12/02/2011 04:38 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Amusement Parks In Maine: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Amusement parks in Maine can be a rewarding place for families to visit. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Maine's amusement parks.

Palace Playland

The only beachfront amusement park In Maine combines vintage charm with modern thrills, and was featured in the Tom Hanks movie "Big." Palace Playland offers a number of kiddie and family rides, plus the thrills of the Power Surge and Orient Express. The park lights up at night, and there are fireworks on Thursdays during some summer months.

Swing Away

Adrenaline is the pendulum-swinging ride whose name says it all. Riders are swung on a 120-foot arc as the seats of the ride rotate and hover over the park.

Family Rides

Palace Playland is truly a family park, with rides for all tastes. There are roller coasters and thrill rides, family rides, and enough kiddie rides to keep little ones entertained.

Fast Food

Traditional fast food fare is served at Palace Playland. There is also a snack bar, ice cream stand and candy shop.

Safety Record

Two people were killed on a ride called Mind Scrambler, which has since been taken out of the park. A lawsuit was won by the family of a young boy who was killed on a boat ride in 2005.

Address: 1 Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Phone: 207-934-2001
Hours: The park is open seasonally from April through October. Please check the website for a detailed calendar of dates and times.
Price: $29.95 for an adult unlimited pass, $22.95 for a kiddie pass.

Funtown USA

Funtown Splashtown USA is the largest amusement and water park in Maine. There are old-fashioned rides such as wooden roller coasters and teacups, plus lightning speed modern thrills and family rides.

Tallest Ride In Maine

Dragon's Descent stands above the park, taking riders on a slow climb up a 220-foot tower. Take in the amazing view from the top of the tallest ride in Maine before being dropped at rapid speeds!

Other Attractions

Other attractions in the park include the waterslides in Splashtown, which have slides for all tastes. There are several kiddie rides to keep young ones entertained, and thrill seekers will not want to miss the speed and music of the Astrosphere.

Drinks And Snacks

When you've worked up an appetite at Funtown Splashtown USA, there are several options for typical fast food fare, but also Mexican entrees and BBQ chicken sandwiches. There are lots of places to stop and get drinks and snacks as well.

Safety Record

In 2005, a woman sued the park based on head injuries sustained from the Splish water slide. No other notable incidents were found.

Address: 774 Portland Road, Saco, ME 04072
Phone: 207-284-5139
Hours: The park is open seasonally from May through September, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please call ahead to confirm times.
Price: Combination rides and water park pass: Big Combo (48 inches tall and over) $35; Little Combo (38 inches tall to under 48 inches tall), $26; Senior Combo (seniors 60 and older; any height), $26.

Other Noteworthy Parks Near Maine

Seacoast Fun Park
Blackbeards USA
Oxford Plains Fun Park
York's Wild Kingdom

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