Best Amusement Park in Every State
We’ve found the best double loop, wooden, and steepest roller coasters, plus splash-tactic water rides that come with a side of kettle corn in every state in the nation.
OWA (pronounced OH-WAH and meaning “big water” in the language of the Muscogee tribe, which developed and owns OWA) is a 21-ride, 520-acre amusement park centered on a 14-acre lake in Foley on Alabama’s Gulf Coast centered on a 14-acre lake. It’s top-rated on Trip Advisor and is open from January through October, although the hours are limited to weekends outside of the spring and summer months. Before you go to any amusement park, check out these money-saving, crowd-busting amusement park secrets.
Alaska: H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark
Anchorage’s H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark is known as a “tropical island in the last frontier.” The fully-enclosed waterpark is open throughout the entire year, which is a real advantage during those long winters. During the school year, you’ll have to go on the weekend, but the rest of the year it’s open every day, rain or shine.
Arizona: Trail Dust Town
The Western-themed Trail Dust Town in Tuscon has a Wild West Stunt Show, a gold-panning experience, and a train ride on a real train through the “Wild West.” As far as rides go, there’s a Ferris wheel and a vintage-style carousel. The park is open year round.
Arkansas: Magic Springs and Crystal Falls
About an hour from Little Rock, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls is a combination amusement and water park, featuring the Sky Shark sky-diving experience and the Brain Drain free-fall experience, on the one hand, and a water tower with seven slides and a water raceway, on the other, as well as family-oriented rides and kid-specific rides. This top-rated park in Arkansas on Trip Advisor is open weekends April through October, with longer hours in the summer. Don’t miss these mini-vacations that won’t break your budget.
Even with so many top-notch amusement parks in the Golden State, we’re still going with SeaWorld in San Diego. Offering traditional amusement park rides, it’s also famous for its unique animal shows and educational experiences. Where else can you ride a roller coaster (the Electric Eel) and a water slide and check out an exhibit on killer whales and then stay past dark to participate in the nighttime “Electric Ocean Light Festival” event? Enjoy this jewel in California’s theme park crown all year long.
Colorado: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Top rated by Trip Advisor among Colorado amusement parks, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is America’s only mountaintop theme park. Located far above sea level in historic Glenwood Springs, it’s open year-round, although some of the rides are seasonal. The Giant Canyon Swing was featured on several travel television shows, and the Bert the Conquerer coaster is the longest Alpine Coaster in Colorado.
Connecticut: Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce in Bristol calls itself Connecticut’s best amusement park for kids, but teens love it, too. It’s notable for being the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country, dating back to 1846. With over 400 acres, it’s got both water and land rides, including Boulder Dash, which has been voted the world’s #1 wooden roller coaster. It’s open May through Labor Day. Lake Compounce’s record-breaking historical run got us thinking about these other crazy world records from every state.
Funland is a classic boardwalk amusement park in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, featuring 19 rides, including the brand new SuperFlip 360, which swings you 360 degrees, and an arcade. It’s open Mother’s Day through Labor Day. Careful, however, before you decide to hit the arcade: here’s how those carnival games are rigged.
Florida: Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando is actually three amazing theme parks in one: Universal Studios, Universal Islands of America, and Universal Volcano Bay. Islands of Adventure, in particular, has been named the number one amusement park in the world by Trip Advisor and offers a place to explore Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, hide from the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, and fly above the city streets like Spider-Man. It’s open year-round and has special seasonal activities to help you plan your trip. Get ready for a brand new Disney theme park… on this continent!
Georgia: Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell features some impressively unique attractions, including:
- Acrophobia, a drop tower that’s as heart-pounding as it sounds: riders are positioned in a near-standing position, then tilted outward at the top of the 200-foot tower so that they’re facing right at the ground as they fall toward the ground.
- Mindbender, a twin-loop roller coaster that reaches 50 MPH along the 7-story drop.
- Great America Scream Machine, the first wooden roller coaster ever built by Six Flags.