Theme parks or amusement parks are great activities for the whole family to enjoy. While they are certainly nothing to stress too much about, approaching theme parks in the right way can help maximize your enjoyment of them. The following are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your time at theme parks:
Planning the trip to the theme park well ahead of time is a first step toward maximizing your enjoyment of it. This does not necessarily mean to plan everything you will do at the park itself, but rather to plan the trip itself thoroughly. Plan out everything that will be related to the theme park trip – any packing that needs to be done, the time it takes to get their by car or whatever other means of transportation you will be using, hotel accommodations if you will be staying overnight, and so on.
This thorough planning can really make a significant difference as to how your time at the theme park goes. For instance, imagine how much more you’ll enjoy the time spent at the park if you have booked a hotel that is close by, has a good restaurant, and that has the right number of beds for the whole family than if you are forced to drive across town to a cheap motel with only snack machines. The extra travel time along with the lower quality accommodation and all the rest of it could really affect the quality of the trip. Plans like this are just the sort of thing that it is very important to take care of in advance.
Get a General Idea of the Park’s Activities
You don’t want to over-plan the activities that you will actually engage in at the park as theme parks are best enjoyed in an at least somewhat spontaneous way. A good general overview of the rides, other attractions, and food and beverage options is generally sufficient. Look at a leaflet or check out a website to familiarize yourself with all the activities available and go through them with others who are going to the amusement park with you. You might also want to make some general plans as to which rides you’d most like to go on and what part of the day will be spent in what type of activity, but again, leave room for spontaneity.
Explore the Park Beforehand
Once you actually get to the park, it’s often a good idea to take a stroll around before going on rides. This will give you a sense of where things are and let you know about any rides or activities that you may be unfamiliar with. If it is a large theme park, don’t trouble yourself to go too far, but at least get a sense of where things in the immediate vicinity are located and where the rides you’re most interested in are situated.
Alternate Active and Relaxing Activities
It is often a good idea to alternate periods of high activity – riding rollercoasters and driving bumper cars for instance – with more relaxing ones, such as riding paddle boats or watching movies, as well as, of course, eating lunch or dinner or having snacks. Getting a good balance here will really enhance your enjoyment. If you are enjoying the fast and furious pace of the more high energy activities, don’t feel you have to stop. Keep going as long as you wish, but keep in mind that you or your children will get tired at a certain point, and it may be a good idea to save some energy for another active period later in the day.
Good time planning and a balanced approach can make for a spectacular theme park visit. It doesn’t take much extra effort to plan well and to approach the theme park in the right way. Doing so will help your theme park trip to be something you will enjoy to the fullest and perhaps even remember for years to come.