Amusement parks are a staple of summer fun, but some impress families and critics alike.
The experts at Family Vacation Critic have shared with ABC News their top choices for family-friendly amusement parks in 2017. From Ohio to Orlando, Pennsylvania to Pigeon Forge, there are plenty of new attractions across the nation to entice families this summer.
“Amusement parks are one of the most quintessential summertime activities for families,” said Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. “But for those traveling with family members of various ages – including kids-at-heart – finding a park that caters to thrill-seekers and the younger set isn’t always so easy. This list includes parks that successfully cater to both, and those that also have exciting new features for the 2017 season.”
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
What’s new: According to Family Vacation Critic, “Cedar Point Shores, an 18-acre water park located along Lake Erie with 17 water attractions for all ages, VIP cabanas, restaurants, shopping and live entertainment.”
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
What’s new: “Drop Line, a 230-foot tall drop tower, with a spinning gondola that offers riders a breathtaking view of the Great Smoky Mountains,” noted Family Vacation Critic. “Also joining the park in 2017 is Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster positioned as a great first-coaster for younger park visitors.”
Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania
What’s new: “Hershey Triple Tower offers three drop towers for park guests to choose from: Hershey’s Tower, the tallest at 189-feet high; Reese’s Tower, the second tallest at 131-feet high; and Hershey’s Kisses Tower standing at 80-feet tall.”
Kings Island, Mason, Ohio
What’s new: “The Mystic Timbers [is] a 3,265-foot long wooden coaster with a 48” height requirement, making it an ideal coaster for riders of various ages.”
Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri
What’s new: “New Silver Dollar Food Days run from…