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Local Theme Parks Opening for the Season

Who's open, and what's new at your favorite Philly-area theme parks.

It’s one of the very first signs that summer is coming, and it’s eagerly awaited by families around the region. Whichever local theme park is your favorite, here’s when you can start riding.

Sesame Place

April 27: 4 — 8 pm

Beginning April 28: Saturdays, 10 am  — 8 pm, Sundays, 10 am — 6 pm

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Meet your friends back at Sesame Place! The park is just open on weekends until Mother’s Day weekend, when it adds Friday openings. Everyday hours — and the water rides — return starting May 26, and run through Labor Day. The park is opening a new wooden roller coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi, later in the spring.

 

The park was recently designated as a Certified Autism Center and has developed a number of sensory-friendly resources for guests.

Dutch Wonderland

Beginning April 28: Weekends, 10 am — 6 pm

2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

 

This Lancaster favorite will open its first suspended roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem, on April 28 with a ribbon-cutting just after the gates open. The park starts regular hours Memorial Day weekend, and is open daily through Labor Day. Duke’s Lagoon, the park’s water area, won’t be open until Memorial Day.

Hersheypark

Beginning April 27: Fridays and Sundays, 10 am — 8 pm; Saturdays, 10 am — 10 pm

100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey

 

This roller-coaster heaven was open around spring break, and opens again for Friday — Sunday hours starting April 27. Summer hours start Memorial Day weekend, which is when the Boardwalk area opens, too, with two new water attractions. (ZooAmerica is open year-round).

Photo by Joel Styer, courtesy of Knoebels

Knoebels Amusement Resort and Park

Beginning April 28: Weekends, noon — 6 pm

391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg

 

This charming park wins raves from local families because you can pay by the ride, or the day. There’s free parking and lots of old-fashioned fun. Summer hours start the week before Memorial Day.

Storybook Land

Weekends, 11 am — 5 pm

Beginning May 1: Weekdays, 10 am — 3 pm; weekends, 11 am — 5 pm

6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40/322), Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

 

This old-fashioned spot is ideal for younger children, who love the breezy rides. Longer summer weekday hours start in mid-June.

Six Flags Great Adventure 

April 27, 10: 30 am — 6 pm

April 28, 10:30 am — 9 pm

April 29, 10:30 am — 8 pm

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, New Jersey

 

Another coaster-heavy park, more suitable for older kids and teenagers. Operating hours get progressively longer in May (click here to see the full calendar), and go daily after Memorial Day. New this season: the CYBORG anti-gravity ride.

Diggerland

Weekends, 11 am — 6 pm

100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin, New Jersey

 

This park devoted to trucks, loaders, and diggers is a big hit with vehicle-obsessed younger children. It’s  been through a major expansion in the off-season, with five new rides, including a blood-curdling zip line. Diggerland is open weekends until school lets out, and then it’s open daily.

 

Photograph courtesy of Sesame Place. 

 

 

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