Southern US Theme Parks Looking for a good theme park? Well you're in the right part of the country! Southern US theme parks are some of the best in the country, and once you include the theme park mecca of Orlando, you'll get some of the best theme parks in the world. That's not to say that the other cities and states in the region don't have what to offer; on the contrary—some of the country's best parks are found in other cities in Florida, as well as in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and the Carolinas.
Southern Amusement Parks It's impossible to talk about the southern amusement parks without talking about Orlando. Orlando in general and Disney World in particular are two of most heavily trafficked tourist destinations in the world. It's a family-friendly destination par excellence. When families have the time and the money to go on vacation, many choose to head to Central Florida's Orlando to visit beloved theme parks including Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Epcot, Typhoon Lagoon, and many, many more.
Orlando's not the only spot in the southern states though if you want to ride some 'coasters and indulge in funnel cakes. In the northern part of the Southern States, up by the Southern Appalachian Mountains, you can visit theme parks like Cherokee Fun Park and Dinosaur Land, and as far south in the region as South Florida you can get your thrills at Miracle Strip Amusement Park or Boomers!
Looking for a more unique amusement park experience? Southern amusement parks offer kids and adults of all ages with a huge range of parks to choose from. There are medieval-themed parks, safari-style adventures, go-kart and sports-centered parks, water parks, and more!
Water Parks in Florida and Georgia If you think there were a lot of amusement parks in the South, then you'll be shocked by the number of water parks that can be found in these sunny southern states. And it makes sense—on hot summer days, no one wants to walk around in the heat, but you'd be crazy to turn down a trip to a park filled with cool water. Water Parks in Florida and Georgia are extremely popular during the summer time when it's too hot to do anything else, and since the summer seems to last extra long in these states, water parks are open during much of the year.
Florida and Georgia aren't the only hotter-than-average states in the South. World-class water parks dot other states along the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic coast. Visiting a water park is one of the best (and most fun!) ways to beat the heat—so if you're planning a vacation down south in the summer, it'd be wise to put a water park or two on your itinerary.
Major Tourist Attractions in the Region
Wet 'n Wild Water Park - Orlando, Florida
Massanutten Water Park - Harrisonburg, Virginia
Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World - Orlando, Florida
Rapids Water Park - West Palm Beach, Florida
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom - Louisville, KY
Blizzard Beach Water Park - Disney World - Orlando, Florida
Waterville USA - Gulf Shores, Alabama
Dollywood Theme Park - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Wild Water and Wheels - Myrtle Beach (Surfside Beach), SC
MGM Studios - Walt Disney World - Orlando, Florida
Wild Adventures Theme Park - Valdosta, Georgia
Guntown Mountain Amusement Park - Cave City, Kentucky
Sea World Theme Park - Orlando, Florida
Dolly's Splash Country - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Lake Winnepesaukah (Winnie) Amusement Park - Chattanooga, TN (Rossville, GA)
Adventure Landing Water Park - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Disney World - Orlando, Florida
Sir Gooney's Family Fun Center - Chattanooga, TN
Nashville Shores Water Park - Hermitage, Tennessee
Holyland Experience - Orlando, Florida
Family Kingdom Amusement & Water Park - Myrtle Beach, SC
Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park - Destin, Florida
Celebration Station - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park - Tennessee
Family Kingdom Amusement Park - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Six Flags American Adventures - Marietta, Georgia
Shipwreck Island Water Park - Panama City Beach, FL
Whirlin' Waters Adventure Water Park - North Charleston, SC
Universal Studios Theme Park - Orlando, Florida
Adventure Crossing - Augusta, Georgia
Cobra Adventure Park - Panama City Beach, Florida
Discovery Cove Swimming With Dolphins - Orlando, Florida