Happy Summer! Best Amusement Parks for Family's in 2017


Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

What’s new: According to Family Vacation Critic, "Cedar Point Shores, an 18-acre water park located along Lake Erie with 17 water attractions for all ages, VIP cabanas, restaurants, shopping and live entertainment."

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

What’s new: "Drop Line, a 230-foot tall drop tower, with a spinning gondola that offers riders a breathtaking view of the Great Smoky Mountains," noted Family Vacation Critic. "Also joining the park in 2017 is Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster positioned as a great first-coaster for younger park visitors."

Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania

What’s new: "Hershey Triple Tower offers three drop towers for park guests to choose from: Hershey’s Tower, the tallest at 189-feet high; Reese’s Tower, the second tallest at 131-feet high; and Hershey’s Kisses Tower standing at 80-feet tall."

Kings Island, Mason, Ohio

What’s new: "The Mystic Timbers [is] a 3,265-foot long wooden coaster with a 48” height requirement, making it an ideal coaster for riders of various ages."

Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

What’s new: "New Silver Dollar Food Days run from July 31 – Aug. 20, highlighting favorite festival food like funnel cakes, kettle corn and milkshakes, and taking them to new levels," noted Family Vacation Critic.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

What’s new: "For guests visiting the park, plan a trip to Universal Orlando Resort’s newest water theme park, Volcano Bay – a 25-acre park featuring 18 unique attractions including a wave pool, winding river, raft rides, body slides and more."

Universal Studios, Hollywood, California, and Orlando, Florida

What’s new: "'Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon' brings guests a simulated race through New York City, a history of 'The Tonight Show,' Hashtag the Panda and the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet also join in the fun," the experts said.

Six Flags, nationwide

What’s new: Family Vacation Critic noted that Six Flags is unveiling new rides at each of its parks across North America, including Warner Brothers and DC Comics-branded rides and attractions.


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