Mid-Atlantic amusement parks [Pictures]
Take a tour of roller coasters and amusement parks within a 200-miles radius of Baltimore.
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Dutch Wonderland( Photo courtesy of Dutch Wonderland )
Why you should visit in 2010: The determinedly kid-friendly park boasts a new ride called the Twister (pictured), Dutch Wonderland spokeswoman Bethany Alwan says, "A circular ride that sort-of tilts on its axis and goes forwards and backwards. It's very cool." (The ride was actually new last year, but it's probably new to you, right?)
The park also has added a free round of miniature golf at the nearby Wonderland Mini-Golf to its ticket price.
Plus, if you haven't been since 2003, you haven't seen Duke's Lagoon, a 1.5-acre pool-less water park known as the sprayground -- a perfect place for young kids who want to get wet. "We don't want to have standing water or a swimming pool," Alwan says, "because a lot of our guests might not be able to swim yet." --Chris Kaltenbach
Address: 2249 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster, Pa.
Miles from the Inner Harbor: 82
Wow factor: An amusement park in the heart of Amish country -- it doesn't get any more low-key or kid-friendly than that. And the parking is free.
Hours through August: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily
Information: 866-386-2839 or dutchwonderland.com