By Rachel Comish
The weather is warming up and summer is coming, now is the time to start planning that long deserved summer vacation. I have spent some fun vacations at theme parks, mostly Disneyland. It may seem like the only theme parks are in California and Florida, but they are scattered throughout the whole country.
1) Disneyland – Anaheim, CA
Disneyland is a combination of Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Toontown, and New Orleans Square. Main Street leads straight to Sleeping Beauty’s castle, where they have firework shows every night. California Adventure is attached to Disneyland, offering a classic take on the making of Disney and best know for the Tower of Terror.
2) Disneyworld - Orlando, FL
Disneyworld is called a world for good reason. It includes Magic kingdom, Animal kingdom, Epcot, Toontown, Lagoon, and other parks like Harry Potter world and Hollywood studios. A vacation to Disneyworld is no small accomplishment and for sure a ton of fun.
3) Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, California
Knott’s Berry Farm is a theme park based on Charlie Brown. It has Camp Snoopy, Western shows, and delicious jam. The most revered ride is the giant wooden roller coaster, Ghostrider.
4) Universal Studios – Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida
It’s so cool to see movie sets and learn some backstage film tricks. The movie based rides don’t hurt, either.
5) Seaworld – San Diego, California and San Antonio, Texas
Seaworld is so fun and definitely not just for kids. The shows put together by animals and their trainers are awesome, as well as the shows done by acrobats. There are also a few rides and playgrounds.
6) Six Flags – Arlington and San Antonio Texas, California, Jackson New Jersey, Eureka Missouri, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Six Flags has a Lonny Toons theme because who doesn’t love Bugs Bunny? The rides are giant, it’s not too pricey, and there are so many locations. The Kingda Ka ride at the New Jersey location is the tallest steel roller coaster in the country.
7) Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio
This place is right next to Lake Erie, some of the rides even dip over the lake. It has some of the biggest and fastest roller coasters in the country, some going so fast they’re less than twenty seconds long.
8) Hersheypark – Hershey, Pennsylvania
One word: chocolate. Done.
9) Busch Gardens – Williamsburg, Virginia and Tampa, Florida
This small theme park offers a classic European style and is known for being the most beautiful amusement park in the country. There are just as many shows as rides, so you don’t have to love roller coasters to have a good time.
10) Nickelodeon Universe – Bloomington, Minnesota
This is the only indoor amusement park in the United States. It’s a seven acre park inside the Mall of America, seriously impressive.
11) Carousel Gardens – New Orleans, Louisiana
The ride inspiring the park is a beautifully carved antique wooden carousel with flying horses. This park has a lot of character and history, just like New Orleans.
What’s your favorite theme park? Let us know!