The United States is the Holy Grail for amusement park enthusiasts all over the world. People flock from far and wide to send their adrenaline glands into overdrive at the one of a hugely diverse range of parks found on U.S. soil. The country offers something for everyone; whether they like terrifying breakneck rollercoasters or enjoying the atmosphere of live theatrical performances, there is something for people of every persuasion. Read on for a list of the seven most popular amusement parks in America.
1. Cedar Point, Ohio
Once you have sorted out the ESTA visa that you will need to enter the country, a good park for any thrill-seeker on a U.S. amusement park tour to start is at Cedar Point. Located on the banks of Lake Erie, the park is one of the oldest in the country and has sixteen rollercoasters in total, some of which are over 200 feet tall.
2. Disney World, Florida
While it was not the first Disney amusement park, Disney World in Florida is certainly the most famous. There is something for all the family here, ranging from zoos to the most intense rollercoaster rides available. Make sure to take a ride on Expedition Everest rollercoaster in Animal Kingdom, a ride which will make you truly believe that you are on an expedition deep in the Himalayas. Expect yetis and a lot of fun!
3. Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
You are sure to have a blast at this park designed to satisfy the needs of even the most ardent roller coaster aficionados out there. Since the park opened in 1971, it has consistently rated among the best in the United States. Some of the more popular rides include the stomach-churning Twisted Colossus and the incredibly rapid X2.
4. Universal Studios, Florida
One of the most impressive and complete experiences of any amusement park in the world is found at Universal Studios. Due to its link with the movie industry, many of its attractions are thematically based on your favourite films. Whether an adventure to the world of the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park is where you get your kicks or a trip on the Hogwarts Express is more up your alley, this amusement park holds something for all the family.
5. Knott’s Berry Farm, California
Knott’s Berry Farm has probably one of the most interesting backstories of any of the parks on this list. It began when the owners of a small berry farm decided to build some rides to attract people to come to the farm. The park today is now full of attractions and entertainment for people of all ages, including industry-leading rollercoasters, interactive shows and a range of top-class eateries. If you go, do not forget to visit the convincingly lifelike Old West Ghost Town!
6. Kings Island, Ohio
Home to the award-winning Mystic Timbers, one of the most impressive wooden rollercoaster on the planet, Kings Island is a must for anyone who wants a blast from the past from the amusement park experience. The park also contains a wide selection of high-speed wooden and steel rollercoasters, including the Beast, which is on record for being the longest wooden rollercoaster in the world. As well as many examples of the more frightening variety, Kings Island has incorporated a number of rollercoasters that are suitable for children and senior citizens, making it the perfect place to spend the day for the whole family.
7. Hersheypark, Pennsylvania
There really is something for everyone at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. Run by the eponymous chocolate company, Hersheypark is home to 76 different attractions, a massive resort complex and is over 100 years old. The 11-acre waterpark at Hersheypark is second to none, with any visitor who feels the need to risk the water having the opportunity to make a splash on the Hydro, Riptide or Surge since the price of entry is included in the ticket. The park even houses a full-sized zoo for when you get worn out by too many thrills.
While no means exhaustive, the list above will help you to decide which of many amusement parks will be the best fit for your tastes and preferences. Before booking your dream trip to the United States, consult an ESTA guide to check whether you are eligible for the visa waiver scheme. It will save you a lot of time and effort that always comes with negotiating the minefield that comes with the territory of acquiring permission to visit a country.