A trip to an amusement park can be a chance for everyone to relax, laugh and play. If you can't swing a full-fledged vacation trip, a day at an amusement park can make a memorable "stay-cation."
If there's an amusement park close by, you might make enough daytrips to warrant a season pass. Or you might take a weekend getaway – staying at a hotel or campground – and spend one day at a park, trying one you haven't visited before. The biggest parks have accommodations. A family can spend days visiting Mickey and friends every summer.
Make the most of your visit:
- Explore the park before you go. Most have websites. See what attractions are offered. Make sure they'll be operating.
- Park concessions are pricey. Take water bottles and snacks if you can. Don't go in hungry, but don't overeat before riding the rides.
- Take a backpack or fanny pack, not a purse.
- Wear comfortable, safe shoes.
- Take raingear, light jackets and dry clothes, especially if there are water rides.
- Choose a park with attractions suited to your kids. Younger children can feel left out if rides are closed to them.
- If you have an only child or a big gap between kids, let the kids invite a friend.
- Get in line in time for the attractions you care about. Go on a weekday if possible, and start as early as you can.
- If you let older children freelance, set meeting times and places.
- Don't buy souvenirs until it's time to leave. You won't have to carry them all day, and the kids can decide what they really want.