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From water parks and theme parks to city centers and zoos, amusement parks are the perfect place for a family vacation.  What better way to keep the kids focused on fun than to plan a trip to one of the greatest parks in the country?  The list below will give you plenty of ideas for your next adventure.  Whether you love rides, slides, or that extra-special touch of magic, these parks have it all.

 

1. Disney World - Orlando, Florida
This is the queen of all theme parks, and for good reason. Disney World not only features Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, but it also has the ultra-modern Epcot Center, water parks, a zoo, shopping areas, concert halls, and much more.  In just one day, you can go from the Cinderella Castle to the freaky Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at MGM Studios.

2. Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio

This massive park is packed with rides and slides.  Cedar Point has over 300 acres of fun, with 75 rides, a water park, and 17 roller coasters.  Be sure to catch a ride aboard the Magnum XL-200 (once the tallest and fastest steel coaster in the world), Mean Streak (a wooden coaster), and Top Thrill, a roller coaster with a 400 foot drop.

3. Kings Island - Mason, Ohio

Ohio leads the list with a second incredible amusement park.  Kings Island has over 80 rides, including 15 roller coasters.  The park specializes in wooden coasters, featuring Beast and Son of Beast, the longest wooden coaster in the world.  Smaller kids will love exploring the water park and Nickelodeon Universe.

4. Six Flags Magic Mountain - Valencia, California

With more than 100 rides and attractions, Six Flags Magic Mountain is a natural for this list.  Rides are rated from moderate to max, and include such winners are the Viper, X2, Thrill Shot, and Goliath.

5. Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, Florida
Set in beautiful, sunny Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens has far more than fantastic rides.  From the wild animals at Jungala to the late-night Summer Nights fun, you'll find plenty going on.  Don't miss the lions, tigers, and bears a the zoo, or the famous shows and acts they have going on year round.

6. Disneyland Resort - Anaheim, California
This classic theme park is absolute perfection to many people.  Parents who visited when they were young love brining their own kids to Disneyland for the chance to visit the Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and Cinderella's Castle.  This is the park that started it all - and it now entertains more than 20 million people each year.

7. Schlitterbahn - New Braunfels, Texas

The king of water parks is the perfect place to cool off on a warm day!  Schlitterbahn is actually three parks in one, offering over 40 rides, 17 water slides, three lazy rivers, and mile after mile of tube rides.  Whether you take the uphill water coaster or vault out of one of the 9 tube chutes, you're sure to have a great time splashing around this Texas park.

8. Sea World - Orlando, Florida

From animal friends to terrific shows, Sea World is a star attraction.  You'll see dolphins showing their stuff, Orca whales splashing around, and you can even take a ride aboard the Kraken, the tallest, fastest, longest, and only floorless roller coaster in Orlando.

9 - Knoebels Amusement Resort - Elysburg, Pennsylvania

This historic park opened in 1926 with a steam-fueled carousel and swimming pool.  Since then, it's blossomed into a park that has a little bit of everything.  Catch the great rides, eat at the amazing restaurants, and enjoy their warm hospitality.  Knoebels offers free admission and parking, and a low rate for each ride.

10. Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Virginia

This gorgeous park is a joy to explore.  With ten individual hamlets inspired by European villages, this park would be fun even without its heart-stopping rides.  You won't want to miss the Griffon, the world’s tallest and fastest dive machine coaster, or one of the internationally-flavored shows and concerts.

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