If you’re looking for a fun – and relatively budget-friendly – activity for your family, chances are a day at an amusement park is at the top of your list. But depending on the ages of your kids, it can be hard to find parks that are as fun for the tiny tykes as they are for the older thrill-seekers.

We’ve narrowed down the list of awesome parks across the U.S. to highlight the eight best amusement parks for all ages – plus new rides and attractions to look forward to this summer.


Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH)

For Youngsters: Plenty of rides for those under three feet tall, and two Family Care Centers for a comfortable place to nurse and change diapers.

For Thrill-Seekers: With seventeen coasters to choose from, there’s plenty to scream about in the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” – including Valravn, the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in the world.

What’s New: Cedar Point Shores, an 18-acre waterpark with water attractions for all ages, VIP cabanas, restaurants and live entertainment.

Online: familyvacationcritic.com

Photo Credit: Cedar Point

What’s your family’s favorite amusement park? What other destinations should Family Vacation Critic add to their best-of list?