Busch Gardens offers something for everyone such as rides, entertainment, animal encounters, and historic picturesque places to explore. The kids can sing with Emo, pet a wild lorikeet bird, ride a roller coaster, or learn about bald eagles. It has been voted as the world's most beautiful theme park for the past 23 years. There are also annual events like the Food and Wine Festival in summer, Christmas Town in winter and the Howl O Scream Halloween adventure in the autumn.
Knott's Berry Farm offers visitors more than 165 rides, attractions and entertaining shows. It also features one of the largest Halloween events called Knott's Scary Farm with 13 mazes, live shows, and plenty of monsters walking around. For less scary fare, the kids can enjoy Camp Snoopy. The older kids and adults can have fun riding the thrill rides like the Silver Bullet roller coaster, a horseback rely ride called the Pony Express, Ghost Town, and dozens of other exciting and fun activities.
Dollywood is an award winning park in the Great Smokey Mountain region. It is 150 acres of everything from shows and demonstrations to rides and attractions. It's named after country western legend Dolly Pardon. There are 5 different festivals throughout the year, so every visit offers something different for the whole family. There's also a water park, cabins for those who wish to stay overnight, and a 300 room hotel luxury resort.
Six Flags Great America is a mix of a water park and thrill ride amusement park for the whole family between Chicago and Milwaukee. It features 14 roller coasters, as well as 3 areas for little kids, and a 20 acre water park. There are also live shows, food and even childcare options. Admission is $45 for children and $65 for adults, but they do also offer a $72 season pass, which is the best deal if you plan to go more than once.
LEGOLAND California Resort is only a half hour from San Diego, making it easy to access. There are over 60 rides, entertaining shows and other attractions. It is a fun, hands-on experience for families and kids ages 2 to 12 years old. Plus there is a Legoland Water Park, as well as a special themed Legoland hotel resort near the beach and a sea life aquarium.