Theme parks near and far offer days to play

Visitors enjoy the Kingdom Coaster at Dutch Wonderland. Photo courtesy of Dutch Wonderland.
Youngsters are seen at Dutch Wonderland. Photo courtesy of Dutch Wonderland

Some of your most memorable moments this summer might happen at one of our region’s popular theme parks. Note that hours are subject to change and that many parks also charge a fee for parking.

CAMELBEACH MOUNTAIN WATERPARK, 309 Resort Drive, Tannersville, (570) 629-1662, www.camelbeach.com, www.facebook.com/CamelBeachMountainWaterpark, Twitter: @CamelbeachPA. The park opens Memorial Day weekend. Nearby Camelback Mountain Adventures has a new steel-track Mountain Coaster, which you can drive or ride for $9.99 per person or get a 10-pack for $75. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 24-26, weekends May 31-June 8, June 13 and Labor Day; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 21-Aug. 24 and Aug. 30-31; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 25-29. Admission: $39.99 ($37.99 online), $29.99 ($27.99 online) for children under 48 inches tall, seniors 65+ and military personnel, free to babies 2 and under, $119.99 for a Four 4Fun pack. Twilight admission, in effect the last four hours the park is open, is $19.99. Bonus Night tickets are $46.99, $36.99 for children under 48 inches tall and seniors 65-plus.

CLEMENTON PARK & SPLASH WORLD, 144 Berlin Road, Clementon, N.J., (856) 783-0263, www.clementonpark.com, www.facebook.com/ClementonParkFans, Twitter: @ClementonPark. The park opens for the season May 23. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays May 23-June 13 and June 5 and 12; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays May 24-June 28, May 25, June 20 and 27, Sundays June 29-Aug. 10, Fridays and Saturdays July 11-Aug. 30, Aug. 24 and 31; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Memorial Day, Sundays June 1-22, June 19, 23-26 and 30, July 1, 7-8, 14-15, 17, 21-24 and 28-31, Aug. 4, 6, 11, 14, 18-21 and 25-28 and Labor Day; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16-18; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 2-5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10; 6-10 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 13. See the website for ticket and season pass information.

DORNEY PARK & WILDWATER KINGDOM, Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall Township, 610-395-3724, www.dorneypark.com, www.facebook.com/dorneypark, Twitter: @DorneyParkPR. New this year is the Snake Pit, a complex in Wildwater Kingdom with six slides. Wildwater Kingdom opens for the season May 24. New Fast Lane wristbands allow you to bypass the regular lines on nine rides and attractions, including Steel Force, Talon and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June, May 25, June 20-July 3, Sundays through Fridays July 6-Aug. 15, Aug. 17, 20-22, 24 and 29-31; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 18, May 26-29, Sundays through Thursdays June 1-19, Aug. 25-28 and Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 4 and Saturdays July 5-Aug. 23. Admission, not including tax: $52.99 ($37.99 online through May 23, $42.99 online after May 23) for guests 48 inches and taller and under age 62; $39.99 online per adult ticket when buying four or more; $32.99 for ages 3 and up under 48 inches tall and ages 62-plus; $29.99 for ages 3 and older after 5 p.m. when the park closes at 10 or later, or after 3:30 p.m. when park closes at 8 or earlier; $77.99 for two-day adult admission ($74.99 online); $46.99 online for two-day admission for ages 3 and up under 48 inches tall and ages 62-plus.

DUTCH WONDERLAND, 2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, 717-606-5305, www.dutchwonderland.com, www.facebook.com/DutchWonderlandPA, Twitter: @FUNatDW. The new Exploration Island opens Memorial Day weekend. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 17-18, May 26-30, June 2-6, Aug. 25-29 and Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays May 24-Aug. 31 and daily June 7-Aug. 24. Admission, not including tax: $37.75 for ages 3-59 ($36.75 online), $32.75 for seniors 60-69 ($31.75 online), $24.75 for seniors 70+; $54 for a two-day ticket for ages 3-59. Combo Hersheypark passes available.

HERSHEYPARK, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Derry Township (Dauphin County), 800-HERSHEY, www.hersheypark.com, www.facebook.com/Hersheypark, Twitter: @Hersheypark. “The Boardwalk” opens May 24. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 16, 18, 21-22 and 26-29, Aug. 25-28 and Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays through June, May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-July 4, Sundays through Fridays July 6-Aug. 1, Aug. 3-7, 10-14, 17-24 and 29-31; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays July 5-Aug. 16, Aug. 8 and 15. Admission, not including tax: $58.95 for ages 9-54 through May 23, $36.95 for children 3-8 and seniors 55-69 through May 23, $23.95 for seniors 70+, $59.95 after May 23 for ages 9-54, $37.95 after May 23 for children 3-8 and seniors 55-69, $77 for two-day admission for ages 9-54, $59 for two-day admission for children 3-8 and seniors 55-69. Sunset Admission, after 4 p.m. when the park closes at 8 and after 5 p.m. when the park closes at 10 or 11, is $28.95 for ages 9-54, $24.95 for children 3-8 and seniors 55-69, $17.10 for seniors 70-plus. Combo Dutch Wonderland passes available.

KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT RESORT, 391 Knoebels Blvd., Ralpho Township (Elysburg), 800-487-4386, www.knoebels.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Knoebels-Amusement-Resort, Twitter: @KozmoKG. See the website for all the specifics on camping. Hours: noon-8 p.m. May 17; noon till whenever May 18; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 21-22 and 27-29; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays May 23-June 6; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays May 24-Aug. 30, May 25, June 13, Mondays through Saturdays June 16-Aug. 23 and Aug. 29-31; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Day, June 1 and Labor Day; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 8-10 and Aug. 24-28; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 11-12 and Sundays June 15-Aug. 17. Admission to the park is free; rides and attractions are pay-as-you-go.

SESAME PLACE, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, 866-GO-4-ELMO, www.sesameplace.com, www.facebook.com/SesamePlace, Twitter: @SesamePlace. New this year is Cookie’s Monster Land for the park’s youngest visitors. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 16, 23 and 26-29 and Sept. 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 17 and 30-31, daily June 6-20, June 23-26 and June 30-July 2, Mondays through Thursdays July 7-Aug. 28 and Aug. 29-31; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 21-22, July 3-6 and Fridays through Sundays June 27-Aug. 3; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays Aug. 8-24. Admission: $43 online through June 22, $53 after June 22; $43 after 3 p.m. ($38 online) through June 22, $48 after 3 p.m. ($43 online) after June 22; $15 for school groups through June 20; $63 for two-day passes ($58 online).

SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE, Route 537, Jackson, N.J., 732-928-2000, www.sixflags.com/greatadventure, www.facebook.com/sixflagsgreatadventure, Twitter: @SFGrAdventure. New this year is Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, which is expected to open some time in June. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays in May, May 27-29, June 2-5; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 16 and 18, June 1, 8-12 and 15; 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. May 17, Memorial Day, May 30-31, June 6-7, 13-14, 16-20, 22-26, Aug. 25-28 and Sept. 1; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. May 23-25, June 21, daily June 27-Aug. 24 and Aug. 29-31; Admission: $66.99 ($41.99-$48.99 online, depending on day), $39.99 for children under 54 inches tall, free to children 2 and under. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more.

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