World’s Most Unique Theme Parks


World’s Most Unique Theme Parks

If roller coasters get your heart racing and fairy floss is one of your favourite foods, then you’ll love this Listopedia of quirky theme parks from around the world. Turn a day of fun into a weeklong thrill ride, with this round-up of unique theme parks and the best hotels and resorts nearby.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Set in the middle of cosmopolitan Copenhagen, quirky Tivoli’s twinkling tent tops, open-air stage shows, carnival games and restored roller coasters from yesteryear offer a dream-like experience. Ride the world’s tallest carousel, the Star Flyer, or spin a little closer to the ground on a traditional merry-go-round. Stay until the sun sets, when the gardens become illuminated by coloured lanterns and fireworks burst out over the man-made lake.

Extend your holiday at:

Danhostel: In contrast to the nostalgic vibes at Tivoli, the rooms at this hostel are ultra-modern and have stunning city views. For a fun weekend book out one of their dorm rooms with a group of friends. It’s also a great option for families on a budget, with a children’s play area providing a good distraction before you head to Tivoli Gardens.

Haw Par Villa, Singapore

One of the world’s oldest cultures is brought to life at Singapore’s Haw Par Villa. This colourful theme park features thousands of statues and dioramas illustrating different aspects of Chinese folklore and mythology. The peaceful grounds double as a live theatre stage for roaming acrobats and dancers impressing visitors with their intricate costumes and mind-blowing moves.

Extend your holiday at:

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore: This luxurious five-star hotel is located around the corner from Orchard Road, a hub for public transport as well as shopping in Singapore. From here you can take a bus and underground to Haw Par Villa. After a day exploring, come home to the height of luxury; the rooftop pool features landscaped tropical gardens and a poolside bar.

Siloso Beach Resort Sentosa: With sprawling tropical grounds and a 95-metre lagoon-style pool, the Siloso Beach Resort is a great place for a fun family holiday. You’ll never be bored, with Siloso Beach and the theme parks of Sentosa Island just a five-minute walk away. There is a tram stop on your doorstep for when you want to check out Haw Par Villa.

Wunderland Kalkar, Dusseldorf, Germany

The site that’s now home to Wunderland Kalkar was originally intended for a nuclear power plant; instead the giant chimney and factory grounds now make for an unlikely backdrop to this otherwise traditional theme park. Find an outlet for the boundless energy of your teenagers on the climbing walls, while littlies will enjoy the Pony Train and Turtle Parade. There’s also a party package on Friday and Saturday nights for the over 18s!

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Landhaus Beckmann: Just 10-minutes’ drive away from Wunderland Kalkar, Landhaus Beckmann is a peaceful, renovated-farmhouse escape. If your stay coincides with the first Sunday of the month, make sure to keep three hours around midday free for a traditional German buffet. Landhaus Beckmann offers their guests a free pick-up from the train station, as well as free parking.

Everland, Yongin, South Korea

South Korea’s largest theme park is located in the rolling hills just outside futuristic Yongin city. Breathtaking Everland is split into five themed zones: Zootopia, Magicland, Global Fair and American and European Adventures. Expect snow rides, jaw-dropping firework displays and colourful street parades. It’s also home to the world’s steepest roller coaster, reaching speeds of up to 104 kilometres an hour. International visitors can claim discounted tickets, so you can afford to extend your stay an extra day or two.

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Ramada Plaza Suwon: Rest your weary feet after a day exploring Everland at the five-star Ramada Plaza Suwon’s on-site sauna. The luxurious rooms come with free Wi-Fi, impressive views of the city and comfortable beds for sound night’s sleep. Wake up to a buffet breakfast to fuel your next day of adventure.

Mini Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is the home of the European Union, so what better location for a miniature replica of all the great sites in Europe? You’ll not only see the whole continent in one day, but can also go back in time to witness live action scenes from history. This is the only place you’ll be able to see Mt Vesuvius erupting in real life!

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Hotel des Galeries: This charming boutique hotel is located in the centre of Brussels, just a 5-minute walk from the cafes and attractions which surround La Grand Place, making it a perfect spot to rest after a day taking in Europe’s history. Each of the renovated rooms is soundproofed, guaranteeing you an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Marriott Hotel Grand Place: There’s something for everyone at this deluxe hotel. Kids will love the self-service waffle-making stations and parents can unwind with a massage in the comfort of their own room after a long day exploring. The spacious suites, complete with separate living areas and bedrooms, are great for families with young children.

Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin, Australia

The competition is fierce for the title of Australia’s deadliest wildlife, but the saltwater crocodile has to come pretty close to first place. Get up close and personal with the giant jaws of these beasts at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin. If you are feeling especially brave, you can even dive with the crocs from the relative safety of “The Cage of Death”.

Extend your holiday at:

Argus Accommodation Darwin: These self-contained apartments are great for family groups. Each apartment and room contains kitchen facilities that are ideal for a quick breakfast before a big day out. The buildings are centrally located in downtown Darwin, just a 10-minute walk from Crocosaurus Cove.

H Hotel Darwin: Just 300-metres from Crocosaurus Cove’s doorstep, H Hotel is a modern hotel with renovated rooms. Gather your strength for your crocodile encounter with a buffet breakfast served at the restaurant overlooking the landscaped pool and garden. In the evening enjoy a relaxing beer at the poolside bar.

Novotel Darwin: The rooms at this luxurious hotel open into the six-storey high lobby, decorated with palm trees and hanging plants. Kids will love the pool, spa, and designated play area, while parents unwind at the end of a long day with a cocktail at Jabiru bar.

Alton Towers, Staffordshire, England

Adrenaline junkies rejoice! Hidden in the thick forests of Staffordshire, Alton Towers’ exhilarating roller coasters make it a must for all the big kids out there. Skip the queues with Fastrack Tickets to get the adrenaline pumping. Don’t miss the park’s newest addition, Galactica, which blasts visitors face-down like Superman through a virtual reality of Outer Space at 75 kilometres an hour.

Extend your holiday at:

Amber House: Nestled in the neighbouring village of Alrewas, Amber House provides a highly acclaimed hearty, homemade English breakfast to fuel your day at Alton Towers. After a thrilling day, come home to the comforts and hospitality of a traditional English-style bed and breakfast.

Colton House: This impressive English manor house will transport you back in time with antique four-poster beds, claw bath tubs and exposed timber beams. After a long day outdoors, the floor heating and fluffy bathrobes keep you cosy and warm.

Wychnor Park Country Club: The action continues on the 55 acres of landscaped grounds at Wychnor Park Country Club. With an on-site golf course and indoor heated pool to keep the big kids entertained, there’s also a playground and miniature golf course for the little ones.

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