Mid Atlantic Amusement Parks The weather is right, the kids are off from school, and you're actually in the mood to run around like a crazy person while your kids have the time of their lives—why not head to a mid-Atlantic amusement park?
The mid-Atlantic region has some of the best parks that the U.S. has to offer. Obviously it's not like Orlando, where you can get in the car and be at another park in mere minutes, but there are quite a number of amusement parks in the area, and if you're willing spend about a half hour driving, then we're pretty sure you'll have no trouble finding one near you!
Amusement parks, large and small, are perfect for local families who need a break from routine or for travelers who'd like to veer from the historical sites, the natural world, or the museum loop, and let the kids engage in something they'll really love—not just sort of love because it's better than being in school. A trip to an amusement park may just be your ticket to turning your family vacation into one for that is actually for the whole family!
While there are amusement parks all over the mid-Atlantic region, some areas are more highly represented than others. For example, Just outside Richmond, Virginia, you'll find huge theme parks, including Paramount's Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, and Water Country USA—three biggies that will have no trouble occupying your kids, young and old, for a few day…if not all week.
Eastern Pennsylvania is another theme park-heavy area, with parks that will attract the very young, the very old, and everyone in between. A few highlights from the area include Sesame Place Theme Park (for the little munchkins out there), Hershey Amusement Park (who doesn't love chocolate?), and the Land of Make Believe and Pirates—this one is actually located in New Jersey, but it's just over the border and easily accessible to Eastern Pennsylvania tourists.
Mid Atlantic Water Parks Want a little fun in the sun but don't feel like getting sand in suit? Well one of the mid-Atlantic water parks can solve that problem! The mid-Atlantic region of the United States is famous for offering tourists with important historic sites, current political landmarks, some of the world's finest museums, and cultural events around the calendar—and that's just in New York City and Washington, D.C. alone!
What tends to get overlooked, amidst such cultural and historical grandeur, are the parks and recreation element of mid-Atlantic tourism. There are probably more theme parks and/or water parks in this area than in most other regions on the United States. And not only that, but the quality of the mid-Atlantic water parks and theme parks is out of this world.
We've already talked a little bit about what the region has to offer in the category of amusement parks. Now let's touch on the wide world of water parks….
One thing that's good to know when planning your summer vacation to the mid-Atlantic region is that the east coast gets hot in the summer. And the temperatures don't just rise to ungodly heights, but the air gets thick with humidity, making your hair frizz and your body sweat. Sounds awful, doesn't it? Well, it doesn't need to be as bad as it sounds: Visit a local water park during the heat of the summer and you'll cool off, de-frizz, and have loads of fun!
Water Parks in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland Sure, museums are air-conditioned, but how many museums can you tackle in one vacation? Go outside, get active, and find refuge is the cool waters of mid-Atlantic water parks. Some top water parks in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland include Pennsylvania's Dorney Park, Long Island's Splish Splash, Western New York's Roseland Waterpark, and Splash Down Waterpark in Maryland—just to name a few of the popular ones. And, in the winter – head to an indoor water park, like Six Flags Great Escape Indoor Water Park and Resort.
Major Tourist Attractions in the Region
Hershey Amusement Park - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Busch Gardens Theme Park - Williamsburg, Virginia
Sesame Place Theme Park - Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, New Jersey
Water Country USA - Williamsburg, Virginia
Ocean Breeze Water Park - Virginia beach, VA
Jeepers Indoor Amusement Park - Rockville, Maryland
Rye Playland Amusement Park - Rye, New York
Terry Hill Water Park - Breinigsville, PA
Martin's Fantasy Island - Grand Island, NY
Camelbeach Waterpark - Tannersville, Pennsylvania
Six Flags America - Mitchellville, Maryland
Kennywood Amusement Park - Pittsburgh (West Mifflin), Pennsylvania
Splish Splash Water Park - Riverhead, Long Island, New York
Roseland Water Park - Canandaigua, New York
Motor World - Virginia Beach, VA
Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids Water Park - NJ
Playland's Castaway Cove Water Park - Ocean City, NJ
Six Flags Wild Safari - Jackson, New Jersey
Funland Amusement Park - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom - Lake George, NY
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - Jackson, New Jersey
Paramount's Kings Dominion Amusement Park - Doswell, Virginia
Adventureland Amusement Park - Farmingdale, Long Island, NY
Morey's Piers - Wildwood, New Jersey
Frontier Town Campground - Ocean City, Maryland
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park - Wilmington, NC
Jolly Roger Amusement Park - Ocean City, MD
Boomers Amusement Park - Medford, Long Island, NY
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort - Darien Center, New York
Coney Island Astroland Amusement Park - Brooklyn, NY
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park - Brooklyn, New York