Find games, rides and plenty of entertainment at the region’s exciting amusement attractions. Now is a good time to join in the fun. Whether you like thrill rides or just crave cotton candy and time with the family, there’s something for everyone at the area’s amusement parks.
Join in the joyous festivities and lively carnival atmosphere with a visit to Joyland Amusement Park, in Lubbock. This amusement park has been drawing in fun-lovers of all ages for more than 30 years with its assortment of more than 30 rides designed to suit every member of your party. Children will enjoy a spin on the Classic Carousel and transportation-themed rides on trucks, helicopters, cars and boats. The park even features a scaled-down roller coaster built specifically for the little ones. Get everyone together on the family-friendly Skyride, which lifts you up for an aerial view of the park. If you are a thrill seeker, seek the whirling Vortex water coaster and the death-defying Dare Devil Drop. Of course, no amusement park experience is complete without a taste of fair-style treats. Joyland serves up the classics, from funnel cakes and cotton candy to corn dogs and chili fries. For more information, visit www.joylandpark.com.
It’s always a special occasion at Celebration Station, located in Mesquite. Spend the day entertained by the wealth of activities, from the bumper cars to batting cages. If you and your crew are up for some friendly competition, try out Celebration Station’s paintball and laser tag courses. Afterwards, climb to the top and master the “Rockwall.” Enjoy a game of mini golf, or test your skills with an arcade game in the Game Room. Savor a slice of pizza or two or grab an ice cream cone to refuel, then get up to speed on the go-kart track. Little ones can have a jolly time riding the trains and planes in the park’s Playland section. Make your next birthday party or special event a smash hit with one of Celebration Station’s birthday party or group packages. For more information, visit www.celebrationstation.com.
If you want to relax with the family, spend a day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park, located in Dallas. From the Scrambler to the Tilt-a-Whirl, this park features an array of exiting attractions. There is an assortment of rides built for kids, such as the Little Dipper roller coaster and the charming, family-friendly carousel. Play a few rounds of mini golf, or test your gaming know-how in the arcade. The park also has paddleboat rentals that you can take out on the lake, and there is a huge swimming pool. If you want to start up a ball game, a softball field is available. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy lunch in the shade. Sandy Lake Amusement is a great place to hold your next event, group outing or birthday party, and bookings are available for the Picnic Pavilion. For more information, visit at www.sandylake.com.
Spend the day puttering on the greens at Putt-Putt Fun Center, with three convenient locations in Hurst, Fort Worth and Arlington. The centers offer challenging 18-hole and 54-hole putt-putt golf courses, along with a variety of amusements. Specific activities vary by location, but include huge arcade rooms with 50 or more exciting games, plus batting cages, children’s amusement rides, go-karts, bumper boats and more. The centers in South Arlington and Hurst also offer small-scale bowling alleys. Grab a snack of your favorite fun-time foods, such as nachos, pizza and ice cream, available inside. Putt-Putt Fun Center is a great place to throw a birthday bash. For more information, visit www.putt-puttgolf.com.
You deserve a little amusement. Head out and enjoy a great time!