Looking to start off summer vacation with a bang, or plan a getaway weekend for the family? Maybe a trip to an amusement park maybe the answer you’re looking for! Whether you are hardcore into roller coasters or water parks, there are plenty of choices within a few hours of home! We called in all of our travel experts, passed out some lemonade and funnel cakes, and put together a list of few of our favorite amusement parks. So to get you prepped, here is The Travel Experts Guide to Awesome Amusement Parks!
Cedar Point , Ohio
oldest Amusement Park in the US, Cedar Point is also home to 16 roller coasters. One of the most famous parks, Cedar Point is located in Sandusky Ohio on a peninsula in Lake Erie. Aside from the roller coasters, Cedar Point has over a dozen thrill rides, family rides and other attractions for kids and grownups alike! When you’re tired fast paced of roller coasters and need to cool off, check out the new for 2017 Cedar Point Shores. Enjoy a ride down one of the many water slides like Point Plummet, or lean back and relax (sort of) and float the Runaway Rapids.
There are more than a few hotels located around the outside of the park that provide easy access to the park. Our favorite is The Hotel Breakers which is just steps away from the fun. Breakers features over 500 recently renewed guest rooms, several dining options and a shuttle service throughout the Cedar Point Peninsula. One of the many perks to staying at the Hotel Breakers is guests are offered early entry into the park.
Sandusky is one hour away from Cleveland or Toledo, and is within a day’s drive from the North East or Mid Atlantic. Visit Cedar Point online at https://www.cedarpoint.com/
to see the multiple plans and packages that are available.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Central New Jersey
Just a short drive from the Jersey Shore, NYC and Philly is Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Easily reachable from all the major highways, Six Flags (as we call it) always has something new in the works. This season (2017), a new, 4-D attraction called JUSTICE LEAGUE-Battle for Metropolis, will join the park. Featuring heroes and villains from DC Comics, this attraction will offer a 4D experience with wind, fire, mist and fog effects. Guests ride in six-passenger, motion-platform cars that twist, tilt and spin while going through hairpin, 360-degree turns. Throughout the ride you will see screens synced to the action, this allows the gust a to join in the adventure with state of the art gaming elements integrated into the ride.
Other great thrill rides include Batman, El Toro and Kingda Ka, where riders for from 0 to 128 MPH in 3.5 seconds! There are plenty of other traditional rides to keep you busy including the Ferris wheel, Carousel & Bumper Cars. One other ride to check out is Houdini’s Great Escape.
When you’re hungry, Great Adventure has food to satisfy everyone in your party. The park also has plenty of entertainment including concerts and otherseasonal events. There are a number of hotels nearby in the Hamilton, Robbinsville, Tinton Falls and Eatontown areas. For additional information, visit their website here https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
Knott’s Berry Farm , Southern California (Buena Park)
Originally a produce and berry farm in the 1920's. Knotts Berry farm slowly grew from a restaurant in the 1940's, to a "summer-long county fair" in the 1950's. Today Knotts Berry farm has evolved to a full blown amusement park. Located just South of Los Angeles (Buena Park, CA), Knott’s Berry Farm features the recently renovated, wooden coaster GhostRider and 109 foot drop of Silver Bullet. Additionally, there are plenty of rides for kids , thrill rides, the Soak City Water Park and food. Wait...did someone mention food? Check out the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, the must have is the fried chicken, biscuits and the boysenberry pie. Visit www.knotts.com
to plan your trip.
Hershey Park, Hershey PA
Hersheypark "The Sweetest Place On Earth" (Hershey PA) is just outside of Harrisburg PA. First as a family owned Chocolate Company the park opened in 1907 with a few amusements and a baseball field. As time went on the park was used for outdoor events and concerts. Then in the 1970's, the transformation to a full amusement park happened. Hershey park is home to 13 Roller coasters spread out in the 5 different ride filled sections of the park.
How could we talk Hershey without talking about the CHOCOLATE? After a fun filled day in the park why not stop in the factory and take a tour, make your own chocolate bar or just browse the other attractions within.
Of the many hotels around, the Hershey Lodge offers some unique services. The most notable, a chocolate spa treatment in the onsite spa. If you would like something a little more adventitious check out an interactive demonstration featuring hawks, falcons, and a Golden Eagle that is good for the entire family.
For more info go to http://www.hersheypark.com
No matter what kind of thrill ride is your favorite, you have lots of amusement parks around the country to check out. Some other great places are Knoebels Amusement Park in PA; Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO; Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY or Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, there’s bound to be a thrilling amusement park road trip in your summer plans!