The best amusement parks for families run the gamut of attractions, from enticing shows to hair-raising rides, but they also offer extra perks for families, including ticket packages and savings and affordable accommodations nearby.
Bonus: Many of these amusement parks are on the up-and-up in 2016, with new rides and more.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Cedar Point, located in in Sandusky, Ohio, has also added Sunrise Thrills VIP Tours, which include a behind-the-scenes look at Valravn and other coasters, plus photos, Preferred Parking, some meals and Fast Line vouchers. Other additions include The Battle for Cedar Point, an interactive, virtual reality experience; Glass Academy at Cedar Point, a glass-blowing studio; and a free park app that allows you to see wait times for rides and receive exclusive offers.
Looking for a place to stay? See Cedar Point Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Breakers
The amusement park, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, has also added a 30-minute show called Cirque Imagine and a Starbucks -- as if the adrenaline-inducing rides weren't enough to pep you up!
Recommended Hotel: Carowinds Great Wilderness Resort
In 2015, the little park launched a big coaster, Impulse, a steel tower roller coaster. Families (many of whom are repeat visitors) always return to enjoy the Phoenix, a now-legendary wooden coaster, as well as the park"s onsite campsites and cottages.
Recommended Hotel: Knoebels Campground
Close to the park, the Chocolate Making Tour at Hershey's Chocolate World has been completely renovated, and the Hershey Lodge has added a new water complex the kids will love after a day at the amusement park.
Want to look at more area hotels? See Hershey Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Hershey Lodge
New to the theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is Lightning Rod, the world's fastest wooden roller coaster (that also resembles a 1950s hot rod).
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Recommended Hotel: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
Six Flags Great Adventure
The adrenaline rush continues with 2015's El Diablo, a looping roller coaster inspired by the Jersey Devil, and, new for 2016, The Joker.
Six Flags Great Adventure Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn East Windsor
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Even if your kids aren"t old enough to ride the coasters, you"ll be able to take advantage of discounted admission for preschoolers. Large groups also have the option to book meals in advance of their trip for a savings of up to 30 percent.
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Recommended Hotel: Kingsmill Resort & Spa
Silver Dollar City
Also fun for families are the park's annual events and festivals, which include Country Music Weekend and An Old Time Christmas.
Find Branson Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Silver Dollar City's The Wilderness
Knott's Berry Farm
Knott"s also has an onsite hotel with packages that combine accommodations, breakfast and tickets. Plus, kids eat free. Even if you don't plan to stay onsite, you can save up to $25 on admission when you purchase tickets online.
Looking for a place to stay? Check out Knott's Berry Farm Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
When tickets are purchased online, families can save up to $20 on admission.
San Antonio Family Hotels.
Recommended Hotel: Courtyard San Antonio Six Flags at The RIM
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