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5 Maryland Amusement Parks To Check Out This Summer

Patch logo Patch 6/19/2021 Deb Belt
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MARYLAND — Schools are out, COVID-19 vaccination rates are above 72 percent: Marylanders are eager to get out of the house and celebrate summer. Theme park operators who lost millions of dollars last year during the pandemic hope to recoup their losses with an economic boom this summer.

Amusement parks are operating at full capacity, some sites no longer require masks for those who are vaccinated, and the industry is preparing for a rebound.

"This year, everyone in the United States will be open and people will have options," Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider, recently told The Washington Post. "I think we will see the pre-pandemic experience return later in the summer."

The state of emergency in Maryland will end on July 1, after being in place since March 5, 2020, Gov. Larry Hogan said. That means masks and face coverings will no longer be required in any setting, including in schools or camps, though businesses will still be permitted to set their own mask requirements.

Courtesy of the Maryland Office of Tourism, here's a list of some of the state's most popular thrill-seeking destinations:

Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro

Thrilling theme/water park featuring more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions. Events include Fourth of July fireworks. Its newest attraction — Harley Quinn Spinsanity — made its debut this year. The oversized giant pendulum ride named after the iconic DC Super Villain Harley Quinn, is the tallest, fastest and most extreme pendulum ride in all of DC, Maryland and Virginia combined, the park said.

The towering, impressive giant disc will reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour as it whips back and forth going higher and higher while constantly spinning.

Guests and team members who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to wear masks while in the parks.


Video: Reservations required at more US parks this summer (Associated Press)

Trimper's Rides, Ocean City

Since 1890, Trimper’s Rides of Ocean City is the oldest continuously family owned and operated amusement park in the world. Trimper’s has entertained families with the Herschell-Spillman Merry-Go-Round, Bill Tracy Haunted House, the world-class Tidal Wave coaster, thrilling rides and unique attractions. Our mission at Trimper’s Rides of OC is to create action- packed family fun.

Ride the Himalaya, crash bumper cars, and bop Whac-A-Moles. Shoot Skee-Ball and find arcade games at Marty’s Playland. Don't miss the newest additions to Trimper's including Boardwalk Games arcade with the latest and greatest arcade machines available and Sticky Fingers Dessert Bar offering handcrafted artisan chocolates, candied popcorn, Trimper’s Taffy, house-made brownies, cookies, biscotti and more.

Jolly Roger, Ocean City

Find family fun at two locations: The Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Jolly Roger's at the pier. At the main amusement park enjoy 30 rides, games, go-karts and the aqualoop.

The famous Ocean City Pier, located at the southern end of the Boardwalk, is home to Jolly Roger’s Pier Rides, including double decker Venetian Carousel, the Looping Star, Kraken, the adrenaline pumping Slingshot, the iconic Giant Wheel, and more.

Adventure Park USA, Monrovia

The 17.5 acre indoor and outdoor park features more than 20 major attractions, including a full service restaurant. With thrilling roller coasters, Go Karts, mini golf courses, ropes course, laser tag, bowling and so more, it offers extreme fun for all ages.

Note: Masks are required at all times for both staff and guests.

Wisp Resort, McHenry

Celebrate summer in Deep Creek Lake with the Stage Wisp Concert Series and Farmer & Art Market. Every Wednesday in July and August you can walk through the market beginning at 4 p.m. to browse local farmer and artisan booths full of fresh produce, hand-crafted wares and goods. Then put your dancing shoes on for the main event — Stage Wisp. Enjoy free live music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. under the saddle tent on the front lawn; don't forget your blanket and lawn chairs. Hot eats and cool drinks will be available for purchase on the outdoor deck.

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