Amusement Parks

Top 5 Favorite Amusement Parks
Six Flags Great Adventure Atlanta,GAYes
Hershey ParkHershey, PAYes
Coney IslandBrooklyn, NYYes
Busch GardensWilliamsburg, VA Yes
Cedar PointSandusky, OH No

Six Flags Great Adventure

The funny thing is that I've never been to Six Flags in New Jersey but I've been to the one in Atlanta. Six Flags was great fun. Most of the rides have changed since I have been there but my favorite still remains, The Great American Scream Machine. The Scream Machine is an old-school wooden roller coaster which has a feel and a sound that is unmatched by some of the newer rides which are made out of steel and titanium.

Hershey Park

Hershey Park is a great park because it has rides but it also has tours of how chocolate is made. Because it is owned by Hershey Chocolate Company, there is a fully functioning chocolate bar factory on the grounds, Hersheypark was created for the employees and relatives of Milton S. Hershey's Chocolate Factory on April 24, 1907. Milton wanted to create a more pleasant environment for workers and residents in his community than any typical factory town of the time. Now offering 62 attractions, 55 "dry" rides, and 7 "wet" attractions, including 11 world class roller coasters, Hersheypark is one of the cleanest, oldest, and true-to-its-theme amusement parks in this country! In addition to the park and factory, Milton Hershey, the founder of the company founded his own school in 1909, which also resides in Hershey,PA near the park grounds. According to the school's website,See Milton Hershey School Today, Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. The School is funded by a trust established by Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine. Milton Hershey School offers a positive, structured home life year-round and an excellent pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education. Our vision focuses on building character and providing children with the skills necessary to be successful in all aspects of life.

Coney Island

Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States, attracting several million visitors per year. Coney Island Boardwalk At its height it contained three competing major amusement parks, Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park, as well as many independent amusements. Astroland served as a major amusement park from 1962 to 2008, and was replaced by a new incarnation of Dreamland in 2009 and of Luna Park in 2010. The other parks and attractions include Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, 12th Street Amusements, and Kiddie Park, while the Eldorado Arcade has an indoor bumper car ride. The Zipper and Spider on 12th Street were closed permanently on September 4, 2007, and dismantling began after its owner lost his lease. They are to be reassembled at an amusement park in Honduras. On April 20, 2011, the first new roller coasters to be built at Coney Island in eighty years were opened as part of efforts to reverse the decline of the amusement area.

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens logo I visited Busch Gardens in Virginia with my Middle School history class when I was in seventh grade. About one quarter of the entire grade went and we raised money by selling candy bars. The main point of the trip was a visit to nearby Colonial Williamsburg. Beyond having a lot of fun, I don't remember much about the trip. However according to the Busch Gardens website, The results of Theme Parks Magazine's fourth annual Readers' Choice Awards are in and Busch Gardens is a clear winner; placing in nine of 17 categories. Busch Gardens was voted most beautiful park with 57 percent of votes. The European-themed park also had three of the top 10 steel roller coasters, with Griffon placing second in the favorite "New for 2007" category. Other notable placements include best food, best live entertainment, cleanest park, best seasonal event, best water ride and best themed ride or attraction. For the 21st consecutive year, the European-themed park has been voted the "Most Beautiful Park" by members of the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The combination of European-themed architecture, lush landscaping and elaborate costumes contributes to the beauty and charm of the park. Additionally, Busch Gardens has ranked highly in Amusement Today's international "Golden Ticket Awards" survey in the "Best Landscaping - Amusement Park" category. Busch Gardens has won the award every year since 1998 when the category was established.

Cedar Point

Cedar Point Roller CoasterI have never been to Ohio but at some point I'd like to visit the Cedar Point Amusement Park. The park has a very long history. According to park management, People throughout the entire world know about it Cedar Point. It's the number-one rated amusement park on the planet. It's also the second oldest amusement park in North America. With a history dating back to 1870, the classic amusement park/resort on the shore of Lake Erie has seen its share of rides, roller coasters, trends and history. Prior to 1870 the Cedar Point Peninsula was mainly used for fishing and hunting. However, that all changed with an editorial in the local newspaper in 1867 calling on some enterprising person to utilize the magnificent beach on the lake side of Cedar Point. In the summer of 1870, local businessperson Louis Zistel opened a small beer garden, bathhouse and dance floor on the peninsula. He would bring guests over to Cedar Point on his steamboat, Young Reindeer, for the modest price of 25 cents. By the 1880s it was noted in the local paper that sailing and bathing parties to Cedar Point are all the rage. The history of thrill rides at Cedar Point began in 1892 with the introduction of the peninsula's first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway. The addition of the 25-foot-tall, 10-mph scream machine would forever shape the future of Cedar Point. Later years would bring a wide variety of rides, roller coasters, games, shows and more. Visionaries such as George Boeckling, George Roose, Emile Legros, Robert L. Munger, Jr. and Richard Kinzel have all played a significant part in creating the ultimate amusement park that more than 3 million guests trek to each and every summer. With all the changes over the years, the Cedar Point of today wouldn't be recognized by a guest who visited in 1870 with two exceptions. The first thing is the beach, the beautiful, sandy Lake Erie beach. The second thing and the best thing is the smiles. The smiles that Cedar Point guests have been sharing since the first ferry crossed Sandusky Bay so many years ago. The same smiles that are sure to be echoed at Cedar Point in the future, as Lake Erie's summertime tradition continues with the very best in family fun and excitement.