Nothing says SUMMERTIME more than a great day spent at an amusement park. In the past, amusement parks were where the “young people” hung out… but times have changed and today’s parks are made to be like small worlds, offering attractions for all ages and all family members. If Theme Parks are your thing here’s a list of some of the best amusement parks in the world, and if they aren’t… go visit a park, you might just change your mind!
Located in Northeast Italy on the shore of the famous “Lago di Garda” (though it doesn’t actually face the waterline), Gardaland is considered to be one of the top 10 amusement parks in the world. The resort includes Gardaland Park, Gardaland Sea-Life, and the Gardaland Hotel and Magic Hotel. Offering both traditional attractions and entertainment shows, this park attracts nearly three million visitors every year. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or want a chilled break you’ll find something to suit everyone here!
This mini land is an amazing world made entirely of LEGO Bricks and is one of the best amusement parks in the world for kids (and adults!). Attractions in Legoland include chasing ghosts in an enchanted mirror maze; meeting the crazy scientist and encountering his mad experiments; whizzing through Polar land all year round with the awesome snowmobile; and of course, the Star Wars zone! Oh, and you’re welcome to stay at the Bed & Brick hotel 🙂
Essel World, India
This may come as some surprise to many but Essel World, in Mumbai, is not just India’s largest amusement and water park but one of the world’s largest. It’s also one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Over the park’s 64 acres, you can find the “conventional” rollercoasters and rides, along with The Alibaba Adventures maze, but Essel World also hosts Mumbai’s first iceskating rink, spanning 3,400 square feet and operating all year round at a constant 4 degrees Celsius. The waterpark itself is filled with slides, pools and literally everything you can dream of in a water-y, splash-y and fun place.
Europa Park, Germany
Europa Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park in Europe – following Disneyland Paris.
Located in Rust, south-western Germany, Europa Park is a castle of fairy tales taking visitors on a virtual journey of the universe through dinosaurs, medieval times, haunted houses, fairylands, adventuring among gnomes, pirates and cannibals, wild water rides and VR adventures of crazy, megacoaster rides. Good luck with those!
Located in the heart of Costa Dorada, PortAventura is one of the most visited amusement parks in the world. The Parks’ theme is based on the history of modern civilization, with one special theme based on Sesame Street (which IS actually a part of modern civilization). PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park is a water park connected to the PortAventura, allowing you to enjoy a water based adventure in the hot summer days.
Located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, Tokyo DisneySea is a 176-acre theme park Inspired by ocean tales and legends starring Disney’s characters.
The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbor, which opens up to six more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island. Apart from the nautical attractions (Hi Ariel!), there are also events such as Pirates Parade, so be sure not to miss them!
Happy Travels and Cool August!