Friday, July 8, 2016

Fairy Tales? Come Visit Efteling!

I like to think that there's a little kid in all of us.  That being said, I still like to visit zoos, Santa Clause, science museums, aquariums, fairs, and theme parks.  Therefore, I would like to present Efteling Theme Park in Holland, The Netherlands.  Being summer, there's no place quite like a theme park to get your juices flowing, and this park is right outside of Rotterdam and is just waiting to amaze you.

Officially begun in 1952, this original park is somewhat of a Disney like park.  If you loved fairy tales growing up, then you will love this place.  Fairytale Land was one of the firsts sections of the park to open.  Now, all these years later, they have roller coasters, water rides and all kinds of amazing things to do.  It's one of the largest theme parks in Europe.

One big difference in this place is that not only are there dragons waiting for you at the roller coaster, but the park is full of fairies.  You just never know what you're going to find.  And, unlike most theme parks in northern latitudes, Efteling is open year round.  Not only can you visit fairy tales, but you can celebrate Christmas there if you like.

Talking trees and dancing fountains make this place special.  There's a little bit of Disney, a touch of Universal Studios, and a pinch of Las Vegas to keep you entertained.  One of my favorite parts are the fountains.  Not only does the water dance, but the fountains also shoot out flames.  That's not something that you see every day.  I wonder what Snow White thought when she woke up to that.

The rides are great.  Not only do you get shot out of a medieval tower, but you get shot through the water.  There are many surprises amongst the rides.  One of the biggest surprises ever is the bobsled ride.  You get to go down a makeshift bobsled run in a sled.  I've never heard of that one in a theme park before.  It may be a one of a kind.

But, if the bobsled isn't your thing, there are a ton of rides from looping coasters to spinning kettles.  There are a lot of things to do.  There's a ride where you sit in a vehicle and the room rotates around you.  There's a haunted house.  This place has it all.

You can ride a pagoda that lifts you high in the air.  Efteling is one of those places that remind you that there are parks out there that aren't Disney or Six Flags.  In Europe there are a lot of great parks, and we hardly ever hear of them because of our giant parks here.  Well, Efteling is huge and it's been a public gathering place for over a century.  Now it's a great place to take the kids.  And it's all right outside of Rotterdam.

So, before you book that trip to Disney; think about Efteling Park.  Let your childhood come to life and spend some time with the Brother's Grimm.  It's a one of a kind park, and it should not be missed.  Britain has Blackpool, and the Netherlands has Efteling.  It's the place to be for a great day with the family.  It's fun, it's literature, it's fairies, and it's a one of a kind experience in Holland.  Pack you bags and head for one of a kind fun at Efteling Park.  Enjoy!

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