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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.

Amusement Parks in the USA: Top Accommodations

House Central Business District
Oct 25 - Nov 1
$174 per night
House ∙ 15 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms
Vacation Home in Central Business District with Private Pool
"Outstanding" (166 ratings)
Central Business District, Orlando, Florida, United States
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Cabin Sevierville
Feb 29 - Mar 7
$286 per night
Cabin ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Cabin in Sevierville with Grill, Pool & Yard
"Excellent" (247 ratings)
Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, United States
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Chalet Treasure Lake
Mar 21 - Mar 28
$208 per night
Chalet ∙ 15 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms
Chalet in Treasure Lake with Large Pool + Lake View
"Excellent" (186 ratings)
Treasure Lake, Sandy Township, Pennsylvania, United States
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Theme Park Index 2022 - HomeToGo
Ranking the Best and Most Affordable Amusement Parks for 2022

Theme Park Index 2022

Where are the best amusement parks in North America? With theme park season right around the corner, HomeToGo has released its Theme Park Index to help travelers identify the top amusement parks to visit this year. From Alabama to California, from frugal to fanciful, we’ve done a vertical dive into the best theme parks that America has to offer.  

Featuring 30 parks across 19 states, the ranking includes the cost of a one-day adult ticket, parking and accommodation for the upcoming season, giving you the information you need to plan an unforgettable, thrill-filled amusement park vacation that won’t break the bank. Buckle up, hold on and prepare to get looped into the 2022 Theme Park Price Index.

Fast Facts About North America’s Best Theme Parks

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The park with the most roller coasters in the U.S. is Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, followed by Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio (#13 in HomeToGo’s 2022 Theme Park Index).

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The world's tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka, located in New Jersey at Six Flags Great Adventure (#10 in HomeToGo’s 2022 Theme Park Index). This upside-down U-shaped track bolts up 45 stories in the sky.

Top 30 Theme Parks in America, Ranked by Price

Theme Park
Accommodation (p.p.p.n)
Tropic Falls at OWA
Quassy Amusement Park
Wild Adventures Theme Park
Worlds of Fun
Six Flags Darien Lake
Magic Springs
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
Silverwood Theme Park
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags New England
Cedar Point
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Kings Island
Six Flags America
Legoland Florida
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Spotlight: Top 3 Most Affordable Theme Parks 

Based on HomeToGo’s research, here’s a snapshot of the most affordable theme parks to visit from the 2022 Theme Park Index

1. Tropic Falls Theme Park at OWA (Foley, AL)

A part of the award-winning, 530-acre OWA Parks & Resort on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Tropic Falls is every amusement-park-lover’s dream! With rip-roaring rides, like Air Racer and Alabama Wham’a, and classic carnival attractions, such as spinning teacups and flying swings, the park’s tropical twist on traditional funfair combines roller-coaster thrill with tropical chill. While exploring the park, guests can indulge in a wide array of tasty treats, take part in a variety of midway games or stop by the souvenir shop.

2. Quassy Amusement Park (Middlebury, CT)

Quassy Amusement Park is perfect for summer days filled with family fun. The park offers more than 20 rides, including the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster and Grand Carousel, among other kiddie, family and thrill experiences. Located directly on the south shore of Lake Quassapaug in Connecticut, the park offers direct access to the lake and Quassy Beach so families and friends can soak in the sunshine while splashing in the sparkling waters, enjoying picnics on the sand and drifting along the water in two or four-seat pedal boats. To top off the Quassy experience, families can hop onboard the park’s excursion boat, the Quassy Queen for a 30-minute tour of the 300-acre lake. 

3. Wild Adventures Theme Park (Valdosta, GA)

Offering 170-acres of fun, Wild Adventures Theme Park has one of the South’s largest ride collections. There are several exhilarating roller coasters that thrill-seekers will love, as well as hundreds of exotic animal exhibits, popular concerts, one-of-a-kind shows, arcade games and more! Perfect for friends and foodies, Wild Adventures Theme Park recently debuted its brand-new food, beverage and entertainment experience, Water’s Edge Brews and Bites, featuring live music, locally brewed beers, wine and gourmet bites. Also new in 2022, the theme park added its Wanyama Observation Deck & Botanical Garden, the largest new animal habitat the park has introduced in over a decade.


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

Ticket Price: Online price for an adult 1-day, any day entry ticket in the peak season. June 4th selected as a dummy date when any day tickets are not available  

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

Accommodation: Median nightly price per person to stay in an accommodation found on between the dates of May 1st, 2022 and August 31st, 2022.

Research was conducted during March 2022. Processing fees and taxes not included. For additional information and interview requests, please contact [email protected]

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

House Santa Rosa Beach
Oct 29 - Nov 5
$184 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Beautiful House in Santa Rosa Beach with Private Balcony + Pool View
"Excellent" (40 ratings)
Santa Rosa Beach, Walton County, Florida
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House Four Corners
Sep 24 - Oct 1
$77 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Wonderful Vacation Home in Four Corners with Sauna & Pool
"Excellent" (1 rating)
Four Corners, Osceola County, Florida
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House Central Business District
Oct 25 - Nov 1
$174 per night
House ∙ 15 guests ∙ 6 bedrooms
Vacation Home in Central Business District with Private Pool
"Outstanding" (166 ratings)
Central Business District, Orlando, Florida
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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

Villa Western Malibu
Nov 12 - Nov 19
$200 per night
Villa ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lovely Villa in Western Malibu with Yard, Grill & Pool + Ocean View + Next to Beach
"Excellent" (236 ratings)
Western Malibu, Malibu, California
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Condo Palm Desert
Sep 2 - Sep 9
$86 per night
Condo ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Condo in Palm Desert with Pool & Grill + Course View
"Excellent" (120 ratings)
Palm Desert, Riverside County, California
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House San Clemente
Jun 1 - Jun 8
$500 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
House in San Clemente + Ocean View
"Excellent" (20 ratings)
San Clemente, Orange County, California
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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

House Dauphin Island
Jan 23 - Jan 30
$151 per night
House ∙ 11 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms
House in Dauphin Island with Grill + Ocean Views
"Excellent" (122 ratings)
Dauphin Island, Mobile County, Alabama, United States
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Condo North Myrtle Beach
Dec 14 - Dec 21
$115 per night
Condo ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Sunny Condo in North Myrtle Beach with Indoor Pool + Close to Beach
"Excellent" (106 ratings)
North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina, United States
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Condo Orange Beach
Nov 18 - Nov 25
$116 per night
Condo ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Condo in Orange Beach with Large Balcony + Ocean View
"Outstanding" (198 ratings)
Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States
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Frequently Asked Questions

US Amusement Parks: What is the vacation rental cost in the USA?

The average price for a vacation rental in the USA is between $318 and $438 per night.

Can I find a vacation rental for a group for US Amusement Parks?

Usually the size of a House rental is 197 m² and may fit 8 guests on average which is ideal for large groups.

What types of vacation homes are available for US Amusement Parks?

There are many House rental and Apartment rental that are great for US Amusement Parks.

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