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5 Quirky Theme Parks From Around the World

Features & Advice | Cherese Weekes | April 14, 2015

5 Quirky Theme Parks From Around the World

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Who doesn’t enjoy the excitement of a theme park? Whether whizzing through the air or encountering animated creatures, they excite youngsters or make every visitor feel young at heart. However, some attractions have ditched the usual themes for a more quirky experience. From roaming among prehistoric beasts to a dizzying visit to the future, these five parks bring the quirk in generous measures.

Vietnam: Suoi Tien

Yes, you will be able to skyrocket through the air on a rollercoaster, slide down waterslides, and even feed hungry alligators raw meat, but Suoi Tien Amusement Park breaks away from the norm by presenting a Buddhist theme. In fact, the park is the first of its kind to showcase symbols of Buddhism, with vibrant images of statues, dragons, and temples sprinkled throughout the park. Since Suoi Tien is deeply rooted in religion, visitors have the option of wandering through the Buddhist vision of hell, as well as brave the stone-cold gazes of symbolic figures like Hung King.

Colombia: Parque Jaime Duque

Where can you find the Taj Mahal, replicas of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and a male Statue of Liberty in one setting? At the Parque Jaime Duque, which is Colombia’s twisted version of an amusement park, where towering sculptures and monuments are found around every corner. Unlike many other amusement parks that are populated with attractions that leave their visitors drained by the end of the visit, Parque Jaime Duque intends to encourage a thirst for world culture, especially with towering dinosaurs and the “hand of god.”

France: Futuroscope

There’s nothing conventional about this theme park, which has been on a mission to take its visitors to the future from the day it opened its doors. Thanks to its cutting-edge rides and attractions, Futuroscope sends adrenaline junkies flying through the air, and takes them on 3D adventures. The park offers an elevated culinary experience as well at the Aerobar, and provides an educational trip while onboard the time machine. Just make sure you plan more than a day's visit in order to explore the diverse thrills the future holds here.

UAE: Ice Land Water Park

The United Arab Emirates does not fail when it comes to state-of the-art endeavors. That is why it is no surprise there is a winter wonderland in the middle of the desert. Ice Land Water Park provides plenty of snowcapped-themed adventures, including sliding, splashing, floating, and rounds of soccer for both adults and children. In the midst of soaking up the fun at this penguin-infused playground, attempt your best waddle on rides like Mount Cyclone, which was designed with the true adventurer in mind. You’ll also want to wipe the water from your eyes to see Penguin Falls, the world’s largest manmade waterfall.

Florida: Dinosaur World

Florida isn't only for talking mice and Disney princesses, because the world’s most primitive beasts can be found dominating the 20 acres of Dinosaur World. That means you might want to proceed with caution, since life-sized versions of the prehistoric beasts appear just about everywhere. In between roaming the park’s lush setting, there are also plenty of exhibits to explore, which intend to paint the ideal picture of the existence of the animal. If you are a paleontologist at heart, what could be better than discovering the mysteries of the dinosaurs by a close encounter with a detailed replica?


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