A Guide To M&Ds Theme Park at Strathclyde Park
Whilst it is no Alton Towers, Strathclyde Park’s M&D’s Theme Park provides lot of rides and activities for a fun family day out. There are outdoor rides and entertainment options as well as indoor amusements and dining locations. Find out how best to spend your day there with our handy guide.
Get Your Thrills
There are lots of rides at M&D’s, including thrilling rollercoasters, a ferris wheel and a swinging pirate ship. There’s definitely something for all ages to enjoy. You can either buy a day wristband (which gives you unlimited rides on everything all day) for £17.95 or you can purchase Fun Points for £1 each. All of the rides have a designated Fun Point value, so it would cost you 1.5 Fun Points (£1.50) to have a ride on the dodgems and 2.5 Fun Points to ride on the Tsunami (Scotland’s only inverted rollercoaster that travels at 65kpm and loops like nobody’s business).
Line Your Stomach
All that hanging upside down and crashing into bumper cars uses up energy, so it won’t be long until you are looking for something to eat and drink. M&D’s has bars for the adults, showing all the latest sporting matches, and a food court for family dining. There you can choose between the Chicken Shack (basically like KFC), Mario & Dino’s Pizzeria or Wee Angus (a traditional burger joint). They have also just opened their Family Restaurant, offering pub-style food with table service.
Get Competitive With Your Family
If the sun is out, you can challenge your family to a game of crazy golf at Devil’s Island. This pirate themed course has lots of perilous trials for your golf balls before they reach the hole. If it’s a rainy day however, you don’t need to worry at M&D’s- you can challenge your family to a game of ten-pin bowling at their glow-in-the-dark indoor bowling alley; or see who can win the most tickets in the amusement arcade. Here, there is many a fun way to get rid of your loose change, including classic 2p penny machines, air hockey and virtual racing cars.
Learn About Nature
M&D’s Theme Park at Strathclyde Park is also home to Amazonia- an indoor tropical rainforest full of insects and animals. You pay separately to enter this, and prices go from £5.75 for adults and £4.50 for children if you book online in advance. Butterflies fly above your heads and you can get up close and personal with a tarantula. There are over 70 different species who live in the Amazonia complex- from small Poison Dart Frogs to Marmoset Monkeys.
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