School is almost over so the kids will have a lot of free time on their hands. This can only mean one thing: Roller-coaster season is here!
What’s more fun for the kids than a day (or two!) at an amusement park? Laughing until their cheeks hurt, noshing on cotton candy and meeting all their animated heroes are what amusement parks are all about.
For all of the heartwarming memories associated with family vacations, we take a look at ten of the best amusement parks in America.
1. Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Immerse yourself in the magical and exotic worlds of iconic films like Despicable Me, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. Visit the Goblins at Gringotts Bank, make like the young wizards and witches by shopping for your wand in Diagon Alley or get up close and personal with a T-Rex on the thrilling Jurassic Park River Adventure water ride! With so much to discover, the kids won’t want to leave…and neither will you.
2. Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio
One of the oldest in the United States, Cedar Point Amusement Park is a veteran of its trade, boasting epic roller coasters that have earned it the title of The Roller Coaster Capital of the World. Cedar Point’s coasters are not for the faint of heart so if you and your family are adrenaline junkies, this is definitely the park for you.
A wonderful amusement park, especially for little kids, Disney magic is all around in the land of Mickey and Minnie Mouse! With exciting and interactive rides for kids of all ages–including big kids like yourself–, spend your days meeting Cinderella, Ariel and the family of The Incredibles, or exploring the amazing alien world of Avatar in the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
4. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas
Bring the wonder women in your life to the new first-of-its-kind, the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas which just debuted this May! With the nickname ‘thrill capital of the world’, you can expect to find some of the best roller coasters in the country including a fantastic water park to cool off in!
5. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia
Virginia’s largest water park is opening this summer as part of Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. The young’uns will love the epic slides and lazy rivers, and will want to spend the whole day getting lost in watery adventures. Busch Gardens also offers great roller coasters while the Sesame Street Forest of Fun is home to some tamer rides and cuddly friends.
6. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey
About an hour and a half drive from New York City, there is another top-notch Six Flags amusement park: Great Adventure. Along with tons of great rides for all ages–among which is the iconic Kingda Ka roller coaster–the park offers lovely shopping areas and an animal safari adventure that includes the opportunity to camp out in the safari park overnight!
7. Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles
Get starstruck in Hollywood at Universal Studios with another mesmerizing amusement park transports you to new worlds with favorites like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fast & Furious-Supercharged where you can ride along with the iconic cast members in an exhilarating high-speed chase that exceeds 120 miles per hour!
8. Hershey Park, Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Hershey-themed park is a fun choice for chocolate lovers! Here, you can find everything from children’s rides and watery playgrounds to aggressive thrill rides and everything in between. Keep an eye out for appetizing characters around the park, too, like the Hershey’s Kiss at the Kissing Tower Hill!
9. LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad
A one-of-a-kind theme park, LEGOLAND is where imagination and inspiration meet reality with life-sized Lego figures, exciting rides and interactive activities. Explore the world of Lego Star Wars or Miniland USA where you can see the Las Vegas strip and New York City skyline made entirely out of Lego blocks!
10. Disneyland Park, California
All the magic of Disney comes to life in Disneyland Park. Jump through the rabbit hole and into the world of Alice in Wonderland, get spooked at the Haunted Mansion, meet Buzz Lightyear, explore Tarzan’s Treehouse or walk the Path of the Jedi as you relive Luke’s heroic adventures.