Amusement & Water Parks in Europe
Planning a trip to Europe but worried about keeping the kids entertained? Consider adding a theme park or two to your itinerary, and make trips to the Continent’s museums, castles, wineries and other important destinations a bit more bearable. Of course, if you’re a thrill-seeker in your own right, you’ll love riding the tallest roller coaster in Europe. What better way to escape a hot summer day than with a trip to the water park? Europe’s options for amusement lovers are nearly endless – check out our favorites, right here.
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park, Spain
Only a bit more than an hour by car from Barcelona and also accessible by train, Costa Caribe Aquatic
features the highest freefall slide in all of Europe. You’ll love the tropical vibe, which includes palm trees, flowering plants and beaches. You’ll also love that it’s part of PortAventura resort, which is one of the preferred theme parks for thrill-seekers on the Continent. There’s something for everyone to love at this huge resort.
You can always visit Disneyland in Paris, but wouldn’t you prefer your European theme-park experience to be a bit more, well, European? Take a trip to Gothenburg, Sweden, where Liseberg
awaits. This unique theme park’s uniquely Scandinavian atmosphere and fun rides includes Balder, what many roller coaster connoisseurs believe is the best prefabricated wooden kind on Earth.
Don’t let a rainy English day get you down. Visit Sandcastle
instead, an indoor waterpark heated to balmy temps and featuring 360-degree loops. Although not Europe’s fastest roller coaster, Sandcastle does boast the world’s longest indoor water coaster plus a vertical waterslide.
If you can’t resist the theme in theme park, make time for Efteling in The Netherlands. With a famously friendly staff and inventive designs, you’ll love the experience – and you’ll also love the atmosphere. Efteling is a beautiful theme park, and a great choice when you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by your theme-park experience. After all, you don’t want to leave the park feeling like you haven’t ridden all the rides. Efteling is just the right size for a one-day trip to the amusement park.
Located in Staffordshire and featuring traditional theme-park rides plus a waterpark, Alton Towers is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Dad, leave your Speedo at home – Alton Towels won’t allow them in this reputation-conscious destination.
Looking to drop the kids at the park, or wondering what to do while your urchins are on the rides? Book a day at the spa and arrange to meet up later on – with you and your better half relaxed, and your kids nice and tired. The perfect combination for an award-winning vacation.