In our family, we’re big fans of amusement parks. Our Mid-Atlantic location puts us in driving distance of four different theme parks, so we typically visit one at least once a year, usually in the summer.
A cotton T-shirt and shorts have always been my go-to’s, but sometimes even that combo can feel too heavy on a hot afternoon standing in line.
Instead, I’ve started taking my cues from the athleisure trend and dressing for these outings like the semi-sporting events they are (I walked over 7 miles on a Spring Break day at the Magic Kingdom, if my FitBit is accurate)!
These amusement park outfit ideas combine comfort and style to help you look good and keep your cool.
Theme park outfit ideas
Travel wear. Most companies’ travel lines, like Eddie Bauer’s Travex, are designed to be durable and cooling, with wicking fabrics to keep moisture away and mesh panels to allow venting.
I bought a pair of Travex capri pants for a summer trip to Europe for their packability, but they also made a perfect shorts alternative on Spring Break in Orlando; the zippered leg pockets were also a practical way to carry entrance tickets and my phone where I could reach them easily.
Athletic wear. Like travel clothes, athletic wear is designed to keep you cool when you get hot, and the fabrics are often wicking and quick-drying, too. While you probably don’t want to wander the theme park in running tights, many sportswear shirts just look like, well, regular shirts.
The beauty of a tennis skirt (or running skort) is that it’s like wearing a pair of shorts, but with less form-fitting fabric across the bum. If a tennis skirt is too short for you, try Bermuda length golf shorts. I picked up a pair of Puma golf shorts at an outlet mall in Orlando and they were ideal for warm weather; the fabric is quick-drying, so I could duck under one of those overhead water cooling sprays without worrying about having soggy shorts the rest of the afternoon.
Swim wear. Many theme parks now have water parks attached, so you either have to wear a swimsuit under your clothes or bring a change of clothes and store them in a locker. So why not go swimwear all the way?
Swim cover-ups look increasingly like regular clothes; Lands’ End has a full range of shirts in swimwear fabric meant to be worn over suits, and even tunic dresses. And if you opt for swim shorts on the bottom, all you have to do is toss a cover-up or rash guard on top.
All of the above. Or mix and match! If you have a piece of two of each type of clothing, you will probably find that they are more similar than they are different. Pair a travel shirt with athletic wear on the bottom, or swim shorts with a running shirt. No matter the combination, you’ll probably find you’re cooler and more comfortable at the theme park than you were before.
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