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Top Theme Parks in Europe

Great Theme Parks to visit with Kids around Europe

Did you know that there are several amazing theme parks around Europe? Certain American theme parks get all the attention, but there are fantastic fun parks to visit around Europe with the kids. While traveling with the kids, we make a point of visiting some of these amazing places.

PORTAAVENTURA, SPAIN

This is probably one of the best theme parks I have ever visited with the kids. It was very fun and child-friendly. Did I mention fun? First of all, it’s in an incredible location- on the Costa Dorada in Catalonia, Spain. While it’s only one hour from Barcelona, I recommend you look to stay somewhere close to the theme park. We stayed in Salou. The complex actually has three theme parks- Portaventura Park, Caribe Aquatic Park, and the recently-opened Ferrari Land. Portaventura has 5 on-site hotels, caravan site, golf courses, and a beach club with access to the beach. If you go during high season, it would be good to plan a few days, so you have time to enjoy all the rides and the local beaches. We went to PortAventura Park towards the end of May when the weather was warm, but the park wasn’t too crowded.

At the time we went Chupa Chups offered discounts to the park, so have a look to see if it’s on offer when you go. The park does offer excellent packages and promotions, so have a look to see what suits your family. Great website in English and several other languages.

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GARDALAND, ITALY

Our first experience with a European theme park was the super fun, northern Italian theme park, Gardaland. It is located in the north-eastern part of Italy near Lake Garda. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Verona. The park’s mascot is a friendly dinosaur called – Prezzemolo (meaning Parsley). There are rides for all ages – from the little ones right up to those who love the thrill rides. For some familiar faces you can go to Kung Fu Panda Academy. When we went to Gardaland our girls were quite young (the youngest being a toddler at the time) and we had a wonderful time here. The atmosphere was great too. There are two Gardaland hotels and a Gardaland Sealife aquarium as well.

There is a user-friendly website in English.

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PARC ASTERIX – FRANCE

If you are a fan of Asterix, then this is the place for you! Parc Asterix is a great amusement park just outside of Paris, France. It caters to all ages and as my kids are fans of Asterix and Obelix they had a great time. While there are plenty of staff that speak English, all signs and information at the park are in French. We visited another popular park while we were in Paris and our family preferred this one because it was better organized, cleaner, friendlier, and less touristy. If your children are not familiar with Asterix, then check your local library to see if they have any Asterix comics. Also, you could watch the latest Asterix cartoon movie- Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.


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EFTELING- THE NETHERLANDS

Imagine a theme park based on enchantment and magic with a fairytale forest, thrill seeking rides, and an enchanted palace- this is Efteling. While we haven’t been yet, Efteling has been on my list of theme parks that I really want to visit. Apart from a wide range of outdoor and indoor rides, it also has several shows, but the water show is not to be missed. It’s open 365 days a year and they have a user friendly English website. The park also has a wide range of accommodation options for guests; hotel, apartments, and holiday homes.

PLOPSA PARKS - BELGIUM

Plopsa Indoor Hasselt

First of all, who doesn’t love a name like “plopsa”- the name alone made us want to go here. However, the name comes from Kabouter Plop (Gnome Plop) a Belgium children’s show. The park also has other characters like Maya the Bee and Vic the Viking which have been quite popular in our home. If you are after a large theme park with big roller coasters, than I would go to Plopsaland de Panne.