Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Three OTHER Top Amusement Parks of America to Make Your Holidays more Exciting

If you want to judge amusement park quality by popularity, then your choices drift to some very specific areas. According to America’s Best Online, the top six most-visited parks in the United States all have either “Disney” or “Universal Studios” in their names, and six of the top eight parks are located in Florida. These parks have certainly earned their popularity with rides, shows and other attractions to make you smile, but such popularity comes with a price: long lines for rides.

If you're coming to the United States and want to enjoy a good American amusement park, the following amusement parks can offer shorter lines, more ride time and, most importantly, wonderful memories. Before you head out, though, make sure you stay protected against any mishaps by purchasing a short-term travel insurance policy.

For Families: Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

This lesser-known park is quickly gaining more attention and popularity. The Holiday World part of the park offers some of the standard ride fare, and it’s geared especially toward children and families; the park has only three adult-sized roller coasters.

The big draw to this growing complex in Santa Claus, Indiana, is the water park, Splashin’ Safari. The park offers 16 water attractions, including two wave pools, the world’s largest enclosed waterslide (Zoombabwe) and the world’s longest water coaster (Mammoth). What’s more, many of the named rides are actually multiple waterslides, so the lines go quickly.

One other unique characteristic of this park complex: Unlimited refills on fountain drinks and free SPF 30 sunblock.

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari also have possibly the best website of any amusement park, offering up more information about every ride and attraction than any single person could possibly want. For instance, you’ll find videos of every ride in the park from multiple views, including from the rider’s perspective.

For the Budget-Minded: Knoebels

Knoebels, in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, has two attractions that you don’t see very often anymore: free parking and free admittance. In fact, it is billed as “America’s Largest Free-Admission Park.” You pay for each ride or attraction separately, and prices run from $.75 to $3, with most in the $1–$2 range. You can also purchase a pay-one-price ticket that gives you full access to everything while still coming in under the admission price of most other amusement parks.
Just because admission is free, don’t think that Knoebels doesn’t have anything good to offer. It has over 50 rides for people of all ages, plus small museums, a theater and even a bald eagle habitat. It’s a grand place for people with a taste for nostalgia, as well, offering classic rides like bumper cars, tea cups and a carousel where you can still grab the brass ring.

For Roller Coaster Fanatics: Six Flags Magic Mountain

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is billed as the roller coaster capital of the world, with 14 adult-sized roller coasters. But it was recently overtaken by Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles, which now boasts 15 thrilling coasters. One of its recent additions, Full Throttle, set the record for the highest and fastest vertical loop and incorporates an innovative construction: the coaster inverts you on the inside of the loop but also races over the outside of the same loop.

Which amusement park is “best” is entirely a matter of personal taste. But regardless of what you look for in rides and entertainment, these three amusement parks each have something wonderful to offer. If you've been to one of these parks, which rides are the best and why?


  1. Thanks for sharing this update. It is helpful to frequent travelers. :)