Making a Splash at Sahara Sam’s

*This is a sponsored post but all reviews and pictures are our own

This heat wave had us running to Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park in Berlin, New Jersey to cool down and have some fun. This place is amazing! They are open year round and offer both an indoor and outdoor water park. You can buy full day tickets, such as what was provided to us, or half day tickets or even a year round membership which is definitely worth it if you live close enough.

They have areas for all ages including a toddler area and an adult only warming tub (not quite hot enough to be a hot tub, just an area for adults to warm up). The indoors water park has sky lights so it feels as if you are outside and offers head first mat racing, an indoor pool, a lazy river, a surfing simulator, two tube slides, a play area with sprinkling water and three smaller water slides, a family raft tube, a body slide, and  a leap pad crossing with a basketball area roped off for older kids. The outdoor sections offers a splash pad, a leisure pool and a wave pool. The lazy river was their favorite especially as they tried to push each other under the waterfalls.

The indoor pool was the perfect temperature and had benches on the sides of the pool so my youngest could reach and still play around with us. We must have ridden the family raft tube 3 or 4 times, they loved it!

We played continuously until the familiar whine of hungry children started. Sahara Sam’s offers something for everyone’s tastes. We chose to dine in the Desert Palm Café and enjoy the outdoor area. They also offer a food truck set up outdoors by the pool and Chickie’s & Pete’s inside by the entrance. The food is a little on the expensive side so be prepared for that but oh it was worth it. After we let lunch settle down, we headed out to the wave pool to have some fun. My little fishes loved the wave pool, Chase giggled each time he rode over a wave.

This place is the perfect family outing if you don’t feel like heading to the beach or fighting the crowds to a public pool and if you want to swim in the middle of winter. Your family will have so much fun and I’m making plans to come back here this winter!

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We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!

We were invited by Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for dinner and to watch the wonderful musical Wizard of Oz. My children were so excited to attend as they’ve never been and I haven’t been here in over 15 years so I might have been just as excited as they were.

As we walked in, it doesn’t look like the theater changed much. So many childhood memories came flooding back. You can either get tickets for dinner and the show or just the show. They offer many different shows throughout the year. The remaining shows for this year are The Wizard of Oz from June 21 to August 4; Swing from August 9 to September 15; Sister Act from September 20 to November 10; and A Christmas Carol from November 15 to December 30. They also offer children’s shows: Seussical from July 6 to August 3 and Cinderella from November 30 to December 30. The shows change every year so check out their website for all their shows http://www.dutchapple.com.

We were seated in the second row, perfect for my two youngest to see the stage. As soon as you walk in, the delicious food aromas draws your attention to the buffet. Their salad bar has everything you could want on a salad and their hot food bar offered fish, chicken and veggies; even perogies! I was in food heaven. But don’t fill up on the buffet just yet. They also have a dessert bar and make-your-own ice cream sundae bar! Each show also offers specialty drinks with or without alcohol that come with souvenir glasses.

After we stuffed ourselves and felt like we couldn’t move, it was time for the show! It was amazing! The actors and actresses were phenomenal, my youngest laughed so hard I think he snorted the one time. We’ve seen the movie but it’s a whole other experience watching it on stage.

If you haven’t been here before, plan on making a stop. It’s money well spent and the experience is perfect for parents and children!

Hersheypark Happy

If you’ve never traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania; please add this amazing city to your travel itinerary. Hershey offers many wonderful museums including the Hershey Story and the AACA Museum, delicious restaurants and gorgeous hotels including the Hotel Hershey which features a wonderful spa where you can receive a whipped chocolate bath. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? There is another family fun attraction that Hershey is known for and that’s Hersheypark! Thank you to the wonderful folks at the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company for inviting Single Mom, Strong Traveler to spend the day at the park by providing tickets. While this is a sponsored post, all the review is our own. It was an amazing day!

As you pull into town, check out the light posts. They’re Hershey Kisses, how neat is that! And you can smell chocolate as your get near to the park, just the smell makes my mouth water. It does cost $15 to park so don’t forget that cost. You are allowed to bring in one sealed water bottle per person but no other food or drinks. You can leave the park for lunch and return with a hand stamp. When you park, enjoy the tram ride to the park and save your feet for the park. Hershey Park is very large, 121 acres and every inch is filled with fun. There are rides for all ages and heights, check out the candy categories to find your height level. This makes the rides so much easier especially for smaller children. Chase, my 4 year old, loved looking for his color throughout the park.

Hersheypark is two parts: the regular amusement park rides and the water park. We decided to spend the morning going on the regular rides then hitting the water park after lunch to cool down. There are shops along the walkway to the park entrance. As you walk in, you can feel the fun and excitement in the air. And you could certainly see it in my children as my two youngest could hardly stand still. Make sure to grab a map so you can keep track of where you’re going. The park is divided into 6 regions: Founder’s Way, Kissing Tower Hill, Midway America, Pioneer Frontier, The Boardwalk and The Hollow. It made it easier to figure out what rides we went on.

Throughout our fun day, we rode the Comet for my youngest’s first big roller coaster: the Comet. It’s a white wooden coaster and perfect for him. He loved it all except for the first hill. We also jumped on Lightning Racer, a dual coaster where the trains ‘race’ each other to the finish line; the Super Dooper Looper, a one loop coaster; the Wild Mouse and Laff Trakk, an indoor roller coaster that spins the riders around throughout a glowing fun house. The park is so much fun and your day will fly by before your eyes. A couple other rides that we decided were our favorites are the Music Express, Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge (an indoor interactive ride where you shoot targets with laser tag guns), the Howler, and the WaveRider in the water park.

If you’re looking for great park food, check out Founders Way Funnel Cake for amazing funnel cakes or Chickie’s & Pete’s for mouthwatering burgers and crabfries. There is a food stand for all tastes and diets including some delicious ice cream stands.

After lunch, we headed to the waterpark to cool down. It’s huge and there’s a water slide for everyone! Chase ride his first big water slide and loved it! Riley tried out the Wave Rider and lasted for a while. I didn’t get too many pictures as I forgot my waterproof case at home.

So come along with us and check out the fun! And if your fancy is intrigued, check out their website at www.hersheypark.com. This truly is the Sweetest Place on Earth and it’s calling your name to visit!

Experiencing the Crayola Experience

With the heat rising to 100 degrees, we headed up to the coolest place in Easton Pennsylvania; the Crayola Experience. If your children are like mine, my fridge is covered with drawings and we go through crayons like crazy. Thank you to the amazing people at the Crayola Experience for providing Single Mom, Strong Traveler tickets in exchange for our visit and honest review. This place is amazing. The best parking is in a parking garage around the back side as it’s hard to find street parking. From the very beginning, you will see the Crayola crayons all over the front and back of the building. My youngest loved the crayons but was a little worried that they would fall on us at first.

When you get in line for your tickets, the staff will provide everyone with a bag for your souvenirs and two tokens for the fun upstairs. There is an elevator for the floors so you can bring a stroller up with you if you need it.

There are 4 floors filled with so much fun and amazing things to try. The first exhibit we came to, which starts on the 2nd floor, was to pick a name for your own crayon. This is one of the attractions you need the tokens for. It’s one token per crayon. They are 5 different colors set up in the room and you can pick what you want your name for it to be. My youngest picked cornflower blue and named his Chase N Mommy. It prints out a label and drops a crayon out. Then you go the wrapping machine where it explains how to lay the label and crayon down in order for it to wrap correctly. Then you have your own named crayon! You can buy more tokens if you’re interested. Right next to the crayon naming section, is a movie section that will show you how crayons are made and is quite interesting.

You’ll then enter the Rainbow Rain, where you can stand under an electronic melting wax rainbow, and Stomp & Play. This is the electronic section. There is an electronic floor where you can step on it to play games.

Then move over to the Art Alive section. You can create anything you like and have it transferred to the wall screen and watch your art come alive!

The 2nd room has Toddler Town: a place just for your toddlers to climb through a playground and enjoy a giant lite bright screen. Your older children can color at the Colossal Caddy or watch their paper creations come alive through computer animation. Then as a family, head over to Become A Star and print out your own coloring photo page of you or grab some delicious ice cream.

Model Magic and Modeling Madness is where your second token is needed. You select your modeling magic clay from 5 different colors and enjoy creating. Grab your creation and head to Cool Moves to turn into a crayon! Then head through the history hall to more excitement on the 3rd floor.

At the top of the steps: Welcome to Crayonapolis and learn how to travel your boat through the waterways! Learn how locks and canal systems work and explore the town. This was so much fun as we’re planning on going to a lock and canal system later this summer and gave them a little more understanding.

After docking your boat, heading through to the Color Playground. Let your children climb through a giant crayon and explore 3 different levels and finish sliding down. This was a great way for them to release some energy after walking around. After they slide down, enjoy Scribble Square where they can color on a hippopotamus or the floor with dry erase markers and chalk. While they’re climbing, grab a snack or a drink and sit at one of the many benches or tables.

The 4th floor offers 3 different stations: Drip Art which is where you swirl your paper while dropping paint on the paper, Meltdown where you draw with melting crayons, and Melt & Mold where you can melt your favorite color crayon into a mold and make a new crayon.

The Crayola Experience is an amazing place and all my children gave it 5 Crayons or Thumbs Up! As we were leaving, my youngest asked if we can come back for his birthday. It’s such a unique attraction that if you’re anywhere near Easton, please make plans to check them out! And don’t forget to look for the worlds largest crayon before you leave!

Strasburg Scooters

If you’ve never been to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; then you definitely have to come for a visit. You might not even want to leave. While this is my hometown, I’m still finding so much new and fun stuff to do and see and eat, it’s constantly changing and growing. It’s always fun to play tourist where you live.

Well my children went to visit with my parents for the weekend so I decided to try something I’ve been dying to do but just haven’t had the chance yet. It’s a scooter tour with Strasburg Scooters, located right in Strasburg by the train station. Marc and Nikki Crusemire for providing a complimentary tour. I highly recommend you try one of their tours. It was so fun and the guides are very informative.

My ticket was for the 3 hour ride on a single scooter. While I’ve ridden ATVs, tractors and so forth; a scooter was a new experience but now I want to buy one. You’ll start out your experience by checking in and getting fitter for a helmet. As you go back outside to pick your scooter, the tour guides will come around and explain step by step how to start it and what the controls are. You’ll need to be there 45 minutes before your tour starts. The scooters are simple to understand and they have you go about ten feet back and forth until you’re comfortable operating it. Then they’ll send you for a ride around the block to get used to riding with traffic and turning. Once your whole group is comfortable, off you go!

The tour takes 3 hours and is about 40 miles around the back country roads of Lancaster. Our tour guide was Ross. Safety is a big priority so your guide will explain how to cross each intersection and wait to make sure everyone gets across safely. As we rode along, he would stop and explain what certain buildings and places were and provide information about the Amish and their way of life.

A neat aspect of the tour is they stop at Amish homes along the way and give fruit snacks out to the Amish children. They hear the scooters and run to the road to meet him. It was so cute, they started doing this about 4 years ago with permission from their parents.

The views on the tour are amazing, I fell in love with this county all over again. Stop by if you’re in Pennsylvania and take a ride!

Adventures Beyond Mom

My children and I go on a lot of adventures just us but they love going places with their grandparents, aunts and uncles as well. Sometimes those adventures make them more excited because, and this is their words ha-ha, Mom isn’t as cool. No hurt feelings, I love having a great family network and support for the kids. These adventures can help them grow as a person and strengthen their family bonds. And sometimes I’m jealous of the places they get to go.

My parents live near the shore so they get to go to the beach quite often, more than me, and they love it. We call my daughters little fish as they never want to leave the water while my boys are more sandmen and try their best to dig to the other side of the world.

Other great adventures they get to go on with my parents are to a zoo by their house, rides on the boardwalk including a water park, and even a Christmas trip to historic Williamsburg, Virginia as a family vacation. This was by far my favorite whole family vacation. It is beautiful there during that time of the year and I highly recommend that you visit during that season if you don’t mind the cold.

They’ve also started to do individual trips with each of them. My one daughter plays viola and my father took her to see Lindsey Stirling in NYC who she loves. I think this was her favorite trip.

My 10 year old son has been stating for over a year that he is going to join the Coast Guard once he graduates high school so my parents surprised him with a trip to Coast Guard Days in New Jersey. From the smile on his face, that was the best day of his life so far. My other two older children are still deciding on where they want to go with them.

Along with the amazing adventures my parents take them on, my sisters and brothers-in-law have taken the kids on adventures around their towns and have gifted trips for birthdays instead of presents. They’ve gone pumpkin picking during the fall and spent the night.

My oldest son went skiing for the first time and actually did pretty well. His second trip was to a Philadelphia Phillies game with my middle sister and brother-in-law, he loves baseball (plays center field) and had a ball. My daughters chose to go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with them for their birthdays. They chose to visit the Liberty Bell and Liberty Hall, they love learning about historical sites. My middle son ventured to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey as his birthday trip. Now that is an amazing aquarium, I love the Shark Bridge and tunnel. And they also have the best named penguin there ‘Cassie’, I might be a little biased ha-ha.

All these amazing experiences help shape my children’s views of the world and help them grow as an individual person. And I love how they learn so much without realizing that they’re learning. They will talk about the trip for days afterwards and look for new places to add to their lists. I’m so grateful for my family for helping them explore this world as well. Do your children go on adventures with family members? Where was their favorite trip?

Visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

We’ve been doing a lot of historical trips around Pennsylvania and decided expand our adventures to head out to visit one of the most well-known historical sites in the US: Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I highly recommend reserving an early ferry to avoid the crowds. The ferry parking lot is $10 for all day. Our ferry was at 10am. The weather was perfect and we parked right by the sidewalk so less distance to walk, which was great after 3 hours in a car. The view of NYC was gorgeous from the walkway and my children loved the binoculars (make sure to bring quarters).

Also double check on what you can bring through the security checkpoint. You can find the do’s and don’ts at their website https://www.statuecruises.com/faq/security-process. It also has very helpful information about their security screening process. It’s basically the same thing as if you’re going through an airport: everything must be out of your pockets and placed in a bin along with any jackets or purses, then you walk through a metal detector and if needed you’ll be waved over with a wand. My children went through okay but I was the lucky one who got beeped up by the metal detector, all thanks to the wire in my bra lol. And my lovely children thought it was hilarious.

The weather was perfect, blue skies and not too hot with just a little bit of wind. On our way out to Ellis Island, my children wanted to sit up top to get the perfect view. Thankfully it wasn’t too crowded as it was still early in the day. I loved how their eyes got bigger the closer we got.

When we disembarked at Ellis Island, It was humbling. You could almost feel all the people that got off the boats filled with exhaustion and anticipation for their life in America. I highly recommend doing the audio tour as it will give you more insight and history then the plaques on the exhibits could.

Walking through the museum, the questions never stoped which is a good thing. We learned all about what types of illnesses or diseases or other things could keep you from being accepted into America. We discovered that more than likely some of us wouldn’t be allowed into America if we got off the boat today and were treated to the examinations of yesteryear. The kids shuddered at the thought of them using the eye hook to pull your eyelids up to look for symptoms of a disease.

Our favorite exhibit had to be the clothing and other items from immigrants who came to Ellis Island from all over the world. I think we spent our most time in there. It was so neat to see all the different outfits, you could almost imagine the people who wore them standing there beside you.

After a couple hours in the museum, we jumped back on the ferry and headed over to the Statue of Liberty. From the shoreline, it never truly appears how big the Statue of Liberty is until you get to the island. It’s amazing to think how they built her using the technology from back then, it truly is a marvel.

We bought the pedestal tickets as you have to be a certain age to be able to go up to the crown. So we will be saving the crown for another trip down the road when they are all old enough. When you get to the island, I recommend going into the statue first as you’re well rested and need that energy. You’ll go through another security checkpoint just like when you first got on the ferry. You can only bring up cameras, bottled water, and medicine in the statue. They do offer lockers there to lock up any of your other items and it only costs two dollars. To get to the pedestal, there are two ways up. One is to wait in a long line and take the elevator up which I recommend if you’re not in the best of shape (which I should of done haha). Or you can walk up the 196 steps to the pedestal, I thought I was going to pass out before I got up there. But the view was worth my aching knees and feet and being out of breath.

Heading back down the stairs was a lot easier. But we did need to rest when we reach the bottom, even the kids were tired at that point and they never seem to run out of energy. We spent the next hour going through the museum that showed how it was built, relaxing on the island and taking pictures of the gorgeous view and of course the kids had to act goofy for couple pictures.

All in all our trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island was a huge success. It was so much fun that they didn’t even think that they were actually learning things about immigration and history. But you can tell they did with all the questions that they were asking and sharing facts with each other on the ride home. Walking through both museums will make you truly grateful that you’re born in this time and age. If your travels bring you to New York City or Jersey City, New Jersey; definitely make it a point to head out to visit these two historical sites.

Turkey Hill Dairy

Iced tea, lemonade, milk, ice cream …. What do all these have in common? Head on over to Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania and find out! We teamed up with the amazing team at Turkey Hill Experience to provide this amazing sponsored visit. Located right off the Columbia exit of Route 30, you’ll learn all about Turkey Hill: how they started and what products they make. We received Triple Scoop tickets and headed over for the day. As soon as we got there, we had to take pictures with the giant cow out front. My 4 year old is obsessed with animals right now so he had to give it a giant hug before we could enter. You’ll enter into the gift shop which is full of anything you can associate with Turkey Hill including tea and ice cream!

We received the Triple Scoop tickets so we had access to the main attraction floor along with the Turkey Hill Taste Lab and Tea Discovery. We explored the gift shop while we waited the ten minutes until our taste lab sessions started. If you go here, I definitely recommend getting the triple scoop tickets. Who wants to pass up the chance to make your own ice cream? The taste lab started with two amazing staff members explaining about the Turkey Hill Dairy, our wonderful staff were Gina and Chloe. You’ll learn how to make your own ice cream from a base of vanilla ice cream, 15 different types of flavor extract (I chose peach), 20 different inclusions such as chocolate chips or sprinkles, and finishing with 10 different endings such as fudge or marshmallow.

While you’re working on your own ice cream step by step; you’ll learn about the history of the dairy making ice cream, how many 48 oz. ice cream containers they make every 5 minutes (1300 by the way…What?!), and what are the most popular flavors (which I can’t tell you as it’ll ruin the surprise if you visit). Gina will keep you laughing with her jokes and fun way of explaining the steps. You do have to eat your ice cream while you’re there as there are no lids to take it home with you. But hey, who’s complaining about eating ice cream?

We had 90 minutes until our Tea Discovery class so we headed upstairs to explore the main floor. As you cross the bridge, you’ll read about the history of Turkey Hill. It started in 1931 when a farmer Armor Frey sold bottled milk out of his vehicle. The ice cream sales started in 1954 in Lancaster County and expanded their sales territory in 1981. The dairy now sells their products in all states of the USA except for Hawaii and Wisconsin and is even available overseas! You can sit in a milk truck, milk a cow, watch a video of more history and so much more! They offer free samples of their iced tea products including their newest flavors of watermelon lemonade and raspberry lemonade. Best part, you can have as much as you want! Try them all!

Once you get your fill of the tea, head past the giant ice cream container to make up your own ice cream flavor electronically. Chase and I worked together and came up with Chaseberry: vanilla ice cream, blueberries, almonds and fudge (his choices). You’ll walk through a giant silo where your child can have fun going down the slide before you make your ice cream container.

We had to have cows on ours of course. After you make your container, you get the chance to record your own commercial for your ice cream. My kids must have made 3 or 4 each, they loved it. We walked to the ice cream sample room as our tea experience didn’t start for another 10 minutes. They offered 12 different flavors and you can have as much as you want! Can you say the perfect samples? I might have ate a little too much ice cream but it was worth it.

The tea experience is something that they don’t offer anywhere else. You have a tray with 6 different samples: unsweetened green tea, guayusa, hibiscus, unsweetened black, sweetened black, and orangeade.

Annie and Marilyn were the perfect hosts. While you taste each tea, Annie explained where it came from and how it was made. I’ve never heard of guayusa tea but it was delicious. It is a natural sweet tea that only comes from a small section of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. I highly recommend if you can find this tea, try it. My children loved tasting the different teas even if they didn’t like them. I especially loved learning how Turkey Hill came up with orange tea. It turned out by complete accident. Iced tea spilled in the Orangeade drink. Someone tried it before they dumped it out and found out they loved the new flavor! Sometimes accidents bring around a great surprise. If you come here, you need to do the tea tasting. You’ll learn new things about tea which I loved and even my children found interesting.

Our visit to Turkey Hill Experience was a giant success. It was amazing; filled with laughs, a little bit of learning, free iced tea and lots of ice cream. All of my children had that sugar filled glow in their eyes by the time we left but I wouldn’t have traded this day for anything. Thank you to the wonderful folks for sponsoring our trip and letting us share the wonder with all of you. If you do visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, drive toward Columbia and explore the fun. Come hug the giant cow out front too!

Dutch Wonderland

As a child, did you dream of being a princess of a magic land? Or a brave knight or a magical wizard? Do your children dream of the same thing? Well, it’s time to let their dreams come true. There is a Kingdom for Kids located on Route 30 in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Dutch Wonderland is a family amusement park and perfect for children of all ages including adults. They opened their doors in 1963 and have been creating joy and smiles ever since. The park opened with 4 rides on 14 acres and has grown to 43 acres and over 30 rides including 3 roller coasters for all ages, featuring the newest suspended coaster for the 2018 season ‘Merlin’s Mayhem’. We’ve teamed up with the wonderful folks at Dutch Wonderland to offer discount Dutch Wonderland tickets to our amazing followers and everyone they want to share this with. Head over to https://www.dutchwonderland.com/blogreader and enter the promo code ‘summerblog18’. Don’t miss out on this amazing price to visit and experience the magic and fun.

We were lucky enough to obtain a sponsored visit to Dutch Wonderland to explore all the fun for ourselves. My youngest, Chase, is 4 and he woke up at 3am so excited that day asking if it was time to go to Dutch Wonderland. They were all excited. As you pull into the parking area, you have the choice to pay $15 for preferred parking right in front or $5 for general parking. The walk isn’t very far from the side parking lot but it depends on if you want to carry your exhausted child so I paid for the preferred parking. A 40 pound child gets very heavy after a while. Their entrance is a castle which will thrill any child and adults as well. You’ll walk over the moat, look out for the alligators near the bridge (you can throw money in the moat which gets donated to a difference organization every year) to keep them happy. They do a bag check as you cannot bring in any outside food or drinks unless it medically necessary. The staff is very friendly and helpful with any questions. As you walk through the castle aka the gift shop/Merlin’s restaurant, you’ll enter the courtyard where the ticket booths are. As you walk through the gate, be sure to grab a map to decide your path.

The Wonderland Special train is the first ride at the gates and I recommend riding it first as it takes you through most of the park. When you disembark, make sure to measure your child as the precious gems determine what rides they can ride. Chase loved looking for his gem on the ride signs, he measured as an amber gem.

The park is laid out in a great way to make sure you visit every ride, stop by all the delicious food stands, play a couple games and stop by the wonderful shows.

Dutch Wonderland offers rides for any age level from infant to adults. The kids ran from one ride to the next, laughing and have the time of their lives until we made it to Merlin’s Mayhem. They stood in awe watching the suspended roller coaster rise above the park. My daughter Emma was the first brave one to try it with me. Merlin greets you at the entrance explaining that he needs your help to find his dragon Mayhem. As you enter the ride, you wait behind doors until it’s your turn to board. You’ll feel like you’re flying high above the park once it takes off. It’s an amazing ride and I applaud Dutch Wonderland for building this ride. It fits perfect in their theme. Next time around, my two youngest sons decided to ride with me. Chase (4) loved it but said he didn’t want to ride it again and Riley (10) loved it and rode it two more times.

We ate lunch at Millstream Eatery which is located towards the back of the park by the bumper cars. The food is delicious, they offer something from everyone include people with gluten allergies or vegetarians or vegans. We bought a souvenir cup for $10 that allowed us to get refills throughout the park for only 99 cents. This is the best deal for drinks. If you’re looking for a great snack, grab a pretzel at the Auntie Anne’s stand or ice cream at Dippin Dots or Dole Whip Junction or even Italian ice. You won’t leave the park hungry.

After riding a lot of rides and stuffing our faces full of great food, it was time to relax and head over to Duke’s Lagoon; Dutch Wonderland’s water area. They offer two water slides Pipeline Plunge, you’ll ride a raft down one of two tunnels which one is blacked out and better for older children and adults. Their splash area is full of towers to climb and spray water cannons and smaller water slides for all ages. It’s the perfect was to cool down and relax after eating. You can always rent a cabana for the day but this must be done ahead of time as they book quickly.

Throughout the day, make sure to take in one of the shows. We decided to watch the diving show ‘Adventures of the Frog Prince’. Beware, you will get splashed if you sit in the first couple rows. Their fairy storytelling and amazing dives will keep you entertained. Dutch Wonderland offers 9 different shows at different times so no worry if you miss one. Also the wonderful characters walk through the park to greet guests and take pictures. You’ll meet Princess Brooke, Duke the Dragon, Knight Brandon of Safety and Merlin the wizard. They love giving hugs and high fives and your child will walk away in amazement that they met a real dragon or princess.

Dutch Wonderland fulfilled our expectations, in fact they blew them right out of the water. This amusement park is the perfect way to spend any summer day, or any day in that matter. They offer a fall season called Happy Hauntings and a winter season called Winter Wonderland. So you can experience the fun throughout the entire year.

Don’t miss out on the fun and laughs, pack your family up and head to Dutch Wonderland. Your child’s smiles will be all the thanks you need. And thank you, Dutch Wonderland, for helping us to experience one of the best days we’ve had all year so far.

You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Dutch Wonderland or at their website at http://www.dutchwonderland.com. And please take advantage of the discount tickets at the link above.

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