7 Lesser-Known Amusement Parks Around the U.S. You Need to Visit

With all the free time you have on your hands in the summer, it's easy for boredom to creep in.

To prevent that from happening, we recommend traveling to one of these seven amusement parks across the U.S. With coasters, games and food galore, you're sure to have the time of your life.


1. Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire

Sure, you can meet Cinderella at Disneyland. But in Story Land, you can ride around in her pumpkin carriage. Disneyland has got to step up its game.

Cinderella's Magical Pumpkin Coach #StoryLandNH #wherememoriesaremade #Cinderella

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2. Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

As you probably guessed from its name, this park is split up into areas dedicated to various holidays. You can ride a coaster with Santa or eat a caramel apple with a ghost. 

Santa wants to wish you a Happy #FlagDay! #santa #summer #HolidayWorld

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3. Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Being the second-oldest amusement park in the world, you should simply visit this place on history alone. If that isn't enough to convince you, maybe knowing that it features 72 rides and four coasters that are all over 200 feet tall will.

Did you see the sky last night? #latergram

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4. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Country legend Dolly Parton owns this thrilling amusement park, so you know it has to be truly spectacular if it's backed by her. You'll come for the rides, but stay for the various concerts and musical events throughout the park.

Double tap if you're currently pretending you're at Dollywood! #WildEagle #RiverBattle #Dollywood

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5. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri

Because this park is based off Around the World in 80 Days, you'll get to experience various parts of the globe as you go from attraction to attraction.

Great day for #OceansofFun #Goldpass holders share your photos #wof100reasons

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6. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

You thought Six Flags had crazy coasters, just wait until you visit Busch Gardens. They're far more terrifying than any roller coaster you've ever seen before, so you'd better get ready.

Blue skies and coaster track. It's a gorgeous day at #buschgardensva. ???? #behindthescenes #nofilter

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7. Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, Texas

It's hot in the summer, which is why we had to add a water park to this list. This park has its own beaches and an uphill water coaster ride. Um, definitely sounds like one rad time.

Relax, summer is almost here! ????☀️ #BahnLove

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And while you're visiting these various amusement parks, don't forget to check out THESE eight terrifying coasters fit for any daredevil.