6 of the Best Amusement Parks for a Fun-Filled Family Vacation

The approaching summer months mean it’s time to start planning a vacation. Not just any vacation, though. You have to strike a balance between entertaining the kids and having some fun yourself, and that can be pretty difficult to achieve. You can please both parties by going with an amusement park. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, there are over 400 to choose from in the U.S. While that’s great for options, it’s pretty daunting for people who don’t stay current on all of the latest and greatest choices.

We’ve done the heavy lifting, and found some of the best options out there. These 6 choices are sure to make everyone in your family happy. Start planning now, and you’ll have a summer vacation to remember.

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1. Legoland California (Carlsbad, Calif.)

Families with smaller children will delight in this amusement park built around one of the most popular children’s toys. Nearly all the rides are designed with a younger crowd in mind. According to Parents, only 2 of the rides require youngsters to be at least 42 inches tall so even small children can get in on the fun. There’s even a water park if you happen to travel during the peak heat of summer. What makes this theme park really stand out, though, is the non-ride entertainment.

There is no shortage of opportunities to build with the toy blocks, or simply marvel in some of the creations. Tips for Family Trips said Miniland USA is one of the most surprisingly delightful attractions at the park. It includes miniaturized recreations of seven different areas in the U.S. constructed from 20 million legos. Kids will marvel, but it’s also one of the most fun parts of the visit for adults. The park also includes an aquarium, which is perfect for animal lovers in the group.

While it’s definitely a family-friendly trip, older kids aren’t going to be too impressed. Save this vacation for the under-12 crowd.