There’s no better way to celebrate summer than by making a trip to an amusement park. Whether you love the rides, the entertainment or the theme park food, the summer season is not complete without a visit.
We looked at each state’s theme park offerings and selected a popular park in each with an especially good deal. Everything is represented in this survey — from classic beach boardwalks to lakeside water parks; from the largest theme park in the U.S. (Florida’s Disney World Magic Kingdom, with 20.4 million visitors in 2016) to one of the smallest (Alaska’s H2Oasis, with 70,000 visitors in 2016).
Click through to start planning your summer excursions, and to learn theme park secrets only insiders know.
Alabama — Splash Adventure
- $29.95 for a one-day pass. Purchase online to receive $10 in Bonus Cash that can be spent on in-park purchases.
If you’re looking for great family fun in Alabama, head to Splash Adventure in Bessemer, just outside Birmingham. The park combines water and amusement attractions together, so the entire family can enjoy waterslides and roller coasters in one location. Depending on your mood, enjoy a relaxing lazy river ride or amplify the excitement with monster slides and waves. On the amusement end, check out the Rampage, a wooden roller coaster that reaches speeds of 56 mph.
Alaska — H2Oasis
- $24.99 for a one-day pass.
Make your summer complete with a splash at Anchorage’s H2Oasis indoor waterpark — Alaska’s primary theme park destination. It might be near the arctic, but this indoor waterpark is a town hot spot. The waterpark is equipped with all the features you’d expect — slides, lazy rivers and a wave pool. Don’t miss the children’s lagoon and pirate ship for the little ones.
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Arizona — Castles-n-Coasters
- $19.99 for a summer fun-day pass. Save $12 off regular admission prices.
Located in Phoenix, this family fun and thrill park is sure to please. Ride sky-high roller coasters or play a round on the world-class miniature golf course. Check out some of the newcomers to Castles-n-Coasters, such as the XD Dark Ride — a 3D motion theater that might jolt your socks off. If you want to test your balance, try the ropes course or the Sky Wire zip liner.
Arkansas — Wild River Country
- $79.99 for a season pass. Save 10 percent off foods, drinks and gift shop merchandise.
Wild River Country is Arkansas’ largest water park, with fun and exciting attractions for all ages. Heading to a water park is a foolproof way to have an unforgettable family vacation. Enjoy the thrill of speeding down water slides, such as Vertigo — which launches you into a large bowl that circles you around before you free-fall into the splash pool below. Or, take it easy on the lazy river.
California — Universal Studios Hollywood
- $129 for the California Neighbor Pass. Save $20 off regular pass prices.
The best of both worlds collide for thrill seekers at Universal Studios Hollywood. Tour a real movie studio and enjoy park rides and shows. Harry Potter fans will not want to miss The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Leave time for shopping, eating and taking in a flick at CityWalk, the entertainment promenade next to the theme park.
Colorado — Water World
- $59.98 for the two-day Fun Pack. Save $24 off regular admission prices.
Water World, located just north of downtown Denver, is a premier waterpark destination. Enjoy nearly 50 attractions for any type of water activity imaginable. Race down slides, relax on a lazy river or take the Pirate’s Plunge. If you’re looking for something more thrilling, check out the Mile High Flyer– a hydromagnetic water coaster.
Connecticut — Lake Compounce
- $36.99 for a seven-day-advance ticket. Save $7 off regular admission prices.
Lake Compounce offers exciting thrill rides and a full-sized water park for the entire family to enjoy. It’s not only the oldest amusement park in the U.S., it’s also home to Boulder Dash — one of the highest-rated wooden roller coasters in the world. Try the park’s new Phobia Phear Coaster if you like a roller coaster that will throw you for a loop, 150 feet in the air.
Delaware — Funland
- $25 for a 100-ticket book. Save $10 off individual ticket prices.
Play under the summer sun at Funland, an amusement park located on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. It’s the coolest affordable thing to do in Delaware. The family can enjoy the park’s 20 rides — a combination of kiddie rides and thriller classics. The park also features boardwalk-style games and an arcade.
Florida — Disney Parks
- $79 per day for a four-park Magic Ticket. Save $40 per day compared to regular admission prices.
Discover the magic of Disney World at all four theme parks this summer with this special offer. Over the course of four days, you’ll explore Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Meet your favorite characters with photo opportunities and enjoy endless entertainment and rides suitable for the entire family.
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Georgia — Wild Adventures
- $38 for a seven-day-advance ticket. Save $10 when purchased online.
Wild Adventures is an amusement park offering rides for both small children and thrill seekers. The park, located in Valdosta, is also a favorite concert and animal venue for the region. You can feed giraffes, get up close to lions and more. Catch a performance when you visit, like the new magic show.
Hawaii — Wet ‘n’ Wild
- $25 for general-admission tickets on Wednesdays. Oahu residents save $25.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii is the only water park in Hawaii, located on the island of Oahu. The park offers rides for any age. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Tornado. You’ll be thrown 50 feet in the air through a 130-foot tunnel before free-falling to the water below. You’ll also catch a stunning view of Oahu.
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Idaho — Silverwood Theme Park
- $143 for a season pass. Free parking and special discounts included.
Silverwood is a northern Idaho amusement and water park, offering 70 attractions. At Boulder Beach water park, climb aboard a family raft at Avalanche Mountain, where you’ll head down a 650-foot slide propelling you through mountain terrain. Don’t miss out on guest favorite Thunder Canyon, where you’re certain to get wet on a wild trip down the river.
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Illinois — Six Flags Great America
- $89.99 for a season pass. Save $100 off regular season pass prices.
Experience Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor for one price. Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless fun for the entire family. The park is ideal for roller coaster enthusiasts. Imagine you’re the Caped Crusader himself when you’re zooming down BATMAN The Ride. It will have your heart pounding in the first few seconds. There are plenty of water park and kid rides, too, plus shows to catch when you need a break.
Indiana — Holiday World
- $199.99 for a Platinum season pass. Includes 20 percent off food and merchandise.
Holiday World is a theme park with top-ranked roller coasters, family rides and shows. You’ll also get access to Splashin’ Safari, a water park with two water coasters. The Thunderbird is must-ride at Holiday World if you want to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
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Iowa — Adventureland
- $135 for a season pass. Includes free parking, worth $10 per trip.
Enjoy water rides and amusement park fun with this offer to Adventureland and Adventure Bay Waterpark. Attractions include wild roller coasters and other heart-pounding rides for thrill seekers. The Dragon is the only double-looping upside-down roller coaster in Iowa. There are more subdued rides, too, for children and adults. Families will also enjoy one of the many shows that range from live music to circus acts.
Kansas — Schlitterbahn Waterpark
- $150 for four one-day tickets. Save $30 off regular admission prices.
Take the family and relax at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, located in Kansas City, where you’ll float through a mile-long interconnected river system, or head to one of the nearby cabanas. Turn up the excitement with a water coaster, such as the Storm Blaster, or just surf the waves on the Boogie Bahn surf ride.
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Kentucky — Kentucky Kingdom
- $29.95 for two-day tickets for out-of-state residents. Save $70 off regular admission prices.
Kentucky Kingdom’s slogan is “all that matters is the thrill” and chances are the park won’t disappoint. Located in Louisville, this amusement park features heart-racing roller coasters, a nostalgic carousel, bumper cars and more. If you’re looking to get wet, head to Hurricane Bay, where you can take a relaxing tube ride or a big plunge.
Louisiana — Carousel Gardens
- $4 admission plus $18 for unlimited rides. Rides are $4 each otherwise.
Carousel Gardens is a low-key amusement park with timeless appeal, located in New Orleans City Park. It features an antique carousel and Ferris wheel, as well as a miniature train tours the park. Guests can also enjoy Storyland, where fairy tales come alive — a must-stop destination for kids. Riding in a Ferris wheel is just one of many ways to keep kids entertained without spending a fortune.
Maine — Funtown Splashtown
- $111.95 for the Big Combo season pass. Regular admission prices are $39.99. Visit three times and save.
Find the tallest and largest rides in Northern New England — the Excalibur wooden roller coaster and Dragon’s Descent Turbo Drop — at this amusement park. Funtown is located 15 minutes from Portland and 90 minutes from Boston. Also at the park are the largest water attractions in the state. For something more grounded and dry, try the bumper cars or the grand prix racers.
Maryland — Jolly Roger Park
- $130 for the family-of-four summer special. Save $50 on general water park admission prices.
Enjoy the beach and have amusement park fun at Jolly Roger Park. Jolly Roger has multiple locations in midtown Ocean City, with rides, waterslides, games and more for the entire family. Head to the go-kart tracks at Speedworld or take in a game of mini golf fun.
Massachusetts — Six Flags New England
- $88.99 for a season pass. Save $21 off regular season pass prices.
There are endless choices at Six Flags New England, from thrill rides like the Fireball inverted coaster to family rides like the revolving Balloon Race. Apart from amusement fun, there’s water action to experience at Hurricane Harbor. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out Bonzai Pipelines, where you’ll be launched at 40 mph into a free fall, followed by a 360-degree loop.
Michigan — Michigan’s Adventure
- $99 for a season pass. Includes food discounts and bring-a-friend discounts.
Experience thrills and fun for the entire family, whether you’re looking to get wet or stay dry. Enjoy splash pads, water slides and wave pools at the water park. Or, check out the Giant Gondola Wheel, where you’ll get a scenic park view and perhaps spot the next ride to try.
Minnesota — Nickelodeon Universe
- $35.99 for an all-day wristband. Save $5 by purchasing online.
Located inside the Mall of America, a legendary landmark that is free to visit, the amusement park offers 27 attractions that will appeal to young and old alike. For the kiddies there’s Wonder Pet’s Flyboat, Back at the Barnyard Hayride and Diego’s Rescue Rider. Children can meet their favorite characters like Dora, SpongeBob or the Ninja Turtles. There are plenty of thrill rides, too, including roller coasters like the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge.
Mississippi — Geyser Falls
- $36.99 for a general-admission ticket. Save $8 off Saturday prices.
You can skip the vacation to a tropical island and head to Geyser Falls — a tropical-themed water park. Check out the backward waterslide BackSplash, where you’ll get a water and coaster ride in one. Lil’ Squirts Hollow is an action-filled water play area that’s ideal for kids.
Missouri — Silver Dollar City
- $102 for a season pass. Get a 10 percent food discount.
Head to Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City, where history is tied to amusement fun. Visit Marvel Cave, which has the largest entrance room of any cave in the U.S. — it lies beneath the theme park. Check out an original log cabin that is now used as a petting zoo or simply stick to the many entertaining rides, such as Fire in the Hole — an indoor roller coaster for the entire family.
Montana — Big Sky Waterpark
- $26.99 for a full-day pass. Save $2 with printable coupon.
Big Sky Waterpark is an ideal place to cool off this summer. Located in Columbia Falls, this action-packed water park has several slides with twists, turns and big drops. There’s also mini golf, an antique carousel, bumper cars and a climbing wall. Make a day of it and enjoy the barbecuing and picnic areas.
Nebraska — Fun-Plex
- $45 for up to five people from 4-8 p.m on Thursdays for the family night special. Save $45 off regular twilight rates.
Fun-Plex is Nebraska’s largest ride and water park and home to the state’s only roller coaster. There are many other thrill rides to get your heart pounding, too, plus a go-kart course. If there are young ones in the group, visit Kiddie Land and enjoy rides like Go Gator, a mini roller coaster. After a fun-filled day of rides, head to the waterpark and enjoy the lazy river or the kiddie pool.
Nevada — Adventuredome
- $32.95 for an all-day pass. Get $2 off with a Nevada ID Monday-Friday.
Las Vegas might be a city for grown-ups, but Adventuredome, located at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, is suitable for the entire family. This 5-acre indoor amusement park features rides and attractions for the adventurous, the timid or the tiny. The Canyon Blaster — a roller coaster that reaches speeds up to 55 mph while performing double loops in a double-corkscrew, all under the pink dome — is one of the most popular rides.
New Hampshire — Story Land
- $89.99 for a premium season pass. Save 20 percent on food and merchandise, and bring friends for free on select dates
Story Land is specifically designed for children, offering a one-of-a-kind experience for families in Glen, N.H. There are 21 attractions in all, including the newly opened Roar-o-Saurus ride, a wooden roller coaster located in the park’s dinosaur-themed section that’s totally worth the money. Children will love rides such as Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, Buccaneer Pirate Ship and more. Kids will also be entertained for hours with the new Dig-M-Deeper play areas, where they’ll uncover prehistoric fossils.
New Jersey — Morey’s Piers
- $59 for a daily pass. Receive a $5 food and beverage credit with online purchase.
Come have fun in the sun at this seaside amusement park full of classic rides like the carousel, bumper cars and more. There’s also a looping roller coaster that will be a treat for the thrill seekers in your group, and a water park right next door. Care for breakfast? Enjoy your meal in the sky while riding a Ferris wheel. Advance reservations are required, for an additional fee.
New Mexico — Cliff’s Amusement Park
- $17.99 for all-day ride passes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Save $10 off regular admission prices.
Have a blast with the family at this Albuquerque amusement park. Visit the Cliff Hanger if you don’t mind plummeting 120 feet to the ground below. Or, check out the wooden roller coast, the New Mexico Rattler, voted one of the top 25 wooden roller coasters in the world. If you’re looking for classic family rides, there are those too, like a carousel and bumper cars, as well as Kiddyland.
New York — Playland
- $80 for a season pass. Westchester residents save $15 off regular season pass prices.
Playland has been a family-friendly amusement park since it opened in 1928. It’s packed with family fun rides and thrill rides alike. Aside from rides, there are attractions to check out like the House of Mirrors, where you’ll come face-to-face with optical illusions. You’ll need to escape lurking zombies inside Zombie Castle — if you dare enter that is.
North Carolina — Carowinds
- $99 for a Silver season pass. Save 10 percent off food and merchandise, plus free parking.
Located on the North and South Carolina state line in Charlotte, Carowinds is the premier amusement destination of the Carolinas. The park has over 60 rides and attractions in the combined amusement and water park that are sure to thrill and appeal to the entire family. Blackbeard’s Revenge is a six-story waterslide with three different experiences built into one ride. Or check out Fury 325, North America’s longest steel roller coaster, which reaches speeds of 95 mph.
North Dakota — SuperSlide Amusement Park
- $20 for 25 tickets. No gate admission.
Have a fun summer family outing at this Bismarck amusement park. Check out the key attraction and plunge down the SuperSlide, or ride the many classic rides, like the teacups, Ferris wheel, go-carts and carousel. Other entertaining activities include a batting cage, mini golf, rock climbing wall and more.
Ohio — Cedar Point
- $138 for a season pass. Save 10 percent on food and merchandise, plus bring-a-friend discounted tickets.
Cedar Point is for roller coaster lovers. Located in Sandusky, Ohio, the park calls itself the roller coaster capital of the world, for good reason. It has five roller coasters taller than 200 feet, the most of any amusement park. Valravn is the tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world.
Oklahoma — Frontier City
- $75.99 for a season pass. Regular admission prices are $39.99. Visit twice and save.
Frontier City is a western-themed amusement park located in northeastern Oklahoma City. Test out your shooting skills with an electronic gun as you go after tricky bandits at the Quick Draw. Check out family classics like bumper cars and the carousel, or tour the park on a two-carriage train ride. There are plenty of thrill rides, too, like the looping Silver Bullet steel roller coaster.
Oregon — Enchanted Forest
- $12.50 for admission. Purchase an all-day ride pass for $25.95.
Family members of all ages will enjoy Enchanted Forest. Storybook Lane will stir up memories from every childhood with scenes from Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had a Little Lamb and more. You can also explore underground tunnels and secret passageways in the park’s Western Town.
Pennsylvania — Hershey Park
- $69.10 for a one-day Play Pack, which includes one admission ticket, one meal ticket, and one game voucher. Save 20 percent compared to separate purchase.
This family theme park has something for everyone, with 13 roller coasters, kiddie and family rides and water amusement. Experience family favorites like The Whip, the Tea Cups and an old-fashioned carousel. Or, check out new attractions like the Hershey Triple Tower, where you’ll choose from one of three towers to drop from, depending on the thrill level you’re seeking.
Rhode Island — Atlantic Beach Park
- $20 for 12 tokens. Save $4 off individual token prices.
Atlantic Beach Park offers a nostalgic amusement park experience for families, with a carousel, bumper cars and the like. The park is home to the only roller coaster in Rhode Island, although it’s meant for children. If you like games, there’s an arcade, too.
South Carolina — Family Kingdom
- No admission fee. $27.95 for an all-day unlimited ride wristband.
Up the excitement of your Myrtle Beach stay with a trip to Family Kingdom amusement and water park. The entertainment center is a favorite among vacationers and locals, as it has 35 thrill rides, kiddie rides, games and a beachfront water park. Don’t leave without riding the Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster, one of the park’s main attractions.
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South Dakota — Thunder Road
- Pricing varies depending on ride or attraction.
Thunder Road Family Park, located in Sioux Falls, is best described as a family entertainment center. There are go-karts, mini golf, a roller coaster, tilt-a-whirl, bumper boats and more. Thunder Road has no entrance fee. You pay for each attraction, with some discounts if you buy in bulk. For instance, you can buy four rides for the roller coaster for $11 rather than paying $3.25 per ride.
Tennessee — Dollywood
- $99 for three days at Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country. Online purchase only. Save $105 compared to regular admission prices.
Yes, Dollywood is named after country music star Dolly Parton. The park opened in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1986, and now it spans more than 150 acres and offers 40 rides and 15 special performances. At Dollywood Splash Country, you’ll certainly cool down from the Tennessee summer heat after plunging down one of the crazy slides.
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Texas — Six Flags Over Texas
- $54.99 for a three-day advance ticket. Online purchase only. Save $20 compared to regular admission prices.
Six Flags Over Texas is the original Six Flags location, and it encompasses attractions to amuse the entire family. Whether it be thrill rides or kid rides, there are plenty of options to entertain. If you want to get your heart racing, don’t miss the Texas SkyScreamer, where you’ll be dangling from 400 feet in the air before getting spun in circles at 35 mph.
Utah — Lagoon
- $48.99 for a single-day ticket when presenting any Coca-Cola product. Save $7 off regular admission prices.
Lagoon Amusement Park is located just north of Salt Lake City. Enjoy thrilling rides and roller coasters, live performances and more. Thrill seekers will love the Cannibal — a roller coaster that lifts riders 208 feet and then drops them into a complete free fall to a tunnel below at 70 mph. There’s also 6 acres of water action at the Lagoon A Beach water park.
Vermont — ArborTrek Canopy Adventure
- $160 for the All-Awesome Adventure Package, which includes the complete zip-lining course, the obstacle course and the climbing course. Save $20 compared to separate purchase.
How about an outdoor adventure for the outdoorsman? You’ll want to check out ArborTrek, located in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont. The zip-line adventure park is nationally recognized as one of the best. Come receive a fully guided zip-line tour that is sure to thrill while providing stunning views of the area.
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Virginia — Busch Gardens
- $80 for a two-park flex ticket. Online purchase required. Save $40 compared to general admission prices.
With this deal you’ll get to experience two parks for one. Enjoy thrilling roller coasters, see animal presentations and watch live performances. Kids will especially love Land of Dragons and Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Leave time for the speed slides and other water attractions at Water Country USA.
Washington — Wild Waves
- $29.99 for a general-admission ticket when purchased online. Save $11 off general admission prices.
Ride Timberhawk Ride of Prey, the largest roller coaster in Washington State, or go head over heels on the Timber Axe for an extreme adrenaline rush. The park also offers plenty of family and kid friendly rides. Wild Waves wouldn’t have its name without the water park, which has mild- to high-thrill water attractions.
West Virginia — Camden Park
- $16.49 for a single-day ticket when presenting any Coca-Cola product. Save $5.50 off general admission prices.
Camden Park is a 26-acre amusement park located a short distance from Huntington. Parkgoers can enjoy more than 30 rides that are suitable for all ages. Some crowd pleasers include The Big Dipper and The Rattler, a pendulum-like ride that swings and spins in a circular motion.
Wisconsin — Mt. Olympus Water Park & Theme Park
The Wisconsin Dells are known as the water park capital of the world. Visit the area and cross one more item off your bucket list. Discover indoor and outdoor water and theme park amusement at Mt. Olympus. Experience the Hades 360 Rollercoaster — It’s not for the faint-hearted, reaching speeds of 70 mph, with terrifying drops and loops. There are more subdued rides too, like the family friendly Tea Cups. If you feel like lounging, head over to the water park to float down the Endless River.
Wyoming — Snow King Mountain
- $125 for a full-day Big King Pass. One zip-line tour plus unlimited attraction rides. Save $22 or more compared to separate purchase.
It might be known as a winter ski resort, but Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole provides unique summer entertainment for those who love the outdoors. In the Tree Top Adventure, you’ll ride a zip line over an obstacle course based on your ability level. Then, conquer the mountain riding down a slide you get to control. There’s also the Cowboy Coaster and mini golf to play, before taking in the sights via the Scenic Chairlift ride.