It is that time of year again, vacation time! If you have kids you know that they will be pushing to go to the amusement parks. But which one is right for your family? Which one has age-appropiate rides for the kids, fun shows for you, and the best food? Well, I may have the answer! Below I have list 10 Best Amusement Parks for Families! What are your favorite amusement parks?
1. Cedar Point
In Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point continually reinvents itself — it’s impossible to get bored there. In 2015, changes include the addition of Rougarou, a floorless roller coaster (situated right on Lake Erie), and extensive renovations at Hotel Breakers, an affiliate hotel. Just a few steps from the park’s entrance, the hotel now features indoor and outdoor pools, onsite dining and free Wi-Fi. Bonus: Hotel Breakers and other onsite hotels offer early and discounted admission (up to 37 percent off rates) to the park.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Breakers
In 2015, Carowinds has introduced Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, though the park has long attracted families. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Carowinds also features Dinosaurs Alive, where animatronic reptiles come to life, along with Boomerang Bay, a traditional water park. Families can find affordable accommodations right onsite, from campsites to a full-service hotel — both of which offer free shuttle service and discounted admission to the park.
Recommended Hotel: Great Wilderness Lodge
Located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, Knoebels is an old-fashioned amusement park in the woods. It’s also budget-friendly, allowing families to pay per ride or game; attractions start as low as 50 cents! In 2015, the little park has big plans to launch Impulse, a steel tower roller coaster. Families (many of whom are repeat visitors) always return to enjoy the Phoenix, a now-legendary wooden coaster, as well as the park’s onsite campsites and cottages.
Recommended Hotel: Knoebels Campground
Just over an hour from Knoebels, Hersheypark offers big-time thrills, with 13 roller coasters on offer. The newest coaster, Laff Trakk, has been advertised as the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the U.S., and rip-roars through funhouse-themed features, such as a wall of mirrors and a rotating tunnel. Families can save with a stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort (where nine deluxe cabins have opened), or at an area hotel; many hotels offer packages with accommodations and tickets.
Recommended Hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg East-Hershey Area
Owned by Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the culmination of a theme park, water park, renowned show (Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede) and, new in 2015, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. Opening in July 2015, the onsite hotel features a spa, pools and kids’ club, plus family suites. In 2014, Firechaser Express stormed into the park, adding another reason for teens to visit, though the park’s fun extras — including a chance to see Ms. Parton’s tour bus — have always been fun.
Recommended Hotel: The Inn at Christmas Place
6. Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags has 16 locations in the U.S., and Great Adventure is surely one of the best — particularly for thrill-seeking teens. The park, located in Jackson, New Jersey, houses Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in North America, and Zumanjaro, the tallest drop tower in the world. The adrenaline rush continues with El Diablo, a new, looping roller coaster inspired by the Jersey Devil. Families can save up to $25 when they purchase tickets online, and can also opt to purchase Stay & Play Packages (accommodations and tickets) at affiliate hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn East Windsor
7. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Attention daredevils: Busch Gardens Williamsburg recently launched — literally — Tempesto; the new coaster hurls riders three times, at speeds of 63 mph. Other elements include a vertical loop (loop-de-loop) — 154 feet in the air. Even if your kids aren’t old enough to ride the coasters, you’ll be able to take advantage of discounted admission for preschoolers. Families also have the option to book meals in advance of their trip for a savings of up to 30 percent.
Recommended Hotel: Kingsmill Resort & Spa
8. Silver Dollar City
We can’t get enough of Silver Dollar City, the most notable attraction in Branson, Missouri. The park specializes in rides for families — so much that it’s launching 10 family-specific attractions at Fireman’s Landing. Attractions include Firefall, an eight-story drop ride, and Firehouse Splash Yard, a water spray area. Guests of The Wilderness Log Cabins, located onsite, enjoy complimentary shuttle service to Silver Dollar City, and all visitors can take advantage of discounts and package deals at the park.
Recommended Hotel: Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness Resort
9. Knott’s Berry Farm
Many families flock to California’s Disneyland, but shouldn’t overlook Knott’s Berry Farm, just 15 minutes away. The park recently opened Voyage to the Iron Reef, an interactive ride in 4D. Knott’s also has an onsite hotel with packages that combine accommodations, breakfast and tickets. Plus, kids eat free. Even if you don’t plan to stay onsite, you can save up to 27 percent on admission when you purchase tickets online.
Recommended Hotel: Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel
10. Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Batman: The Ride is worth a visit to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, as is the park’s extensive set of thrill rides and family rides (some of which are in the water park). The new roller coaster is getting attention for features in 4D and not one, but two 90-degree drops. The park has also launched season dining passes for regulars. When tickets are purchased online, families can save up to $20 on admission.
Recommended Hotel: Courtyard San Antonio Six Flags at The RIM
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