There aren't a heck of a lot of amusement parks or water parks in tiny Delaware. Below, I list the parks that are operating in the state. If you're looking for theme parks, fuggedaboutit. (There is a distinction to be made; read my article, "What is the Difference Between a Theme Park and an Amusement Park?")
There used to be more parks. Among the notable ones was Brandywine Springs Amusement Park in Wilmington.
The trolley park was open from the late 1800s through the early 1900s and included the Scenic Railway roller coaster that bordered a lake. Blue Diamond Park in New Castle, which was primarily an action sports park that featured ATV and Motocross tracks, used to have amusement rides such as roller coasters and a Ferris wheel, but it eliminated them in 2007. The entire park has since closed.
The following Delaware parks are open:
Funland is one of the country's few free-admission amusement parks. Visitors purchase a la carte tickets. The small boardwalk park offers a few rides. Among its most famous and popular is Haunted Mansion, a classic dark ride (not to be confused with the Disney attraction with the same name). It does not offer any roller coasters, but does have some spinning flat rides including a Gravitron, a Paratrooper, and a SuperFlip. For younger visitors, there is a carousel, a kiddie-sized Ferris wheel, and a spinning helicopters ride.
The park also has some games of chance. Funland itself does not offer food, however there are food concessions along the beach.
Jungle Jim's River Safari Water Park
The relatively small outdoor water park includes the usual suspects, such as body slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool. Surprisingly, it also offers an uphill water coaster.
In addition to the wet rides, Jungle Jim's also has mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages, and a cafe.
Killens Pond State Water Park
The small outdoor water park is located in Killens Pond State Park. It includes a large, zero-depth entry pool with a fountain and a lily pad walk, a baby pool with some small slides, and a tot lot with a water curtain, small enclosed slide, and a few other features.
White Water Mountain and Midway Speed Park
White Water Mountain is a small outdoor water park that includes a few water slides, a lazy river, and a pool. Midway Speedway Park offers multiple go-kart tracks, mini-golf, bumper boats, a climbing wall, and some other attractions.
Find Nearby Parks
There may be only a few parks within the state, but there are some wonderful theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks a short drive away in neighboring states.
- New Jersey Theme Parks
- New Jersey Water Parks
- Maryland Theme Parks
- Maryland Water Parks
- Pennsylvania Theme Parks
- Pennsylvania Water Parks