End of Summer Extravaganza Part 1 – SUPER Kid-Friendly in Lancaster, PA – Our Favorite Rides + Shows at Dutch Wonderland

Last week I set off on a mission to end summer with a serious BLAST. I wanted to have a little extra fun with the boys before sending them back to school and starting up our fall routines.

Our first stop: Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA

Dutch Wonderland is about 1.5 hours out of Philadelphia. It’s a SUPER kid-friendly amusement park – it has over 35 rides {most of which are geared towards young children}, a water play area and lots of live entertainment. This is our 3rd year coming to Dutch Wonderland, Brooks was 2.5, 3.5 and now 4.5 when we have visited and it’s been amazing each and every time.

Here’s a look back at our previous visits, check out how much the boys have grown:

A Day at Dutch Wonderland / Dutch Winter Wonderland {VIDEO!}

And even though it’s September and Fall is around the corner, even though its 90* here in Philly today, for anyone who wants to visit Dutch Wonderland this year it’s open EVERY WEEKEND now through the end of 2018!

As a little treat, be sure to use code: summerblog18 for discounted tickets and tell them Leslie from And Her Little Dog Too sent ya!

Ok, now today I wanted to round up some of our favorite rides + attractions that we hit up each and every visit and a few first time experiences for myself and the boys!

For reference, Brooks is 4.5 years old and Graham is about to turn 3 – both are PERFECT ages for Dutch Wonderland, but younger and older are amazing as well, they’ve been loving coming here for years – there is truly something for everyone.

First up – MOM’S PICK! I love all the amazing rides for kids + families at Dutch Wonderland – but to me the thing that makes this amusement park seriously STAND OUT among all the others is the High Dive Show.

The staff + divers do an INSANE job at each show – there are two different shows: A Dragon’s Tale and Adventures of the Frog Prince. We always see BOTH shows at every visit because they are so good. The boys are always captivated and I love watching it too. Diving from that height is impressive!

Check out this video I posted to see one of the dives in slow-motion action!

There’s nothing like it!

Brooks’ Pick: Merlin’s Mayhem! His favorite ride was one that was new to him, to me and to the park this year! It’s a legit roller coaster and I’m still so impressed my 4.5 year old 1) wanted to ride it and 2) LOVED IT! We rode it twice!

Check out this post and SWIPE to see a {shaky} video of us riding it! It’s super fun and DEFINITELY something an older child would really love!

Graham’s Pick: Pipeline Plunge! Graham would literally ride ANYTHING if he was tall enough. He’s my more adventurous child for sure! So he LOVED that he was able to go on this big water slide with me! It’s really fun!

These two water slides are part of Duke’s Lagoon, which is an awesome splash pad area with more small slides and tons of water fun. It’s in a closed in area with tons of seating around it so parents can sit for a minute and watch their kids run around enjoying the water!

Some NEW Favorites that Brooks was big enough to go on this time included: The Flying Trapeze, which legit takes you high in the sky! It was super fun for me too, my favorite ride of the day! You can’t tell in this picture, but it takes you up there – really fun!

Brooks also had his first Bumper Cars experience this year – he was finally big enough to go on them here {he’s still to short to ride them at Hersheypark! Ha!} and he LOVED them! I had to drive but he had a blast.

Graham had a hard time watching us on this and not being able to ride himself.

Another new + family favorite: Joust Family Coaster! Not sure how we’ve missed riding this in the past, but it’s a cute little coaster that everyone really enjoys. But it is a bit bumpy for the adults – ha!


This visit the boys were really into spending some additional time on the Prehistoric Path – which is a walking trail that takes you up close and personal with 20 lifelike dinosaurs as you walk along. The dinosaurs move and make noises which the boys really enjoyed, pretty cool to see for sure!

It’s in the back of the park so if you visit and have a dinosaur lover on your hand, be sure to make your way there!

*Check out that baby t-rex hatching below!

And a few of our favorite go-to rides we go on during each visit: Sunoco Turnpike – the boys love driving these classic cars.

Brooks LOVED the VR Voyager, which he rode solo for the first time this summer. It’s sort of like an old school Star Tours at Disney, he still talks about it to this day!

We all love the Double Splash Flume – and luckily I’m happy to report, you don’t get wet on this one!

And finally The Whip.

The kids love it and I love watching them ride it. Check out this video to see it in action with both boys in it last year!

Oh Dutch Wonderland, you’ve got a special place in my heart. My kids love you, you are always a ton of fun and I love seeing them learn and grow here each and every year!

I know that we will be back again soon – I’ve got your Happy Hauntings and Winder Wonderland on my radar!

And If you haven’t taken your family to Dutch Wonderland yet, be sure to add it to your Fall Fun list! You will be so glad you did!

Thanks so much to my friends at Dutch Wonderland for the tickets. 

All opinions, as always, are my own!

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  • Reply Patty September 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Love Dutch Wonderland – it’s the perfect amusement park for young children! Great recap of the day too!

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