The best amusement parks in the USA

Are you up for the highest roller coasters, the most amazing special effects, and the most magical fairytale worlds in the USA? Then buckle up - let's frolic through America's best theme parks!

#1. Universal Studios Hollywood

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the greatest movies and series of all time at the legendary Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. You can look forward to exciting studio tours, wild rides, and breathtaking live shows!

A special fan experience at Universal Studios is the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," including its replica Hogwarts Castle and Diagon Alley with all its stores and restaurants.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Our highlights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Don't miss these adventures when you're at Universal Studios in Hollywood:

  • The Simpsons in Springfield
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • The Jurassic Park Ride
  • The Wisteria Lane from „Desperate Housewives”
  • „The Walking Dead” Walkthrough Attraction
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Our insider tip: You can skip queues with the Express Pass!

Universal Studios Hollywood: facts
US state: California
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee: $ 109 - $ 1291
Park hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm1
Get your tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood now!

1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#2. Disneyland Park

At Disneyland Park in California, you'll wander through cartoon worlds, enjoy the craziest rides, and get plenty of live-show action! But beware, you might be surprised by a parade at any time or suddenly become part of a spontaneous song and dance performance!

The most popular attraction at the moment is the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, where you can experience the world of the Jedi and Stormtroopers up close.

Disneyland Park

Our highlights at Disneyland Park

Don't miss these adventures when you're at Disneyland Park:

  • The grand parade
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Mickey’s Big Band Show
  • Disney Illuminations
  • Walt’s Restaurant
  • Mickey’s Magical Christmas Light Show (only around Christmas)
Disneyland Park: facts
US state: California
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee from $ 76 per day1
Park hours: Daily 8 am till midnight1
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1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#3. Walt Disney World Resort

With four unique theme parks and two water parks, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is truly gigantic! In total, the resort is about the size of San Francisco, so bring plenty of time if you want to visit every attraction.

Walt Disney World Resort

Our highlights at Walt Disney World Resort

Don't miss these adventures when you visit Walt Disney World Resort: Disney's Magic Kingdom Park Epcot Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Walt Disney World Resort: facts
US state: Florida
Address: 1375 N Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee from $ 49 per day1
Park hours: Mon till Fri: 9 am – 8 pm,
Sat: 9 am – 7 pm, Sun: 10 am – 4 pm1
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1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#4. Universal Orlando Resort

Two theme parks and a water park form Universal’s Orlando Resort. They invite you to all kinds of adventures around film and television. From high-tech rides and encounters with your favorite two- and four-legged Hollywood characters to a day of relaxation at a luxury resort hotel, there's something for every park-goer!

Universal Orlando Resort

Our highlights at Universal Orlando Resort

Don't miss these adventures when you're at Universal Orlando Resort: Universal Studios Florida Universal’s Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Volcano Bay

Our insider tip: You can skip most of the queues with a Universal Express Pass!

Universal Orlando Resort: facts
US state: Florida
Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee from $ 1091
Volcano Bay ticket from $ 801
Park hours: Daily 9 am - 9 pm1
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1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#5. SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando welcomes you with exciting rides, up-close animal encounters, and great educational opportunities about life below the water's surface!

The breeding programs for endangered species alone are a great reason to visit SeaWorld. But beyond that, a day at this water fun park is a lot of fun!

SeaWorld Orlando

Our highlights in SeaWorld Orlando

Don't miss these adventures when you're at SeaWorld Orlando:

  • Aquatica Water Park
  • Discovery Cove
  • Sesame Street Land
  • Ice Breaker
  • Manta
  • Kraken
  • Infinity Falls
  • Journey to Atlantis
SeaWorld Orlando: facts
US state: Florida
Address: 7007 Sea Harbor Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee: $ 89.991
Park hours: Mo - Thu: 9 am - 9 pm,
Fr - Sat: 9 am – 10 pm, Sun: 9 am – 9 pm1
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1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#6. Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens is the name of not one but two theme parks. One of them is located in Tampa (Florida), and the other one is in Williamsburg (Virginia). Today, we invite you to Tampa and show you anything but an ordinary amusement park!

At Busch Gardens Tampa, you'll ride high-speed roller coasters through an African-style safari landscape, enjoy the best theme park food you've ever tasted, hike through countless animal sanctuaries, and get up close and personal with many exotic animals!

Busch Gardens Tampa

Our highlights at Busch Gardens Tampa

Don't miss these adventures when you're at Busch Gardens:

  • SheiKra
  • Iron Gwazi
  • Kumba
  • Congo River Rapids
  • Montu
Busch Gardens Tampa: facts
US state: Florida
Address: 10165 Mckinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee: $ 89.991
Park hours: Daily: 4 pm - 10 pm1
Get your tickets for Busch Gardens Tampa now!

1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#7. Six Flags Magic Mountain

If you love thrills and daredevil roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain near Santa Clarita in California is the place for you! The amusement park is world-famous for its massive roller coasters that never cease to amaze you!

DC Comics fans should be sure to stop and have lunch at Big Belly Burger, the fictional burger chain based on the world of fan-favorite superheroes.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Our highlights at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Don't miss these adventures when you're at Six Flags Magic Mountain:

  • X2
  • Twisted Colossus
  • Wonder Woman Flight
  • SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton
  • Tatsu
  • West Coast Racers
Six Flags Magic Mountain: facts
US state: California
Address: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee from $ 751
Park hours: Mon - Thu: 10.30 am - 5 pm (with exceptions),
weekends: 10.30 am - 11 pm, midnight, or 1 pm (depending on the day)1

1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

#8. Knott's Berry Farm

Nearly 100 years old, Knott's Berry Farm made it into our top list because of its uniqueness: the park's theme is the American boysenberry!

Under the sign of the berry, Knott's Berry Farm started as a family farm and grew over the years into a 160-acre theme park. The park is divided into Ghost Town, Camp Snoopy, Fiesta Village, and Boardwalk-themed areas with dozens of rides, shows, and attractions.

Knott's Berry Farm

Our highlights at Knott's Berry Farm

Don't miss these adventures when you're at Knott's Berry Farm:

  • Timber Mountain Log Ride
  • Xcelerator
  • Voyage To The Iron Reef
  • Silver Bullet
  • Old West Ghost Town
  • Haunted Halloween events, Christmas parties, and the Boysenberry Festival
Knott's Berry Farm: facts
US state: California
Address: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA
Entrance fee: Standard fee from $ 691
Park hours: Mon - Thu: 10 am - 6 pm,
Fri: 10 am - 8 pm, Sat: 9 am - 10 pm, Sun: 9 am - 9 pm1
Get your tickets for Knott's Berry Farm now!

1Admission prices and opening hours may be subject to spontaneous changes on the part of the operators.

More amusement park highlights in the USA

California and Florida aren't enough for your amusement park hopping trip across the USA? No problem: these popular amusement parks in all US states will suit you:

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