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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

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. This year, the park is introducing a pin-trading program, so you can buy and trade these collectible items (even with park staff members). Early-season highlights include a magic-themed weekend (May 6 and 7), a train weekend featuring Choo-Choo Soul (May 13 and 14), pirates on May 20 and 21, and fireworks and an outdoor barbecue for Memorial Day weekend.

Dutch Wonderland

Weekends, 10 am — 6 pm

2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

 

This Lancaster favorite will open its first suspended roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem, this season, although the opening date hasn’t been announced. Until then, you can walk with dinosaurs, drive the Sunoco Turnpike, and enjoy the park’s other rides and shows. 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

100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey

 

This roller-coaster heaven was open around spring break, and opens again for Friday — Sunday hours starting May 5. Summer hours start Memorial Day weekend, which is when the Boardwalk area opens, too. (ZooAmerica is open year-round).

Photo by Joel Styer, courtesy of Knoebels

Knoebels Amusement Resort and Park

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. On opening weekend, all-day rise passes are buy one, get one free! Summer hours start Memorial Day weekend.

Storybook Land

Weekends, 11 am — 5 pm

Beginning May 1: Weekdays, 10 am — 3 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 28, 10: 30 am — 6 pm

April 29, 10:30 am — 9 pm

April 30, 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. A new 4D ride based on Marvel’s Justice League storyline is the new thing here this season. 

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. The Greased Beast is the new attraction this season. Diggerland is open weekends until school lets out, and then it’s open daily.

 

Photograph courtesy of Sesame Place. 

 

 

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