Visiting Lancaster is always nostalgic for me. We lived there when I was little while my dad was getting his from degree from Millersville University. It’s always nice to go back for a visit. So when my sister-in-law suggested we take our daughters (9 and almost 2 years old) and our niece (4) for a day of summer fun, I was pumped! I hadn’t been to Dutch Wonderland since I was little and I was excited to take my own daughter back!
My initial impression of the park is that it is adorable. The girls were thrilled to be able to spot the castle as we got closer. The park is kept extremely clean too. We were also pleasantly surprise that because my daughter is under two, her admission was free! Major points for this mama, especially because I wasn’t sure how much she would be able to or want to ride. The size of the park is perfect for younger kids. It’s not too big that you feel like you are trekking all over endlessly, but it has plenty to offer for a full day of adventure. The lay out is great and easy to maneuver as well, with plenty of shade all over the park. It’s also very stroller-friendly! My little one was thrilled there were smaller rides, perfect for her! Most parks don’t have many rides she is tall enough for yet. It was a great mix of rides she could ride by herself (her first time!) and some I could ride with her! We were able to get a locker right away and stash our bathing suits and towels.
The girls had a blast on the first handful of rides. The Turtle Twirl was my daughter’s favorite! As the temperature rose, we decided to grab some lunch and hit the water park. We were able to get a shaded umbrella table for lunch, which was a much needed to cool down! After eating our yummy lunches, we hopped over to our locker and changing room. Now on to Duke’s Lagoon. Wow! The seating areas for the water park was great! We scored some chairs in the shade right by the kids play areas. We could watch them play and go down the slides right from our seats. The age range it accommodated was great, too. My 9 and 4 year old nieces had a blast on the slides and splash zones and my daughter loved the water table and smaller slides. I even hit the Pipeline Plunge with my oldest niece and it was a blast! I hadn’t been down a water slide like that in ages!
After a couple hours of water fun (and a shaded nap for my daughter), we headed back to our locker and changing room to change into some dry digs. We rounded out our afternoon with another round of rides and I hit the Double Splash Log Flume with my nieces! It was a hit and definitely my favorite! And my daughter loved watching with my sister-in-law from the bridge! Before leaving, we made sure to stop at the Breyer’s Ice Cream Shoppe for a cool treat!
My sister-in-law and I had such a fun day and we left with three very happy little girls! I so pleased with how much my little one was able to ride and do even with free admission. We will definitely coming back to Dutch Wonderland for more fun. I would love to go back for their Halloween Happy Hauntings and or their Dutch Winter Wonderland! Check out their website for a list of attractions, events and tickets!