I love amusement parks! I mean, who doesn’t, right? Well, I’m sure some out there don’t, but nobody’s really checkin’ for them…lol. Children and adults alike love amusement parks because they take you on a wild fantasy ride of excitement, wonder, and enchantment that allows you to escape from the mundane of everyday life, if only for a day. Experiencing an international amusement park is a sure-fire way to add a little extra uumph to your already epic family vacation. We’ve scoped out some of the top amusement parks outside the U.S., and hopefully, they will entice you to try something familiar yet very different on your next vacay.
Celebrating 175 years in existence, Tivoli Gardens, located in Copenhagen Denmark is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. From boasting a floorless rollercoaster called Daemonen (The Demon) to gorgeous gardens that are lit with hundreds of thousands of lights at night, this amusement park surely has something for every family member of every age.
Efteling Themepark Resort
Open 365 days a year, Efteling is the largest theme park in The Netherlands with attractions based on elements from ancient legends, myths, folklore, fairy tales, and fables. This park allows you to experience its wonders during any of the four seasons – explore a sparkling winter wonderland during the winter months or partake in the water rides during those intensely hot summer months.
Beto Carrero World
Located in the city of Penha along the north coast of the Santa Catarina in Brazil, Beto Carrero World opened in 1991, is the largest theme park in Latin America, and is considered to be the signature amusement park in the Santa Catarina area. Theme areas include Pirate’s Island, The Old West, Animal World and Extreme Adventure just to name a few.
At 7.3 million visitors per year, Everland, located in the city of Yongin in South Korea, was ranked number 16 in the world for amusement park attendance in 2014 and you will see why once you visit. This park has everything from an extensive water park named ‘Caribbean Bay’ to multiple types of virtual reality experiences and everything imaginable in between.
Nagashima Spa Land
This major amusement park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan features roller coasters, a water park (that includes a hot springs complex), a giant Ferris wheel, kids rides, and thrill rides. Nagashima Spa Land was ranked number 8 as the most visited amusement park in the world.
Have you experienced any amazing amusement parks outside of the U.S? If so, how was it and would you recommend it to other travelers? Let us know in the comments below.