10 Best Theme Parks in the US

America has some of the World’s best theme parks, filled with all of the building blocks of fun and unadulterated joy. We love theme parks so much, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, even if you don’t like scary thrill rides or being soaked head to toe. Every kid grows up wanting to go to Disney, but there are plenty of other great amusement parks in the US.
As theme park aficionados, we’ve made a top ten checklist of all the must-go places for both adults and kids. These theme parks offer the best variety, while providing world-class roller-coasters for the enthusiasts and adrenaline-junkies.

1: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
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You can’t call yourself a theme park expert without visiting the second oldest park in the country. This is your daddy’s theme park, and probably your great grand daddy’s, but that doesn’t mean it is short on thrills. You’ll find no shortage of roller coasters, there’s sixteen altogether. Four of them tower over 200 feet tall, as well. Not only are the coasters plentiful, but so is the view, giving you a great look over the beautiful Lake Erie.

Address: 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870

2: Walt Disney World, Florida

Walt Disney World, Florida

We can’t have a list without Disney’s greatest. While not the original Disney theme park, it is certainly the most famous and Disney World’s variety of experiences cannot be topped. From the great Magic Kingdom, to Epcot, the Animal Kingdom, and the surrounding wildlife, this is one small city of a theme park that provides more than enough fun for multiple visits. Try to get in on their combo packages for maximum adventure.

Address: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

3: Six Flags Magic Mountain, California

Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
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There are a lot of great Six Flags resorts around the country, but California’s has to be the most exciting, overall. You get amazing roller coasters, 40 different rides, wet, dry, fast, and slow, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out the one of a kind Superman experience, as you take flight and fight off evil.

Address: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

4: Knoebels, Pennsylvania

Knoebels, Pennsylvania
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Jim Pennucci

If you’re new to theme parks and happen to be in Pennsylvania, make a visit to this one, you’ve got nothing to lose, as this one is free. That’s right, step right in and pay no admission. That’s the way Knoebels has been doing business for nearly a century. They have two coasters and over 60 rides total, so they aren’t free because of a lack of attractions. They know they’ll get plenty of support through concessions and amazing word-of-mouth advertising.

Address: 391 Knoebels Blvd, Elysburg, PA 17824

5: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Florida

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Florida
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Florida gets another spot on our list because, well, they’re the tourist capital of the country. Universal’s theme parks rivals Disney in some aspects. There is definitely no short of exciting roller coasters here. Fly through the air like super hero, a dragon, a comic villain, or maybe just frolic around in the different movie worlds of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, or Dr. Seuss. Let your imagination run wild!

Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

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