Summer is practically here, and it’s time to plan fun summer activities. Whether you are a big kid yourself, or you have your own kids, amusement parks are a big attraction for Americans. There are more than four hundred amusement parks and and attractions across the nation. About 290 million people visited amusement parks in the United States in 2010, and amusement parks in the U.S. generate roughly $12 billion in revenue and bring about $57 million for the economy.
Obviously, amusement parks are very popular in America. Water parks also are a big draw in the summer, which also generate several billion dollars each year. However, many amusement and water parks can come with a heft price tag, especially if you have a big family. The price leaves many individuals wondering if the parks themselves are worth the cost. Determining whether or not these parks are worth the cost depends on several factors.
Amusement and water parks cost what most people would consider a lot of money, but the actual cost depends on the park itself. Theme parks can be especially expensive, but each individual or family has to decide whether or not the trip is worth the money. For example, Water World in Colorado costs $35.99 plus tax for an all-day child’s pass, and $40.99 for an all-day pass for an adult. However, this price includes parking and access to all forty-nine attractions. This means that for a family of four, the price for one day attendance could be over $150. This seems like a lot, but the park includes many fun attractions for the entire family, and if you only go once, perhaps the trip would be worth it. On the other hand, when you think about how much you could do with $150, the value seems to go down. It depends how much you like water parks.