Everyone loves amusement parks. Many people schedule their vacations around them. Just because you can’t get to Disney World or MGM Studios in Orlando doesn’t mean you will miss out on a great amusement park experience. TripAdvisor.com has announced their top ten amusement parks outside of Orlando in a recent press release.
There is good news for people that live east of the Mississippi as nine out of the top ten are located in the eastern half of the country. For those of you looking for an amusement park in the top 10 in the western half of the country, you have to head to Texas. Here are the top 10 amusement parks outside of Orlando based on how TripAdvisor.com ranks them.
Ohio is the only state to have two of the top ten amusement parks. The first is the third ranked park in the list, which is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is considered by many to be the grand daddy of all roller coaster amusement parks as it is packed with 17 of them, along with other thrill rides to compliment them. Many in the U.S. schedule vacations around the amusement park itself. The other amusement park to make the list from Ohio was Paramount’s King’s Island checking in at number 7 on the list, located in King’s Island, Ohio. With this being a park from Paramount, the shows are top notch, and the rides are a strong compliment for the guests to the park to go along with the shows.
The Southeast has the most of any region on the list, as they have four. One though is located very close to Orlando, this is Busch Gardens in Tampa, which ranks second on the list. Busch Gardens in Tampa has not only the rides, games, and shows of a traditional amusement park but also has it’s own zoo! Family Kingdom Amusement Park is number five on the list, but the only amusement park on it with an ocean view which gives visitors the thrill of the rides along with the scenery of the Atlantic Ocean in the background.
Paramount has a second park on the list with Paramount’s Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is actually the last park that made the list, ranking in at number ten. The park has a 25,000 square foot wave pool to add to it’s appeal along with Australian named rides. Of course if the southeast has an amusement park on the beach with Family Kingdown Amusement Park, it also must have one in the mountains. That park is number eight on the list, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. The combination of the ability to ski and go on thrill rides or go karts attracts plenty of visitors.
The northeast has three amusement parks on the list itself. This includes the number one amusement park on the list in Hershey Park which is located in Hershey, PA. Hershey Park is in it’s 100th year this season and is celebrating with plenty of festivities. The park combines the history of Hershey’s chocolate with the thrill of the rides. If you tour the museum you even get a free chocolate sample.
In the neighboring state is the next park on the list in the northeast. This is Six Flags America, located in Jackson,NJ and ranked 6th on the list. This park is probably second only to Cedar Point as far as thrill rides go, has plenty of shows, and even has strolling entertainers in the crowd. The furthest north amusement park in the northeast is located in Brooklyn at the classic Cooney Island Park and ranks ninth on the list. Of course here if you want you can try the classic Cooney Island hot dog where it began, and you can even watch a minor league baseball game.
The only park west of the Mississippi on the list is in San Antonio Texas and is another Six Flags park. It is Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Once again, in similar fashion to the Six Flags in New Jersey, it has plenty of strolling entertainment and adds in some of the highest ranked thrill rides in the western half of the country according to TripAdvisor.com’s press release as it comes in at number four on the top ten parks in the country.
Regardless of what you are looking for in an amusement park vacation, you can see from this list there is one for you. It does help though if you live on the east coast if you want to find an amusement park at a distance which is possible for a day trip.
Prnewswire.com. “TripAdvisor Announces Top 10 Amusement Parks Outside Orlando”.