10 Best Amusement Parks for Families

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?

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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

2. Carowinds

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

3. Knoebels

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

4. Hersheypark

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

5. Dollywood

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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5 Luxury Road Trips

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The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means! More time outdoors, taking road trips, and eating some great food in little out of the way spots that only locals know about.

The best way to break in your new Lexus is by taking a road trip! Of course a car as phenomenal as a Lexus needs an even more luxurious road trip. So where are the best places to take your new ( or new to you) Lexus? Keep reading because I have some amazing road trips for you.

So roll down those windows, pop open that sun roof, and turn up the tunes!

5 Luxury Road Trips

Miami To Key West

The 150-mile drive from Miami to Key West is one of the great American road trips, whisking you off the mainland and through the fabled Florida Keys to an island city that has been a refuge to writers and presidents.

Atlanta to Knoxville through Tail of the Dragon

Hug the curves tight when you travel from Atlanta to Knoxville through the Tail of the Dragon. When you cross over the Tennessee/North Carolina line you will be on the Tail of the Dragon, or also known as a 11 mile winding road along route 129.

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5 Reasons to Buy Luxury

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One day I dream of owning a luxury vehicle. Why? Because luxury is all about quality, comfort, and safety.

Luxury cars are not just slick little two seaters but also family vehicles too. Several luxury car companies, such as Audi, have SUV’s for families. They are jam packed with safety features and you can individualize them to your family.

5 Reasons to Buy Luxury

Quality

Ever hear of the saying “You get what you pay for?” It is definitely true when buying luxury. All of those state of the art features are made from the best quality items.

Safety

Luxury cars standard features that are normally considered upgrades in their counterparts. Some examples include, standard stability control, traction control, antilock braking systems, and side front airbags.

Timeless Beauty and Comfort

Luxury cars have a timeless beauty that rarely changes. Most luxury cars will still look great 10 years from now. Comfort is a necessity and most luxury cars are built for comfort with features like remote start and heated/cooled seats.

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5 Toyota Safety Features That Are A Must Have

 

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When you think about luxury Toyota may not be the first name you think of, but it should be. Toyota has some of the most luxurious cars on the market. I actually own a Toyota Venza and it is an amazing car that has lots of room and upgraded features that make it an amazing car.

 

What I really love about Toyota is their enhanced safety features. Safety is important to me because I drive some very precious cargo around, my kids. I need a vehicle that keeps me and them safe. Below I have listed what I feel is the must have safety features on your new Toyota.

 

5 Safety Features That Are A Must Have

 

Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control– VSC is a system that helps prevent side skids and help stabilize the vehicle while turning on a curve. When the vehicle senses a loss of traction or a slip, braking is automatically applied to all 4 individual wheels and engine power is reduced to help secure the safety of the vehicle.

 

Crumple Zones– Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zone and a collapsible steering column are designed to help dissipate impact forces in a collision, and help protect occupants.

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Luxury Cars and Safety

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When you think about a luxury car, safety is not the first thing that comes into your mind. Speed, insanely expensive, but never safety. But it might surprise you just how safe these cars really are. I mean, they have the top crash test score out of any other car. That’s not the only thing though. Listed below are some other top safety features included in most luxury cars.

Airbags aplenty: Most luxury cars include a lot of airbags. Front airbags are required for all cars, but side impact ones are not. Still, most luxury cars include them, along with airbags in the back. Curtain ones are added in order to protect the head of the passengers.

Head restraints: Yes, that does sound scary and like a mediaeval version of headrests. In reality though, they’re used in order to protect from whiplash injuries due to a rear end collision.

Headlights and night vision: Luxury vehicles are at the top of most of the latest advantages. Including headlights. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED headlamps are superior to conventional incandescent. They’re brighter, they cover a wider field of view, and they produce more ultraviolet light, which better illuminates reflective road signs.

Night vision is something totally different: Adapted from military use, cameras in the grille or front bumper see infrared heat rather than light. A result of this is, headlights of oncoming cars appearing as a dot instead of a bright glare, and animals and humans stick out more.

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