Amusement Parks

Destinations: Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Diego

Activities: Arts and Entertainment, Eat, Sightseeing, Sleep

Amusement parks offer a collection of rides and attractions to amuse or entertain. Unlike fairs and carnivals, they do not travel. People travel to them. For example, Coney Island, an early trolley park, was built in the 19th century by a trolley-car operator to encourage riders to go to the end of the line. They went in droves.

During the boom years following World War II, kiddie parks started gaining in popularity and currently are experiencing a retro resurgence. These parks typically have maximum age and height limitations, in order to cater to youngsters.

Lovers of coasters know Sandusky, Ohio, home to 17 coasters—a world record—but everyone knows Disneyland, which launched an institution. Disney parks can now be found around the globe, from Paris to Hong Kong. Walt Disney also was the first to organize his amusement park around a theme, an enduring trend. From SeaWorld Orlando to Universal Studios and Legoland to Dollywood, today’s choices for kids seem endless.


Articles About Amusement Parks

For the Love of an Upside-Down Coaster

Sometimes it's the kids who need coaxing onto the coasters. Here's how one mom got her son over his roller coaster fears.

Affordable Family Fun at U.S. Amusement Parks

For families on a budget, amusement and water parks offer low-cost thrills and new attractions, often close to home.

New Amusement Parks and Rides for Summer 2008

On your next family vacation, test your fear and keep your cool on thrilling new coasters and giant water slides across the country.

Planning Tips for Park Visits

Make sure your kids have fun but stay safe during your amusement and water park adventures.

Water Parks: Wild Waves of Family Fun

Cool off with your kids at wet and wild family water parks across the United States.

Anaheim: Beyond Disneyland, the Birthplace of Mickey

Anaheim is the town that Mickey Mouse built. But the popular family vacation destination has more to offer than ever before.

Anaheim: Disneyland Game Plan, By Age

Learn how to navigate Disneyland like a pro with tips from our expert who’s visited the Magic Kingdom nearly 100 times.

Top Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

Find popular kids activities for your next Atlanta family vacation, from the best parks to visit, treetop ropes courses and tasting 70 different kinds of Coke from around the world.

Paradise Found at Atlantis Resort

Swim with dolphins, take a dip at a pool casino and gaze at aquariums in your hotel room at this Bahamas mega resort.

Beijing’s Ancient and Modern Family-Friendly Attractions

Beijing sights offer cultural insights from old to new, from historical sites to futuristic Olympics venues.

A Branson Christmas

Tens of thousands of twinkling lights and a plethora of festive shows make Branson a top destination for the holidays.

Amusement Parks: Fun for Less

Slashed gate prices and online specials help families save big bucks at amusement parks this summer.

Vintage Amusement Parks Mean Big Fun For Small Kids

Old-school kiddie parks offer a bit of history at a bargain price.

7 New England Family Road Trips

Take a family vacation road trip to these New England destinations that are kid-friendly and affordable.

Legoland California and Sea Life Aquarium Travel Tips

Maximize your visit to these theme parks that on your Southern California vacation to see elaborate Lego creations, including an 11-foot-long submarine.

6 Family Friendly Day Trips From London

London’s great, but why not experience the rest of England—even if only for a day.

Disney World for the Budget Conscious

A family vacation at the Mouse’s House doesn’t come cheap. Read how our writer saved her family some Disney dollars.

Walt Disney World Park Plan

Learn when to visit, how to beat the lines, catch the best rides and keep all family members happy during your Disney World family vacation.

Orlando: Theme Parks and Beyond

Tips on how to enjoy a visit to the world’s theme park capital and explore local favorites outside the parks.

Orlando Roller Coasters: Top Teen Screams

Orlando’s many rollers coasters are teen favorites. Which are best? Let our local teen guide give you the inside scoop.

San Antonio’s Fun Family Attractions

Underwater views of hippos, playing in giant bubbles and a simulated space capsule are just a few of the family attractions in San Antonio.

San Diego: A Playground for Kids and Adults

This Southern California destination remains a family favorite, but cool new hotels and restaurants make it an appealing playground for adults too.

Sentosa: Singapore’s Island Resort

To escape the city, locals and tourists alike head to this manmade resort area for beach fun, dining and Singapore family attractions.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Go on a Serengeti Safari and play tiger tug-of-war at Busch Gardens and Jungala.

Hershey: The Sweetest Place on Earth

Immerse yourself in everything chocolate in Hershey, Pa, from a chocolate fondue wrap to chocolate martinis to a chocolate museum. There are new rides at Hersheypark too.

Family Vacation Savings, Theme Park Passes, Free Gas Cards

Williamsburg theme park passes and hotel discount package, free Orlando and San Francisco hotel gas card offers, Bahamas Wyndham Nassau resort discount.

Children of the Corn

Wind your way through elaborate cornfield mazes across the United States and even the world for an exciting, and often corny, outdoor adventure.

Family Deals: Disney, San Francisco, Beijing, New York

This week's specials range from an Orlando single-parent family deal to a package for the Beijing Olympics.

Universal Studios Says Fire Won’t Affect Family Travelers

A fire that destroyed several Universal Studios sets won’t hinder theme park visitors.

Time Travel to Colonial Williamsburg

Retrace U.S. colonial history on your next vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia.

Baraboo Celebrates the Circus

Circus World and Ringlingville keep the circus tradition alive and well in Baraboo, Wis.

The Dells: A Mix of Family Thrills and Relaxation

From wild amusement park rides to mellow nature hikes, the Wisconsin Dells has it all.

A Family Watery Wonderland at the Dells

Slip and slide your way to the Water Park Capital of the World for a vacation full of action-packed entertainment.

Survival Tips From a Disney Mom

A mom who’s visited Disney 54 times explains how the ever-daunting Disney World vacation can actually be a walk-in-the-park.

Walt Disney World & Orlando: Guidebook Guidance

Both Frommer’s and DK Eyewitness Travel guides give you the lowdown on navigating Walt Disney World with kids, as well as touting the charms of nearby Orlando.

Tackling Orlando

Every parent knows they must plan a family vacation to this theme park mecca at some point. Our latest issue tells you how.