This is possibly one of the coolest amusement park ideas I’ve seen in a long time.  What kid doesn’t want to drive heavy machinery??  Most grow up playing with big trucks and toys that are pretty close to the real thing…but how cool would it be if they could actually drive the real thing?

I remember when I was a kid, all I wanted to do was mow the lawn.  It wasn’t because I really liked helping out with the chores.  But it was because I was able to drive the tractor!  In my mind, that was a fun thing to do when I was young.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that I was able to earn some brownie points for “helping out” in the meantime.

That’s what they do at Diggerland USA in West Berlin, New Jersey.  They let kids operate heavy machinery.

What better way to open kids’ eyes to something they might like to do as an adult and fuel that fire than to make it fun?

They even have an XL section in case you’ve never done it yourself!  If you’re making plans for vacation this summer, you might want to check this one out.