From the coolest roller coasters to mind-bending virtual reality attractions, the best theme parks have what it takes to keep families coming back for more. Every theme park has its own atmosphere, so it's important to do your homework to find one with age-appropriate rides and attractions that will suit your own family.
Orlando is the undisputed capital of theme parks, boasting five of the world's top 10 most-visited theme parks. Between Disney World's four wildly popular parks, Universal Orlando Resort with its Harry Potter and Simpsons worlds and the theme-park-aquarium of SeaWorld Florida, a family could easily spend a week in Orlando and only scratch the surface of all the rides and attractions.
Terrific for Tots
Got little kids? Consider one of the tamer theme parks, such as Story Land, in Glen, New Hampshire, which is based on a German fairytale, or Sesame Place, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where kids will find their favorite muppets and rides geared to the 10-and-under crowd. The Legoland parks in California and Florida, which pay homage to LEGO building bricks, also cater to younger children with age-appropriate thrills.
A Dream for Tweens and Teens
If you have older kids who love adrenaline-fueled rides, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio, is known as the roller coaster capital of the world, while in nearby Mason, Ohio, Kings Island also features about 80 rides and 13 amazing roller coasters.
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