If you think people visit York, Maine for its scenic beaches, you are only partially correct. York’s Wild Kingdom, deemed by many visitors as Maine’s favorite zoo and amusement park, puts up heavy competition for York’s beaches, since it manages to lure in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Spread over 25 acres of land that is reserved by the State of Maine for the preservation of Ecology, York’s Wild Kingdom is located in the heart of York Beach. Its prime location means that the zoo and amusement park are located just a short walk away from the popular downtown region of York that, as well, draws a significant number of tourists every year.
Although most of the rides in York’s Wild Kingdom are geared towards young children, there is a little something for every age group. The amusement park features Sky Fighter, Train, Kid Wheel, Castle Bounce, Bumper Boats, Lady Bug and many kiddy rides that guarantee that your little ones will be entertained throughout your visit.
If you are traveling without children and want to experience high-intensity entertainment, don’t fret, York’s Wild Kingdom has plenty to offer in this regard. The Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Scrambler and Jungle Fun House, Wacky Mouse Rollercoaster, Go-Karts and Super Spiral will keep you on the edge of your seats.
Besides boasting amusement rides for its visitors to enjoy, York’s Wild Kingdom boasts an impressive 18-hole mini golf course for people who enjoy battling some of the most innovative obstacles while putting. Midway Games and Large Arcade have the ability to keep visitors lured towards them all day since they offer fantastic prizes. If you run out of things to do at York’s Wild Kingdom, you can walk a few minutes and stumble onto Short Sands Beach.
If you love getting up close and personal with animals, York’s Wild Kingdom could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spread over 5500 sq feet, York’s Wild Butterfly Kingdom is home to virtually all types of butterflies found in Central and South America. Walk through the homes of these beautiful insects, and if you’re lucky, you might just see a chrysalis emerge into a butterfly. Many other exotic birds can also be seen in York’s Wild Butterfly Kingdom.
Live interaction is not just limited to butterflies at York’s Wild Kingdom. Specially designed physical contact areas allow visitors to feed over 100 domestic ducks from one’s hands. A paddle boat can be rented out to get as close as possible to these exotic birds. Visitors can also pet and feed African pygmy goats and the fallow deer.
If you are planning a trip to York, it will not be complete without a visit to York’s Wild Kingdom. Due to its proximity with popular tourist destinations such as York’s beaches and downtown area, you have no excuse not to have the time of your life at this amusement park and zoo extravaganza.