5 Best Kids' Parks in the USA (That are not Disney’s Parks)

Activities Getting Prepared Planning theme parks USA USA & Canada

Ready for a fun-filled family adventure trip? The US is home to some of the world’s largest and grandest recreational and national parks, including Disneyland. But if you’re up for something different this time, check out the 5 best parks in the country that will definitely give your children a one-of-a-kind and enjoyable experience!

Legoland California Resort

Are your kids obsessed with Legos? Then why don’t you take them to the Legoland Resort in California where they can play with Duplos, attend fun shows and events, drive a mini car, and see how Legos are made. There are so many things to see and experience in Legoland that are perfect for the whole family, including waterpark attractions and activities like the Lost Kingdom Adventure, The Dragon, Lego Ninjago Ride, and Splash Battle. You could even stay at the Legoland Hotel for an even more Lego-life experience! It is important, however, to book your tickets in advance as you might end up wasting your time waiting in line. Water and snacks are imperative to bring although you will find many restaurants around the park.  Legolandcaliforniaentrance

Schlitterbahn Water Park & Resort

This vast water park sits in 65 acres of land! No doubt it’s considered one of the best waterparks in the world. There are fun activities for kids of all ages, from toddlers and preschoolers to teenagers. For small kids, there are plenty of attractions to check out, such as the Butterfly Bayou, Tadpole Kiddie Pool, and the Pollywog Pond. For bigger kids, there’s an uphill water coaster, along with speed slides, giant conveyors, and tube chutes, to name a few. And of course, there are great water activities for adults too!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark - Galveston, Texas (5975710241)


Hershey Park

Definitely a dream park for the young, and the young at heart too! The park has plenty of stations with candy-themed names. Your little kids will surely have a blast from the 20 kiddie rides, along with a train ride, a sprinkler area, and of course – the kiddie pool! The fun doesn’t end there. There are 13 roller coasters for your bigger kiddos. Don’t worry, there are nursing and a few quiet locations just in case you need a break because definitely, the endless activities at the Hershey Park will drain your energy! But it’s definitely worth the visit.

Skyrush, Hersheypark, 2013-08-10


Cedar Point

If you ever go to Ohio, don’t miss to experience the thrilling rides at the Cedar Point – regarded as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World. But apart from the coaster, your whole family can enjoy many other rides, plus a dinosaur encounter. They have a Kiddy Kingdom for little kids to explore, where they can ride dune buggies, a mini helicopter, and the Gemini Midway especially designed for kids who are not yet ready for big rides. For your teens, the roller coasters are obviously the best choice. Plus, they can get up close with 50 huge animatronic dinos. There are also shows, love entertainment, and a variety of dining options for the whole family. 

Cedar Point main entrance (5437)

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Some of the best experiences come from the movies! So if your kids want to experience what it’s like to be at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade, or the Marvel Super Hero Island, the Universal's Islands of Adventure is the place to go. There are play areas throughout the park, including water activities so make sure to pack some swimsuits for your little ones. The new coasters and rides are something to watch out too!

Universal's Islands of Adventure - panoramio


Disneyland is surely a top choice for every family vacation especially in the US. But if you’ve been to this place many times already, or you just want to experience something different on your next trip, be sure to check out these parks. Each of them offers fun activities and an amazing experience for you and your kids!


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  • Ruth I on

    These places look fun! The Legoland is one of my dream places to go aside from Disney parks.

  • Debby on

    Such a great list of parks to build a vacation around! I never took my kids to any of these but they look amazing.

  • Heather on

    We just were at LEGOLAND California last week and had a great family day. We visit California often but our most favorite place to stay is at the Carlsbad Inn in Carlsbad where LEGOLAND is. We definitely need to visit the others on your list!

  • Clarice Lao / Camping for Women on

    I would have to agree that Legoland is the best. We had so much fun during our last visit. Can’t wait to be back soon. We will also check out all the other parks you mentioned.

  • Rakhi Parsai on

    These are such amazing parks for kids. They seem to be full of fun and enjoyment.

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