(WHTM/WKRN) — A report from U.S. News & World Report names the top 17 amusement parks in the United States for 2023, which were chosen for their variety of entertainment options, easily accessible locations and nearby lodging options.
The Golden State had the most parks with five: Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Disneyland Park.
At Knott’s Berry Farm you can book a room on-site at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, “which makes visiting the theme park and the adjoining Knott’s Soak City Waterpark a breeze,” the report says.
Florida is just behind California with four parks, which include Fun Spot America, Walt Disney World Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Universal Orlando.
While you may be well acquainted with most of those names, Fun Spot America in Orlando is billed as “an affordable theme park experience” that offers roller coasters, drop rides, spin rides, a Ferris wheel, go-kart-racing, and more.
In third place for the most number of attractions is Pennsylvania, with three. The list included Kennywood in West Mifflin, Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, and Hersheypark in Hershey.
Located in the nation’s chocolate capital, Hersheypark has more than a dozen rollercoasters and an outdoor water park. You can also dive into the chocolate with the park’s several restaurants and food locations.
During the holidays you can experience Christmas Candylane or Dark Nights. Your ticket to Hersheypark also includes ZooAmerica with hundreds of animals.
Ohio is the only other state to boast multiple parks, with Cedar Point and Kings Island cracking the top 17.
One Tennessee venue — which can be considered both a theme park and a water park — also made it on the list: Dollywood in Pigeon Forge! It features more than 50 world-class rides and a family friendly atmosphere spread out across 160 acres, as well as Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and spa.
Indiana and Missouri also had one amusement park each on the list, which you can see here.