Whether you live in Europe or are visiting on your big vacation trip, there are some wonderful theme parks you can add to your destinations list. From the oldest operating theme park in the world, to water parks, to heart-pounding coaster parks, there is something for everyone, in every corner of the continent! Here are ten parks to help you get your European trip off on the right foot:

  1. Take the family to PortAventura, the beloved theme park and a resort that is located in Salou, Tarragona, Spain on the Costa Dorada. This park has plenty of thrilled and rides to entertain any family; it attracts 4 million visitors each year which has earned it the number one stop on the list of Spain’s most popular theme parks.

  2. Tivoli Gardens combines the elements you love from an amusement park and adds in the serenity of a beautiful pleasure garden. The park is located in Copenhagen, Denmark and welcomes thousands of visitors every day. The park opened in 1843 and is hailed as the world’s second-oldest amusement park.

  3. Gardaland is a popular amusement park destination for locals and visitors alike and it is located in North-Eastern Italy. The gates opened to the public in 1975 and the park is made up of Gardaland Complex, Gardaland Sea-Life, and the Gardaland Hotel. Every member of the family will find something they love about this diverse amusement complex.

  4. Walt Disney Studios Park is one theme park that was built at Disneyland Paris. It is found in Marne-la-Vallee, France, and it opened in 2002. The park’s focus is not so much on thrill rides but entertainment and focuses on show business, movies, production, acting, special effects, and behind-the-scenes.

  5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a very popular European amusement park that is situated along the beautiful Fylde coast in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Since its founding in 1896 the park was and still is owned and operated by the Thompson family, making one of the few family owned parks today.


  6. Therme Erding is a different type of getaway as there are no coasters or rides but there is still plenty to enjoy and plenty of reasons why its on so many visitor’s must-see list. This is the largest thermal bath complex in Europe and is visited by more than 4,000 people every single day. Soak and relax and enjoy an afternoon or an entire day of peaceful enjoyment in the warm soothing waters.

  7. Parc Festyland is where to go if you want a taste of the small European theme park scene. It is situated in Lower Normandy, France. The theme park sees more than 110,000 visitors pass through every year. If you want a day of fun without all the line and rush of a big theme park, come enjoy Parc Festyland.

  8. Alton Towers Waterpark, which is known by most Europeans as Cariba Creek and Splash Landings, is a rather impressive indoor-outdoor waterpark with a beautiful tropical lagoon theme. As part of the Alton Towers Resort, comfort and style are the name of the game and it is actually part of the Splash Landings hotel of Staffordshire, England


  9. Duinrell is another example of a wonderful European amusement . It is situated in Wassenaar, The Netherlands with beautiful scenery as the backdrop. Kids can explore the play area and have learning adventures with the park mascot, Rick the Frog. Aside from the rides, games, and typical theme park flare, Duinrell also has a caravan park and a camp-site for on site camp outs.

  10. Dyrehavsbakken, commonly known by the locals as Bakken, is found near Klampenborg. It opened in 1583 and is still in operation today, making this the world’s oldest operating amusement park. Enjoy everything the park has to offer and be a part of history in the process.