York, Pennsylvania, and its surrounding areas have tons of opportunities for families and friends to have fun. Besides the restaurants and historic landmarks, there are theme parks that you and the family can enjoy, no matter your age. What better way to celebrate a new car purchase from Your Auto Source in York than taking the family on an adventure? Let's look at some exciting local theme parks you can explore.

Dutch Wonderland


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Dutch Wonderland is a magical theme park with castles and dragons sure to delight younger kids. It has over 35 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, log flumes, and bumper cars that the whole family can enjoy. On a hot day, you might check out Duke's Lagoon, where you can enjoy the splash park and water slides before grabbing lunch at Merlins Restaurant or Sharky's Grill. You can also visit Exploration Island, where you'll see lifelike dinosaurs and can dig up your own fossils.


Hersheypark is a theme park for all chocolate lovers, kids, and adults alike. It has rides for all ages, from big roller coasters to merry-go-rounds. The water park has several pools, splash parks, and tubing adventures to cool off in the summer. If you want more than rides, you can explore Hershey's Chocolate World, where you can take a tour of the chocolate factory or build your own candy bar. You'll find a full zoo and other entertainment opportunities like shows and fireworks, depending on the season. Don't forget to take a picture afterward with your favorite life-size Hershey's treat.

Camelback Resort

Spend a weekend at Camelback Resort to experience fun adventures and great dining options. Located a little drive away from York, in the Poconos, this location has events for all seasons and ages. Known for its indoor and outdoor water parks, you can swim no matter what time of the year it is. There are outdoor adventures like skiing and snowboarding, along with indoor activities like rock climbing and laser tag. This resort has plenty of places to eat, drink, and stay to keep you comfortable during your visit.

Sesame Place

If your kids are fans of Big Bird and Elmo, check out Sesame Place, where they can meet all their favorite characters. Located nearby in Philadelphia, this place is full of fun with rides, games, parades, and shows. For the music-loving kids, you can check out the Furry Friends Dance Party to have a blast. You can also dine with favorite characters while they read stories and interact with the families for photo opportunities. If you don't want to make the drive back in a day, check out Sesame Place's hotel and vacation package deals.

Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports has tons of exciting family activities you can choose from, with options for all different age groups. You might try the theme park's new escape rooms, or explore classic attractions like go-karts and bumper boats. For sports fans, you can try the driving range or practice your swing in the batting cages. A great location for both birthday parties and day trips, Adventure Sports can help the whole family have fun and stay energized.

Kalahari WaterParks

Kalahari WaterParks is another Poconos getaway that offers lodging, carnival rides, and water park adventures for people of all ages. Besides the indoor and outdoor water parks, you can get adventurous with Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures where you can do rope climbs, monkey climbs, or take it easy with some mini golf. If you're hoping to unwind a bit, you might explore Kalahari's spa services for a quick refresh. Check out the 7D Motion Theater for an immersive movie-going experience.

Knoebel's Amusement Resort

Knoebel's Amusement Resort is a theme park that emphasizes family fun. Check out the kid-friendly or thrill-based rides, or take your chances to win cool prizes in the arcade. There are also pools and slides you can enjoy during summer. Located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, you can stay at Knoebel's  Campground, Lake Glory Campground, one of the nearby cottages, or a bed-and-breakfast. This park also offers a full 18-hole golf course for a relaxing day on the green.

Dorney Park

Spend the day in the amusement park section or the famous Wildwater Kingdom when visiting Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. At this part, you can get a season pass, group rates, or day rates to enjoy the dazzling attractions and fun events. You'll find tons of rides for all ages along with special events and live entertainment to unwind with a show after a long day. Stay in one of the local hotels and get to know Lehigh Valley a little better between trips to the park.

Hickory Falls

Hickory Falls in York is a perfect location to celebrate a kid's birthday or to spend the day with the family. For some family-fun competition, you might try laser tag, mini bowling, or go-kart races. With a full arcade and a 12-and-under play area, the kids will have a blast jumping between the different areas. You can fuel up with some snacks from the Lighthouse Point Cafe or cool down with Italian ice between games.

Maize Quest Fun Park

Maize Quest Fun Park is a great park for outdoor fun in the autumn with activities like pumpkin picking and hayrides. The main attraction is the 8-acre corn maze you can navigate with friends and family. You can embark on many types of adventures here, like a geocaching experience where you learn to use GPS technology to solve puzzles and find hidden clues. End your night with a group campfire to get into the fall spirit.

We've told you about some fun theme parks to visit in or near York, Pennsylvania. These can all offer a great day or weekend trip, depending on what activities you're in the mood for. If you're planning to travel to a more far-away attraction, consider stopping by Your Auto Source here in York or checking out our used SUV inventory online to make your ride the most comfortable part of the adventure. Contact us online today or call us at 855-828-2665 to discuss possible financing options.

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