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We all love going to theme parks; from the white-knuckle rides to the candy floss, there’s always a reason to enjoy the day out. The great thing about theme parks is that they transcend the traditional age-restrictions that some outdoor entertainment has. There really is something for everyone, whether you’re a teenager, adult, or even a toddler. There are countless fantastic theme parks all over the world, and in fact, being on holiday is one of the number one reason that people go to them. Theme parks are a top destination for all holidaymakers, from those on world cruises to folks who prefer things a little closer to home. If you’re thinking of having a holiday in Europe this year, you should find the following list very helpful indeed. Here are some of the very best theme parks in Europe – so no matter which part of it you’re going to, you’re sure to find a family day out that’s fun for everyone.

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Alton Towers, England, UK

Ok, so this one is a little closer to home, but it’s still Europe, right? Alton Towers, in Staffordshire, England, is one of the world’s most popular theme park destinations. It’s packed to bursting with fantastic rides and awesome attractions. Alton Towers features various different ‘regions’ which are all themed: futuristic, prehistoric, etc. They also have a lot of traditional ‘spooky’ rides which fit perfectly with the location of the park (the grounds of a stately home). Alton Towers also boasts some of the world’s most thrilling roller-coasters, such as Oblivion – the world’s first vertical drop coaster – and the fan favorite Nemesis, which has been thrilling visitors for many years. Another great thing about the Alton Towers resort is that it offers something for those who are looking for a quieter time – including a full complement of beautiful gardens, and some tranquil swan boats.

Disneyland Paris, France

This particular theme park seems to hold some magical power over children of all ages; one mention of the Disneyland and it’s like giving them ten cans of fizzy pop! They simply can’t get enough of it, and it’s an experience that everyone should have regardless of age. Whether you’re a parent or simply a thrill-seeker, you can’t go wrong by stopping off at Disneyland Paris. It has brilliant rides like Big Thunder Mountain which have been firm favorites with visitors since the park opened in 1992. And of course, you can’t miss the Disney parade, which cuts a path down ‘Main Street USA’ and gives people a chance to meet their favorite Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The setting of the park has become iconic due to its centerpiece: the magical Sleeping Beauty Castle, which has become an icon of the entire Disney company.

Europa Park, Germany

Europa Park is currently the second most popular theme park in Europe by numbers alone, with over 4.2 million visitors enjoying the park per year. The park is unique in its format because it’s split into various regions which are based on the many European countries, including England, Spain, Russia, and Italy. Each of the areas has its own rides and it’s always worth trying to visit every single zone if you get the chance. You can also have the chance to ride the biggest roller-coaster in Europe, the Silver Star. Whilst it’s not for small children, the coaster is a great thrill for teens and adults, and there are more than enough attractions to keep visitors of all ages happy and give them an experience they’ll never forget.