Theme parks are the best in the country according to USA TODAY Top 10 Readers. There are more than 400 amusement parks and attractions in North America, each visited by approximately 375 million people each year. For those looking to plan the perfect vacation, choosing a park to visit can be overwhelming.
To narrow down the choices, USA TODAY 10Best asked a panel of theme park and family travel experts to name the top 20 parks in the United States. The top 10 readers then voted for their favourites. Here are the top 10 theme parks in the US according to readers’ top 10 in 2023. Choice of award.Located in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains,
Dollywood has everything you need to create a great amusement park: rides, roller coasters, kid’s rides, and everything in between. Live craft shows, lavish entertainment, and an extensive special events program ensure there’s always something going on, and the Southern-inspired culinary offerings are far superior to the typical theme parks.
If you like an amusement park with lots of history and a collection of iconic rides, Kennywood is for you. “This cozy park on the outskirts of Pittsburgh has over 120 years of innovation,” said Corinne Whiting, Top Associate. Classic Kennywood favorites include wooden coasters like Side-by-Side Rider, Thrilling Thunderbolt, and 1920’s Jack Rabbit.There is also an unrivaled collection of dark rides like the Old Mill and the newest of its kind, Noah’s Ark, modern rides like the Steel Curtain roller coaster and the Pittsburgh Steelers theme water park.