Unique Theme Parks Coming Up This Year

If your clients—or their kids—are looking for some off-the-beaten-path theme parks, these just might fit the bill...

Särkänniemi theme park in Tampere, Finland will house the world's first Angry Birds-themed visitor attraction later this year, Attractions Management is reporting. Angry Birds Land will be based on the popular mobile game which was developed by Finnish gaming company Rovio Entertainment. Miikka Seppälä, chief executive of Särkänniemi said that the park wanted to create a unique themed area and associate it with a strong and well-known brand.

No details were revealed on the exact content of the new attraction, but Seppälä confirmed that it would mix a number of elements, including rides, a gaming area and a "Magic Place" where the physical and virtual worlds would "combine to create an interactive entertainment experience." Tampere’s Angry Birds Land will reportedly be the first of several of Angry Bird parks around the world, according to Harri Koponen, Rovio´s EVP of Licensing and Merchandising.

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that a group building a Noah's Ark-themed tourism attraction in northern Kentucky says it has purchased the final tract of land for the project, but that the park is still years away from being built.

The Christian ministry Answers in Genesis is directing the construction of the 500-foot ark that is the first phase of the proposed $150 million Ark Encounter. The group also built the popular Creation Museum near Cincinnati. The project manager says the last 556-acre tract is in hand. The entire site is 800 acres set on rolling farmland.

Do you know of any other unique or notable amusement parks that deserve our attention? Sound off in the comments below!

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