[11 July 2014 Last updated at 09:53]

Top 10 Theme Parks in the USA

Wondering about America’s best theme parks?

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Summer is just around the corner, and when it comes to family entertainment attractions, there is no doubt that the USA boasts some of the greatest theme/ amusement parks, as well as some of the best thrill rides and roller coasters in the world!
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However, if we put aside popular amusement parks and theme park resorts such as World Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Disneyland, you may be wondering then, what are other great amusement/ theme parks to visit in the USA? Well, to give you an idea, we compiled a list of top 10 theme parks in the USA (Please don't hesitate to send in your suggestions):

Cedar Point

Cedar Point is located on the northern tip of Ohio in the city of Sandusky. Cedar Point is one of the most beloved fun parks in the US and one of the most popular amusement parks amongst thrill ride seekers alike, which isn't surprising! (See map of Cedar Point Amusement Park)
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Cedar Point boasts over fifteen amazing roller coasters such as Millennium Force, Blue Streak (which is a wooden coaster, and the oldest one in the park), and Maverick (the newest coaster addition to the park).


Another of the top draws in Cedar Point amusement park is the Top Thrill Dragster, which is one of the tallest and fastest coasters in the world.
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Besides coasters, Cedar Point boasts themed area such as Camp Snoopy and Planet Snoopy, and Starlight Experience, which id a cool space-like theme attraction.

Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure is located in New Jersey, and boasts over thirteen coasters, a beautiful board-walk with pier-style attractions, and themed areas such as the Golden Kingdom (Asian theme), Frontier Adventures (Old West theme), and Bugs Bunny National Park, which has a rustic-camp theme.
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Six Flags Great Adventure is, without a doubt, one of the top 10 theme parks in the USA boasting the popular themed coasters such as Bizarro, and “El Toro” (pictured), which is one of the best wooden coasters in the country. (See map of Six Flags Great Adventure Park)
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Besides El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure boasts one of the tallest and fastest coasters in the world - Kingda Ka – which stands nearly 500ft and capable of reaching speeds of nearly 130mph.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney Park is two fun parks in one. Dorney Park - the amusement park - and Wildwater Kingdom, which is the water park. (See map of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom)
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Dorney Park is located in Allentown Pennsylvania (around 70 minutes drive east of Hershey Park), and it’s without a doubt one of the most popular museum parks on the east coastand the best thing is that the park is only an hour’s drive from New York City.
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Dorney Park boasts seven roller coasters such as Steel Force, Thunderhawk (pictured), and Possessed (an inverted shuttle coaster), as well as themed areas such as Camp Snoopy and Planet Snoopy.

Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion is located in Doswell in the state of Virginia, and it’s another fun park that has to rank on our list of top 10 theme parks in the USA, simply because the park boasts some of the best themed-park areas you’ll ever set foot inside! (See map of Kings Dominion Amusement Park)
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For instance, the themed area of Congo truly captures the essence of an African nature preserve/ safari park, and the park boasts top roller coasters such as Intimidator 305 roller coaster, Volcano, the Crypt (themed after the movie Tomb Raider), and Anaconda (pictured), which boasts four inversions.
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Kings Dominion also boasts a water park which boasts cool wave slides, free-fall slides, splash down pools and tube slides such as “Tornado” and “Spiral Chute”.

Busch Gardens Europe

Busch Gardens Europe is also located in Virginia, around 4 miles south of the historic city of Williamsburg.

Busch Gardens Europe is one of the smallest, yet most charming amusement parks in the US and boasting all European style themed areas such as Oktoberfest themed area (where you can enjoy German singing and dancing), Banbury Cross (English-style themed area), and Heatherdowns (Scottish-themed area).
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There are also fun themed-areas such as “Sesame Street Forest of Fun”, and Land of the Dragons, both popular with the little ones!. (See map of Busch Gardens Williamsburg )
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Besides these, Busch Gardens Europe boasts over five roller coasters such as the “Loch Ness Monster” (pictured), and Apollo’s Chariot which boasts a drop of 170ft high.

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England is located in Massachusetts and south of Springfield (near the border with Connecticut). (See map of Six Flags New England)
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Six Flags New England is one of the oldest theme parks in the region, and one of the top 10 theme parks in the USA to visit the family..
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Theme parks don’t come as quaint as Six Flags New England, which boasts plenty of life entertainment, and great themed areas such as the popular fifty’s themed area where you’ll find the a vintage carousel and the “Thunderbolt” wooden coaster.

There is also a Looney Toones themed area, and a superhero-themed area with popular coasters such as Bizarro (pictured), and The Dark Night ride (pictured).

Dollywood

Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, and most popularly known for boasting a full-size steam train, and an amazing atmosphere. (See map of Dollywood Amusement Park)
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Dollywood also boasts one of the most idyllic locations for a theme park, being located within a stone-throw of the majestic Great Smoky Mountains national park.
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Dollywood is also known for its many themed areas, in this case, eleven themed areas, which include the Village (home to the Dollywood Express Train), and Rivertown Junction where you can enjoy a fun water-rafting ride.

Hershey Park

Hershey Park is another popular amusement park in Pennsylvania that has to rank on our list of top 10 theme parks in the USA, as it’s the quintessential of All-American theme parks. (See map of Hershey Park)
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Hershey Park boasts water rides and over ten roller coasters such as Roller Soaker, Storm Runner (pictured) coaster (which reaches speeds of 70mph in just 2 seconds flat), and Comet, which is a 1950’s wooden coaster.
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Besides thrill rides, Hersey Park boasts lots of cool and all-time rides such as a Ferris Wheel (pictured) and a Carousel.

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