Top 10 Amusement Parks in the USA (with Map & Photos)

The Americans started building amusement parks on the outskirts of cities, And that was almost a hundred years ago. At that time the real "golden age" of amusement parks began. The idea took over all of America. The most popular was the park on Coney Island in New York, just "Mecca" of some kind. 150 years ago, it was visited by two million people in just a year! They built the first carousel, then the roller coaster, and then began to build and build new attractions. 

amusement parks in the USA
Amusement parks in the USA

In the 1920s, there were about two thousand amusement parks across the country in the United States. Almost 50 years ago, the amusement park industry took on a massive scale. Disneyland and Universal Studios, a network of Six Flags big and small parks for kids and adults, water parks and theme parks, in the city center and beyond, have appeared. How many are there now? A lot of them. And we have collected for you the most interesting amusement park that this country has to offer. We will not take into account Six Flags and Disneylands.

Cedar Point

Cedar Point is one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States, soon to be 150 years old. It was built on the seashore as a resort. The largest number of attractions in the world has been built on its territory - 72 (only 16 of them are slides) - for children and adults, water and thematic, ice shows and musical performances. In addition, you can always relax and swim in Lake Erie, near which the park is built. For thrill-seekers, this park is # 1. You should go to this park for two or three days, having bought a subscription at a discount ($ 34).

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Cedar Point, Amusement Parks in the USA

Busch Gardens

The Busch Gardens amusement park is one of the 20 most visited in the United States. Here you can not only ride the rides, but also get acquainted with European geography. Each island of the park has the name of a European country, which fully reproduces the atmosphere of this country - traditions, dances, food, style, national costumes and even souvenirs. There is the Colosseum and Big Ben, a Scottish farm where you can feed the animals. There is a whole zoo. Children will be delighted. There are roller coasters, water attractions and other entertainment.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Busch Gardens, Amusement Parks in the USA

Dorney Park

The fact that Dorney Park is owned by the Cedar Fair company that built Cedar Point speaks for itself. It has the longest slides on the East Coast as well as the oldest Thunderhawk slides. In addition, the Wildwater Kingdom Water Park is located next to the park, and you can get there with the same ticket.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Dorney Park, Amusement Parks in the USA


Located in the center of the chocolate capital, Hersheypark amusement park is a great place for the whole family. There are 68 attractions in nine themed zones, including 11 roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and water attractions. If you want - you can eat at least a ton of chocolate, which is sold on every corner of the park, if you want - ride on chocolate slides and carousels. After all, the park is decorated in the style of the Hershey's chocolate company!

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Hersheypark, Amusement Parks in the USA

Universal Studios Florida

The largest theme park in Florida, Universal Studios Florida is entirely dedicated to the world of cinema and consists of 6 themed zones, each of which has a lot of its own "entertainment". Here you can temporarily become the hero of some Hollywood blockbuster or plunge into your favorite fiction or animated film, take part in extras, or star in a short film. In addition, the park has many attractions based on the plots of films and cartoons - Jurassic Park, The Incredible Hulk, Harry Potter and others. Every day, Universal Studios Florida presents its guests with an unforgettable 3-D show with special effects and robots - the sequel to the Terminator movie.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Universal Studios Florida, Amusement Parks in the USA

Canobie Lake Park

The Canobie Lake Park amusement park was opened in Seleim in 1902 with the aim of providing a busy weekend trolleybus station. The goal was successfully achieved, and for more than 110 years the amusement park has been successfully operating. The rides in it are not the biggest, but terrifying, it is enough to ride one so that adrenaline starts playing in your blood. There are many carousels for kids, slides for teenagers, many catering establishments, entertainment programs, games, in general, everything is done to ensure that the family has an interesting and eventful day there.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Canobie Lake Park, Amusement Parks in the USA

Worlds of Fun

How much fun can there be in the world? This question is answered by the amusement park in Kansas City Worlds of Fun. It is dedicated to the novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. The park is divided into 5 thematic zones, and you, as the hero of the novel, Mr. Fogg, can start your journey, though not from Paris, but from Scandinavia, and then across Africa, America and the East. There is an old but unique Grand Carrousel in the park, in which each of the 64 horses is made according to a special design.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Worlds of Fun, Amusement Parks in the USA

Kings Island

60 dinosaurs on 364 acres of land! No, this is not Jurassic Park. This is Kings Island amusement park in Ohio! The only drawback of the park is that there are no attractions for kids (except for a mini-zoo and dinosaur figures), it is more suitable for adults and adolescents. 14 high-speed slides, animated dinosaurs, an excellent water park, many cafes - what else is needed to spend a day with benefit and pleasure.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Kings Island, Amusement Parks in the USA

Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion in Doswell is the "little brother" of Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. It also has its own dinosaurs and roller coasters, great water attractions and a wave pool. But, nevertheless, this amusement park is home to one of the scariest roller coasters in the entire country - the monster Intimidator 305, with a length of 1.6 km, a height of 93 meters, along which you rush at a speed of 140 km / h. Sometimes one gets the impression that the trolley is about to fall off the rails (architects are sadists). And on the territory of the park there is an exact copy of the Eiffel Tower, though its height is 101 meters. But it is allowed to get up and look around. Also a kind of attraction.

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Kings Dominion, Amusement Parks in the USA

Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce Amusement Park was first opened in 1846 and is the oldest family park in the USA. It is located in a beautiful place - at the foot of a mountain on the shore of a lake. For the first time, wooden slides were built here, which still serve today. Children feel especially good here, because the park has created many carousels and attractions just for them. Connecticut's largest water park is also located in this amusement park. Water slides, pools for all ages, water rivers, fountains - why not spend the day outdoors with the whole family?!

The most interesting amusement parks in the USA
Lake Compounce, Amusement Parks in the USA