Must-Visit Theme Parks For Summer Fun

Planning your summer vacation around a trip to an amusement park is a great way to experience thrills and chills while exploring a different part of the country. Here are some places you can go, and new rides and attractions for 2023.

Despite its name Santa’s Village, in Jefferson, New Hampshire, is open from May through December. You can visit St. Nick at Santa’s Home, feed the reindeer at the Reindeer Rendezvous and go on a scavenger hunt, searching for the 26 elves located throughout the park. Rides include Santa’s Express Train, Skyway Sleigh, Yule Log Flume and Christmas Ferris Wheel.

Hersheypark, in central Pennsylvania, was created by Milton Hershey as a leisure area for employees of his chocolate factory. Today, the park is home to 121 acres of outdoor fun surrounded by shade trees and ample green space. A new attraction, Wildcat’s Revenge, is a wood and steel hybrid roller coaster that takes riders up a 140-foot hill, then dives into an 82-degree drop. You can see how candy bars are made on a tour at Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Cedar Point, on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, opened in 1870 as a simple beach and bathhouse. Today, the amusement park is known for its 18 roller coasters, including the adrenaline-pumping Millennium Force, with a height of 310 feet and speeds reaching 93 mph. Improvements for 2023 include The Boardwalk, featuring new rides like the Wild Mouse roller coaster, dining and entertainment.

Dollywood, partly owned by legendary singer Dolly Parton, is located in Tennessee’s scenic Great Smoky Mountains. The Big Bear Mountain roller coaster debuts this year as part of the park’s largest-ever expansion, taking riders around nearly 4,000 feet of track. Dollywood’s water park features towering slides, sparkling pools and family friendly splash zones.

Nestled in the Ozarks, Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri, is an 1880s-style theme park that features 40 rides and attractions, live shows and concerts, shops and restaurants. What sets it apart is the presence of 100 resident artisans who demonstrate America’s heritage crafts, including glassblowing, leather-making, candy-making, woodcarving, pottery and blacksmithing.

In Orlando, Disney World is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. New attractions include Tron Lightcycle/Run. Part of Tomorrowland, it takes riders on a quest across a dark, computerized world. At SeaWorld, Pipeline: The Surf Coaster mimics the motion of surfing. And at Busch Gardens in Tampa, the new Serengeti Flyer, a swing ride, reaches a height of 135 feet, offering a view of the park’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain.

Knott’s Berry Farm, Southern California’s original theme park, traces its origin to a roadside berry stand run by Walter Knott in the 1920s. This summer, the park’s Fiesta Village has been reimagined to celebrate California’s Hispanic heritage, with music, dance and storytelling. You’ll find a variety of merchants selling unique items at Fiesta Mercado, inspired by Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street.

Juan Albarran
Juan Albarran
La aviación, los viajes de placer y las bellezas de mi País Venezuela me impulsaron a mostrar desde muy joven las bondades del mundo del tursimo y cómo el conocer nuevos lugares , nuevas culturas;  y nuevas personas,  te permiten crecer como persona adquiriendo nuevas habilidades y herramientas para alcanzar en plenitud los retos que el mundo nos presenta día a día. Nací en Mérida, Venezuela la famosa ciudad de los caballeros, fuí estudiante de la Ilustre Universidad de Los Andes, hoy tengo un nuevo hogar Washington DC, creo firmemente que el turismo es una manera de vivir y de construir una nueva sociedad dinámica y de vanguardia, a través del lente de mi camara y mi experiencia en agencias de viajes , operadores de turismo, y aerolíneas comerciales, puedo dar una pequeña muestra de lo que el mundo moderno nos ofrece. Ahora puedo reflejar mi experiencia en The Jet Set en Español. ******************************************************************************************* Aviation, pleasure trips and the beauty of my country Venezuela, inspired me to show the benefits of the world through tourism. Learning and understanding new places, new cultures, and new people allow you to grow as a person and acquiring new skills and tools help you beat and succeed at the challenges that the world presents us every day. I was born in Merida, Venezuela, the famous city of knights, I was a student at the Illustrious University of the Andes and today I have a new home in Washington DC. I firmly believe that tourism is a way of living and building a new dynamic and cutting-edge society, through the lens of my camera and my experience in travel agencies, tour operators, and commercial airlines, I can give a small sample of what the modern world offers us. Now I can reflect my experience in The Jet Set in Spanish.

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