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Amusement Parks in the USA: Top Destinations

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.

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Find Out What a Trip to America's Top 50 Theme Parks Will Cost You in 2019

How Much Do US Theme Parks Cost?


Where are the best amusement parks in the US? To coincide with the launch of the theme park season, HomeToGo has released the annual Theme Park Price Index - to help travelers identify the top amusement parks to visit this year. From California to Connecticut, from the economical to extravagant, we’ve done a vertical dive into the best theme parks that America has to offer!

Featuring 50 parks from 29 states, the ranking includes entry prices, the cost of parking, food and drink, and accommodation for the upcoming season, giving you the information needed to plan an unforgettable amusement park vacation without your budget corkscrewing out of control. Strap yourself in, and prepare to drop into the Theme Park Price Index 2019.

Dizzying Facts About America’s Best Theme Parks

Roller coaster icon, in the color blue

The first roller coaster to open in America was called the Switchback Railway. It opened in 1884 at Coney Island in New York, and reached a max speed of 6 miles per hour.

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The world's top-rated roller coaster is Fury 325 at Carowinds, North Carolina. It has won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award every year since 2016.

A roller coaster cart accelerating after a steep drop, in the color red

The world’s tallest and second-fastest roller coaster is Kingda Ka, located at Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey. It reaches 456 feet and 128 miles per hour. 

A cart climbing a roller coaster hill, in the color blue

The theme park with the most roller coasters worldwide is Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, which boasts a staggering 18 scream machines in total!

The 50 Most Affordable Theme Parks in America

Rank
Theme Park
State
Parking
Ticket
Meal
Accom
Total
1
Frontier City
OK
$8.29
$31.99
$11.99
$26.54
$78.81
2
Holiday World
IN
$0.00
$39.99
$13.98
$29.97
$83.94
3
Quassy Amusement Park
CT
$7.00
$29.99
$11.50
$36.55
$85.04
4
Park at OWA
AL
$0.00
$34.99
$12.00
$44.72
$91.71
5
Wild Adventures Theme Park
GA
$12.00
$39.99
$11.38
$28.85
$92.22
6
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
SC
$7.00
$28.95
$9.25
$52.77
$97.97
7
Carowinds
NC
$16.00
$45.00
$13.99
$27.75
$102.74
8
Valleyfair
MN
$12.11
$34.00
$14.29
$45.05
$105.45
9
Kings Dominion
VA
$20.00
$39.99
$14.99
$32.23
$107.21
10
Adventureland
IA
$10.00
$45.00
$10.50
$45.99
$111.49
11
Canobie Lake Park
NH
$0.00
$39.00
$11.78
$61.33
$112.11
12
Fun Spot America (Orlando)
FL
$0.00
$44.95
$15.00
$52.44
$112.39
13
Michigan's Adventure
MI
$13.00
$32.00
$13.99
$53.77
$112.76
14
Hersheypark
PA
$15.00
$39.95
$12.99
$47.33
$115.27
15
Six Flags Darien Lake
NY
$20.00
$39.99
$15.97
$39.94
$115.90
16
Kings Island
OH
$17.00
$49.99
$16.98
$37.08
$121.05
17
Six Flags America
MD
$20.00
$50.99
$11.07
$40.59
$122.65
18
Magic Springs
AR
$15.00
$49.99
$10.99
$48.02
$124.00
19
Knott's Berry Farm
CA
$20.00
$62.00
$14.49
$32.36
$128.85
20
Cedar Point
OH
$20.00
$45.00
$14.99
$50.17
$130.16
21
Six Flags New England
MA
$25.00
$58.99
$11.07
$38.67
$133.73
22
Lagoon Park
UT
$13.99
$64.95
$15.99
$39.09
$134.02
23
Silverwood Theme Park
ID
$5.00
$42.00
$10.48
$77.29
$134.77
24
Six Flags Over Georgia
GA
$25.00
$58.99
$15.25
$36.57
$135.81
25
Six Flags Great America
IL
$26.00
$64.99
$16.28
$29.15
$136.42

Methodology

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

Ticket Price: Online price for a anyday adult 1-day ticket, purchased in advance. When anyday tickets were not available, we selected June 1, 2019 as our default advance date, as all the parks in this year’s ranking are open by this date. In the cases where only two-day tickets were available, we selected the price of a two-day ticket and divided by two.

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

Meal: Price for a meal combo that includes a cheeseburger, fries, and regular drink. We used the meal deal price when available. If not, we added together the price of a cheeseburger, fries, and regular drink. The data was provided by the park websites, park customer service teams, and online menus.

Accommodation: Average nightly price per person to stay in a 4-person accommodation found on HomeToGo between the dates of April 6, 2019 and June 22, 2019.

Research was conducted during March 2019. When prices were not available, prices from last year’s ranking were included instead. Processing fees and taxes not included. For additional information and interview requests, please contact [email protected]

Amusement Parks in the USA: Top Accommodations

House Koolauloa
$243 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Koolauloa, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
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Apartment Fort Myers Beach
$498 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Fort Myers Beach, Lee County, Florida, United States
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Coastal Vacation Properties
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Condo Waikīkī
$103 per night
Condo ∙ 5 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
5.0
"Excellent" (2 ratings)
Waikīkī, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Marina Hawaii Vacations
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The Top 4 Theme Parks for Budget Travelers

The Top 4 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

Apartment Palm Coast
$76 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida
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House Bonita Springs
$170 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Bonita Springs, Lee County, Florida
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IPG Professional Management Inc
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House Haines City
$126 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Haines City, Polk County, Florida
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IPG Professional Management Inc
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The 4 Best Amusement Parks for Roller Coaster Lovers to Plan a Vacation to

The 4 Best Amusement Parks for Roller Coaster Lovers to Plan a Vacation to

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?

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

Cabin Wawona
$289 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
4.7
"Outstanding" (18 ratings)
Wawona, Mariposa County, California
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The Redwoods In Yosemite
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House Big Bear Lake
$339 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California
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Avantstay
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Apartment Mission Beach
$261 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
5.0
"Excellent" (10 ratings)
Mission Beach, San Diego, California
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Vacasa
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Apartment North Shore
$189 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
North Shore, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Details
Rental Advisor
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Condo Waikīkī
$151 per night
Condo ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.8
"Excellent" (4 ratings)
Waikīkī, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Marina Hawaii Vacations
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Apartment Palm Coast
$76 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida, United States
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Vacation Rental Pros Property Management
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do vacation rentals for US Amusement Parks cost?

On average, you can get an incredible rental for somewhere between $339 and $446 and find discounts up to 57%!

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