Are roller coasters and theme parks what you are after for your next vacation? You are in luck, there are numerous hot spots across the USA that have something for every thrill seeker. You can visit either coast and hit one of the Disney parks in Florida and California. In the mid-west you have Cedar Point, Kings Island, Hersheypark as well as Six Flags. Instead, you can head south and visit Dollywood or Busch Gardens. Where ever you call home in America, there is sure to be a park nearby with a host of rides for you and your family to enjoy. Take a closer peak below.
Cedar Point is called the Roller Coaster Capital of the World due to having roller coasters that go 120 mph and have 80 degree drops! Plus, it has other thrill rides, family rides, live entertainment and shows, as well as water rides and great places to eat. Entry fees vary depending on age and groups of 15 or more can get special deals and discounts on rides and food packages.
Families can have the thrill of a lifetime with a choice of six different magical lands in this Orlando dream theme park. There are plenty of rides for all ages, as well as characters from Disney movies and books, attractions like Adventure Land, Tomorrow Land, Main Street, or Fantasy Land, as well as parades, fireworks, night events, food and drinks, and more. Park hours depend on the time of year, and single day tickets are $89 for adults and $83 for kids three to nine.
Address: 1180 Seven Seas Dr,
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Kings Island Theme Park offers families over 80 different exciting rides and attractions that will make all ages happy. It's the biggest amusement and water park in this part of the US featuring the famous Diamondback Roller Coaster that goes 80mph, as well as the Vortex, the Beast and Windseeker thrill rides. Plus, there is Planet Snoopy for the little kids. The water slide area features slides and wave pools.
Hershypark is owned by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, which is devoted to preserving Milton S. Hershey's legacy. It is a fun place for singles, couples or families and offers activities like Hersheypark in the Dark, rides such as roller coasters, water rides, family and kiddie rides, as well as entertainment, food, drink and more. Children 2 and under are free, 3-9 and seniors over 54 are $23 and 9-54 are $34 for day tickets.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is another park the whole family will love. The fun begins with the famous Batman the Ride' roller coaster and the Apocalypse roller coaster with its 52mph drops to less scary rides for the little ones, as well as live entertainment like meet and greets with the Justice League, a hypnotist show and the Loony Tunes Kid's Show. Plus there is food, drink, souvenirs, and special events like Holiday in the Park and Fright Fest.
Address: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy,
Valencia, CA 91355
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.
Address: 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard,
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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.
Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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.
Address: 1 Great America Parkway,
Gurnee, IL 60031
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.