A Different Kind of Theme Park
Disney World and Disney Land are the theme parks that pop into everybody's minds when they think of theme parks. If visiting a Disney theme park is in your vacation plans you may want to consider one of the following lesser theme parks as an alternative. In 2010, 15.98 million people visited the Disney Parks throughout the world. Why get caught up in the maddening crowd when you could visit one of these unique theme parks instead?
- Dickens World, England
- The Big Dig
- Santa Claus Land, Indiana
- Dollywood, Tennessee
- Argentina’s Republica de Los Ninos
- Hershey Park, Pennsylvania
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Dickens World, England
If you live on the European continent or will be visiting England during your vacation odyssey, Dickens World is a “Must See”. If you loved Dickens Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, or A Tale of Two Cities, you will love your visit to Dickens World. You will travel back in time to the way England was in the 1800s. You will step into the pages of Dickens greatest novels. In his novels, England industrial era were the worse of times, but for you they will be the best of times, fulfilling your greatest expectations.
The Big Dig
Will you be vacationing in Las Vegas this year? Then take a break from the casinos to visit “The Big Dig”, a sandbox for adults. Located only minutes from the famous Las Vegas “Strip”, this five acre theme park is loaded with heavy equipment—steamrollers, bulldozers, steam shovels, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment for you to operate. Although anyone 14-years-old or older and 4-feet-tall or taller can enter “The Big Dig” theme park, it is not likely that many teens will be able to handle the $400 admittance fee.
For your $400 you get to play for three hours in the adult sandbox. Your three hours include one hour of training on how to safely operate the monster of your choice and a certificate of achievement certifying that you qualified with the heavy earth mover.
Santa Claus Land, Indiana
Santa Claus Land, in Santa Claus, Indiana is a theme park for all ages but a special delight for kiddies. Children coming to Santa Claus, Indiana for the first time expected to meet Santa Claus and were devastated when he did not appear to greet them. Deeply saddened by the children being disappointed time and time again, Louis J. Koch, an Evansville, Indiana industrialist built Santa Claus Land in 1946, so the children would no longer be disappointed.
The Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Falls, Tennessee has become famous with people from all over the world. Equally famous is Dolly Parton, the Country and Western song bird and actress for whom the park is named. Dollywood was her lifelong dream. Dolly opened Dollywood to the public in 1986 and more than 2 million people have visited Dollywood annually since it opened. Dollywood has become Tennessee's most visited theme park.
Argentina’s Republica de Los Ninos
Republica de Los Ninos translated means Children’s Republic. This is a theme park with a twist. There are no fairy princesses or other cartoon costume character running around and interacting with kids. Republica de Los Ninos is more of a learning experience where kids can take part in simulated real life government. Built in the 1950s, during Juan and Eva Peron’s reign, the park was intended as a place of learning.
Hershey Park, Pennsylvania
Hershey, PA may truly be the sweetest town on the face of the earth, the birth place of the chocolate candy bar. As for Hershey Park, the picture tells the whole story. Come hungry because there will be plenty of free samples for everyone. Besides the chocolate theme rides, there are passes that allow everyone to OD on great tasting chocolate goodies.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
If you will be vacationing in Florida, skip Disney World for an unforgettable visit to Harry Potter's Wizarding World. Visit the life-sized Hogwarts School in Orlando and sample butter beer, a frothy drink reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch, at the Hog’s Head Pub, or have a wand choose you at Ollivanders.
There are many more unique places that I could tell you about but these are seven of the most interesting ones.
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