Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre theme park just east of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in East Lampeter Township, appealing primarily to families with small children. The park’s theme is a “Kingdom for Kids.” The entrance to the park has a stone imitation castle façade, which was built by Earl Clark, a potato farmer, before he opened the park in 1963.
The Clark family sold Dutch Wonderland in 2001 to Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. They also operate Wonderland Mini-Golf (Former Wonderland Cinema; Demolished in 2015), and Old Mill Stream Campground at the same location and the Gift Shop at Kitchen Kettle Village, in nearby Intercourse, Pennsylvania. On November 12, 2010, Hershey Entertainment announced that they sold Dutch Wonderland to Palace Entertainment.
The park has 32 rides, plus a tropical-themed interactive water play area called Duke’s Lagoon. The park also has an extended season, open for “Happy Hauntings” and “Dutch Winter Wonderland” events for Halloween and Christmas. The park is part of a larger area in Lancaster zoned for entertainment, dining, lodging, and conferences.