Amusing Adventure parks around the world.
It's summer! This means that parents have extra time to spend with their children, and what could be a better way to engage in classic fun with family and friends than at an amusement park? We asked fans of the Travel Channel to tell us about their favorite water, amusement and theme parks. Take a look at these fun options - perfect summer travel ideas to fit every budget.
1 cedar point
Casting itself as the roller coaster capital of the world, the 18 shores of Cedar Point will ensure you a full day. Enthusiastic reader Alicia Goetemoller describes the park as an "adrenaline junkie paradise", while reader Nick Schuyler says it is "designed for older children."
This old-fashioned amusement park is a nostalgic type as well as budget conscious - entry and parking is free. Reader Tracy Ginsburg Mair states that "a family of 4 can eat, swim, and ride all day at Nobel for $ 100".
3 Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
No list of amusement parks would be complete without Earth's happiest place, Disney's Magic Kingdom. Transport back to your childhood with a trip to Space Mountain, or say hello to one of your favorite Disney characters.
4 Schlitterbahan Water Park
Spread over 65 acres, Schleitburn holds the title Amusement Today for Best Water Park for the past 13 years. It has a hot water coaster ride, beaches, surfing and more.
5 Universal Islands of Adventure
Although most people associate Universal Powers of Adventure with the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the park also has a number of roller coasters, 3-D rides and nearby restaurants and nightlife. Be sure to try to wake up Butterbeer, a non-alcoholic drink!
6 Six Flags Magic Mountain
The park kicked Cedar Point from its top position ranking as an amusement park with the highest roller coasters. Six Flags Magic Mountain has 18 beaches including Green Coastern. Located near Los Angeles, the park has plenty of Hollywood space for those who like to live on land.
7 Kings Island
Kings Island is the most visited theme park in the US, with more than 3 million visitors per year. The park is particularly known for its family-friendly attractions, such as Snoopy Island. Tickets for the main park also include entry to the nearby water park, Boomerang Bay.
8 Dells Water Park
The Wisconsin Dales is a water park aficionado's dream, with dozens of indoor and outdoor water parks that splash around. One of them, Noah's Ark, is America's largest outdoor water park. Many are open throughout the year.
Originally built as an entertainment area for employees of the Hershey Chocolate factory, today Hershey Park has chocolate paraphernalia as well as a roller coaster and a water park. Tickets include entry to nearby Zumerica.
10 Knot Berry Farms
Owned by Knott's jam producers, Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park is one of America's oldest parks, a classic for those looking for thrill rides, water rides and family entertainment.