If you’re looking for a holiday with lots of unforgettable adventure experiences, theme parks are the ideal choice for you. From family-friendly teacup rides to high-speed roller coasters that take you on loops and inversions, here are 5 of the best theme parks in Europe.
Legoland® Windsor, United Kingdom
Legoland Windsor, United Kingdom
The second Legoland to be built after the original in Denmark, Legoland® Windsor first opened under the LEGO® brand in 1996 but still operates as a classic-style theme park. It’s an imaginative playground designed specifically for families with children under 12 years old. The park covers approximately 61 hectares, including 55 attractions such as the exciting Lego City Driving School and Miniland, a model village with many landmarks made of LEGO®, from a miniature Taj Mahal to Times Square. Not only that, but there are also plenty of fun rides for adults, such as the super-fast roller coaster The Dragon, many live shows, and – of course – LEGO® bricks scattered throughout the park if you suddenly feel inspired to build something. There’s also a LEGOLAND® Windsor-themed resort hotel to make your family trip even easier and more convenient.
PortAventura World, Spain
PortAventura World, Spain
Only 1 hour and 15 minutes by train from Barcelona along the sunny Spanish coastline, PortAventura World is a great combination of beach tourism and amusement park fun. The park is located in a lush green space of grass, flowers, and trees, and is divided into 6 different areas. Mediterrània is a fishing village area with a peaceful lake and “Furius Baco,” an entirely different high-speed train that can take you at a speed of 135 km/h. There is also a Mexican-themed area where you can experience the feeling of free-falling from a height of 100 m with the Hurakan Condor ride, and then you can treat yourself to some delicious tacos. If you want to cool off on hot summer days, try your hand at a variety of water games. Tutuki Splash, Grand Canyon Rapids, and Silver River Flume are the most popular rides. Stay at the PortAventura Hotel and receive free tickets included with your booking.
Thorpe Park, United Kingdom
Thorpe Park, located just an hour’s drive or train ride from central London, is home to the fastest roller coaster in the UK, “Stealth,” as well as a range of record-breaking rides, experiences, and events. Try Colossus, the world’s first ten-looping coaster, or Saw, the world’s first horror-themed coaster. Alternatively, you can ride a massive wave on the Tidal Wave or test your nerves on Nemesis Inferno, a ride with twists and turns in every direction. And if you need a break from all the adrenaline-pumping rides, try Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, Black Mirror Labyrinth, or the gentle teacup ride. Stay at Stayo Waterloo near the train station to easily catch a train to Thorpe Park.
Disneyland Paris, France
Disneyland Paris is one of the busiest theme parks in the world. Located just 32 km from Paris, you don’t need to plan a separate trip for this activity. There are high-speed coasters with a “Finding Nemo” theme, adventures with characters from the animated movie Ratatouille, and a magical wonderland with sparkling pink towers surrounding the castle of Sleeping Beauty. Additionally, the park is celebrating its 30th anniversary, making it the perfect time to visit with special festivals and brand new attractions that have been in development for a year and debuted on March 6th, 2022. From the Avengers Campus opening in the summer of 2022 to limited edition cakes and cocktails, and Minnie Mouse in a special outfit designed by NTK Stella McCartney. Stay at citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon to easily catch a train to Disneyland.
Parque Warner, Spain
Located in the outskirts of Madrid, Parque Warner is a lively theme park where the colorful world of Warner Bros Studios is brought to life. From Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny speaking Spanish to themed areas such as “Old West Territory” and “Hollywood Boulevard,” the park has it all. The most popular rides in the park include the high-speed coaster “Batman: Arkham Asylum” with dizzying loops and drops and the “Superman: La Atracción de Acero” coaster that sends you flying at speeds up to 100 km/h. In addition, there’s a charming wooden coaster, as well as a variety of family-friendly rides, water slides, and fun programs like “Police Academy Stunt” and “Gotham City Streetmosphere.” Stay at Hotel Sancho near Estación Madrid – Puerta de Atocha to easily catch a train to Parque Warner.