Theme parks in Scotland offer rides aplenty. The country has nearly every amusement park ride imaginable so children, their parents and everyone in between will find something to ride and remember. 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 Scotland's theme parks.
Codona's Aberdeen Beach
FeaturesCodona's Aberdeen Beach features an amusement park, an indoor games area and indoor and outdoor adventure golf on the beach at Aberdeen Bay. It has a variety of other amusements as well, including bowling and pool.
Signature RideCodona's Grampian Eye is a big wheel that stands 100 feet high and has panoramic views of Aberdeen and the bay. According to Codona's, it has been hailed as "one of Aberdeen's must-do attractions" and is featured on the Monopoly Aberdeen board game. New for 2011 is Vertigo, the "highest skytrail aerial assault course in the U.K." It has three levels of difficulty, so even youngsters ages 5 and up can experience some of the fun. Their more adventurous parents and guardians can venture higher and experience much better views. Another way to see the view is on the Looping Star Roller Coaster, which includes a 360-degree loop and is located on the roof of Codona's Congo Adventure Golf building.
More AttractionsThe Apple Family Coaster is a favorite among younger guests. It is smaller than the Looping Star, but still has plenty of gentle turns, dips and rises. The White Water Log Flume simulates a ride over the rapids, and The Galleon flies back and forth through the air to reach incredible speeds and heights. The Giant Slide is an old-time amusement park favorite. For those looking for a little scare, the Haunted Mansion will do the trick. While you're there, keep your eyes peeled for Codona's mascot, Dodgem the Dog. He loves getting his photo taken with visitors.
GrubCodona's features fast food from Wimpy as well as Hot Dog and Candy Floss Units for a quick bite to eat or a cool drink. In addition, the Sunset Diner and Bar offers food for all the family, including spare ribs, salads, soups, pizza and pasta. The Congo Bar and Diner offers a huge range of alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as a full diner menu. It is located above the indoor Congo adventure golf, so diners can look down on golfers below.
PriceThe All Day Family Wristband includes a free round of Pirate Island Adventure Golf and is 11.99 GBP ($19) per person. Guests can add access to Vertigo for 2 GBP ($3). The All Day Standard Wristband is 13.99 GBP ($22) per person and also includes a free round of Pirate Adventure Golf. The All Day Tiny Tots Wristband is 8.99 GBP ($14) per person and includes free Pirate Adventure Golf or the opportunity to paint a selected ceramic item from Codona's Creamic Cafe. Vertigo Aerial Assault Course is 5 GBP ($8) per session. Pirate Island and The Congo Adventure Golf are 4.99 GBP ($8) per person per round for families, and 5.99 GBP ($10) per person per round.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Codona's Aberdeen Beach.
Address: Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen AB24 5ED, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01224 595910
Hours of Operation: Late March to September, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., although closed some weekdays. Open 1 to 5 p.m. in October.
FeaturesM&D's, which calls itself "Scotland's theme park," has a variety of rides, as well as Amazonia, an indoor tropical rainforest with exotic animals; Devil's Island Adventure Golf; Krazy Congo, a giant soft play area for kids; My Pawfect Bear, in which children can stuff their own bears and a Gamezone with 150 games.
Signature RideThe Tsunami is Scotland's only inverted roller coaster with corkscrews and loops. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy M&D's refurbished Tornado, which has 360-degree loops and travels at more than 50 mph. The Express launches riders from 0 to 37 mph in eight seconds.
More AttractionsKids will enjoy the Flying Jumbos elephant ride and the Big Apple Roller Coaster. The park also has a number of rides that both kids and parents will enjoy, as well as a variety of bars -- including "probably the longest bar in Scotland," with "any sport that's on TV."
GrubM&D's has many options for hungry visitors, including curries, roast dinners, hamburgers, french fries, sodas, beer, coffee, ice cream, milkshakes, cakes and pastries.
PriceA Single Unlimited Wristband is 15.50 GBP ($25). A Single Unlimited Wristband for guests under 53 inches is 11.40 GBP ($18). Wristbands for a family of four are 48 GBP ($77).
Safety RecordRiders aboard the park's log flume got stuck and were forced to evacuate one day in August 2011.
Address: Motherwell, Scotland ML1 3RT
Telephone: 01698 333 777
Hours of Operation: The park is open mid-March to October. March, noon to 6 p.m; April through August, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; August - September, noon to 8 p.m.; October, noon to 6 p.m.
A trip on M&D's Tsunami.
Other Noteworthy Parks
Pitlochry Children's Amusement Park
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
Nessie's Adventure Land
Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze
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