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When was the last time you threw your hands up in the air as you spiraled up and down on a roller coaster? Or made a sound somewhere between a laugh and a scream as you hurtled down a zip line? If your last thrill ride included jumping on a swing at your local park, or trying to avoid the grass and praying the water doesn’t stop running on your slip n’ slide, you need to get out and feel the 90 mile an hour wind in your hair and get in line for one of our recommended best amusement destinations in the United States. At Extreme Engineering, we’re obsessed with adventure and as your tour guides through all things fun, we urge you to grab your friends and hit the road for some of our top amusement destination picks!

 

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida

With uniquely themed islands and some of the world’s most cutting edge rides, feel like a kid again at Universal’s Islands of Adventure where you can see your favorite cartoons, comic book heroes and children’s stories come to life. Our guilty pleasure here is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, where your inner nerd and wizard can roam the familiar halls of the Hogwarts™ castle, find a wand at Hogsmeade™, and scream “Expelliarmus” as you soar on the Flight of the Hippogriff™. Butterbeer™, anyone? https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Parks/Islands-of-Adventure.aspx

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Source: http://www.abomibot.com/wordpress/tag/universal-islands-of-adventure/

 

Cedar Point Amusement Park Sandusky, Ohio

Voted the Best Amusement Park in the World for 16 consecutive years by Amusement Today, Cedar Point Amusement Park reigns supreme with a world record 72 rides and some of the world’s best rated roller coasters. Check out Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award winner for Best Steel Coaster on the Planet, the Millennium Force, which features a 300′ drop at speeds reaching 93 mph. With 15 additional record-breaking scream machines, Soak City Waterpark and a mile-long beach property along the park, Cedar Point Amusement Park truly is a force to be reckoned with. https://www.cedarpoint.com/

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Source: www.cedarpoint.com

 

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida

Every kid and 1980’s Superbowl winner’s dream is to run through the gates of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, so we’d be remiss to leave it off our top list. A true “dream that you wish will come true” awaits you with Disney’s classic attractions across six stunning and impressive lands. With Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, U.S.A. and our personal favorite, Adventureland, we can’t help but bow down to the stellar design, attention to detail and pure escape that happens when you throw on a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and jump on Space Mountain. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/magic-kingdom/

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Source: http://www.smartdestinations.com/blog/where-to-go-in-orlando-theme-park-guide/

 

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Virginia

This European themed amusement park would make Clark Griswold’s dreams come true. Mixing a fun, family focused theme park with classic European architecture, you can check your passport at nine villages centered around six countries in this masterpiece of a park. Stroll through France, visit Scotland and enjoy the Oktoberfest celebrations of Germany all while jumping on some of the top rated roller coasters in the world. Voted most beautiful theme park since 1990, Busch Gardens is truly an escape from the ordinary. http://seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-williamsburg/

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Source: http://www.coastergallery.com/1999/BGW13g.html

 

Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania

Just talking about this place make us want a chocolate bar. An amusement park originally created for employees of Hershey Chocolate Company, this candy coated sugar rush of a park includes the Boardwalk at Hersheypark waterpark, 70 rides and attractions, a North American Wildlife Park, and of course, a chocolate factory themed tour ride. Founded in 1906, we appreciate the attention to detail and tons of historical attributes included in this park’s six themed areas, along with the modern upgrades and white knuckle rides. http://www.hersheypark.com/

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Los Angeles, California

With rides ranging from full throttle thrills and spills to pint sized toddler Looney Tunes adventures, Six Flags Magic Mountain understands thrill seekers come in all ages and sizes. A great family friendly destination, this park dominates with 19 roller coasters, giving it the esteemed world record for most roller coasters in an amusement park. Live out some your favorite superhero character fantasies in the Movie District of the park and fight for justice through Batman: The Ride, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Superman: Escape from Krypton or stand up to villains in the Riddler’s Revenge. And if you dare, take an ultimate thrill ride on Scream. With a thrill level of “Max”, you’ll quickly learn where this ride got its name. https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

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Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park, California

A theme park where thrills await you as you walk from ride to ride? Yes please! As fans of adrenaline pumping adventures, we applaud the annual Knott’s Scary Farm, a special ticketed event centered around Halloween where major portions of the park are transformed into a haunted house style attraction with mazes and “scare zones” every evening. This theme park is located on the site of a former berry farm, where you can enjoy a little piece of history and heaven at the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant – just steps outside the park – where they have been serving up indulgences like homemade chicken & biscuits and boysenberry pies since 1934. Fun for the whole family, this park also features Camp Snoopy, where you can rub elbows with Charlie Brown and jump on “Peanuts” themed rides. https://www.knotts.com/

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Schlitterbahn Water Park and Resort New Braunfels, Texas

Looking for somewhere to cool off this summer? Voted World’s Best Waterpark and 15 year Golden Ticket winner as awarded by Amusement Today, Schlitterbahn’s original park in New Braunfels, Texas offers over seventy acres of the world’s best wet and wild adventures. Stay and play in their unique Resort rooms, cabins and luxury suites just steps from the park with views of waterslides and unlimited use of the waterpark during your stay. Take a ride down the Raging River Tube Chute or challenge yourself to the Master Blaster Uphill Water Coaster. Over six stories tall, 1,000 feet long and voted the best water ride in the nation, this ride is for true thrill seekers. http://www.schlitterbahn.com/new-braunfels

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Source: http://do512family.com/2013/08/schlitterbahn/

So get moving! At Extreme Engineering, we are your adventure enthusiasts, and strongly urge you to take a break from the 9-5pm summer doldrums, throw your hands up in the air and laugh/scream as you experience a new adventure.