Theme Parks Grow Globally - My Family Travels

Theme parks are popular not only in the United States, but all over the world, including Europe and Latin and South America.

The United States is home to more theme parks than any other country in the world. Despite rising gas prices and a teetering economy, theme parks remain popular weekend getaways for families, especially in the summer months. Yet you need not limit your experience to U.S. parks; in the past several years, the industry has gone global in a big way.

Favorite European Theme Parks

Perhaps your next theme park adventure will not involve driving, but flying, to a European country for family fun. It will be much easier to interest the family in castles, art museums and Roman ruins if there’s a day of thrill rides planned in your itinerary.

In the United Kingdom or on the Continent, check out the following parks; be sure to research their operating schedules in advance of your trip, as many operate seasonally and are only open for brief periods over major school holidays.

And since Nickelodeon brought their popular children’s animated characters and TV programs to Movie Park Germany in mid-2007, you’re sure to see the region’s competitors upgrade their own attractions with international name brands. The kids can see Nickelodeon’s imaginative world come to life in a 50,000-square-feet interactive adventure zone called “Nickland.”

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, UK

Alton Towers, N. Staffordishire, UK

Disneyland Paris, France

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

De Efteling, The Netherlands

Port Aventura, Salou, Spain

Gardaland, Italy

Europa Park, Rust, Germany

Warner Bros. Movie Park, Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany

Liseberg, Goteborg, Sweden

Parks in Latin & South America

Head south for the winter with even more theme park fun in multiple Latin and South American countries. Mexico and Brazil dominate in their variety of thrills. Here are some suggestions:

Chapultepec, Mexico City

Six Flags Mexico, Mexico City

Selva Magica, Gaudalajara, Mexico

Play Center, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Fantasy Aqua Club, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Beto Carrero, Sta. Catarina, Brazil

Parque de la Costa, Argentina

Fantasilandia, Santiago, Chile

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