20 Most Exciting Amusement Parks In The U.S.A

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Amusement parks are great if you want to have lots of fun and enjoy many thrilling rides. Many people visit them each year when it is ok to do so. These parks can be found all through the U.S. and are always part of any planned vacation for thrill seekers.

However some parks are better than others and that is due mainly to location and the type of rides and atmosphere they have. Most Americans spend their summer time traveling, at amusement parks or some other outdoor activity.

So which amusement parks would be fit for the biggest thrills? Could the most popular be the one that would be at the top of your list? If so let’s take a look at what can be considered the 20 best amusement parks in America.

 

1.MAGIC KINGDOM, BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA

Magic kingdom sees more than 20 million people on average per year. It is the most visited theme park in the World and is the most well known.  It is over 50 years old and tickets vary by your preference. You can expect to spend well over $100 per day per person for a ticket.

 

2.DISNEYLAND, CALIFORNIA

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Disneyland the popular amusement park located in California gets about 18 million visitors yearly on average. It is considered one of the oldest parks and has been upgraded to stay abreast with the competition. It plays runner up to Disney Magic but it is in the same price range at over $100 per person for one day.

 

3.DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM, FLORIDA

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This park is more associated with an animal and nature theme but still gets quite a lot of visitors per year. Disney’s animal kingdom get about 12 million persons on average yearly. It was created in 1998 and offers 2-3 day passes at just over $200 plus. This is cheaper alternative to buying a one day ticket.

 

4.EPCOT, FLORIDA

Epcot may not be as popular as Disney animal kingdom but can still hold its own. Epcot gets a little less than the animal kingdom per year, but still surpasses the 12 million mark. It was first opened in 1982 and offers the same deal as the animal kingdom if you want a better deal.

 

5.DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, FLORIDA

This amusement park is based on Hollywood movies of the past and present. It was opened in 1989 and sees an annual 10 million plus visitors. You can expect to pay over $100 per day or about $200 plus for 2-3 days entry.

 

6.UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, FLORIDA

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This is the highest ranking park for the Universal group. It sees just over 10 million visitors per year on average. It has attractions and live shows and costs less than its Disney counterparts. A ticket will cost you slightly over $100.

 

7.DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE, CALIFORNIA

Another popular Disney park is the California Adventure. This location gets about 9 million visitors yearly on average. It was opened in 2001 and has many thrilling rides. It will cost you about $60-$80 per day for entry.

 

8.UNIVERSAL ISLAND ADVENTURE, FLORIDA

This park is the second highest park on the list from Universal Studios and sees just above 9 million visitors yearly on average. This one costs about the same to enter as the other Universal themed park.

 

9.UNIVERSAL STUDIO, HOLLYWOOD

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This park is located in the popular Hollywood where many a star is born. It was opened in 1964 and sees about 9 million visitors per year. Many of its rides are based on movies and other Hollywood related themes. A ticket is about $100 per day.

 

10.KNOTTS BERRY FARM, CALIFORNIA

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This park is different to the ones before it in many ways. It still has many of the components of the other parks. You can still take rides and enjoy other types of theme related activities. However the price for this one drops significantly as you can pay $60 for a day or from $100 and up get a seasonal pass.

 

11.SEAWORLD, ORLANDO

This theme park delves in marine life like its name portrays. It has many sea creatures on show and sees almost 4 million visitors per year on average. It will cost you about $100 to visit this place.

 

12.BUSCH GARDENS, TAMPA BAY

This park has plenty of wildlife and rides to entertain you. It gets just under 4 million visitors per year. Its theme is based on 19th century Africa. It will cost you about $100 to visit this park.

 

13.CANADA’S WONDERLAND, ONTARIO

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This park though in North America resides in Canada. It was opened in 1981 and sees more than 3 million visitors per year.  A ticket to enter this amusement park is very reasonable. A day ticket costs about $60 and a 3 day pass about $40.

 

14.CEDAR POINT, OHIO

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Cedar Point has about 3.6 million visitors per year on average and is a very old theme park. It was first opened in 1870 and considered the second oldest theme park in the U.S. It has a large amount of roller coasters to choose from. A ticket cost about $50 per day or $144 seasonal.

 

15.KINGS ISLAND, MASON, OHIO

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Kings Island entertains about 3.4 million visitors yearly but opens only during the peak season. It will cost you about $120 for a seasonal ticket or closer to $50 give or take for a day ticket.

 

16.SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN, VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA

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The Six Flags amusement park has some of the most famous roller coasters and sometimes some of the most dangerous. There are about 19 roller coasters and it will cost you $55 to visit or $85 if you pay at the gate. You can get a seasonal pass too for $85 or up to $269. The park sees over 3 million visitors annually.

 

17.HERSHEYPARK, PENNSYLVANIA

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Hersheypark was first opened in 1923 and was built by the founder of Hershey. It will cost you about $30-$40 to visit this park which is a good price. It sees just over 3 million visitors per year.

 

18.SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE, NEW JERSEY

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This amusement park gets about 3 million visitors per year on average. It offers visitors the opportunity to see over 1200 animals and will cost you between 450 to $100 to enter.

 

19.SEAWORLD, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

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SeaWorld in San Diego sees just over 3 million visitors per year and allows visitors to swim with the dolphins. It was opened in 1964 and will cost you about $70 to enter or get a seasonal pass for just over $100.

 

20.SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA, GURNEE, ILLINOIS

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This theme park opened in 1976 and gets over 3 million visitors yearly. It has number of roller coasters and will let you in for about $56 to $76 depending on time of year.

With so many choices it is easy to get carried away about who to visit now and where to go next. Amusement parks are very popular do just what they say, that is leave you amused!


Anderson Cox

Anderson has been writing articles for about 10 years and writes on various topics.

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