just across from the water slides.

Duke’s Lagoon also has a few smaller slides for kids around the ages of 2-7. There is no pool, so you don’t have to bring floatation devices. It is more of a splash park type set up with spray nozzles, jets, tipping buckets, etc. There is plenty of seating including chairs and tables with umbrellas. You can also rent your own personal cabana if you wish.

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Dutch Wonderland is about a 2 hour drive from the DC area, so it makes for an easy day trip. There are many options for accommodations nearby as well, if you wanted to stay a night or two. They also offer a “park preview”, so your tickets are valid for the last 3 operating hours the night before your planned full day visit. We are already looking forward to visiting again next summer!

Tickets are normally $44.99 but with promo code summerblog19, you can save $5 per ticket. Click here to purchase. 



Dutch Wonderland Summer 2018 + Discount Code!

dutchwonderlandThe countdown to summer break is on and I am so excited to take my family to Dutch Wonderland again! Last year we visited for the first time in June and it was the best experience I’ve ever had at a theme park with my kids. It’s about a 2 hour drive from the DC area so it makes for a great day trip. When we visited on a weekday there were no lines and I was impressed that the park was very clean. It’s the perfect place for families with younger children!

I am happy to share the promo code summerblog18 with you to save $4 per ticket this season! Click here to purchase the discounted tickets.

If you would like to read more about our experience at Dutch Wonderland last summer, click here!

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A Day at Dutch Wonderland

I had heard from several friends that Dutch Wonderland was the perfect place for little kids, so I wanted to make sure we experienced it this summer. My family spent the day there earlier last week and had the best time! It exceeded my expectations in every way and I’m sure we will make a return visit next summer!

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Dutch Wonderland is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania about 2-2.5 hours from the DC area. We drove up in the morning and arrived when they opened at 10am and then drove home later that afternoon. Everything was very easy and convenient for an outing with little kids. Dutch Wonderland has general parking for $5 or preferred parking for $15. We opted for the preferred, so we could park right in front just steps away from the entrance. The quaint amusement park is surrounded by farmland where you can see cattle grazing the fields. They have 35 rides, shows, and an awesome splash park called Duke’s Lagoon.

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The rides are geared towards smaller children – my almost 4 year old and 6 year old could go on pretty much all the rides. There are several rides that the whole family can enjoy together too.

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The park is incredibly clean (yes, even the bathrooms) and well-kept. All of the employees were so nice and helpful.  The park offers so much and all within a pretty small area – very walkable with small children in tow.

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The park has charming Amish touches throughout, like the iconic giant pretzel that also makes for a good photo opp.

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My daughter loved playing in this horse and carriage! There is also a life-size cow replica that kids can “milk” and an animatronic display of Amish life.

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In addition to all the fun rides, Dutch Wonderland offers several great shows throughout the day. We loved the “Adventures of the Frog Prince” performed on the aqua stage. “A theatrical high dive show encompassing all the magic, mystery, costuming, set design and special effects of a fairytale, plus world class diving.”

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After we had gone on all the rides, watched a show, and had lunch we headed over to Duke’s Lagoon for some water fun! This area is also very clean and has lots of seating for parents surrounding the splash park. The kid-sized water slides are great for little ones. There are attentive life guards making sure the children wait their turn to go down the slides.

Before leaving for the day, we stopped in the gift shop so Clara and Mae could each pick out a toy. They have a great selection and I found that the items were not over priced. Dutch Wonderland was a great experience for our family! Add it to your summer bucket list for sure!

Use code CapitolMommaSBlog17 to save $4 per ticket or click the link here.

General admission is $41.99, 4-day advance tickets $38.99, 7-day advance tickets $35.99. All tickets include a preview pass – Enjoy the last three hours of the park the night before you visit for a full day – FREE! Preview after 3:00 pm when the Park closes at 6 pm. Preview after 5:30 pm when the Park closes at 8:30 pm.

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Dutch Wonderland + Discount Code!

dutch wonderlandThe countdown to summer break is on! We just have one more week of school left and my girls are ready for some fun in the sun! I’ve been planning lots of trips and local adventures so we can make the most of it. One thing we are really excited about is a trip to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA – just a 2 hour drive from the D.C. area. We haven’t been before but I’ve heard so many great things from friends. After our visit, I’ll be sure to share our experience and tips with you all!

Dutch Wonderland has offered all my readers $4 off per ticket with promocode: CapitolMommaSBlog17! Click here for a direct link to purchase the discounted tickets for $37.99 (Reg $41.99). Offer expires 10-8-2017.

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