A lot of people love amusement parks well into adulthood. The excitement, adrenaline rush, and childhood wonder certainly thrive well past adolescence for some of us. Those of us who remain obsessed with amusement parks will shout our love for Disney or Six Flags from the highest mountaintops if we can — but is that all there is? Those of you who are amusement park connaisseurs, well, you know who you are.
You know there are places that don’t have the names Disney or Six Flags attached. Here are a few of the most underrated amusement parks in the United States!
- Cedar Point in Ohio. Roller coaster lovers will recognize this name immediately, because it’s the roller coaster capital of the world. $50 admissions will grant you access to 18 awesome coasters perfect for all shapes and sizes. For those who visit during the summer heat, head over to the Cedar Point Shores Waterpark to cool off fast. And keep in mind the entire park is just off the coast of Lake Erie, where you could easily spend a week vacationing.
- King’s Island in Ohio. While Cedar Point is the roller coaster capital, King’s Island claims a different title: it’s the biggest park in the entire Midwestern United States. It’s located close to Cincinnati. There are over a hundred rides and attractions to keep you busy at all hours of the day. There’s also a water park.
- Knott’s Berry Farm in California. For another $50, you can visit the first amusement park ever established in the United States. It’s a popular alternative for those who wish to avoid the ever-increasing crowds and skyrocketing prices at Disney and Six Flags, and it’s just as easy to find.
- Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania. For those who don’t want to spend the entire day at a single park, this is your best bet. It’s built on a sort of “pay as you go” plan, like state fairs or traveling carnivals. Getting in is free, but you’ll pay for whatever you decide to do while you’re there.
- Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. This amusement park is one of the biggest in the country, and it has everything you could love about the other parks but on a smaller scale — including the price, which is just about $39.
- Dollywood in Tennessee. If you’re visiting the Pigeon Forge area, don’t forget to head to Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains. It’s not the biggest or the best, but it’s one of the most beautiful. And it’ll still provide plenty of entertainment to fill an entire day.