Best OGT Hotel near Waterpark & Zoo
Given how long Ogunquit, Maine and our surrounding communities have been beloved summer retreats for folks from all across the Northeast and well beyond, it may not come as a surprise that—in addition to our fabled beaches, saltwater-taffy shops, and other quintessential seaside attractions—our region boasts its fair share of amusement parks. All the more reason to choose the Gorges Grant Hotel, Juniper Hill Inn, Cottage at Acorn Lane, or the Milestone—our handsome and varied Ogunquit.com properties—for your family vacation to the coast of Southern Maine!
Here are a few options in that department…
York’s Wild Kingdom (1 Animal Park Road, York, ME)
York’s Wild Kingdom serves as the only combination zoo and amusement park in New England: It’s hard to go wrong here, in other words. Besides Sky Fighter, Safari Bounce, the Jungle Funhouse, the Ferris Wheel, Super Spiral, and other rides and games, York’s Wild Kingdom boasts an impressive variety of animals sure to impress both the younger and older crowd: Bengal tigers, ostriches and emus, macaws and other parrots, black-and-white ruffed and ring-tailed lemurs, zebras, coatis, Eurasian eagle-owls, prehensile-tailed porcupines, and more—plus a whole color-wheel’s worth of Neotropical butterflies in the Butterfly Kingdom.
Funtown Splashtown USA (774 Portland Road, Saco, ME)
We don’t reckon too many kids will be able to resist a place called Funtown Splashtown. Here you’ll find the Funtown Ride Park with rides for all ages: from tike-friendly Cactus Canyon, Frog Hopper, and Kiddie Boats to the Dragon’s Descent, Excalibur Wooden Roller Roaster, Grand Prix Racers, and other higher-thrill setups. And then there’s the Splashtown Water Park, host to a plethora of slides: Mammoth, Corkscrew, Liquid Lightning, Tornado, and more.
Palace Playland (1 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME)
The only beachfront amusement park in New England, Palace Playland goes the Coney Island route for some timeless seaside pleasures. From kiddie and family rides to thrilling roller coasters, there’s quite the spectrum here—something for everybody, basically. You’ve also got a big arcade with pinball and other games on hand.
Take Flight Aerial Adventure Park (506 US Route 1, Kittery, ME)
A fantastic choice for slightly older kids, Take Flight offers a challenging and exhilarating three-level Aerial Adventure Course plus multiple treetop-coasting ziplines for some one-of-a-kind, off-the-ground good times.
Enjoy the Ogunquit Area’s Amusement Parks & Zoos on Your Next Ogunquit.com Family Vacation
Each of the above family-friendly destinations offers its own unique experience, so we recommend sampling them all—whether across multiple visits with us here at Ogunquit.com or simply one great big thrill-heavy getaway!