If you're planning a recreational school trip such as a senior trip, an amusement park is a great addition to your student travel itinerary. While many students will love the roller coasters and thrill rides of amusement parks, they also offer entertainment in other forms such as concerts, shops, and carnival-like games. To make your choice of amusement parks a little easier, we've compiled a list of the top 10 amusement parks in the U.S.
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA holds the world record for the most roller coasters in one park with its 19 roller coasters. Six of these coasters hold individual world records for things like height, speed, loops, etc.
Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL is a one of a kind experience that offers movie and TV themed rides. The park only has five roller coasters and three water rides, but it's themed islands such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a uniquely entertaining experience for everyone.
Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH has been named "Best Amusement Park in the World" by Amusement Today for 16 consecutive years. With 17 roller coasters and a multitude of other entertainment, it's definitely worth a visit.
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL is a great addition to any Chicago excursion. Besides its 13 roller coasters, it also includes a water park with four water rides.
The Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, FL is the pinnacle of the Walt Disney World Resort with the iconic castle as its central attraction. It's open year round and offers more entertainment than you could ever exhaust in just one trip.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ is the largest theme park in the world. Its 510 acres include Hurricane Harbor Waterpark and Wild Safari Animal Park along with 12 roller coasters. Students will never run out of things to do here!
Kings Island in Mason, OH is 2nd behind Cedar Point in annual attendance for a seasonal theme park. Besides its 14 roller coasters, the park offers a total of 80 different rides and attractions.
Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA originally opened as Gallup's Grove in 1870 and opened its first roller coaster in 1912. Even though it closed for a short time, it survived the Great Depression and is now the largest theme park in New England with 11 roller coasters.
Hershey Park in Hershey, PA was originally built for the enjoyment of Hershey company employees. But now the public can enjoy its 12 roller coasters and a multitude of chocolate snacks.
Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX is the original Six Flags location and it still maintains some of its original themed areas making it unique to the other Six Flags parks. It also offers 12 roller coasters for your enjoyment.
Every student can find something to enjoy during an outing to an amusement park. But if you choose to make an amusement park part of your school trip, don't underestimate the extra spending money for things like food and souvenirs. As long as you plan ahead, you can prevent the deflation of your mood when you blow your budget on corn dogs and funny hats. So go ahead -- fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride!