There’s no better way to celebrate summer than by taking a trip to an amusement park. Whether you love the rides, the entertainment or the theme park food, the summer season and your travel plans are not complete without a visit.
GOBankingRates looked at every state’s theme park offerings and selected a popular park with an especially good deal. Click through to start planning your summer excursions now.
Alabama: Alabama Splash Adventure
- $29.95 for a one-day pass when you present a Pepsi product can when purchasing your tickets at the park admission gates.
If you’re looking for great family fun in Alabama, head to Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer, just outside Birmingham. The park combines water and amusement attractions, so the entire family can enjoy water slides 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 Rampage, a wooden roller coaster that reaches speeds of 56 mph.
- $24.99 for a one-day pass.
Complete your summer with a splash at Anchorage’s H2Oasis indoor water park — Alaska’s primary theme park destination. It might be near the Arctic, but this indoor water park is a town hot spot. The water park 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.
- $30.99 for a pass to all-day unlimited rides.
Located in Phoenix, this thrill park is sure to please. Ride sky-high roller coasters or play around on the world-class miniature golf course. For an unforgettable family vacation, check out some of Castles-n-Coasters’ premier attractions, such as the Skydiver — a ride that lifts you 120 feet off the ground and drops you without warning.
Arkansas: Magic Springs Theme and Water Park
- As low as $49.99 for one-day admission to both the theme and the water park. Save $10 by purchasing tickets online.
Magic Springs is a combination theme and water park, with fun and exciting attractions for all ages. Heading to a water park is a foolproof way to have a fun-filled family vacation. Enjoy the thrill of speeding down water slides, such as High Sierra Slide Tower or Rapid Slides Raceway. Or visit the theme park to ride SkyShark — a skydiving, hang-gliding and bungee jumping experience.
California: Universal Studios Hollywood
- Buy a one-day general admission for $109 to $139 and get a second day free through Sept. 26, 2019.
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
- $41.99 for all-day general admission.
Water World is a premier water park destination. Enjoy nearly 40 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
- $46.99 for general admission.
Lake Compounce offers exciting thrill rides and a full-sized water park for the entire family to enjoy. It’s not only the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the U.S., but it’s also home to Boulder Dash — one of the highest-rated wooden roller coasters in the world. Try the park’s Phobia Phear Coaster if you like a roller coaster that will throw you for a loop, 150 feet in the air.
- $30 for a 100-ticket discount book.
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 21 rides — a combination of rides for kids and thriller classics. The park also features boardwalk-style games and an arcade.
Florida: Walt Disney World Resort
- From $74 per day for a six-day, six-park ticket.
Discover the magic of Disney World at all four theme parks and two waterparks with this special offer. Over the course of six days, which don’t have to be consecutive, you’ll explore Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Meet your favorite characters with photo opportunities and enjoy endless entertainment and rides suitable for the entire family.
Georgia: Wild Adventures Theme Park
- $39 for a ticket purchased online at least seven days in advance. Save $8 from the general admission price of $49.99 when you purchase online at least two days in advance.
Wild Adventures is an amusement park offering rides for both small children and thrill-seekers. The park, located in Valdosta, Georgia, 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 magic show.
Hawaii: Wet 'n' Wild
- $49.99 for general admission tickets. Save 10% when purchasing 10 days in advance.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii is 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 funneling down to the water below. You’ll also catch a stunning view of Oahu.
Idaho: Silverwood Theme Park
- $48 for one-day admission.
Silverwood is a northern Idaho amusement and water park, offering over 70 attractions. At the Boulder Beach water park, climb aboard a family raft at Avalanche Mountain, where you’ll head down a 650-foot slide propelling you through the mountain terrain. Don’t miss out on guest favorite Thunder Canyon, where you’re certain to get wet on a wild trip down the whitewater river.
Illinois: Six Flags Great America
- Limited-time offer of $83.99 for a season pass. Save approximately 56% off the regular season pass price of $189.99.
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. Try out the park’s newest roller coaster, Maxx Force, which goes from zero to 78 mph in two seconds — the fastest launch in North America. 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% 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 a must-ride at Holiday World if you want to go from zero to 60 mph in 3 1/2 seconds.
- $150 for a season pass. Includes free parking, worth $10 per trip.
Enjoy water rides and amusement park fun with this offer to Adventureland Park and Adventure Bay. 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
- $99.99 for a summer season pass.
Take the family and relax at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, located in Kansas City. Turn up the excitement with a water coaster, such as the Storm Blaster, or just surf the waves on the Boogie Bahn surf ride.
Kentucky: Kentucky Kingdom
- $54.95 plus tax at the gate for general admission. Out-of-state travelers pay $39.95 and get the next day free.
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 tour of the park. Guests can also enjoy Storyland, where fairy tales come alive — a must-stop destination for kids.
Maine: Funtown Splashtown
- $111.95 for the “big combo” season pass. The price of regular admission is $39.
Find some of the tallest and largest rides in Northern New England — the Excalibur wooden roller coaster and Dragon’s Descent — at this amusement park. For something more grounded and dry, try the bumper cars or the grand prix racers. Funtown is located 15 minutes from Portland, Maine, and 90 minutes from Boston.
Maryland: Jolly Roger Amusement Park
- $26.99 for the “bronze point package” for Passport to Fun.
Have amusement park fun and enjoy the beach at Jolly Roger Amusement Park. Jolly Roger has multiple locations in midtown Ocean City, with rides, water slides, 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
- Limited-time offer of $82.99 for a season pass.
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
- $36.99 for an all-day wristband. Save $2 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 the 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
- $31.99 for a general admission ticket.
You can skip the vacation to a tropical island and head to Geyser Falls — a tropical-themed water park. Check out the backward water slide Backsplash, where you’ll get water and coaster rides in one. Lil’ Squirts Hollow is an action-filled water play area that’s ideal for kids.
Missouri: Silver Dollar City
- $115 for a one-park season pass. Get 10% off on meals over $5 for you and up to six guests.
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
- $21.99 for a full-day pass. Save $2 with a 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.
- $29.95 for regular admission. Save $10 with the twilight rates.
Fun-Plex boasts many thrill rides to get your heart pounding, 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 water park and enjoy the lazy river or the kiddie pool.
- $33.95 for a ride-all-day pass. Save $2 off the all-day ride pass Monday through Friday with a valid Nevada ID.
Las Vegas might be a city for grown-ups, but Adventuredome, located at Circus Circus Hotel and Resort, 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 — is one of the most popular rides.
New Hampshire: Story Land
- $99.99 for a premium season pass. Save 20% on food and merchandise, and bring friends for free on select dates.
Story Land is specifically designed for children, offering an affordable, one-of-a-kind experience for families in Glen, New Hampshire. There are over 30 attractions in all, including the newly opened Roar-o-Saurus ride, a wooden roller coaster located in the park’s dinosaur-themed section. 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 and Water Parks
- $245 for a same-day, four-person combo pass. Receive a $5 food and beverage credit per ticket when you purchase online.
Come have fun in the sun at this seaside amusement park full of classic rides like a 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.
New Mexico: Cliff’s Amusement Park
- $29.99 for an all-day ride pass. Save $2 off regular admission prices by purchasing online.
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 coaster, 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
- $85 for a season pass. Westchester residents save $13 off the regular season pass price.
Playland has been a family-friendly amusement park since it opened in 1928. It’s packed with family 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 to enter, that is.
North Carolina: Carowinds
- $107 for a season “silver pass.” Save 10% off select food and merchandise.
Located on the North Carolina and South Carolina state line in Charlotte, Carowinds is the premier amusement destination of the Carolinas. The park has dozens of 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 water slide 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
- Free admission every day.
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-karts and carousel. Other entertaining activities include a batting cage, mini-golf, rock climbing wall and more.
Ohio: Cedar Point
- $149 for a season pass. Save 10% on most 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.” And for good reason. It has 18 world-class roller coasters, including the Valravn, which is the tallest, fastest and longest dive roller coaster in the world.
Oklahoma: Frontier City
- $79.99 for a season pass. Bring a friend for free to Frontier City on Labor Day.
If you’re looking for cool things to do in Oklahoma, check out Frontier City, a Western-themed amusement park located in 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
- $13.50 for general admission. Purchase ride tickets for $1 each, or buy an all-day ride bracelet for $27.95.
Family members of all ages will enjoy Enchanted Forest. Storybook Lane is likely to 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.
- $156 for a full-size season pass. Save 15% off food and merchandise.
This family theme park has something for everyone, with 14 roller coasters, kiddie and family rides and water amusement. Experience family favorites like the teacups or an old-fashioned carousel. Or, check out 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
- $18 for 10 tokens.
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. $28.95 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 thrilling 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.
South Dakota: Thunder Road
- Pricing varies depending on the ride or attraction.
Thunder Road, 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 three bumper boat rides for $12 rather than paying $4.50 plus tax for each.
- $38 per day for three days at both Dollywood and Splash Country.
Yes, Dollywood is named after country music star Dolly Parton. At Dollywood Splash Country, you’ll certainly cool down from the Tennessee summer heat after plunging down one of the crazy slides.
Texas: Six Flags Over Texas
- $82.99 for a 2019 two-park season pass. Save 63% off the full season pass price.
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.
- $64.95 for a single-day passport.
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 free fall to a tunnel below, with speeds up to 70 mph. There are also 6 acres of water activities at the Lagoon A Beach water park.
Vermont: ArborTrek Canopy Adventure
- From $160 for the all-day “adventure package,” which includes the zip lining tour, the obstacle course and the climbing adventure.
How about an 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. Receive a fully guided zip line tour that is sure to thrill while providing stunning views of the area.
Virginia: King's Dominion
- $70 for a 2019 Summer Fun Pass; good for unlimited visits between July 1 and Sept. 2.
Enjoy thrilling roller coasters, such as Twisted Timbers and Flight of Fear and see a variety of live performances when visiting Kings Dominion. Kids will especially love Peanuts-themed rides, such as Linus Launcher and Great Pumpkin Coaster. Leave time for the speed slides and other water attractions at Soak City.
Washington: Wild Waves Theme and Water Park
- $36.99 for a general admission ticket when purchased online. Save $9 off general admission prices.
Ride Timberhawk Ride of Prey, the largest wooden 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 purchased online. Save 25% 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 and Theme Parks
- Admission to the parks is free — normally $40 — for guests staying overnight at any of the three Mt. Olympus resorts.
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 outdoor and indoor water and theme park amusement at Mt. Olympus. Experience the Hades 360 roller coaster, which is not for the faint-hearted, reaching speeds of 70 mph with terrifying drops and loops. 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 with one zip line tour plus unlimited attraction rides.
It might be known as a winter ski resort, but Snow King Mountain in Jackson provides unique summer entertainment for those who love the outdoors. In the Treetop 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.
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Cynthia Measom contributed to the reporting for this article.