Hot dogs are notoriously high in sodium and not shy on saturated fat, but once they’re coated in batter and deep-fried, they become a different beast. A regular-size corn dog can run over twenty grams of fat and pack over one thousand milligrams of sodium. At places like Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Tennessee, you can get a “fried to perfection” foot-long corn dog, which means that there’s a few more inches of dietary sabotage. Cedar Point offers a vegetarian version—cheese coated in corn-dog batter and deep-fried, served on a stick. Not likely to be any more healthful.
Better bet: look for a regular-size hot dog or a small burger.
In the age of childhood obesity, many amusement parks have faced criticism for their less-than-healthful food offerings (especially since they mainly cater to kids) and have revamped accordingly. Six Flags partnered with Sunkist to offer fresh fruit; Disney has fresh fruit options, carrot sticks, and plenty of sit-down eateries that are heavy on veggies and grilled meats; Sea World offers low-fat/low-carb/meatless entrees and even has a Healthy Alternatives Café. Of course, you still have to pass by (and pass up) chili-cheese foot-long hot dogs and hefty German chocolate cookies, but at the end of a weeklong stay at an amusement park, your waistline might thank you for it.