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Best Healthy Snacks to Take to An Amusement Theme Park


Whenever we visit a theme park, we always know we are going to spend a fortune on food and probably end up getting stuff that we don’t really enjoy, and makes us feel less than energetic walking through the park all day.  Unless……we plan ahead and pack our own healthy snacks!  We are definitely Disney fans, but we also love to visit our local theme parks and have packed a lot of snacks in our day.   We have put together ideas of the snacks that have worked best for us as well as some helpful tips for the best healthy snacks to take to an amusement theme park!

Little girl sitting on a carousel horse

First, here are some tips to think about when packing your own snacks for a theme park:

  1. Make sure you can take snacks in the park.  A few of our local theme parks don’t allow outside food or drink.  They do however have a picnic area and so we can leave our food in the trunk and then go take a lunch orsnack break when needed.
  2. Don’t pack really salty or really sugar snacks.  If your kids are munching on salty snacks all day, they will also be thirsty and wanting to drink all day.  Which also means lots, and lots of bathroom breaks.  And sometimes when you have just gotten to the front of a long line, your kids seem to have to go right then.  It makes for a lot of inconvenience.   Really sugar snacks actually make you feel thirsty as well, so you will end up in the same scenario
  3. Pack snacks that are high in protein.  This will help your kids feel fuller longer and give them more sustained energy without ups and downs.
  4.  Make sure to pack hand sanitizer and wet wipes to clean up a bit before diving into the snacks.
  5. Stash items in a stroller, park the stroller, and come back when you need something.  A lot of theme parks have areas where you can park your stroller at a central parking area, leave it there, and experience the attractions around without constantly moving your stroller.
  6. Don’t overpack perishables. Try to pack exactly what you’ll need as far as things that require ice, and pack a bit extra of the things that don’t, like trail mix and whole fruits. You might need a late night snack before you get back home, but you want to be able to get rid of the ice by midday.

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boiled egg, crackers, cheese cubes pepperoni in a snack box to take to a theme park

Healthy Snacks to Take to An Amusement Park

Protein Ideas

  • String cheese or pre-sliced cheese
  • Individual hummus cups + celery and carrot sticks or snap peas
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Roasted edamame
  • Kid-friendly protein bars: Rx Bars, Clif Z Bar, Kind Bars, and Kashi Bar
  • Nut Butters packed in individual containers + celery sticks, apple slices, or pretzels
  • Trail Mix
  • Tuna packets + crackers
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Yogurt tubes
Hummus, fruit cups, strawberries, edamame packed in containers to take to a theme park

Fruit and Veggie Ideas

  • Apple Chips
  • Carrot + Celery Sticks
  • Snap Peas
  • Fruit that doesn’t have to be sliced: Apples, Grapes, Bananas, Oranges/Cuties
  • Dried fruit:  apricots, mango, craisins, bananas, pears, figs
  • Individual fruit cups packed in 100% juice (no syrup)
  • Fruit leather
  • Applesauce or fruit pouches
  • Cherry tomatoes

Snacky Ideas

  • Dry Cereal: Chex, Cheerios
  • Popcorn
  • Whole grain crackers (we love triscuits)
  • Pita chips
  • Granola
  • Energy bites
  • Pretzels
  • Mini muffins (these pack so well and are our favorite!)
Packing healthy snacks into a pink snack box to take to a theme park
Best Healthy Snacks to Take to An Amusement Theme Park

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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That’s a good idea to bring dried fruit, crackers, or protein bars. I’m planning a theme park trip for later this fall, and I want to bring snacks for the kids that are healthy, easy, and not messy. Thanks for sharing your ideas, this will be helpful when I pack for the trip.

Thank you for telling me that I shouldn’t bring any salty or sugary snacks for my kids since they might just end up being thirsty all day, resulting in a lot of bathroom breaks. After months of negotiation, I have finally agreed to take my twins to an amusement park. Since my husband and I wanted them to enjoy all the rides they could go on, I think its best to just pack snacks that are high in protein.

It sure was helpful when you said that you must consider checking if the park that you are interested in since there are theme parks that don’t allow outside food or drink. This is something that I will consider because I am planning to shop for adventure park seasonal passes. My husband and I could see how interested our 2-year old son on animals. We could imagine having a trip that could excite him.