Who would have thought Lancaster County would be home to one of the world’s top five kid’s parks?
It also gave Dutch Wonderland its Golden Ticket Award in 2019 as “Best Family Park of 2019.”
Dutch Wonderland, “Where kids RULE,” has been charming little ones since its opening on May 20, 1963.
Potato farmer Earl Clark created Dutch Wonderland as an attraction in the Lancaster area specifically for young children and families.
Located in East Lampeter Township on Rt. 30, just east of Lancaster, it opened with just four rides and an exhibit on Amish farm life.
The entrance to the park, a castle façade, was built by Clark.
Dutch Wonderland’s kid-friendly atmosphere is light on the thrill rides. At this “Kingdom for Kids,” the focus is on 35 gentler rides for kids and families. (Some are even kid-powered).
The place has an overall Pennsylvania Dutch/fairy tale fantasy feel.
Besides rides, families can catch four different shows, from a professional high diving act to “A Dragon’s Tale.”
Kids can also hang with four mascots—a friendly purple dragon named Duke, Princess Brooke, Merlin the Magician and the Knight of Dutch Wonderland.
Duke has the honor of having the park’s tropical-themed water attraction named after him. Duke’s Lagoon offers a multi-level water play area, kid-sized slides and a lounge area.
There’s also a five-acre island, “Exploration Island” that has a Prehistoric Path of 22 animatronic dinosaurs. Kids can dig up fossils, or take a prehistoric boat ride.
September 7th is the last day to visit Dutch Wonderland this season! Dutch Wonderland has 50% OFF – ONLY $22.99 – park tickets through the 7th. Enjoy half off, for a full day of Dutch-Wonderful fun! Learn more or buy tickets here.
Dutch Wonderland is located at 2249 Lincoln Highway East 4 miles east of Lancaster, a 90 minute drive across scenic Lancaster County from Media and most of Delaware County. For driving directions from your specific location, use your favorite maps app .
From Lansdown, Springfield, Swarthmore, Media and Glen Mills:
Take Route 1 (Baltimore Pike) south to Route 41. Take Route 41 north to Route 30 West. Continue on Route 30 West, approximately 11 miles. Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park will be on the right.
From Upper Darby and Philadelphia:
Take the Schuylkill Expressway to King of Prussia and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow Pennsylvania Turnpike West (I-76) to exit 286. Take 222 South to 30 East towards Coatesville. 30 East freeway will end. Proceed through 4 lights; Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park will be on the left at the 5th light.
Covid-19 Safety Information
Dutch Wonderland’s top priority is the health and safety of its Guests and Team Members. They are committed to creating the cleanest and safest environment possible for your visit.
The way Dutch Wonderland operates this summer is significantly will be different as they adapt to the new landscape created by COVID-19.
While the park is committed to enhanced standards in an effort to keep Guests as healthy and safe as possible, there remains an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place and any place where people are present.
Guests are encouraged to read and follow the safety precautions on this page to ensure the best experience possible as you plan your visit and join us.