Category: 34 Amazing Amusement Parks in America

silver dollar city

Visit this 1880s-themed amusement park, which runs from mid-March until late December each year. The theme park is divided into 10 distinct districts, and throughout the year Silver Dollar City also hosts six festivals, including the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, the Southern Gospel Picnic and the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival.

kentucky kingdom

Previously called Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, guests have a wide variety of amusement rides, and a water park called Hurricane Bay. Kentucky Kingdom, reopened successfully in 2014 after government incentives and investments to revive the park.


Pronounced kuh-NO-bels, the amusement park is the United States’ largest free-admission park, and has been around since 1926. Visitors can check out than 60 rides, including two roller coasters, a carousel built in 1913, and a haunted house dark ride.


Established in 1906 as a leisure park for Hershey (yes, the famous chocolate company) employees, today the park includes 70 rides and attractions, a zoo called ZOOAMERICA and is a stroll to Hershey’s Chocolate World, which includes shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.

californias great america

Originally opening as Marriott’s Great America in 1976, it has appeared in movies including Beverly Hills Cop III and Getting Even with Dad. Featuring over 40 rides and attractions, the theme park includes eight roller coasters.

michigans adventure

Boasting 53 rides, including seven roller coasters, thrill seekers can try a number of rides to get their heart rates pumping – including RipCord (which takes 1-3 riders into the air before plunging them down in a pendulum motion) and the Shivering Timbers (wooden roller coaster).

valley fair

Featuring over 75 rides and attractions and eight roller coasters, Valleyfair also has a water park called Soak City that is included in the admission fee. Roller coasters include a kiddy roller coaster (Cosmic Coaster), a steel roller coaster with a wooden structure (Arrow Dynamics) and a steel hyper roller coaster (Chance Morgan), currently the tallest in Valleyfair.

kings dominion

This big theme park is known for its roller coasters, thrill ride, water attractions and animatronic dinosaurs. For thrill seekers, the WindSeeker and Intimidator 305 are the most popular attractions, while visitors loing for relaxed rides should check out the family-friendly Grand Carousel or Blue Ridge Tollway.

worlds of fun

Opening in 1973 at a cost of $10 million, today admission to Worlds of Fun includes access to Oceans of Fun, an adjacent water park. Worlds of Fun’s themes are adapted from the classic Jules Verne bo, “Around the World in Eighty Days”, with attractions divided into five major sections – Scandinavia, Africa, Europa, the Orient, and Americana.

knotts berry farm

Located on the site of a former berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family, today the theme park features 40 rides including roller coasters, water rides, historical rides. There are four themes areas – Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, and Camp Snoopy.