When most people think about theme parks, they think of Orlando. But really, that's nearly 1,000 miles and a plane or train ride away. Who needs those hassles?
For a quick spring weekend getaway, there are several amusement parks less than a three-hour drive from Baltimore: Six Flags America in Bowie, HersheyPark in Hershey, Pa., Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pa., Sesame Place in Langhome, Pa. and my personal favorite, Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pa. Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion in Virginia are probably just a tad longer drive, but still within proximity.
Hershey and Six Flags opened last weekend. This weekend brings more season openers and more new rides, including Voodoo, a rollercoaster at Dorney Park, and the all-new Sunny Day Carousel at Sesame Place. Dutch Wonderland opens too with a new live show and singalong featuring Thomas the Tank and Friends.
(Photo: Sunny Day Carousel ride. Photo courtesy Sesame Place)