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The 10 Best Amusement Parks in the U.S

June 7th, 2013 - 9:12 AM

Do you love the thrill and excitement of amusement parks?

I do, too! I love ripping through the wind on a fast rollercoasters, thrill rides that make me jump and squeal, and the fun atmosphere! If you’re moving cross country or just taking a road trip that takes you in the direction of a great amusement park, why not stop by and enjoy! We've done some research to determine the best amusement parks in the US, so you can decide where you'll visit this summer!  

*Cost is subject to change according to each park.

The Best Amusement Parks in the U.S.

  1. Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH). This 364 acre park boasts being the Rollercoaster Capital of the World! If you love rollercoasters, you’ll get your fix at Cedar Point. In fact, the “Millennium Force” coaster was voted best steel rollercoaster in the world with a 300 ft. drop and speeds reaching 90 mph! But this park isn’t just made of coasters. There are four kids’ areas, entertainment shows, a waterpark, and even a beachfront location! Who knew all of this was located in Ohio?!
    Cost: $54.99 Single Day Adult at the Gate & $29.99 Single Day Junior/Senior Online
  2. Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, FL). All your amusement parks dreams can come true at Disney World! With four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) at your fingertips, figuring out which one to visit first will be your hardest decision.
    Cost: A 4-Day Theme Park Ticket for Ages 10+ is $279.00 Online.
  3. Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels, TX). As the only water park to make our list, you know right off the bat that Schlitterbahn is something special. You get access more than 40 rides, 17 slides, 9 tube chutes, a beach, 3 lazy rivers, an uphill water coaster, and more than 3 miles of tube rides. This water park is legit. And, it’s affordable! Win-win!
    Cost: $71.97 for a Single Day Adult and $61.97 for a Single Day Child/Senior.
  4. Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA). So what’s the best part about Knoebels? Admission is FREE! That’s right. You get free admission to this park filled with more than 57 rides, two wooden rollercoasters, a 1913 carousel (how cool!), and a haunted house dark ride! Just pay per ride and have fun!
    Cost: Purchase a Pay-One-Price Plan, All Day-Unlimited Access Wristband, or Individual Ride Tickets.
  5. Universal Studios (Orlando, FL). If you’re a Harry Potter fan, Universal’s Island of Adventure Theme Park will captivate you. Enjoy “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” where you can take a ride through Hogwarts and even enjoy a butterbeer. If you’re not a Potter fan, this park still has lots to offer. Check out Marvel Super Hero Land, where you can ride the Incredible Hulk Coaster or take a 3-D ride and meet the amazing Spider Man. Oh, and there’s also Jurassic Park. Who doesn’t want to get up close and personal with T-Rex?! Eeek!
    Cost: $128.00 for a Single Day Adult and $122.00 for a Single Day Child.
  6. Disneyland (Anaheim, CA). It’s not called “The Happiest Place on Earth” for nothing! More than 20 million visitors discover Disneyland’s 8 themed “lands” each year: Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, and Mickey’s Toontown. In addition to Disneyland Park, check out Disney California Adventure Park while you’re there, too. It has 8 themed “lands” too!
    Cost: $92.00 for a 1 Day-1 Park Adult Ticket and $86.00 for a 1 Day-1 Park Child Ticket.
  7. Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, VA). Did you know that this 383-acre park is owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment? More than 2.8 million people visit Busch Gardens each year, making it one of the top 20 most visited parks in the country. Well known for its rollercoasters, you don’t want to miss out on the Curse of DarKastle (a 3-D ride) or Apollo’s Chariot (one of the nation’s top 10 steel coasters).
    Cost: $70.00 for a Single Day Adult and $60.00 for a Single Day Child.
  8. King’s Island (Mason, OH). Once again, Ohio has outdone itself with another great park! This time, it’s King’s Island. The park features more than 80 rides, shows and attractions, 13 rollercoasters, and a 33-acre water park! The best part in my opinion? Dinosaur Alive! You can see more than 65 life-sized dinos. How cool is that?!
    Cost: $54.99 for a Single Day Adult and $33.99 for a Single Day Junior/Senior at the Gate.
  9. Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, IL). This park has it all! You’ll have fun exploring seven miles of coaster tracks, a classic carousel, a water park, two children’s areas, lots of entertainment, and nine themed sections. And if you want a good scare, consider visiting on a weekend in October for Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest!
    Cost: $61.99 for a Single Day Adult and $41.99 for a Single Day Child at the Gate.
  10. Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA). There’s an unlimited supply of fun at Knott’s Berry Farm! With five themed areas, Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, Camp Snoopy, and Indian Trails, you’ll be worn out by the time you get home. They’re famous for their fried chicken, so be sure to try some before you leave the park.
    Cost: $59.00 for a Single Day Adult and $30.99 for a Single Day Junior/Senior at the Gate.

What’s your take on the best amusement parks in the U.S.?

Let us know by leaving us a comment! We’d love for you to add to our list, and I think other U-Pack customers would love it, too!