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Planning Your Vacation to Take in Some of the Best American Theme Parks

US amusement parks are world-leading, and whether your idea of fun is high-adrenaline coasters or tamer fairground rides, there's bound to be a park to suit you. The greatest concentration of theme parks is in Florida, but elsewhere in the US you can ride the world's oldest roller coaster in Ohio, or opt to have your family theme park vacation in the Californian sunshine instead.

Amusement Parks in the USA: Top Accommodations

Resort Scottsdale
Jul 6 - Jul 13
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$169
$112 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

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Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
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Resort Four Corners
Sep 3 - Sep 10
$100 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Resort in Four Corners with Outdoor Pool

4.3
Very good
Four Corners, Osceola County, Florida, United States
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Resort Downtown
Aug 24 - Aug 31
-63%
$119
$45 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Resort in Downtown with Jacuzzi, Patio & Pool, Near Fremont Street Experience

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Downtown, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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The Top 3 Theme Parks for Budget Travelers

The Top 3 Theme Parks for Budget Travelers

There's no getting away from the fact that a theme park vacation can be costly, but there are still lots of places where you can have an amazing family vacation riding rollercoasters and having fun without clearing out your bank account.

  • 1. Frontier City

    This charming, western-themed park is Oklahoma’s largest and oldest theme park. It offers amazing value, family-friendly rides, and a welcoming atmosphere to visitors who come from across the southwest to enjoy all it has to offer. Its prices are simply unbeatable and perfect for budget-savvy groups.

  • 2. Holiday World

    One of the most-loved attractions in Indiana, Holiday World is also the most affordable theme park in the Midwest. It offers visitors the chance to experience world-class roller coasters, as well as the opportunity to cool off in a neighboring water park, Splashin' Safari! Its wooden coasters in particular are rated among the best in the world, making a visit here exceptional value for money.

  • 3. Quassy Amusement Park

    This small, family amusement park packs a punch! Quassy Amusement Park is home to an award-winning wooden roller coaster, multiple white-knuckle rides, plus a waterpark kids will simply love. You’ll come away beaming after a day of family fun, with plenty of spare change left in your pocket!

  • 4. The Park at OWA

    This compact theme park is a new addition to the Gulf Coast, and proudly serves up Southern charm, fantastic value, and more than 20 rides - including the Rollin’ Thunder roller coaster, which twists and towers above the park. Owa’s entertainment district, shopping area, and plentiful eateries mean there is plenty to keep the whole family busy.

Best Places to Stay for Amusement Parks in the USA

Resort Carlsbad
Sep 2 - Sep 9
-41%
$181
$108 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Resort in Carlsbad with Outdoor Pool

4.0
Very good (1 rating)
Carlsbad, San Diego County, California
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Resort Mammoth Lakes
Sep 9 - Sep 16
-20%
$228
$181 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Pleasant Resort in Mammoth Lakes with Grill, Pool & Jacuzzi

4.5
Excellent
Mammoth Lakes, Mono County, California
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Resort Kirkwood
Jun 15 - Jun 22
-18%
$154
$127 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Beautiful Resort in Kirkwood with Grill & Patio

4.4
Very good
Kirkwood, Alpine County, California
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The 4 Best Amusement Parks for Roller Coaster Lovers

The 4 Best Amusement Parks for Roller Coaster Lovers

If your idea of fun is hurtling through the air, upside-down at up to 70 mph, then plan your amusement park vacation around the world's biggest, fastest, and highest roller coasters. American theme parks are home to the biggest roller coasters in the world– do you dare to ride them all?

  • 1. Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Boasting more roller coasters than any other amusement park on the planet, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the must-visit for adrenaline junkies. Whether you love inverted coasters, wooden coasters, or launch coasters, this behemoth of a park has 18 of them, and is open 365 days a year!

  • 2. Cedar Point

    Drawing thrill seekers from far and wide, Cedar Point in Ohio boasts a staggering 17 roller coasters! It is also the only theme park in the world with six roller coasters over 200 feet high. Travelers with vertigo should look elsewhere!

  • 3. Kings Island

    Located within easy reach of Cincinnatti, Kings Island attracts more than 3 million thrill seekers every year! With an impressive 14 roller coasters spread across 364 acres, you’ll be hard pushed to tick them all of your list. Buckle up and hold on tight!

  • 4. Six Flags Great America

    The Midwest is home to some of the biggest, most acclaimed theme parks in the world, and Six Flags Great America is up there with the best. Offering visitors 14 roller coasters of all shapes and sizes, roller coaster lovers of all ages will be blown away.

Recommended Accommodations for Amusement Parks in the USA

House Asbury Lake
Oct 19 - Oct 26
-43%
$196
$112 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Asbury Lake with Yard & Grill

Asbury Lake, Clay County, Florida
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Resort Weston
Jul 20 - Jul 27
$78 per night
Resort ∙ 10 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Resort in Weston with Jacuzzi, Grill & Pool

3.8
Good (1 rating)
Weston, Broward County, Florida
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Resort Mid-Beach
Sep 7 - Sep 14
-74%
$868
$224 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Lovely Resort in Mid-Beach with Hot Tub, Patio & Pool

4.0
Very good
Mid-Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
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The 3 Best Amusement Parks for Families

The 3 Best Amusement Parks for Families

Family-friendly Florida is by far and away the best place if you're looking for a high concentration of great theme parks. Orlando is the center of the fun, with additional parks just a short drive away in Tampa. Disney caters to all ages with its Florida parks, with the white-knuckle rides in Busch Gardens and Universal perhaps more suitable for teenagers.

  • 1. Disney World

    The iconic theme park brand, Disney World in Orlando comprises four theme parks, two water parks, and multiple accommodation options. There's something for kids of all ages; get up close to African wildlife in Animal Kingdom, meet the princesses in the Magic Kingdom, or be immersed into your favorite movie at Hollywood Studios. You won't fail to be touched by the Disney Magic but make sure you stay to see the nightly shows and fireworks spectaculars.

  • 2. LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

    One of the newest US amusement parks located in Winter Haven just south of Orlando, Legoland has over 50 rides and attractions, suitable for all ages. Don't miss Miniland USA, with iconic American buildings and landmarks reproduced in those iconic plastic bricks.

  • 3. Hersheypark

    What kid doesn't love chocolate? Pennsylvania's Hersheypark combines water park fun, roller coasters, family rides, and plentiful entertainment with shows and character encounters.

Top Offers for Amusement Parks in the USA

Condo Winchester
Feb 21 - Feb 28
-35%
$105
$69 per night
Condo ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Condo in Winchester with Hot Tub, Grill & Pool, Close to The Strat

Winchester, Clark County, Nevada, United States
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Cabin Marble
Jul 20 - Jul 27
-44%
$201
$113 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Charming Cabin in Marble with Patio, Grill, Hot Tub + Mountain Views

4.9
Outstanding (16 ratings)
Marble, Valleytown, North Carolina, United States
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Resort Kissimmee
Aug 21 - Aug 28
-18%
$105
$87 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Charming Resort in Kissimmee with Jacuzzi, Sauna & Pool

4.2
Very good
Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida, United States
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US Amusement Parks: How much does a stay cost?

The average cost for a vacation rental in the USA is between $342 and $482 per night.

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The HomeToGo Theme Park Index - HomeToGo
Buckle Up for the Best and Most Affordable Amusement Parks of 2024

The HomeToGo Theme Park Index

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Ready to add some twists and turns to your next vacation? HomeToGo is here to kick off the 2024 amusement park season with its annual ranking of the top theme parks in the United States.

From California to North Carolina and everywhere in between, HomeToGo has done the loop-the-loops through the latest prices at the biggest and most beloved parks across America. Covering 42 parks in 22 states, taking into account each park's affordability and the sheer number of rides and attractions, this thrilling guide will help you plan a theme park adventure that won't make your savings take a plunge!

Time to grab your tickets, brace yourself, and get ready to embark on an exhilarating ride with the 2024 edition of the HomeToGo Theme Park Index:

🎢 The U.S.'s top theme parks for 2024, ranked on attractions and affordability 🎢

Rank
Theme Park
State
Affordability Score
Attractions Score
Total Score
#1
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Indiana
28.56
15.65
44.21
#2
Cedar Point
Ohio
23.46
19.21
42.67
#3
Six Flags Great America
Illinois
23.50
18.35
41.85
#4
Hersheypark
Pennsylvania
23.74
17.75
41.49
#5
Adventureland
Iowa
26.63
14.80
41.43
#6
Kings Island
Ohio
24.23
17.12
41.35
#7
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Texas
24.90
15.56
40.46
#8
Wild Adventures
Georgia
27.02
13.32
40.34
#9
Fun Spot America Themepark - Orlando
Florida
28.66
11.64
40.30
#10
Six Flags America
Maryland
25.24
15.00
40.24

More about the top five theme parks in the U.S. for summer thrills in 2024:

1. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Indiana

There's plenty to look forward to at this year's first-place park, from areas themed around holidays such as the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, to adrenaline-pumping rides including the new Good Gravy! family roller coaster and a tropical water park with a record-breaking water coaster.

2. Cedar Point, Ohio

Situated by Lake Erie, this park provides non-stop thrills with record-breaking coasters like Millennium Force, the world’s first giga coaster, and Steel Vengeance, famed for its unparalleled airtime and hybrid design. More gentle rides and live entertainment make it a playground for all ages.

3. Six Flags Great America, Illinois

With thrill rides, rapids, railways, and roller coasters—plus a fireworks display every Saturday for much of the summer—the fun doesn't stop at Six Flags Great America. Don't miss the Sky Striker: a new ride for 2024 which soars more than 170 feet into the air at speeds up to 75 miles per hour.

4. Hersheypark, Pennsylvania

Inspired by its chocolate namesake, Hersheypark combines water park fun, speeding roller coasters, and plentiful entertainment with shows and character encounters, as well as family-friendly rides to ensure a diverse day of excitement.

5. Adventureland, Iowa

Known as one of Iowa’s best thrills, boasting high-riding drops to new spinning roller coasters, Adventureland Amusement Park contains a plethora of rides with its neighboring Adventure Bay Waterpark.

Mapped: The U.S.'s top theme parks for 2024

👛 The U.S.'s most affordable theme parks for 2024 👛

Is price your priority? Check out the below ranking of the top theme parks in the United States according to costs only, and find out where you can get more thrills and fun for your budget:

Rank
Theme Park
State
Ticket Price
Parking Price
Accommodation Price
Total Price
#1
Fun Spot America Themepark - Orlando
Florida
$59.95
$0.00
$54.00
$113.95
#2
Six Flags Frontier City
Oklahoma
$25.00
$30.00
$61.56
$116.56
#3
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Indiana
$64.99
$0.00
$52.47
$117.46
#4
Wild Adventures
Georgia
$45.99
$18.00
$56.70
$120.69
#5
Six Flags America
Maryland
$29.00
$40.00
$55.04
$124.04
#6
Quassy Amusement Park
Connecticut
$41.99
$10.00
$72.36
$124.35
#7
Adventureland
Iowa
$44.99
$15.00
$72.50
$132.49
#8
Peppa Pig Theme Park
Florida
$49.00
$32.00
$54.54
$135.54
#9
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Texas
$43.00
$37.00
$59.04
$139.04
#10
Six Flags Darien Lake
New York
$39.00
$27.78
$78.30
$145.08

More about the 3 most affordable theme parks in the U.S. for summer savings:

1. Fun Spot America - Orlando, Florida

Visitors to this park can ride a wooden roller cosater, reach new heights on the five stories tall Firecracker, race on multi-level go-karts, and enjoy some old-fashioned fun on classic rides such as the ferris wheel and carousel—resting easy in the knowledge that they're getting great value for money.

2. Six Flags Frontier City, Oklahoma

While this park's roller coasters—such as the Diamondback and Rolling Thunder—are guaranteed to get one's heart racing, the costs of a visit will not. Alongside thrill rides, there are log flumes, stunt shows, and events such as Fourth of July fireworks shows and Oktoberfest-style celebrations to enjoy.

3. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Indiana

This year's top-ranking overall theme park also scores highly when it comes to affordability alone. With complimentary soft drinks, sunscreen, and WiFi available throughout the parks, excellent value for money is provided even past the ticket, parking, and accommodation costs.

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Methodology: How this guide was produced

A shortlist of theme parks located in the United States and with a search volume amongst travelers via HomeToGo.com, with check-in dates between June 1, 2024 - August 31, 2024, was collated. In order to rank these theme parks, five data points were researched: the price of a day ticket, the price of parking, the price of a nearby accommodations, the number of active roller coasters, and the number of other attractions. After obtaining the raw data, each data point was assigned a representative numerical value between 5 and 10, with 5 representing the lowest data point and 10 representing the highest data point. The hypothetical "perfect score" would be 50 out of 50. The following equation was used in order to calculate this for every factor:

Score(i) = 5 · (x(i) - xmin ) / (xmax - xmin ) + 5

The affordability score is the sum of the following three criteria:

  • Ticket price score: The price for a standard adult day ticket at each park, purchased online and excluding processing fees and taxes, was identified. Where dynamic pricing was in place, July 1, 2024, was used as an example date. The theme park with the lowest ticket price was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining locations were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected during May and June 2024, and prices may be subject to change.
  • Parking price score: The price for a one day of standard parking, purchased online and excluding processing fees and taxes, was found for each theme park. Where dynamic pricing was in place, July 1, 2024, was used as an example date. The theme park with the lowest parking price was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining locations were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected during May and June 2024, and prices may be subject to change.
  • Accommodation price score: Internal HomeToGo price data was used to find the median cost per night per person for a vacation rental in the area surrounding each park between June 1, 2024 - August 31, 2024. The area with the lowest median nightly per person price for a vacation rental was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining locations were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in May 2024, prices may be subject to change.

The attractions score is the sum of the following two criteria:

  • Roller coasters score: The number of active roller coasters at each park was determined using data from coasterpedia.com. The park with the most roller coasters was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in May and June 2024 and is subject to change.
  • Attractions score: The number of other attractions at each park was identified using data from coasterpedia.com. The park with the most other attractions was awarded a maximum score of 10, and the remaining areas were awarded a score of 5 or higher. Data was collected in May and June 2024 and is subject to change.

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