Like many families these days, we have been looking for fun and safe outdoor activities this summer. When we learned that Enchanted Forest, a fairy-tale theme park near Salem, had opened, we decided to give it a try. And we had a great time!
Several things have changed since we visited last summer. You must book your ticket ahead of time on their website and select a three hour window to visit. We chose the earliest time slot on a weekday, hoping it would be the cleanest (fresh bathrooms!) and the least busy. The crowds were very small, it did not feel crowded at any point, and there was no wait for any activity. I did notice that there seemed to be a somewhat higher number of people coming for the afternoon times as we were leaving.
We noticed several safety measures. When you arrive, your temperature is taken by a staff member wearing a mask. All staff members we saw were wearing masks, we saw rides being sanitized between turns, every other bench was blocked for the stage show, and ride tickets were placed in boxes to avoid direct contact. While some families were not wearing masks (we went before the newest changes in the mask mandate), being outside and the exceptionally low crowds made it easy to give them plenty of space. We wore our masks the entire time except for the occasional picture when no one else was around and when eating, and the kids all did great wearing them.
The safety precautions do mean that not all activities are available. The two main slides are closed, and many of the features you go inside for are also closed. Dining options are also limited. We brought a picnic and that was a wise choice for our families. One thing we appreciated was that Enchanted Forest clearly spelled out on their website what is open and what is not in operation so that you can make an informed decision before going.
Despite the modifications made for safety, all the kids had a wonderful time. They particularly enjoyed the bumper cars, roller coaster, the live show, and other rides, as well as the opportunity to explore shady outdoor areas with their friends. My kids are already asking to go back!
Tips for success:
- Check the website before going so you know what to expect.
- If you plan on doing rides, purchase tickets when you arrive as there are not as many places to buy them.
- Consider bringing a picnic.
- Bring your patience, grace, and positive attitude!
More information about Enchanted Forest and the available activities can be found on their website: https://www.enchantedforest.com/