Finding a holiday location that’s perfect for both you and the kids can seem like a struggle at the best of time, but when they’ve inherited your appetite for adrenaline, finding a theme park able to sate that while remaining child-friendly can be a difficult decision to make. Thankfully, Europe is chock full of family-friendly theme parks with rapid rollercoasters through to trundling toddler trains. Pack up your cases, renew e111 cards and get ready, because we’ve listed some of the best theme parks in Europe for you and your little ones.
Disneyland Paris, France
No list of Europe’s greatest theme parks would ever be complete without Disneyland Paris. Whether you’re 3, or 103, this theme park holds a sense of magic that can’t be explained. With Disney’s greatest characters wandering around the park alongside the visitors and a stunningly crafted park more intricate than even its counterpart in Orlando, you’ll be truly spoiled with a trip here. The rides are child-friendly, with just enough of a thrill to keep adults entertained too, and with the daily parade and fireworks show in the evening, you can even enjoy your day with your feet firmly on the ground.
For families wanting the full Disney experience, the Disneyland Hotel gives you the perfect view of the park in themed rooms, with discounted food and Early Magic Hours to head out and enjoy the busiest rides before the park fully opens. For those on a budget, the romantic city of Paris is just 30 minutes away by train for an easy journey.
Alton Towers Resort, UK
Alton Towers Resort in the UK gives all UK families the chance to enjoy a day out at one of the world’s greatest theme parks, without having to hop on a plane. The theme park has plenty of big thrill rides for the adrenaline-chasers, like the brand new Wicker Man wooden rollercoaster, or the well-known classics like Nemesis and Oblivion. If your kids are on the younger side, there’s still plenty for you to be enjoying – you could stop by CBeebies Land to let them meet their favourite characters at Tree Fu Tom’s Training Camp or Nina’s Science Lab, or you could stop by the family-friendly rides like Spinball Wizard, Hex or the Runaway Mine Train.
PortAventura World, Spain
Ferrari lovers, rejoice! PortAventura World is home to the gamed Ferrari Land, filled with plenty to do for both you and the kids. Red Force is the tallest rollercoaster in Spain, while the Thrill Towers offer a free-fall experience like no other and a bounce-back delight for all. The racing track gives you the chance to battle it out against your family in family-friendly Ferrari track cars and the Junior Championship offers an even better chance for your kids to head out and enjoy cruising around a track. The main park at PortAventura is also home to plenty of things to do. From the Furious Baco catapult rollercoaster, to the volcanic eruption of the Tutuki Splash, family holidays here are made simple.
Head to the cologne area in Germany and you’ll be greeted by Phantasialand, home to some incredible coasters designed with families in mind. From the Black Mamba ride perfect for you and the older kids, to the Colorado Adventure for a runaway train experience to remember this unique park, often goes underappreciated and unnoticed. With shows to enjoy, an amazingly designed park to marvel and plenty of thrills, this is a theme park you’ll remember.
Whether your kids are Disney fanatics looking to meet Elsa and Anna, or they’d prefer the big thrills of Alton Towers or Phantasialand, there are plenty of theme parks to choose from across Europe. Where will you go?