Ultimate Family Travel

Pack up the family because Travel Channel is counting down the best family adventures, from a $100 tangle with alligators to a $57,000 Titanic voyage.

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Hilton Waikoloa Village (Hawaii)

Hilton Waikoloa Village (Hawaii)

In Hawaii, the Hilton Waikoloa Village promises endless activity and unprecedented luxury. Parents hoping to find a child-friendly haven can sign their tykes up for Club Keiki. During its day and night camps, kids can feed koi and swans, hunt for treasure and explore tide pools. 960 1280

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Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village

The resort's tropical gardens, saltwater lagoons and 2 golf courses are tempting, but the most popular retreat is Dolphin Quest. It provides guests with a variety of interactive dolphin programs, including training adventures, a family experience and kids' quest. Meanwhile, at Waikoloa's 4-acre lagoon, water lovers can schedule kayak trips, snorkel sails and seasonal whale-watching tours. After dark, attend the Legends of Hawaii luau to experience traditional island dancing and music, as well as a buffet dinner. 960 1280

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Kingsmill Resort (Virginia)

Kingsmill Resort (Virginia)

Stretching over 3,000 acres of Virginia wilderness, Kingsmill Resort boasts its own long list of recreational activities, as well as close proximity to the fun found in nearby Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Active families can enjoy the resort's 2 18-hole golf courses, 15 tennis courts and Sports Club, which features indoor and outdoor pools, exercise classes, personal trainers and a billiards and game room. 960 1280
Kingsmill Resort

Kingsmill Resort

Stop by the concierge desk for special Junior Guest registration, and children will receive a Kids' Fun Pack introducing them to the resort. The kids' camp is the perfect opportunity for 5- to 12-year-olds to play tennis and golf, swim, fish, have theme days and make arts and crafts. Don't forget to sign little ones up for Kids' Night Out, a pizza and game party that allows parents to have a romantic date night at one of the 4 signature restaurants on-site. 960 1280

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Tanque Verde Ranch (Arizona)

Tanque Verde Ranch (Arizona)

The 640-acre Tanque Verde Ranch is a serene oasis nestled in the Sonoran Desert, near Saguaro National Park. With more than 120 horses, it's no surprise that this dude ranch offers ample riding opportunities. Specialty options available include breakfast rides (with a meal at the Old Homestead), 6-hour-long day rides, and picnic rides with lunch in Cottonwood Grove. Newcomers can take riding lessons at a variety of levels. 960 1280

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Tanque Verde Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch

Naturalist guides offer hikes through the desert wilds, exploring canyons, cacti and even secret waterfalls. The popular kids' program offers little cowpokes (ages 4-12) the chance to "ride 'em cowboy!" Children are divided into 3 age groups — the Buckaroos, Wranglers and Outlaws — and treated to riding lessons, tennis, swimming and arts and crafts. 960 1280

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Circus Circus (Las Vegas)

Circus Circus (Las Vegas)

The biggest permanent big top in the world can be found rising in all its colorful glory in Las Vegas. More than 3.5 million people a year stop by to experience the live entertainment and whimsy that Circus Circus has to offer. The resort lies on 70 acres of land, and with nearly 3,800 rooms, it's the fifth-largest resort-casino in Vegas. 960 1280

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Circus Circus

Circus Circus

"Oohs" and "ahhs" fill the air every half-hour as performers engage in airborne stunts on the resort's center stage. Surrounding the stage is the Midway, an enormous carnival filled with 200 games and wandering clowns. Possibly the world's biggest funhouse, the indoor Adventuredome theme park continues the excitement with more than 20 rides, plus miniature golf and laser tag. 960 1280

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Out 'n' About Treesort (Oregon)

Out 'n' About Treesort (Oregon)

Nestled into treetops and branches is one of the world's most unusual bed-and-breakfasts. This high-in-the-sky treehouse resort proves that trees aren't just for the birds. Fifteen treehouses, which sleep anywhere from 2 to 8 people, make up the "treesort" (but because of legal issues, not all 15 are available for overnight lodging). 960 1280

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Out 'n' About Treesort

Out 'n' About Treesort

Guests climb stairs, ladders, even a 90-foot-long suspension bridge. At the Swiss Family Complex, a swinging bridge separates child and adult units, and a fire pole and rope swings provide kids with ground access. Luxury lovers will enjoy the Tree Room Schoolhouse Suite, which fits 4 and has a bathroom, kitchenette, master bedroom, sitting area and loft. Fun perks include lessons in treehouse building, horseback riding, rafting, ropes courses, pools and arts and crafts classes. 960 1280

  

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort (Utah)

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort (Utah)

If the sight of snow gets your family excited, grab the skis and head to Snowbird for a wonderful, wintry vacation. The resort, which rests in Little Cottonwood Canyon, offers 3,240 vertical feet and 2,500 acres of mountain to explore. Thanks to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, it sees an average of more than 500 inches of snow annually. 960 1280

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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

More than forty years after being founded, the resort now features 10 lifts, 169 runs and an uphill capacity of 17,400 people. Beginners ages 3 and up can learn skiing and snowboarding at the Snowbird Mountain School. Love the outdoors but not a fan of the slopes? The resort also offers ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoe tours and luge sleds. Parents can unwind with a stone massage or herbal wrap at the luxurious Cliff Spa. 960 1280

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Omni La Costa Resort and Spa (California)

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa (California)

Most commonly associated with its 2 championship golf courses and its world-class spa, the Omni La Costa now earns itself a new reputation: family resort. Tucked among the property's rolling greens, renowned golf school and 17 tennis courts is a world of activities designed for little ones on retreat. 960 1280

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Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

At the Kidtopia children's club, young guests experience the resort's magnificent facilities in a kid-friendly environment, filling their time with tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, nature walks, crafts and pingpong. While they're making friends and having fun, parents can indulge in the body- and soul-soothing luxury that defines the Omni La Costa.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Florida)

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Florida)

At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, families experience the thrills of an African safari without ever leaving their hotel. If a trip to the Serengeti is out of your price range, a visit to this wild lodge will more than suffice. Strolling throughout the property's 33 acres of savannas, guests will see more than 200 animals representing 100 different species, including antelopes and gazelles. 960 1280

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Rooms are decorated with a traditional African ambience: earth-tone walls, handcrafted furniture, tapestries and mosquito nets. But true historical value can be found in the 4,000 native handicrafts placed throughout the lodge. When it's time to dine, experience the tastes of Africa at one of the resort's inspired restaurants, including Jiko, which features wood-burning ovens, and Boma, a buffet under a thatched roof. 960 1280

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Castle Park in Riverside, California

Castle Park in Riverside, California

In Southern California, head to Castle Park. You’ll love the park’s medieval castle, mini golf course and 21 amusement rides, such as Merlin’s Revenge and Dragon Flyer (pictured).

More California Amusement Parks:

Adventure City - Anaheim

Belmont Park - San Diego

California's Great America - Santa Clara

Castle Park - Riverside

Children's Fairyland - Oakland

Funderland Amusement Park - Sacramento

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park - Gilroy

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Disneyland in Anaheim, California

Disneyland in Anaheim, California

Beyond Disneyland’s entrance, the wonder of childhood dreams await: Step inside Sleeping Beauty’s Castle; take a ride through Splash Mountain; and hop aboard a carriage as you take in the sights of Main Street, in the “happiest place on Earth.”

More California Amusement Parks:

Knott's Berry Farm -- Buena Park

Pacific Park -- Santa Monica

Pixieland Amusement Park -- Concord

Rotary Storyland & Playland -- Fresno

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk -- Santa Cruz

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Legoland in Carlsbad, California

Legoland in Carlsbad, California

Love Legos? You got to visit this Legoland -- the first one outside of Europe. Spread across 128 acres in Carlsbad, California, "Legoland greets the kids with a welcoming dinosaur right by the entrance. Lie inside a life-sized dinosaur footprint on Dino Island; venture into the wilds of Africa in Duplo Village or get soaked with 350 gallons of water at the waterpark.

More California Amusement Parks:

Scandia Amusement Park -- Sacramento and Victorville

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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

A San Diego attraction since 1964, SeaWorld San Diego upped the ante in summer 2012 when it launched Manta, the mega-coaster that features two launches of up to 43 m.p.h. Manta joins park mainstays like the Dolphin Point exhibit, the Bayside Skyride gondola ride and the Sky Tower, a 320-foot-high panoramic tower.

More California Amusement Parks:

Six Flags Magic Mountain -- Valencia

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom -- Vallejo

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Universal Studios Hollywood in California

Universal Studios Hollywood in California

Don’t panic! That guy going up in smithereens is part of the moviemaking magic at Universal Studios Hollywood. The movie studio is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in operation. One of its theme park highlights is Transformers: The Ride, which opened in 2012 featuring 3-D technology, fight simulation and more!
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Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver

Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver

From late April through Halloween, this seasonal, 70-acre park in Denver is worth a family’s visit. With 30 rides, including nine roller coasters, Elitch Gardens's attractions include Half Pipe, a snowboard ride that will have you thrashing and spinning around … and around. Plus, cool off in Elitch’s waterpark. 960 1280

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Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut

Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut

You’re looking at the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the U.S. Lake Compounce first opened its doors in 1846. Today, the amusement park spans 332 acres, with more than 40 rides, including Thunder n' Lightning (pictured). The park also has a beach and waterpark.

More Connecticut Amusement Parks:

Quassy Amusement Park -- Middlebury

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Funland in Rehoboth, Delaware

Funland in Rehoboth, Delaware

There’s something for the whole family at Funland. Choose from among 19 rides -- everything from the carousel to the more fast-paced Sea Dragon thrill ride. The kids and you can also enjoy games, from Ring Fling to amusement-park fave Whac-a-Mole. Perhaps the coolest part about Funland: Many of the rides are decades old, so adults can enjoy a walk down memory lane while the kids discover rides for the first time. 960 1280

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Aquatica Orlando in Florida

Aquatica Orlando in Florida

There’s a reason this is the ninth-most visited amusement park in the U.S.: Spanning 200 acres, Aquatica Orlando showcases live shows and animal exhibits -- stingrays, turtles, flamingos and more -- plus rides like Dolphin Plunge, the most popular ride in the park.

More Florida Amusement Parks:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay -- Tampa

Fun Spot -- Kissimmee

Fun Spot -- Orlando

Legoland Florida -- Winter Haven

Old Town -- Kissimmee

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Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida

Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida

What kid wouldn’t love swimming with (and smooching!) a bottlenose dolphin? Interactive fun is yours at Discovery Cove. Also snorkel alongside rays in the Grand Reef and wade through water in the Freshwater Oasis, where a face-to-face encounter with an otter awaits.

More Florida Amusement Parks:

Sam's Fun City -- Pensacola

Silver Springs -- Ocala

Weeki Wachee Springs -- Spring Hill

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SeaWorld Orlando in Florida

SeaWorld Orlando in Florida

Along with Discovery Cove and Aquatica, this massive theme park is part of the SeaWorld Parks and Resorts entertainment complex. You could spend days in this one alone: Spanning 200 acres, SeaWorld Orlando boasts four roller coasters, including the fierce Manta and Kraken. 960 1280

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Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

It’s a small world after all… except at Walt Disney World! As the largest vacation resort in the world -- and the most visited -- this legendary entertainment complex is pretty darn big: over 30,000 acres, with 24 themed resorts, four theme parks and two aterparks. 960 1280

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Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia

Just west of Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia spans 290 acres, with more than 40 rides -- including Batman: The Ride (pictured). Twirl in a 98-foot-wide circle -- as your feet dangle 24 stories above ground and wind blows in your face at 40 m.p.h. You just might scream.

More Georgia Amusement Parks:

Lake Winnepesaukah -- Rossville

Wild Adventures -- Valdosta

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Silverwood in Athol, Idaho

Silverwood in Athol, Idaho

Live in the Northwest? You’ll want to check out Silverwood. Spread across 413 acres, the amusement park is the largest theme and waterpark in the region. Silverwood has more than 65 rides, slides and other attractions. Top draws include Silverwood’s Aftershock, the champion of inverted coasters! 960 1280

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Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois

Another reason Chicago is our kind of town: Six Flags Great America. Located in Chi-town’s metro area, this theme park boasts 51 rides (including 13 roller coasters and four water rides) spread across 304 acres. Hop aboard Columbia Carousel, the world’s tallest carousel, and Raging Bull, the park’s tallest, longest and fastest coaster.

More Illinois Amusement Parks:

Santa's Village Azoosment Park -- East Dundee

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Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

This combo theme park-waterpark in southern Indiana celebrates the holiday spirit year-round; Holiday World is divided into four themes: Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and July Fourth. Lest you start thinking this is some folksy traditional hangout, Holiday World’s Voyage coaster will set you straight.

More Indiana Amusement Parks:

Indiana Beach -- Monticello

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Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa

Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa

This family-owned amusement park has you covered, with more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. Adventureland spans 180 acres, making it the biggest family resort in all of Iowa. Don’t miss the Giant Skywheel, the largest open-gondola wheel built in the U.S. since the 1800s. Plus, take a dip in Adventure Bay waterpark.

More Iowa Amusement Parks:

Arnolds Park Amusement Park -- Arnolds Park

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Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky

If you’re in Kentucky with the kids, Beech Bend is the place to go. Take a ride on one of three coasters (Kentucky Rumbler is the star, with a 96-foot drop). Enjoy Granny Jones’ Petting Farm (sheep, goats and more); and ride Sea Dragon, which was purchased from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

More Kentucky Amusement Parks:

Guntown Mountain -- Cave City

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Carousel Gardens in New Orleans

Carousel Gardens in New Orleans

The 15 rides at this seasonally operated amusement park will have your kids smiling. Hop aboard the antique coaster -- one of only 100 carousels of its kind in the U.S. -- that’s been a fixture of Carousel Gardens for more than a century. Take a ride on the Miniature Train, or cool off with a trip down the Fun Slide.

More Louisiana Amusement Parks:

Dixie Landin' -- Baton Rouge

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Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco, Maine

Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco, Maine

This family-owned amusement park features Excalibur, the only wooden roller coaster in Maine; it’s also the tallest and longest roller coaster in northern New England. Funtown’s other attractions include Dragon’s Descent (a 220-foot-tall drop tower) and Splashtown waterpark, with 18 waterslides and pools.

More Maine Amusement Parks:

Palace Playland -- Old Orchard Beach

York's Wild Kingdom -- York Beach

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Six Flags America in Mitchellville, Maryland

Six Flags America in Mitchellville, Maryland

Just 15 miles from D.C., and 30 miles southwest of Baltimore, Maryland’s only theme park goes all out, with more than 100 rides, slides and shows. Of them all, Six Flags America’s top attraction is Superman: Ride of Steel, one of the tallest coasters on the East Coast.

More Maryland Amusement Parks:

Frontier Town -- Berlin

Jolly Ranger -- Ocean City

Trimper Rides -- Ocean City

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Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts

Visiting Connecticut or Massachusetts this summer? Take the kids to Six Flags New England. Less than a mile from the Connecticut border, and three miles from Springfield, Massachusetts, this park houses Superman: The Ride, formerly called Bizarro, one of the world’s top coasters with a new virtual reality feature.

More Massachusetts Amusement Parks:

Edaville USA -- Carver

Salem Willows -- Salem

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Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan

Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan

You want adventure? You’ve come to the right place! Spanning 250 acres, Michigan’s Adventure is the largest amusement park in the state, with 53 rides -- including Shivering Timbers roller coaster -- as well as WildWater Adventure, an outdoor waterpark.

More Michigan Amusement Parks:

Crossroads Village -- Crossroads Village

Deer Acres Storybook Amusement Park -- Pinconning

Dutch Village -- Holland

Stagecoach Shop USA -- Irish Hills

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Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minnesota

Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minnesota

This 125-acre playground is your ticket to fun! At Valleyfair Amusement Park, choose from among 48 rides, including eight roller coasters -- try Wild Thing, a steel beast that’s currently the tallest coaster in the park.

More Minnesota Amusement Parks:

Como Town -- St. Paul

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Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri

Six Flags in St. Louis, Missouri

Home to nearly 10 roller coasters, Six Flags St. Louis added Boomerang to its lineup in 2013. The steel roller coaster leads you on a pulsating vertical loop ride reaching speeds of 47 m.p.h. -- in just under two minutes. Keep the adrenaline pumping at Six Flag’s Hurricane Harbor water park, home to Bonzai Pipeline, the looping waterslide.

More Missouri Amusement Parks:

Route 66 Carousel Park -- Joplin

Silver Dollar City -- Branson

Worlds of Fun -- Kansas City

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Fun-Plex in Omaha, Nebraska

Fun-Plex in Omaha, Nebraska

Take the family to the largest amusement park in Nebraska. Fun-Plex is also home to the Big Ohhhhhh!!! -- the only roller coaster in the state. Also enjoy a “Putt-Terrific” 18-hole golf course, a twisty ride down a five-story waterslide and slip-and-slide fun in a speedy go-kart. 960 1280

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The Roller Coaster in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Roller Coaster in Las Vegas, Nevada

Head to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Strip for the ride of your life: a 203-foot lift, then a 144-foot drop -- that’s just the start of what awaits aboard The Roller Coaster. Did we mention the speed on this exhilarating ride is 67 m.p.h.

More Nevada Amusement Parks:

Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino -- Primm

Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides -- Las Vegas

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Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire

Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire

Since 1953, Santa’s Village has entertained the whole family with holiday magic. Ride above the trees in Santa’s Skyway Sleigh; hop aboard Rudolph on the Reindeer Carousel; and get behind the wheel of a bumper car -- they’re among the 16 rides the kids will enjoy at this Christmas-themed amusement park.

More New Hampshire Amusement Parks:

Canobie Lake Park -- Sale

Clark's Trading Post -- North Woodstock

Hampton Beach -- Hampton Beach

Six Gun City -- Jefferson

Story Land -- Glen

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Luna Park in Coney Island, New York

Luna Park in Coney Island, New York

Ride the granddaddy of all roller coasters: Coney Island’s Cyclone. Luna Park’s other thrill rides include Elctro Spin and Sling Shot -- who wouldn’t want to get shot up over 150 feet in the air… at 90 mph?

More New York Amusement Parks:

Adventureland -- Farmingdale

Darien Lake -- Darien Center

Deno's Wonder Wheel -- Coney Island

Enchanted Forest -- Old Forge

The Great Escape -- Queensbury

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Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina

Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina

See the Thrill Capital of the Southeast! The 398-acre Carowinds is home to 13 roller coasters. Can you brave Afterburn and Intimidator?

More North Carolina Amusement Parks:

Ghost Town in the Sky -- Maggie

Gold City -- Franklin

Santa's Land -- Cherokee

Tweetsie Railroad -- Bowling Rock

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Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

Explore the second-oldest amusement park in the U.S. (behind Connecticut’s Lake Compounce). Opened in 1870, Cedar Point boasts 72 rides, including stars like Millennium Force!

More Ohio Amusement Parks:

Coney Island -- Cincinnati

Jungle Jack's Landing -- Powell

King's Island -- Mason

Memphis Kiddie Park -- Brooklyn

Stricker's Grove -- Hamilton

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Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon

Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon

A short way’s from downtown Portland is Oaks Amusement Park. Spread across 44 acres, the park includes Looping Thunder, a steel looping roller coaster; Disk'O, a pulsating flat ride; and the Rock-O-Plane, kind of like a Ferris wheel, only these seats rock and roll!

More Oregon Amusement Parks:

Enchanted Forest -- Salem

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Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania

“Two Great Parks for the Price of One” is no exaggeration: Located between N.Y.C. and Philadelphia, Dorney Park is also home to Wildwater Kingdom waterpark. Try braving Steel Force, the world’s ninth-longest steel roller coaster. Or kick back in a cabana rental within the waterpark.

More Pennsylvania Amusement Parks:

Bushkill Park -- Easton

DelGrosso Amusement Park -- Tipton

Dutch Wonderland -- Lancaster

Idlewild and Story Book Forest -- Ligonier

Kennywood -- West Mifflin

Knoebels Amusement Resort -- Elysburg

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Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania

More than 65 rides and other attractions await at this oh-so-sweet family theme park. Head to Hersheypark for a mix of high-adrenaline thrill rides and more laid-back fun, from the extreme coaster Skyrush, to the more leisurely Intercoastal Waterway water ride.

More Pennsylvania Amusement Parks:

Lakemont Park -- Altoona

Sesame Place -- Langhorne

Waldemeer Park -- Erie

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Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Head to the biggest ticketed tourist attraction in Tennessee: Spread across 150 acres, Dollywood showcases 27 rides, including six roller coasters: You owe it to yourself to try Dollywood’s Thunderhead -- our own Bert Kreischer calls it the best wooden coaster he’s ridden!

More Tennessee Amusement Parks:

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park -- Chattanooga

Fun Mountain -- Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg -- Gatlinburg

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Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas

Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas

“Slippery road” is what this waterpark’s name literally translates to -- and with three locations in Texas, Schlitterbahn delivers with tube chutes, kiddie pools and water coasters. Brave the Downhill Racer -- we dare you not to scream.

More Texas Amusement Parks:

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier -- Galveston

Joyland -- Lubbock

Kemah Boardwalk -- Kemah

Kiddie Acres -- Austin

Kiddie Park -- San Antonio

Six Flags Over Texas -- Arlington

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SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas

SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas

One of the largest of the three parks in the SeaWorld chain, SeaWorld San Antonio spans 250 acres, with a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park. See One Ocean (the newest Shamu show), explore aviary habitats, and ride on The Great White, the park’s first coaster, which reaches speeds of 50 m.p.h.

More Texas Amusement Parks:

Six Flags Fiesta Texas -- San Antonio

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Lagoon in Farmington, Utah

Lagoon in Farmington, Utah

Head 17 miles north of Salt Lake City to Lagoon. Its star attraction is Wicked, which speeds up to 55 mph across more than 2,000 feet. Also step back in time at Pioneer Village, a reconstruction of a late 1800s frontier community. 960 1280

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Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Head to Busch Gardens for an edge-of-your-seat ride on coasters Alpengeist, Griffon and Apollo’s Chariot.

More Virginia Amusement Parks:

Dinosaur Land -- White Post

King's Dominion -- Doswell

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Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington

Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington

Every spring and summer, Spokane’s 100-acre Riverfront Park sees its Pavilion transformed into an amusement park wonderland: Enjoy rides like the Sizzler, which speeds up to 70 m.p.h., and the Spider, which, you guessed it, will have you spinning and twirling.

More Washington Amusement Parks:

Wild Waves -- Federal Way

Fun Forest -- Seattle

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Thunder Dolphin

Thunder Dolphin

Not only does this coaster — located at Tokyo Dome City — have a wacky name, but it features some very bizarre elements, including an interesting “thread the needle” move at the top of a building and a pass through the center of a giant Ferris wheel. The coaster tours the shopping mall area and then twists and dives around the midway before heading back to the station. 960 1280

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The Bullet

The Bullet

The Bullet at Selva Magica in Guadalajara, Mexico, is a shuttle loop folded in half to take up less space. This bizarre ride starts with a backward launch and hits speeds of over 50 mph, reaching the strongest G-forces in any vertical loop. There is almost no straight track in the entire ride — in fact, even the station is twisted! This coaster has traveled the world, having been in Germany, Austria, England and Florida, and has now found permanent residency in Mexico.  960 1280

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Gravity Max (The Tilt Coaster)

Gravity Max (The Tilt Coaster)

One of the wackiest roller coasters is located at Lihpao Land in Taiwan. The Gravity Max, also known as the Tilt Coaster, is the world’s first coaster to feature a true 90-degree drop and the world’s only tilt coaster. 960 1280

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Hundeprutterutchebane

Hundeprutterutchebane

When it comes to purely wacky coasters, this ride at Denmark's BonBon Land makes the top of the list. In English, Hundeprutterutchebane means “the dog fart coaster.” BonBon Land is a kid-friendly amusement park filled with fun, humorous rides. 960 1280

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Great Wall of China Toboggan Ride

Great Wall of China Toboggan Ride

Do you want to see the Great Wall by roller coaster? Well, you most certainly can! Ride enthusiasts can travel about an hour north of Beijing to Badaling, where they can board a (relatively slow) roller coaster that takes them to the top of the Great Wall. After visitors are done sightseeing, they can take another ride back down. This is the best way to see one of the great wonders of the world! 960 1280

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Driving Coaster: Vanish

Driving Coaster: Vanish

Located at Cosmoworld in Yokohama, Japan, Diving Coaster does just as its name implies. This coaster creates a splash as it dives underwater through a man-made lagoon. It's both visually awesome, and quite the fun ride! 960 1280

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Ultra Twister

Ultra Twister

This bizarre ride was all the rage in Japan in the 1980s through 1990s. There was a similar coaster at the Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, but it was moved to the Six Flags' Astroworld in Houston. This unique "pipeline" coaster shuttles riders back and forth. It also features a near 90-degree drop and a series of "heart line twists." This one pictured is at Nagashima Spaland about 45 minutes from Nagoya by train. 960 1280

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Tranan

Tranan

Tranan is a one-of-a-kind "free fly" coaster located at Skara Sommerland in Sweden. It’s billed as family friendly, but it’s also a strange, thrill ride. The seats are aligned on the outside of the vehicle, providing riders with a 360-degree, swinging experience throughout the ride. 960 1280

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Euro Mir

Euro Mir

Euro Mir is by far one of my favorite wacky rides, and it's also completely awesome! The coaster, located at Europa Park in Rust, Germany, is a mix of a Russian-inspired techno dance party, a weird mirrored-tower structure and all on a turning roller coaster. There isn't really any way to fully describe it other than to ride it yourself. 960 1280

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Dauling Dragons

Dauling Dragons

Dauling Dragon in China is a wooden roller coaster with coasters on duel tracks racing simultaneously up a 90-degree incline. At the top of the incline where the coasters meet, it appears to look like riders in the train are close enough to reach over for a “high-5.” 960 1280

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Olympia Looping

Olympia Looping

This is quite possibly one of the most majestic looking roller coasters ever. Olympia Looping is a 5-loop steel roller coaster -- the world's biggest, "portable" roller coaster. It travels the German fair circuit and is one of the stand-out attractions at Munich’s Oktoberfest. This roller coaster is not to be missed. 960 1280

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The Smiler

The Smiler

Alton Towers may take the prize for some of the wackiest build-up to a roller coaster debut ever. Park marketers shaved Smiler coaster logos into sheep and sold a mouth guard that could give you an instant, forced smile. So what's all the hype for? The world's only 14-loop roller coaster! It's a crazy concept, but you will be smiling at end your ride. 960 1280

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Insane

Insane

Just as the ride's name suggests, this coaster’s design is insane. Located at Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, Insane’s track is in the middle and seats on the side that freely spin and rotate based on the weight distribution of the riders. Prepare to spin out of control if the car is unbalanced. 960 1280

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The Lost Coaster

The Lost Coaster

At Indiana Beach Amusement Resort in Monticello, IN, Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain will take riders on a strange wooden roller coaster journey they won't forget. The journey starts with a vertical lift up a hill system and enclosed in mine cars. Riders travel through the mountain making sharp turns and other off-track attractions including a bear. The park is located about 90 minutes from Indianapolis. 960 1280

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Takabisha

Takabisha

Talk about strange and wacky -- just look at the angle of the decent on this roller coaster at Japan's Fuji-Q Highland! At 121-degree angle, this coasted is touted as the world's steepest coaster. 960 1280

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Wacky Worm

Wacky Worm

You just simply cannot talk about wacky coasters without mentioning the king of all of them, the Wacky Worm. This is one of the most popular family-friendly roller coasters found around the world. At the amusement park, the Wacky Worm is a great “starter” roller coaster for young riders. 960 1280

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Alpine Coaster

Alpine Coaster

Do you want to ride a roller coaster in the cold and snow? In Park City, UT, you can race along with skiers as you descend the side of Wasatch Mountain at Park City Mountain Resort. You’ll feel as though you’re flying on this toboggan-style coaster with 4,000 feet of curves, bends and loops. 960 1280

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Veil of Dark

Veil of Dark

Located at Tokyo Joypolis in Japan, the Veil of Dark is an interactive video game and indoor roller coaster. Part of the ride allows passengers to shoot at screens in front of them, and then suddenly, they are launched into an indoor, looping roller coaster. It's a strange but very fun ride! 960 1280

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