7 Food and Wine Theme Parks
From family-friendly candy theme parks to ones dedicated solely to wine, there's a park for foodies of all ages.
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Cite du Vin
What better a place for a wine museum than Bordeaux, France? Meaning “City of Wine,” Cite du Vin opened in June 2016 and celebrates the culture of wine around the world. It features 20 themed area and exhibits, simulator boat rides and, of course, expert-led wine tastings! Book a multi-sensory tasting workshop that will awaken all of your senses with 360 degree images, lights sounds and smells. Plan your visit.
BonBon-Land is not your average theme park. The candy-themed attraction in Denmark opened in 1992 after a candy maker heard his young son describe brown candies to look like “dog farts.” It eventually sparked his idea to open a candy-themed park with a cheeky sense of humor. At the park, you can ride four roller coasters and two water rides, while observing vomiting statues and other signs of bathroom-related humor throughout the park.
Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. The park has 70 rides and attractions. Adjacent to Hersheypark is Hershey's Chocolate World, a visitors' center that is open to the public and contains shops, restaurants and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride. Qualifying height ranges for rides have a designated candy label. For example, if you are 42 to 46 inches tall, you fall into the Reese’s category. If you’re 54 to 60 inches, you’re in the Twizzlers group. Kids can see what rides they qualify for simply by seeing their candy category next to the ride.
Eataly, the Italian food emporium with marketplaces all over the world, is opening a theme park in Bologna, Italy mid-2017. Eataly World will span 20 acres and showcase every aspect of Italian food, from production to consumption.
While Epcot in Orlando, Florida is not solely a food-specific theme park, it boasts plenty of events and culinary offerings to attract and entertain foodies. It hosts the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall, has an impressive lineup of restaurants and features the Living with the Land attraction, where you can learn about the future of food production and even see Mickey-shaped produce.
A brewery-owned theme park in Abensberg, Germany, Bierwelt features a large beer garden, an observation tower, beer gnomes and structures made from beer bottles. The architectural vision of Bierwelt is supposedly based on some of the architect's drawings after a few beer flights too many.
Before Cite du Vin, there was Hameau Doboeuf, France’s first wine theme park. It’s designed for family visits and offers 3D movies, train rides and visits to the wine cellars where you can learn about the process of winemaking while surrounded by 150 stainless-steel vats. Kids ages five and up can take a virtual flight over the hill and valleys of the Beaujolais and Maconnais districts through cinematic simulation.