What Do Theme Parks Cost in the US?

Find out what a trip to 45 of America's Top Theme Parks will cost you in 2018

We all love cheap thrills, but is there really such a thing when it comes to America’s best amusement parks? We decided to find out. From Dollywood to Disneyland, HomeToGo evaluated 45 of America’s most popular theme parks to find out how much a day of adrenaline-pumping excitement really costs. The results threw us for a loop!

We’ve compiled our findings here in the 2018 Amusement Park Price Ranking, which compares 45 parks across 31 states. The ranking includes the cost of a ticket, parking, meal, and accommodation (from HomeToGo’s own metasearch data). We even examined how much visitors are paying per ride!

Find out which amusement parks pack the thrills for less, and where you should head this summer for a fun filled vacation that won't break the bank.

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4 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Amusement Park Price Ranking

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USA Amusement Park Map

Check out our interactive map to discover more about the USA's top theme parks, including each park's price per ride! We're sure you can find Disneyland and Universal Orlando, but what about the other parks in our ranking?

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Amusement Park Accommodation Costs

We dug into our data to see which amusement parks have the cheapest and most expensive accommodation nearby. Prices are the average nightly price per person staying in a 4-person accommodation from April to October, 2018.

Most Expensive Accommodation

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OWA in Foley, AL has the most expensive nearby accommodation in our ranking. The avg. nightly price is $141.41 per person.

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Universal Studios Hollywood near Los Angeles has the 2nd-most expensive nearby accommodation. The avg. nightly price is $96.29 per person.

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Family Kingdom in Myrtle Beach, SC has the 3rd-most expensive nearby accommodation. The avg. nightly price is $64.03 per person.

Most Affordable Accommodation

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Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque, NM has the cheapest nearby accommodation. The avg. nightly price is $27.41 per person.

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Frontier City in Oklahoma City, OK has the 2nd-cheapest nearby accommodation. The avg. nightly price is $28.85 per person.

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Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA has the 3rd-cheapest nearby accommodation. The avg. nightly price is $30.28 per person.

Whether you head North, South, East, or West, America's amusement parks provide fun for the whole family. Together, the 45 parks in our ranking have 2,206 rides! So, you better get planning — so many rides, so little time!


Total Cost = Adult 1-Day Ticket + Parking + Meal + Accommodation

Amusement park selection: We wanted to cover top parks from all across the country. To do so, we researched top lists from state to state and combined this with our user data. We chose parks we know our users are visiting based on their accommodation searches.

Ticket: Online price for an adult 1-day, any day entry ticket in the peak season, as listed on park website. Processing fees and taxes not included. In the pay per ride parks, we took the “ride all day” ticket price.

Parking: Online price for 1 day of parking, as listed on park website.

Meal: Price for a cheeseburger, fries, and regular fountain drink. We used the meal deal price when available and if it consists of a cheeseburger, fries, and a fountain drink. The data was provided by the park websites, park customer service, and online menus.

Accommodation: Average nightly price per person to stay in a 4-person accommodation found on HomeToGo on Friday or Saturday between the dates of April 1, 2018 and October 27, 2018.

In addition to the Amusement Park Price Ranking, we calculated the price per ride at each park. To calculate this, we divided the adult 1-day ticket cost by the number of rides at the park. We excluded upcharge attractions.

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