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Which Theme Parks to Visit This Summer

May 31, 2018 | By Emma Frost

Summer is almost here, and so are all the fun activities that comes with it. For the majority of students that means school is out, and some fun in the sun is just around the corner. It’s no wonder that all over the U.S. and Canada, kids, parents, and everyone in between are already wondering where to go this summer.

Theme parks are great attractions for families and friends if you have some extra cash burning a hole in your wallet, but there’s a lot more to consider than just the price of admission. There’s also the expense of getting there, how long the lines are going to be, and what special events will be taking place during your visit. Check out these top theme park destinations from coast to coast and have a blast without breaking the bank.

Cedar Fair Parks

You’ve probably heard of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and all the fun and excitement that you can find there, but they are part of conglomerate that is comprised of 12 amusement parks, 3 waterparks (2 outdoor, 1 indoor), and 5 hotels. Chances are, one of their amusement parks is near you:

  • California’s Great America – Santa Clara, California
  • Canada’s Wonderland – Vaughan, Ontario
  • Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio
  • Dorney Park & Wild Water Kingdom – Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Gilroy Gardens – Gilroy, California
  • Kings Dominion – Doswell, Virginia
  • Kings Island – Mason, Ohio
  • Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, California
  • Michigan’s Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan
  • Valleyfair – Shakopee, Minnesota
  • Worlds of Fun – Kansas City, Missouri

Check out some of these parks online and start planning your summer vacay today. There’s an awesome time waiting to be had, and one of these great summer destinations is probably closer than you think.

Hersheypark

Did you know that Milton S. Hershey originally built Hersheypark as a leisure grounds for the employees of his Pennsylvania chocolate factory? As sweet as that was, visiting it yourself with your family and friends is a sweet treat that you won’t soon forget.

Summer time is a time for family, and nothing brings parents closer to their kids than hitting up a theme park. There are rollercoasters for grown-ups, family rides for the little ones, and water rides for everyone in the group. Check out the Hersheypark website for all the details on the attractions and rides you can’t miss during your visit to Hershey, PA.

Six Flags Parks

Maintaining 20 properties throughout North America – from theme parks, thrill parks, water parks and more – Six Flags Entertainment is the largest amusement park company in the world. There’s probably a Six Flags closer to you than you realize.

  • Six Flags Great Advanture – Jackson, New Jersey
  • Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell Georgia
  • Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, Missouri
  • Six Flags New England – Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Six Flags America – Largo Maryland
  • Six Fags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, California
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, Texas
  • Six Flag Over Texas – Arlington, Texas
  • Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, Illinois
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California

This isn’t the full list of Six Flags Parks, but it’s a great starting point if you want to check out an overview of the major Six Flags locations. Go online to learn more and start planning your theme park adventure today.

Disney Parks

From coast to coast, Disney touts itself as the happiest place on earth – and for good reason. With a park in Anaheim, CA and one in Orlando, FL, Disney has you covered when it comes to year-round family fun. A signature installment loan could help you come up with the cash you need to make this summer just a bit more magical, but with some research and planning, your Disney vaycay could be much more affordable than you might think. But there’s more than one park, and more than one way to “Do Disney.”

Disneyland

Disneyland is the original and hard to beat when it comes to nostalgia value, as well as the sheer number of visitors from tourist from every corner of the globe. With eight themed lands, including Main Street, U.S.A. and Tomorrow Land, it’s the perfect sized park for a one-day Disney getaway.

Disney World

Disney World Parks and Resorts is a full-on experience, with so many parks, you’ll need a whole week to really take it all in. Orlando guests (especially grown-ups) may want to hit up Typhoon Lagoon, or Blizzard Beach to cool off.

There’s a lot you can do when it comes to Disney, depending on where you want to go, what you want to do, and size of your budget. There are even great resources you can find online to help you determine the best times and dates to go. For the thinnest crowds, try hitting the parks at the beginning or end of the summer.

 

Universal Parks

Like many of the parks on this list, Universal is located where it’s summer all year round. With locations in Hollywood, CA and Orlando, FL, you can immerse yourself in movie magic on either coast. Universal Parks and Resorts are where it’s at, and Florida residents can even take advantage of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, which now features the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It doesn’t get much more magical than that.

SeaWorld

SeaWorld is another fan favorite for beating that summer heat. With locations in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, and even more in the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment family, a magical oceanic experience is never far. Meeting some of the most beautiful and majestic sea creatures on Earth up close and in person is a great way to spend part of your summer vacation, whether you’re 1 or 101. Take in some fantastic shows and learn about our oceans and the immense variety and diversity of life they are home to.

Busch Gardens

Don’t let the name fool you – Busch Gardens is more than beer and botanicals. Busch Gardens might be part of the SeaWorld family, but it’s a world all its own by combining theme park thrills with the learning and fun of a trip to the zoo. And with locations in Tampa, Florida and Williamsburg, VA, the East Coast has never been so wild.