America is famous for its theme parks - especially the iconic parks of California and Florida. But there are plenty of quirky and unusual parks that you could really only find in the USA. Here’s our pick of unusual USA theme parks!
Coney Island, New York
Just an hour from the centre of New York City
, Brooklyn’s iconic Coney Island - pictured below - is a whole neighbourhood dedicated to fun and nostalgia, with lots of old-fashioned attractions and eateries. At Luna Park
, on the boardwalk, there are more than 25 rides including the Wonder Wheel, and the 60-mile-per-hour Cyclone
coaster, right, which was built in 1972. The 125-foot-tall Thunderbolt
rollercoaster, meanwhile offers 2,000 feet of steel track, a 100-foot loop, a corkscrew and a zero-gravity roll.
Dollywood Parks & Resorts, Tennessee
Like Dolly Parton? You’re going to love Dollywood, the singer’s Country & Western theme park in Tennessee
, which is inspired by the South. The park has Dolly Parton and country themed rollercoasters, waterslides and entertainment. Dolly highlights include the replica of Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home, the Chasing Rainbows museum which features exclusive collections, stories, and memorabilia from Dolly’s life and career, and her 1994 tour bus. There’s Dolly inspired accommodation too, including elevated Smoky Mountain Cabins with amazing views over the Smoky Mountain range.
Cape Cod Inflatable Park, Massachusetts
Parents who haven’t quite had enough soft play for a lifetime will want to head to the largest soft play park in the world. Cape Cod Inflatable Park in Massachusetts
offers more than 27 different bouncy castles, slides and obstacle courses to bounce, play and roll on. This year it expanded to include a water park complete with inflatable chutes and slides. Feeling queasy about the germs? You’ll be relieved to hear that the park uses BactiBarrier® antibacterial spray on all rides and patio furniture.
Santa’s Village, New Hampshire
You can enjoy Christmas all year round at this zany Christmas-themed park in New Hampshire
. Attractions include Elf University, a park-wide elf-themed scavenger hunt, Reindeer Rendezvous where you can feed Santa’s steeds, and Santa’s Home, where you can meet the big man himself.
Expect chocolate and candy-inspired fun at Hersheypark, the theme park run by iconic US chocolate company Hershey. This family theme park in Hershey, Pennsylvania
, was originally founded in 1906 as a park for staff of the Hershey Chocolate Company. It is now home to 70 attractions, including 14 coasters, a water park and Hershey's Chocolate World where visitors can create their own candy bar, taste chocolates, have your photo taken with a Hershey’s character and more.
Nickelodeon Universe, Minnesota
A whole theme park inside a shopping mall? You heard it right. Nickelodeon Universe is a seven-acre indoor amusement park housed inside the Mall of America, pictured right, in Bloomington
, USA, complete with rollercoasters and every other ride and Nickelodeon-themed experience you could hope for.
Tweetsie Railroad, North Carolina
Nostalgic theme park Tweetsie Railroad has has been offering Wild West-themed fun since 1957. This family-friendly park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
started out as a train ride attraction, offering rides on the last surviving narrow-gauge steam locomotive of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC), which ran from Johnson City, Tennessee to Boone, North Carolina from 1919 to 1940. It now has a host of rides including the Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train, live shows and even a gem-mining and gold-panning experience.
Adventuredome, Las Vegas
Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas is one of the largest amusement parks in the USA and the only theme park on the Las Vegas Strip
. There are five acres of indoor experiences to enjoy, including 25 rides to enjoy, bungee jumping, rock climbing, arcade games, miniature golf and two 4D-theatres.