Amusement parks in Vermont are like the state itself: small, lush and laid back. While you'll have to venture to nearby states for roller coasters, Vermont offers some of the most thrilling outdoor rides, thanks to its mountainous landscape. 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 Vermont amusement parks.
Bromley Summer Adventure
In the winter, Bromley Summer Adventure transforms into Bromley Mountain, one of Vermont's premier ski resorts. It's located on one of Vermont's scenic green mountains. Offering breathtaking views and rides for the whole family, it's a great way to spend a day during a family getaway in Vermont.
Longest In New EnglandThe Sun Mountain Flyer is the most in-demand ride in the park, so much so that they recently added additional seats and lines to reduce waiting. What's the draw? The Sun Mountain Flyer is the longest ZipRider in New England, where passengers are strapped into a single seat, connected to an overhead line, that flies down the mountain at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
Kid-Friendly AttractionsBromley Summer Adventure features kid-friendly attractions such as the bumper boats, bounce house Trampoline Thing and Super Slide. For older kids and adults, check out the Space Bikes, Big Splash water slide, and the Giant Swing. Or make it a family affair on the rock wall, Alpine Slide, mini gold course or riding the scenic chairlift ride.
Food OptionsThe Sun Deck offers burgers, sausages, snacks and drink specials. If you come to Bromley on a Tuesday, you'll get free ice cream.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Bromley Summer Adventure.
Address: 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, VT 05152
Hours: The park is open weekends and holidays from May 28 to June 12. Beginning Sept. 10 through Oct. 10 the park is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Fridays when it stays open until 7:30 p.m.
Price: Weekday Adventure Pass, $34; Weekend Adventure Pass, $39; Kid Zone Weekday Pass, $20; Kid Zone Weekend Pass, $25. Tickets are available at a discounted price mornings and Fridays after 5 p.m. Individual tickets are avaialble for all rides. The Sun Mountain Flyer is $15 with an Adventure Pass and $20 without one.
Celebrating Christmas all year round, Santa's Land is a weekend-only amusement park that allows families to visit with Santa Claus, even in the height of summer. This small, quaint park has been a draw for more than 50 years.
Meet SantaSanta's Alpine Train is a highlight ride, but the main attraction is Santa's North Pole Village, where you can meet Santa at Santa's house, and visit the Ding Dong Schoolhouse, Santa's Sweet Shoppe and Santa's Land Arcade.
Kiddie LandSanta's Land is geared toward families with younger children, and has no adult thrill rides or roller coasters. It features kiddie rides, a merry-go-round, kid-friendly slides and a petting zoo.
Santa's TreatsThe CandyCane Cupboard features snack bar fare; Santa's Sweet Shoppe sells all kinds of sweets, including homemade fudge and ice cream, as well as gourmet coffee for adults.
Safety RecordIn November 1997, Amusement Business reported that a heat lamp caused one of Santa's Land stables to burn down the previous year. Fortunately, the reindeer inside were rescued. No reports of serious accidents involving patrons were found.
Address: 635 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT 05346
Hours: The park is open Memorial Day Weekend and weekends in July, August and October through December from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is closed in June and September. It is open the Friday after Thanksgiving and Columbus Day.
Price: General admission, $10; children 2 and younger, free.
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The Fun Spot
Six Flags New England
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