If you’re thinking of taking a trip somewhere in the United States, and love amusement parks, try thinking outside the box. We all know Universal Studios, Six Flags, Hersheypark, Dorney Park, and the other major parks out there, but some of the best parks are parks you’ve never heard of. Here are 8 amusement parks you’ve probably never heard of, that are worth checking out.
- Cedar Point – Located in Sandusky, Ohio, this is probably the most famous of the not-so-famous amusement parks. It has some of the most famous, and most thrilling, roller coasters in the world, and is known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”
- Knoebels Amusement Resort – This Elysburg, Pennsylvania amusement park is one of the largest free admission parks in the world. You pay per ride for what you want to do with tickets, so you can really ensure you get your money’s worth. It also has incredible food and rides and attractions for kids and adults of all ages.
- Dollywood – Dolly Parton built this amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the 1980’s. Since its original creation, it has become a powerhouse, blending incredible shows, thrilling rides, and a beautiful backdrop in the Smoky Mountains. Dollywood also boasts a record winning Christmas event, which you will never forget.
- Holiday World – Appropriately located in Santa Clause, Indiana, Holiday World has sections which are holiday themed. There is one for Christmas, Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, and Halloween. There is also a water park included in the price of admission. They have some great wooden roller coasters and their themed areas are something different than you’ll find anywhere else.
- Kennywood – This West Mifflin, Pennsylvania amusement park is just outside of Pittsburgh. It blends the old amusement park feel with some really impressive modern rides. For an amusement park junkie, this park needs to be on your bucket list.
- Silver Dollar City – Never been to Branson, Missouri? Well, here’s your excuse. This amusement park gives you the feel of being in the 1800’s American frontier while offering great food, thrilling rides, and one of the most unique attractions you’ll ever find in Marvel Cave. They also have a great Christmas spectacular, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- King’s Island – Located in Mason, Ohio, this amusement park is covered in dinosaurs and roller coasters, which is pretty much what every amusement park should have. Its food and scenery are pretty standard, but the rides are great, the lines are short, and the dinosaurs are awesome.
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – This is California’s oldest remaining amusement park, dating back to 1907. And while it isn’t the most exciting park in the world, the views of the ocean in Santa Cruz, California will make this destination worth the trip.
Try out one of these underrated amusement parks, and turn a long weekend into a trip you’ll never forget.