The World's Wackiest Theme Parks

by Colleen Clark

Stalin's World
Druskininkai, Lithuania

We don't know about you, but when summer hits, all we wanna do is put the kids in the car and head to the gulag, so we can watch little Timmy run around all the barbed wire and shoot the family Christmas card with that sweetie pie Joseph Stalin. Okay, not really. But if that's your idea of a good time, get down with your dictator self at Grūtas Park, about 80 miles outside of Vilnius, Lithuania. Locally known as Stalin's World, the amusement park was created to remind visitors of the dark days of communism. Tourists walk down wooden walkways designed to resemble Siberian prison camps to view statues and artifacts of the USSR's most brutal dictators. The exhibits are surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers that blare Communist marches…oh, and there's a petting zoo and playground. You can dine on Soviet-style cuisine, sparse fare accompanied by vodka in glasses emblazoned with Lenin's likeness.

Not enough Soviet nostalgia for you? Head to Bunkeris 1984, a Soviet-era bunker located 15 feet below ground in the nearby forests of Nemenčinė. Here you pay $50 for the pleasure of (temporarily) relinquishing your worldly possessions, donning scratchy coats, and experiencing communism as it was circa 1984. Don a gas mask, learn the anthem of the USSR, and undergo interrogation by a KGB officer. It's fun for the whole family!

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