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An Amusement Park for Everyone

 

By Patrick McAdams

Need an adrenaline rush to break up the monotony of the summer? Luckily the Great 8 states are full of thrilling and exhilarating theme parks.

Ohio:

Banshee_002Kings Island, Mason, OH

• The largest theme park in southern Ohio is the hometown choice for Cincinnatians.

• Tropical Plunge is a new water attraction involving six slides, ranging from twisting to near-vertical drops.

• visitkingsisland.com

 

Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

Whatever you enjoy about being on a beach, you’re sure to find it at the beautiful Cedar Point beach. Stretching out for a mile along Lake Erie, the beach and its cooling breezes were Cedar Point’s first attractions more than 140 years ago.

Whatever you enjoy about being on a beach, you’re sure to find it at the beautiful Cedar Point beach. Stretching out for a mile along Lake Erie, the beach and its cooling breezes were Cedar Point’s first attractions more than 140 years ago.

• “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World”

• New for 2016, Valravn – the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in the world.

• cedarpoint.com

Indiana:

Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN

• Listed as the No.3 waterpark on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards 2015.

• Home of The Voyage rollercoaster and Mammoth Water Coaster.

• holidayworld.com

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort, Monticello, IN

• Opened in 1926, the Monticello theme park is under new management in Apex Parks Group.

• Go to see the upgraded Ferris wheel, standing at 90 feet tall and equipped with LED lights.

• indianabeach.com

Kentucky:

Ark Encounter, Grant County, KY

• The newest park on the list opened its doors July 7.

• This Christianity-themed park features the most authentic full-size model of Noah’s Ark in the world.

• arkencounter.com

Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, KY

• Named top 10 theme park 2015 by MSN Travel.

• Home of the aquatic area Hurricane Bay and the new coaster, Storm Chaser.

• kentuckykingdom.com

Illinois:

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL

• The park has a new 4D interactive ride, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis

• Go and enjoy National Funnel Cake Day July 16!

• sixflags.com/greatamerica

Michigan:

Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, MI

• The mitten’s largest amusement park has more than 60 rides and attractions.

• Home to one of the best wooden coasters in the world, Shivering Timbers.

• miadventure.com

Silver Beach Carousel, St. Joseph, MI

• The carousel on the shores of Lake Michigan has 48 unique rideable designs.

• Stay for the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone for children and teens to engage with exhibits and a climbing wall.

• silverbeachcarousel.com

New York:

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

• The granddaddy of American amusement parks is still one of the best attractions on the east coast.

• Eat a Nathan’s hot dog, watch Friday night fireworks and enjoy some of the classic activities of Coney Island.

• coneyislandfunguide.com

Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Old Forge, NY

• Enchanted Forest is New York’s largest water theme park, with more than 50 rides and attractions.

• Enjoy the amusement park, arcade and water rides after upgrading your stay to the cabana rental package.

• watersafari.com

Pennsylvania:

Knoebels-Twister1-2Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, PA

• Known as America’s largest free-admission amusement park.

• Support a family-owned and operated park with rides on its legendary coasters, Phoenix and Twister.

• knoebels.com

 

HersheyPark, Hershey, PA01_hersheypark

• You’ll find more than just chocolate in Pennsylvania’s largest amusement park

• Visit its website to follow the clues in unveiling the new thrill ride.

• hersheypark.com

West Virginia:

Camden Park, Huntington, WV

• Camden Park has more than 30 rides and attractions, including a wooden coaster, log flume and train.

• Experience the live concert series throughout July!

• camdenpark.com