5 fun-filled theme parks in North America

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For an unforgettable vacation with a sense of adventure, theme parks are where it’s at. From family-friendly dinosaur safari rides to roller coasters that will spin you around and upside down at lightning speed, here are the five best theme parks in North America.

Disneyland, California

Disneyland, California

Disneyland, California

The magical world of Disneyland offers the ultimate theme park experience, immersing you in the creative mind of its eponymous animator. In fact, it’s the only Disney park both designed and completed by Walt Disney himself. The Disneyland Resort includes two connected theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, with Downtown Disney in between. There, you can wind down and refuel with everything from ice cream and pancakes to craft beer and cocktails. In terms of rides, don’t miss the famous Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and the latest attraction – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance have become solid Disneyland favorites. After a fun-filled day, head back to LA to continue the magic by watching the sunset over the valley from your vacation home, Silver Box Beverly Hills.

Universal Studios Hollywood, California

Universal Studios Hollywood, California

Universal Studios Hollywood, California

Universal Studios Hollywood is a studio and theme park in LA that will thrill movie lovers. Transporting you right into the world of your favorite films and tv shows, rides focus on themes ranging from The Simpsons, Transformers, Jurassic Park, and The Fast & Furious franchise, to the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can enjoy a pint of butterbeer. But the real appeal of coming here has to be going behind the scenes on the film studio tours. You’ll ride along past famous sets on a tram, exploring Spielberg’s set design and spotting characters like Jaws and King Kong, with the whole thing video hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon. Spend the night at El Royale Hotel – Near Universal Studios Hollywood.

Legoland® Florida, Florida

Legoland® Florida, Florida

Legoland® Florida, Florida

When it comes to family-friendly theme parks, you can’t beat Legoland® Florida. Designed for families with children under 12, it’s a creative and playful world spanning 150 acres with over 50 rides, a Legoland® Water Park (nice for keeping children cool in the Florida sun), a botanical garden, and The LEGO® Movie World, which brings the hit animated film to life. There are also exciting attractions for adults, from The Dragon roller coaster and rides with virtual reality add-ons to the dinosaur-themed ride Coastersaurus and, of course, LEGO® bricks scattered all around the park for spontaneous construction sessions. There are three resort hotels—Pirate Island Hotel, Beach Retreat, and LEGOLAND® hotel—making for an easy family trip. Stay at the park’s very own LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for added comfort and convenience.

Legoland, New York

Legoland, New York

Legoland, New York

The recently opened LEGOLAND® New York is located in the village of Goshen, just 60 miles northwest of NYC, making it an easy day trip from the Big Apple. While slightly smaller than its Florida outpost, this LEGOLAND® features the same family-friendly, thrill-seeker appeal, along with its own exclusive attractions, like the LEGO® Factory Adventure Ride. Explore the park’s seven themed LEGO® lands, see a whole country in a day at Miniland (where cities like Las Vegas and NYC are reproduced in LEGO®), and get your very own LEGOLAND® license at the charming LEGO® Driving School. Head back to NYC for a night at the highly rated MADE Hotel.

Six Flags Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Six Flags Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Six Flags Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Six Flags Mexico is the most famous and most-visited theme park in Latin America, and it promises visitors an exhilarating experience. The park features nine gravity-defying roller coasters, including spinning behemoth, The Joker, a Wonder Woman 4D Free Fly Coaster, the intimidatingly-named Tsunami, and both Superman and Dark Knight-themed roller coasters. There’s a range of other incredible attractions and experiences, not to mention two water rides perfect for cooling off in the Mexico City sunshine. Stay at the beautiful Hacienda Peña Pobre, just 2 miles from Six Flags Mexico.

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