The Land of Make Believe is a small theme park catering to children under 12, located in Hope, NJ (Warren County). What I liked best about it is the fact that it is a small, privately owned park. The large parks owned by large corporations may have more to do, but they are also very expensive, have asinine rules and commit highway robbery every time there is somthing that needs to be paid for. Here, the prices are reasonable and they allow you to bring in your own food as well. There may not be as many rides, but there is enough to enjoy the day without feeling that you are getting soaked for everything. I have been to the larger parks but I always have a better time at the smaller ones.
Admission prices are reasonable and you can frequently find discount coupons (i.e. entertainment book) to save even more. I was able to get one free adult admission. The rides are all geared towards younger children, although most of them are really not for those under 5. There is a water park, which I did not try so I could not comment on it. A train takes you around the park, as does a wagon or pumpkin ride. Parking is free (another plus). The lot is not paved but for zero dollars, so what? Shows are given as well in front of a castle.
The only problem I encountered was one very rude old man operating one of the rides. He could not care less that we wanted to make sure our daughter was safety strapped in to her seat. He even had the audacity to grab my wife's wrist because he insisted he was the one to do it and she needed to get on the ride or leave. I don't think so. Our daughter's safety is paramount. I did not hesitate to report him to management. In all fairness, however, the other employees were more helpful and considerate. I did not let one incident with a sarcastic individual ruin the day.
Overall I felt it was a worthwhile experience for my daughter.
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