Few experiences can match the sheer thrill of and the immersive experiences offered by adventure parks. Whether you’re the kind of person that loves hurtling down giant slopes or the kind that prefers to experience their favourite movie characters in the flesh and blood (or as close to the real thing as possible), there’s an amusement park out there that offers exactly what you’re looking for. That said, here are some of the world’s best amusement parks that have delighted thrill seekers from around the world.
Beto Carrero World in Brazil
A rainbow-coloured palace ushers you into Beto Carrero, the largest amusement park in Latin America. Spread over 3,500 acres, this park is divided into seven themed areas, including Nation’s Avenue, Mundo Animal, Germanic Village, Old West and Pirates’ Island. The most notable attraction is the Fire Whip rollercoaster, which reaches speeds of over 60 miles per hour. Adrenaline junkies will also enjoy the action-packed stunt car show inspired by The Fast and Furious, which was created in partnership with Dreamworks and Universal Studios. The park hosts several events from time to time, and has a motorcross track and an international kart track that served as the venue for the prestigious 500 Miles Kart.
Europa Park in Germany
The largest theme park in Germany, Europa Park is located in Rust. The park is known for its high capacity roller-coasters and attractions, which allow it to accommodate up to 60,000 visitors every day. The twelve dynamic roller-coasters and globally themed districts are crammed with rides for children and adults. While here, you can soar through the skies on Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine, cruise through the Swiss Alps on the Swiss Bob Run Ride or test your appetite for adventure on Arthur – a suspended roller-coaster. The park is also the location for the Euro Dance Festival.
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Futuroscope in France
Futuroscope is a theme park with a difference. The park adopts the latest multimedia, cinematographic futuroscope and audiovisual techniques to offer visitors thrilling interactive adventures. Here, you can take your pick from 25 experiences that include Dances with Robots – the world’s first robot party, The Extraordinary Journey that takes you on a virtual world tour, and several shows including the very popular La Forge Aux Etoiles by the Cirque de Soleil. Accommodation is available within the park’s premises, by way of Hotel du Futuroscope.
Duinrell Amusement Park in the Netherlands
Meet Rick the Frog – the star of Duinrell, an amusement park at Wessenaar in the Netherlands, which also has a caravan park and campsite. The park is known for its swimming pool – the Tikibad, which has the longest waterslides in The Netherlands – in fact, the park has over 1,000 meters of slides and chutes, ranging from the high-octane Tyfoon to the more relaxed Lazy River. Older children will enjoy the Mad Mill and the adrenaline-pumping toboggan rides, while youngsters will spend many pleasurable hours at Fairytale Wonderland.