Best Theme Parks in Every State

With summer here, there’s no better time to hit up an amusement park. But where are the best ones at—and are there any near where you live? To help you find out, we’ve rounded up 100 of our favorite amusement parks in the country—two from each state. That way you don’t have to spend time researching them on your phone. 

And while all of them don’t include roller coasters (because not all states actually have giant amusement parks and several have actually shut down due to COVID), they all have attractions that make them worthwhile and fun! Some of them include mountain coasters where you can literally ride down a mountain, others have fun themes that you can only experience there and others are places you can make unforgettable family memories at. If you read about one that isn’t located near you, you can work it into your vacation if you’re ever on a trip near it in the future.

So what are you waiting for? Check out all of the amazing, fun, thrilling and unique amusement parks below. When you’re going through our list, you may even discover some that you never knew existed!

Amusement Parks Near Me


Foley, AL

Open Sunday through Friday, The Park at OWA is a playful theme park that you won’t be able to help but fall in love with. It has 22 rides and activities, including teacups, roller coasters, shows and games. You can even stop and get some of your favorite carnival treats if you get hungry. Day passes are $24.99 and season passes are $79.99.

Dothan, AL

Adventureland Theme Park is for both kids and adults! From battering cages to bumper boats and go-karts, you’ll have loads of fun there. It’s $17 and opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm most days.


Anchorage, AK

Roadrunner Amusement Park is open from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm Monday to Friday and noon until 10:00 pm on the weekends. It has tons of outdoor activities, including mini-golf, water bumper cars and go-karts, so you have to come here ready to compete against your friends and family.

Tok, AK

If you’re visiting Alaska and looking to experience an amusement park true to that state, check out Mukluk Land. It has all kinds of Alaska-themed décor, a log cabin where you can play skeeball and whack-a-mole, a bouncy house outside, tetherball, mini-golf and has classic park snacks, like cotton candy. You can visit anytime from June 1 to August 20 during the hours of 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Tuscon, AZ

Western-themed Trail Dust Town is a park your whole family will enjoy. It has a wild west stunt show, a train ride, a gold-panning experience, a Ferris wheel, carousel and more! And since it’s open year-round you can visit anytime. How great is that?

Phoenix, AZ

You can find Castles N Coasters in Arizona’s capital. While you’re there, you can experience thrill rides, family entertainment and chill activities, like mini-golf. It’s a good place to bring your kids for a day of fun and adventure. Check out their website for hours and prices.


Hot Springs, AR

Just an hour outside of Little Rock, is Magic Springs and Crystal Falls. It’s open April through October and is a combination amusement park and water park so it’s double the fun. It’s home to the Sky Shark sky-diving experience, a water tower, a water raceway, the Brain Drain free-fall experience and tons of other rides. Single-day tickets are $49.99 for adults and $39.99 for youth.

Fort Smith, AR

Hop to it—literally! Elevate Adventure Park & Trampolines is open 11:00 am to 8:00pm during the week and until 10:00 pm on the weekends. It’s filled with zip lines, climbing exhibits and plenty of trampolines. 


San Diego, CA
With rides and amazing sea animal life, SeaWorld is an amusement park unlike any other. We mean, where else can you can go on a rollercoaster and sea a killer whale? Plus, if you stay into the night, you can see the park’s electric ocean light festival. Ticket prices vary, but you can get a discount if you buy them online.

Santa Clara, CA

Located in Northern California, California’s Great America is a great alternative to go to instead of Disney or Universal. It’s a 112-acre amusement park that originally opened in 1976. While you’re there, you can spend time with the PEANUTS gang in Planet Snoopy or check out one of their many roller coasters if you want to experience more thrills. You can get season passes or daily tickets.


Denver, CO

Elitch Gardens has thrill rides, family rides, kids rides and water rides! What more could you want? It’s open from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday and until 8:00 on Friday and Saturday.

Junction, CO

You can visit Bananas Fun Park from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm most days. The park has go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, water slides, an inflatable playland and more! Once you’re there, your kid won’t want to leave. Prices vary.


Bristol, CT

Lake Compounce has been providing thrills since 1846 and it’s the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country. When you’re there, you have to make sure you go on its triple roller coaster, Phobia, which also happens to be New England’s first of its kind. The park is seasonal and open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Middlebury, CT

For more than 100 years, Quassy Amusement Park has been a go-to place for families to have fun. It has kiddie rides, like the frog hopper, thriller rides, roller coasters, and water rides that people of all ages will love. The park closes at 7:00 pm during the week but stays open until 8:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Fenwick Beach, DE

While there are no giant amusement parks with roller coasters located in Delaware, there are a couple of small families’ theme parks. Thunder Lagoon Water Park is one of them.  It has six slides, mini-golf and go-karts. You can pay to play for two to four hours for under $30.

Rehoboth, DE

If you’re in the area from May through October, make sure you stop by Funland Amusement Park. It’s aimed at kids with mostly kiddie rides, like bumper cars and the Gravitron, but is a place the entire family can enjoy. It has a boardwalk-style feel and tickets can be bought online.


Orlando, FL

You can’t visit Florida and not think about going to one of the most famous amusement parks ever build – Disney World. From the It’s A Small World ride and Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom to Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom and Frozen Ever After in Epcot, there are more rides than you can probably go on in one day there. But while you’re running from ride to ride, you can take pictures with some of your favorite Disney princesses and characters, which makes this park even more special. Tickets start at $109, but vary.

Tampa, FL

It’s true: The sunshine state has parks other than Disney. Busch Gardens is a 335-acre African-themed park that also has lots of animal encounters as well as rides and rollercoasters. It’s open from 10:ooam to 10:00 pm each day and single-day tickets start at $89.99.


Valdosta, GA

Wild Adventure will get your adrenaline pumping! It has thrilling rides, rollercoasters, a Ferris wheel, waterslides and even train rides around the park so everyone in your family will have something they can enjoy. You can save ten dollars off general admission if you buy your tickets online.

Rossville, GA

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, AKA, Lake Winnie Amusement Park, can be found in North Georgia. The park is closed on Wednesdays, but opens at 10:00 am all other days except for Sunday when it opens at noon. Inside, there are all kinds of rides from an antique carrousel and spectacular Ferris wheel where you can see the shores of the lake to gravity-defying rides and coasters. Depending on when you go the price varies so check online for details.


Kapolei, HI

If you’re looking for an outdoor park that is filled with activities for you and your friends, Coral Crater Adventure Park is calling your name. It has obstacle courses, climbing courses, zip lines and guides ATV tours. It’s open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm all week. Ticket prices vary.

Oahu, HI

Open year-round, Wet N’ Wild features 25 land and water rides. It has chill rides and extreme rides for adrenaline junkies. It’s the perfect weekend activity in the summer and single-day tickets are only $35.99. 


Coeur, ID

You’d never guess it, but Silverwood Theme Park is the biggest theme park in the Northwest. It has 70 land and water rides, including a rollercoaster called Aftershock that reaches 191 feet! The park is open from May until September and tickets range from $36.00 to $59.00 for single-day passes.

Rigby, ID

Squealers Fun Park is an amusement park any family would like. It’s open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. And while it doesn’t have roller coasters, it does have go-karts, climbing walls and batting cages.


Lake County, IL

Did you know that Six Flags is where some of the fastest, tallest and most famous rides are located? The Midwest park is home to 45 attractions, so you’ll have nonstop fun while you’re there. It opens its doors at 10:30 am and you can get one-day passes for $29.99 or season passes for $59.99.

Elk Grove Village, IL

There’s no doubt about it, Pirate’s Cove Children’s Theme Park is a hidden gem in Illinois. It’s open from June through August and will provide kids (and parents) with hours of fun as you pretend you’re all pirates and explore what this park has to offer.


Santa Claus, IN

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is open from May through August—as well as a few weekends in the spring. And like its name suggests, it’s holiday-themed. It also includes America’s first launched wing coaster, Thunderbird, which takes you from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. You can get tickets online.

Monticello, IN

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort can be found by Lake Shafer. It’s open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm all week and is a place your whole family will enjoy thanks to its roller coasters, sky coasters, and water rides. Daily tickets are $39.99 for those over 48” tall.


Altoona, IA

Adventureland Resort is just outside of Des Moines. It has over 100 rides and attractions, including wooden rollercoasters, double-loop roller coasters, and Iowa’s largest wave pool in case you want to cool off. It’s open from June until September, but just on the weekends in September. Tickets are $50.

Dubuque, IA

Triple Play Amusement Park is all about family fun. It’s open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm on most nights, except for Friday and Saturday when it stays open until 11:00 pm. The park includes outdoor mini-golf, go-carts, bumper cars, ropes courses, water slides, and more.


Salina, KS

Kentwood Cove Aquatic Park is an amusement park to go to on a warm summer day. It includes 1,400 feet of slides, one even has a 35-feet drop. The entire park has a Caribbean theme and it’s open Monday through Saturday 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 pm until 6:00 pm.

Wichita, KA

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park is an indoor trampoline park that people of all ages will have fun in. From having your birthday party there to going there on a date or with your whole family, it offers it all. The park includes a warrior obstacle course, a ropes course, foam pit, dodgeball, slam zone, tumble track, and APEX trampolines. Ticket prices range.


Louisville, KY

The Kentucky Kingdom stands at 53-acres and has some of the best roller coasters in the country. From Storm Chases, a coaster that is 100-feet tall, to Thunder Run, a world-renowned wooden coaster, you’ll want to go on everything there. Season passes are $69.99 and one-day tickets are $49.95.

Bowling Green, KY

Beech Bend is on 798 acres and has attractions that all ages will appreciate, like lazy rivers and super-wall wooden roller coasters. It’s open from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm during the week and has different weekend hours.


Bossier City, LA

With go-karts, mini-golf, arcade games and water attractions, what more could you want? Party Center Family Fun Center is a place that’ll keep you smiling. It’s open from 10:00 to 9:00 pm most days, except for Friday and Saturday when it stays open until 11:00 pm.

Hammond, LA

Safari Quest Family Fun Center is open every day, but Monday. It’s known for its amazing laser tag areas that takes up 3,000-square-feet, but it also has a ropes course, arcade, climbing trees and more. It’s a great place to getaway with your kids on the weekend.


Old Orchard Beach, ME

Palace Playland is a seasonal amusement park that’s open from 4:00 pm to 10:pm each day. It features 28 rides, including roller coasters, a huge Ferris wheel and Maine’s largest arcade. A season pass is $145.95 and tickets per ride are $1.55 (each ride is anywhere from 2-4 tickets).

York, ME

York’s Wild Kingdom has a mix of rides. It has a scrambler, a roller coaster, mini-golf, paddleboats, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and even a zoo you can explore if you need a break from all the other thrilling activities. The park opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. Check out its website for ticket prices and special events.


Monrovia, MD

If you’ve never been to Adventure Park, you’re missing out. It’s the perfect place for your family to go when they’re in the New England area. The park has more than 20 indoor and outdoor attractions, including go-karts, roller coasters, bowling, a full-service restaurant and ropes courses. It’s open daily starting at 11:00 am.

Ocean City, MD

If you want to go to a fun place that’s near the beach, Jolly Roger Amusement Park is for you. It has pirate theater shows, a Ferris wheel, a circus performance that’s free to guests, bumper cars, teacups, a carousel, a roller coaster and more. Times vary by day, so check their website before you head over.


Carver, MA

What makes Thomas Land USA unique? It’s 11.5 acres and will bring Thomas the Train and his friends to life for little kids. You can check out Knapford Station and Tidmouth Sheds, as well as enjoy 11-themed rides that feature characters like Harold the Helicopter and Cranky the Crane. Go to the park’s website for hours and ticket info.

Salem, MA

Salem Willows Park is not only fun, but it’s located by the ocean. It’s open from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm each day and is packed with games, rides, food and fun. It’s a great place to bring a date or go to with your family. Check online for ticket info.


Muskegon, MI

Michigan’s Adventure is the largest amusement park in the state at 25-acres. It has more than 52 rides—both land and water—for you to enjoy. Once you go, you’ll want to go back with all of your friends. Daily tickets are $36 and two-day tickets are $55.

Comins, MI

Cedar Valley’s Wild Frontier Fun Park is Michigan’s second-largest amusement park. It only cost $2.50 to enter and then you pay as you play/ride. It has a 19-hole putt-putt course, a slow and fast batting cage and 18 rides! The park is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.


Bloomington, MN

If you’re ever in The Mall of America, don’t forget to save some time to visit Nickelodeon Universe. It’s a theme park with 27 rides that will make all of your Nickelodeon dreams come true. But just because it’s a Nickelodeon-themed park doesn’t mean it’s full of all kiddie rides. In fact, it has lots of thrill rides, too. You can get an unlimited ride wristband or point passes – see their website for more info.

Shakopee, MN

With tons of rides and slides, Valleyfair will keep you and your friends and family entertained all season long. It mixes dry rides with water rides so it’s the perfect place to spend a hot summer day at. If you want to spend the day there, you have to reserve your tickets online in advance due to COVID restrictions.


Gulfport, MS

If you’re a thrill-seeker, head to Zip-N Fun Adventure Park. There, you can go on everything from sky bridges to swinging logs to zip-lines. It truly lets you embrace your inner Tarzan. It’s open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Thursday through Sunday and ticket prices vary.

Pearl River, MS

Geyser Falls Water Theme Park is a huge tropical-themed park that offers slides, rides and even a wave pool. It’s open from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm every day except for Saturday.


Kansas City, MO

With 236 acres, Worlds of Fun is a summer must if you’re in Missouri. It’s filled with big-thrill rides, little-thrill rides, refreshing pools and towering slides, so everyone in your family will love it. The park opens at 11:00 am and changes its day to only being open on weekends during August and September.

Branson, MO

Bigfoot Fun is open all day (10:00am-10:00pm) every day! While you’re there you have to check out some of their most famous attractions, like the Bigfoot Super Sling and Bigfoot Gravity Bomb.


Columbia Falls, MT

One amusement park worth seeing in Montana happens to be in the heart of the Rockies. It’s called Big Sky Waterpark and it has bumper cars, mini-golf, a giant whirlpool and plenty of water slides to keep you entertained. It’s $22.99 for a full-day pass and only $17.00 is you want to get a twilight pass.

West Yellowstone, MT

Another fun adventure spot is Yellowstone Aerial Adventures. It’s the ultimate high-flying destination to go with your friends or family. The park offers full-day passes for adults ($79), for kids ($75) and juniors, which are kids seven and younger ($29). Its hours vary depending on the day. 


Omaha, NE
There’s only one place to go in Nebraska if you’re hoping to ride a roller coaster: Fun-Plex Waterpark & Rides! Why? It’s the only park in the state that has one. It also has water rides and Nebraska’s only swim-up bar for adults, too. Full-day passes for people over 54” is $29.99 and for everyone shorter is $19.99.

Ashland, NE

If you can’t figure out something fun to do this weekend, consider going to Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park. It’ll get you out in nature in a fun way with its multiple treetop ropes courses. You can choose from the treetop adventure course, the treetop journey course, the treetop discovery course or the monkey drop. Call them for hours and prices.


Winchester, NV

The Adventuredome is an indoor amusement park that can be found on the Las Vegas strip. It comes 5-acres and coasters like Canyon Blaster, which also happens to be the only indoor double corkscrew coaster on the planet that goes up to 55mph. It’s $40 for regular wristband passes if you’re over 48” tall and $20 if you’re shorter.

Sparks, NV

From arcade games to bowling to blacklight go-karts, mini-golf and water slides, Wild Island Family Adventure Park is a family-friendly park. Its hours vary but are usually from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. If you’re planning a visit, all-access passes are $44.99.

New Hampshire

Salem, NH

You won’t regret going to Canobie Lake Park. It has over 85 rides, games and attractions, ranging from roller coasters to gentle rides for little kids. It’s open on weekends from 10:30an until 6:00 pm and requires advance reservations to enter. Reservations can only be made online.

Glen, NH

Storyland first opened in 1954 and it’s been a popular family destination since then. It’s closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on all other days. The park is best for young children and gives them the chance to experience an amusement park atmosphere at a more calm level. It has over 30 kid-approved rides that will make your little ones light up and even character dinner options you can go to before you head home.

New Jersey

Wildwood, NJ

Are you someone who likes the beach and amusement parks? If so, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks lets you experience both because it’s a six-block beachfront amusement park that has 100+ rides. Weekday hours are 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm and weekend hours are noon until 11:00 pm. You can buy your tickets online now.

East Rutherford, NJ

American Dream is a pretty new amusement park in New Jersey. It’s located inside the Meadowlands Sports Complex and has rollercoasters, glow-in-the-dark golf, and water slides. You can buy passes online and see what hours it is open on the day you want to go since they vary in times.

New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Cliff’s Amusement Park has been around since 1959. Today, it offers both wooden rollercoasters and modern-day rides that will give you thrills and chills while you ride there. Its hours depend on which day of the week you go and you can get your ticket online.

Ruidoso, NM

No matter if you’re looking for a place to celebrate a birthday, a place to go with friends or a place to go with your family, Adventure Mountain checks all those boxes. It’s a fun destination with both indoor and outdoor activities, like bumper cars and rock climbing walls. Pricing varies depending on the activity and it’s open until 9:00 pm on most nights.

New York

Brooklyn, NY

Manhattan may be known for its tall buildings, but Brooklyn is known for Coney Island’s Luna Park. The park features its famous Cyclone coaster, Thunderbolt and the B&B Carousell where you can see the beach, ocean and city views. If you’re there in July, you can also witness the park’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. And if you’re worried about how to get there, don’t be—there are subways that go there so it’s easy to find. Hours and prices vary.

Rochester, NY

If you live in New York state and not NYC, Seabreeze Amusement Park is a great place to visit if you want to go on coasters, water log rides and thriller swings. Fun fact: It’s one of only 13 trolley parks that are still open in the United States. The park closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays and 8:00 pm on Sundays but is open until 9:00 pm on every other day of the week. Ticket prices vary.

North Carolina

Cherokee, NC

If you wish you could celebrate Christmas all the time, you’ll be so glad you went to Santa’s Land Fun Park & Zoo. Why? The park is Santa-themed not just during the holidays, but all year long.  It’s open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and has loads of rides, as well as paddle boats.

Charlotte, NC

Carowinds is open throughout the summer, as well as on the weekends in the spring and fall. It has 60 rides that will keep you occupied all day. You can get a daily ticket for $42.

North Dakota

Fargo, ND

If you’re looking for something to do from April to August in North Dakota, give Thunder Roads a try. It’s an amusement park with an outdoorsy feel that has go-karts, laser tags, mini-golf, bumper cars and more. It’s open from noon until 10:00 pm most nights

Minot, ND

If you have a kid, they’ll fall in love with Lucy’s Amusement Park. It’s open from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm most days of the week and has tons of family-friendly activities. From kiddie rides to slides, it’s a win.


Sandusky, OH

With 17 roller coasters, Cedar Point is the place Ohio thrill-seekers should go at least once in their life. Besides having adventurous rides, it also offers amazing views thanks to it being an archipelago in Lake Erie. Daily admission tickets are $49.99

Middletown, OH

Land of Illusion Adventure Park is open daily from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. It has a floating water park, a haunted house in the fall and provides your family with hours of fun. Tickets range from $24 to $29.


Oklahoma City, OK

Believe it or not, Frontier City is the only amusement park with roller coasters in the entire state. It also has a wild west theme, making it even more fun to be at. Season passes are only $49.99 and the park is open from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm every day except for Sunday when it opens at noon.

Bartiesville, OK

Kiddie Park is the ultimate park to bring your little ones. It has the cutest rides and even park clowns. All park rides are less than a dollar, so you kids can go on tons of them. Remember it’s closed on Sundays and Mondays, but open the rest of the week from 7:00 pm to 10:00om.


Portland, OR

Are you planning a trip to Portland? If so, head over to Oaks Amusement Park. It’s a charming place that has over 20 rides, a wooden carousel that dates back to 1913 and a roller-skating rink. Ride bracelets are $39.99 for adults and $19,99 for kids under 48”.

Seaside, OR

Captain Kid Amusement Park may be a smaller size park, but it’s so charming. It’s open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and includes activities kids will love, like go-karting and an 18-hole mini-golf course. Call for ticket prices.


Lancaster, PA

Dutch Wonderland theme is a “kingdom for kids,” and you’ll see why when you get there. It’s a magical 48-acre park with coasters, a lagoon, a train you can get on and bumper cars to name a few. Admission is $49.99 and the park is open from 10:00am until 6:00pm.

Hershey, PA

The capital of the world, Hershey, Pennsylvania is also home to Hershey Park. The park has both land and water rides you can go on, as well as a chocolate factory that you can get a tour of. Admission is $52.95 and you can stay there from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Rhode Island

Westerly RI

Rhode Island may be a small state, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. One of the most fun places to go if you have kids is Atlantic Beach Park. It’s located by the beach and has a carousel, rides and tons of snacks. Hours and prices vary.

Narragansett, RI

Have you ever heard of Adventureland Family Fun Park? It’s on the East Coast and the perfect family day spot. It’s good for both small kids, tweens and teens thanks to their rides, mini-golf and go-karts. You can any day, just check online for hours because they vary. 

South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, SC

If you find yourself in the Myrtle Beach area, take a break from going to the beach one day to do something different. Family Kingdom Amusement Park is a great place you and your family can go to make some memories. The park includes 37 rides that both adults and kids will enjoy. Individual ride tickets are $1.15 or you can get an all-day unlimited wristband for $32.95.

Hamer, SC

A great place to go on the weekend is Pedroland Park. It’s open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 8:30pm and Sunday until midnight. It has an assortment of rides, from a carousel to a bouncy house and mini-golf. Call for pricing.

South Dakota

Keystone, SD

Rush Mountain Adventure Park is where you’ll find the only roller coaster in the area that lets you cruise down the mountains. It also has other activities like a zipline ride and a gunslinger 7-D ride. The park is open from May until October, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Wristband passes are $30 to $60.

Sioux Falls, SD

There may not be many land amusement parks in South Dakota, but there are a few water amusement parks, like Wild Water West Waterpark. Not only does it have water rides, it also gives guests options to play paintball, mini golf and ride go-karts. It’s open all week long from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm.


Pigeon Forge, TN

If you’ve never heard of Dollywood, don’t worry—it’s not a park filled with dolls. It’s actually Dolly Parton’s amusement park that’s nestled in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. It has a roller coaster that goes both forward and backward, amongst other rides. The park is open from April through October.

Gatlinburg, TN

Anakeesta is an outdoor adventure hub. It stands out from others because it’s an award-winning park!  It has a mountain coaster, a treetop play area, zip-lining, gondola rides and more. Admission for adults is $26.99 and kids are $17.99.


San Antonio, TX

Texas is known for big things, and Morgan’s Wonderland is no exception. It has a Ferris wheel with hot air balloon-themed baskets to ride in, a cute train ride, a carousel, and more. They’re specifically known for being an all-abilities waterpark, featuring rides for kids in wheelchairs, like the wheelchair swings, and rides for kids with varying abilities. Children tickets are $13 and adult tickets are $19.

Amarillo, TX

Who wouldn’t want to go to a place called Wonderland Amusement Park? It sounds magical – and it is thanks to its many roller coasters, kids rides, water rides, classic rides and mini-golf. Its times vary, as well as the ticket prices, during the week and seasons so make sure you double-check their calendar before you head over.


Farmington, UT

Just outside of Salt Lake City is Lagoon Park. It has both land and water rides as well as a pioneer village attraction. The park is open through the end of October and opening times vary depending on the day. Youth passes are $51.95+.

Kaysville, UT

Utah may be famous for being a ski destination in the winter, but in the summer you can find some great amusement parks there, too! One fun place to check out is Boondocks Food & Fun. It’s an indoor-outdoor park with mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats and more. It’s open most days from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, but on Fridays and Saturdays, it stays open until midnight.


Putney, VT

Don’t let its name fool you, this park isn’t only open during Christmas time. Santa Land USA is open from July until Christmas Eve (10:00-4:00 pm). It’s been open since 1957 and is a fun place to bring your whole family. Not only can you visit with elves and Santa, but you can ride on rides, too.  It’s a place like no other.

Jay, VT

Since Vermont doesn’t have any huge roller coaster amusement parks, checking out a water park is the next best thing. Pump House Indoor Waterpark is great because you can still be adventurous thanks to its waterslides. However, if you want to go on a more relaxing ride, there’s a lazy river, too. The park is open from July through October.


Virginia Beach, VA

With 16 rides, midway games, food and a go-kart track, Atlantic Fun Park is somewhere worth venturing to. One of the best parts is it’s open until midnight every day of the week so you don’t have to feel rushed going from ride to ride.

Fredericksburg, VA

If you’re dying to go somewhere other than a waterpark in Virginia, you should check out Fun Land of Fredericksburg. It’s located in the northern part of the state and has mini-rides, go-karts, wall climbing and more. The park is open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm every night except for Sunday.


Federal Way, WA

If you’re looking for a park that has both water rides and land rides, Wild Waves Theme and Water Park if for you.  It’s open all summer and even has a holiday lights event in December. Tip: You can get the best ticket deals if you buy them online three days in advance.

Carnation, WA

Remlinger Farms is not your typical farm, so don’t pass on this fun place. It’s a farm that has rides and lets you pick things like strawberries and raspberries when they’re in season, too. It’s open from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm and ticket prices depend on your age. So if you like places that are unique, this attraction is something you’ll be glad you found.

West Virginia

Huntington, WV

Camden Park sits on 26 acres and is the only amusement park that has carnival-type rides in West Virginia. Today, it has more than 30 rides and attractions, like the Big Dipper and a full-size wooden roller coaster. It’s closed Monday to Wednesday, but opens at 11:00 am the rest of the week. You can get season passes for $59.99.

Inwood, WV

JayDee’s Family Fun Center will keep you and your kids entertained all day. It’s a place you can go to over and over again and never be bored thanks to its water park, go-karts, arcade and mini-golf course. It’s open Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm and until 6:00 pm on Fridays.


Green Bay, WI

What will you see if you go to the Bay Beach Amusement Park? A big wheel, bumper cars, giant slide, merry-go-round, scrambler, tilt-a-whirl, zippin pippin roller coaster and more! This park is new and each ride ticket costs .25 to ride and there is no admission fee.

Wisconsin Dells, WI

Prepare to have the time of your life at Mt. Olympus Parks. The outdoor park has loads of attractions, including roller coasters, balloon rides, swing rides and more!  It’s open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and you can make reservations online to ensure the park doesn’t reach its capacity.


Jackson, WY

If you want to experience a truly unique roller coaster, head to Snow King Mountain Resort. There, you can go on Cowboy Coaster, which is a 465-foot roller coaster that has nearly a mile of twists and turns! Plus, when you’re on top before you drop, you can see views of Teton. Prices range.

Thermopolis, WY

While Wyoming isn’t known for your typical amusement parks it does have other spots, like Star Plunge, that you can go to have fun. It’s open Saturday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and has pools, a vapor cave and waterslides. It’s more-so a place that adults will enjoy and tickets range from $7 to $15.50.

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