best theme parks in the usa

Best Theme Parks in the USA

A Fun-Filled Adventure

No matter who you are, a theme park is always a fun outing, and you are guaranteed to be tired after an extremely fun-filled day at the best theme parks in the USA. Let’s take a look at what the top five are.

1. Universal

There are three Universal theme parks in the U.S.: Universal Studios Hollywood in California, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida.

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is by far the biggest Universal theme park, as it spans over 541 acres of land, including the hotels. They offer various packages, such as a family-of-four, three-park and five-night vacation for only $99 per person per night. With the three parks to explore, you will feel like you are not just at a movie but in a movie thanks to dragons breathing real fire and a ride in the Hogwarts Express. There won’t be a dull moment with the shows, shopping and fantastic dining options around all the parks.

Universal Islands of Adventure

The Universal Island of Adventure in Florida is more focused on thrilling rides and fantasy, whereas the Universal Studios takes you on a TV show and movie experience. If you are not afraid of getting wet, then you will love the Jurassic Park River Adventure. For Harry Potter fans, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure rollercoaster will have you soaring into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest.

Universal Studios in Hollywood

Universal Studios in Hollywood is more accessible if you live on the west coast of the U.S., and even though the park is slightly smaller than its sister park in Florida, it offers just as much fun and entertainment. Set in Hollywood, it is no surprise that you will be able to do a studio tour and have a real behind-the-scenes view of movie-making secrets. You can also experience the biggest street movie set in Hollywood history, which was created and built with creative input from Steven Spielberg himself.

Depending on which park you decide to visit, various ticket options are available. Tickets for all three theme parks are available online.

2. Disney

Walt Disney World in Florida boasts four different theme parks and two water parks. The Magic Kingdom will transport you to Cinderella’s castle, take you on a whimsical journey with singing children from around the world and if you like a bit of a scare, then you can board a buggy through the Haunted Mansion. Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) will take you around the world, and even though there aren’t many rides, you will be delighted as the park celebrates different cultures, cuisine, festivities, Disney characters and the future of technology.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are also parks that will entertain and thrill all your senses with the rides, food and shows. The Typhoon Lagoon water park will have you playing in the sun and water with the Surf Pool, Crush ‘n Gusher coaster-like raft ride and Miss Adventure Falls wild water ride.

For even more magic, you can get tickets to and visit Disneyland, located in California. One-day tickets for Disney World are available but there are also package options on offer.

3. Six Flags

Six Flags has 23 amusement parks spread across the U.S., so you can be sure to find one near you. Every park offers a variety of crazy rides, water parks, entertainment and shows. We suggest checking out the Six Flags park closest to you to find out exactly what they focus on and what their ticket prices are.

You and your whole family are guaranteed to have the time of your life at any one of the Six Flags parks.

4. Cedar Point

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Cedar Point’s traditional theme park offers 70 rides and has a little bit of something for everyone. It includes rollercoasters that will have your adrenalin pumping in delight (or fear), a water park with water slides and pools that will leave you awestruck and live shows for the whole family to enjoy. Cedar Point offers a variety of tickets, from a one-day pass at $49.99 and a Fun Day Bundle for $69.99.

5. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

If you live in or near Williamsburg, Virginia, then make sure they are open as the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park is seasonal. This European-themed adventure park may not seem quite as large, versatile or exciting as the previously mentioned parks, but it guarantees a similar experience of fun and a great day out for the whole family. The park has a combination of Broadway-style shows and rollercoasters. It is laid out in different countries with their own style, cuisine and music. Even the rides are themed according to the country they are in.