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Published: March 29th 2019
Cotton candy, popcorn, thrill rides, and games. What’s not to love about an amusement park? Whether you’re an adventurous teen, a family with young children, or adults looking to feel young again, an amusement park has it all. But why wait for the carnival or fair to come to town? If you’re looking for an adventure today, look no further. Here are some of the best amusement parks in the country. 1. Six Flags Great Adventure
Located in Jackson, New Jersey, this amusement park is known for its world record-breaking coasters. Jaw dropping rides like Kingda Ka, El Toro, and the Dare Devil Dive require most riders to be at least 48 inches tall. But Six Flags Great Adventure has something to offer the entire family. Children-themed rides include classics like Air Jumbo (similar to the classic Disney Dumbo ride), Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots, and the Enchanted Tea Cups are perfect for families. Adventurers will love the Congo Rapids and bumper cars. But don’t forget to visit the safari
, which showcases exotic animals including giraffes, reptiles, and monkeys. You can also catch a musical show in one of the park’s theaters. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon performers throughout the park. 2. Hershey Park
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Joining the sweetest places on Earth with amusement park rides is a winning combination at this Pennsylvania amusement park. Hershey Park is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1906, this park is more than just an amusement park. Visitors are encouraged to take a tour of the infamous Chocolate World, complete with a ride through the chocolate factory, dropping passengers out into an oversized candy store! The theme park offers rides and a zoo. If you enjoy winter-themed activities, you don’t want to miss Hershey’s Candy Lane
which runs until December 31, after which the park closes for the season (but Chocolate World and other indoor attractions are open all year long!) 3. Busch Gardens
Another fan favorite, Busch Gardens has two locations on the east coast -- one in Williamsburg, Virginia and the other in Tampa Bay, Florida. Both are equally as fun for families and thrill seekers and are actually run under the Sea World franchise. Visitors will be delighted by countless animal-themed thrill rides including SheiKra, Kumba, and Tigris. Children will love their own kid-themed land, a Sesame Street area, and countless other rides. In honor of its name, both parks have glorious flower arrangements throughout. If you’re looking for a true adventure, try visiting another gorgeous amusement park sharing a similar name, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark! Ready to plan a trip? Check out this blog
! 4. Cedar Point
If you want to combine your amusement park fun with a history lesson, check out Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Known as the roller coaster capital of the world, this theme park won’t disappoint. In fact, Cedar Point is the second oldest operating theme park in the United States and is located on a peninsula in Lake Erie. Not only is Cedar Point a historical landmark, but it has some of the best thrill rides in the country! Pair those with a water park, lake access for swimming, and countless shows and events, and most families plan entire weekends here to make sure they don’t miss a thing! Click here
if you want to book a stay. 5. Dollywood
Last but not least on the list of the best amusement parks in the US is the most well-known theme park by name -- Dollywood! Named after none other than Dolly Parton, this theme park is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. And visitors don’t need to be country music fans (or even know who Dolly Parton is) to enjoy this amazing place. With countless shows, beautiful backdrops, and two parks in one, there’s something for everyone at Dollywood. Ride thrill rides while looking out on the Smoky Mountains one day and cool off at the Splash Country water park the next. There are also countless other activities
to do in the Pigeon Forge area that earns Dollywood a spot on anyone’s bucket list.
Today’s amusement parks are more than just amusing -- they’re an entire experience! And why limit yourself to just one? With so many amazing theme parks scattered across the country (and the world), plan a trip to spend a little time at each one. Most parks offer local accommodations and have plenty of other fun things to do in the area. So grab your park map, put your fears aside, and get going!
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