Kids, teenagers, adults – let’s face it, everybody loves amusement parks! Not only because they have thrilling rides, but also because these parks cater to everybody – even people who are afraid of roller-coasters! Exhilarating rides, fun shopping, gastronomical sojourns, exciting water parks, comfortable accommodation and a lot more, these 13 best amusement parks in the world have it all! Ready to take off on an exciting vacation your family deserves?
1. Port Aventura, Spain
Located an hour away from the beautiful city of Barcelona, Port Aventura is one of Europe’s most loved amusement parks. Having a ‘historic civilizations’ theme, the exciting zones you can explore in this amusement park include Mediterrania, Far West, Mexico, Sesamo Adventura and even China.
Thrill Factor: Furious Baco – a horizontal catapult!
2. Tivoli Gardens, Denmark
Tivoli Gardens threw its doors open to everybody in the year 1843, making it the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world! Located in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens, like its name suggests, is a gorgeous garden that is home to an amusement park, an open-air stage, a ballet theatre and a concert venue too. This is definitely a unique theme park to head over to with your entire family.
Thrill Factor: The Golden Tower – a drop from 63 meters!
3. Fuji-Q Highland, Japan
Situated in the picturesque Fuji-Hakone-Izu National park, near the base of Mount Fuji, the Fuji-Q Highland is not for the fainthearted! Not only because of its rides that hold several world records, but also because of the Haunted Mansion that’s present on its grounds. Feeling like a daredevil? Well, go ahead, book your accommodation here and explore the Fuji-Q Highland Park at your own risk!
Thrill Factor: Dododonpa – the world’s largest loop!
4. Legoland, Denmark
Legoland in Billund is the first Lego themed park to have opened in the world. If your children are Lego fans, this amusement park is a must-visit! With over 50 rides and interesting events and activities taking place every single day, there’s something for every member of your family at this amusement park. Divided into zones, you will find Imagination Zone, Pirate Land, Knight’s Kingdom, LEGOREDO Town and Miniland at Legoland.
Thrill Factor: NINJAGO The Ride – use your ninja skills!
5. Pleasure Beach, England
Located in Blackpool, Pleasure Beach is an iconic theme park in UK. With a tagline that boasts- “The UK’s most ride intensive amusement park”, do you really need more convincing?! All you need to do now is just book your travel package here and go on a fun-filled family vacation to the UK.
Thrill Factor: Infusion- a topsy-turvy ride not for the faint hearted!
6. Efteling, The Netherlands
Situated only an hour and a half away from the capital city of Amsterdam, Efteling has it both- nightmarishly electrifying rides and designated theme park zones that look right out of a beautiful fairytale dream! And, the park also puts up live entertainment shows like the Aquanura water show, Pardoes the magician show, Raveleijn the park show and a lot more.
Thrill Factor: De Vliegende Hollander – a watercoaster!
7. Everland, South Korea
South Korea’s largest theme park, Everland not only has the regular rides but also has a bustling zoo called Zootopia and a picturesque garden called Plantopia. Other zones in this adventure park include European Adventure, Magic Land, American Adventure and Global Fair. So basically, it has something for every member in your family!
Thrill Factor: Let’s Twist – a twister with a twist!
8. La Ronde, Canada
Located in Montreal, La Ronde not only boasts of exciting rides and cool events, but also delicious food – from piping hot cheesy pizzas to delectable Asian dishes to ice creams, burgers, fries, pretzels and even popcorn. Seems like La Ronde is the perfect adventure park for a thrill-seeking foodie! This amusement park is the ideal choice for families who want to combine adventure with a food-filled holiday!
Thrill Factor: Demon – an upside-down adventure!
9. Waterbom Aquapark, Indonesia
When you think of Bali, you think ahh… peaceful, relaxing, rejuvenating, serene… But, if you want a break from all that peace in Bali, head over to the Waterbom Aquapark and shriek your lungs out! Voted the #1 Waterpark in Asia by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice in the year 2018, Waterbom Aquapark promises world-class water rides.
Thrill Factor: Superbowl- the human roulette!
10. Disneyland, Hong Kong
When Disney sets up a theme park, rest assured it has everything under its roof – from kid-friendly theme parks, adventure junkie worthy thrilling rides, food to die for, to luxurious accommodations fit for a king/ queen and plenty of events to keep you occupied for days!
Thrill Factor: Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars – a mix of drops, rides and rampage!
11. Universal Studios, Singapore
Located on Sentosa Island in Singapore, Universal Studios probably needs no introduction! With over 25 rides and live acts, shows and entertainment spread across 7 zones, the Universal Studios has theme parks divided into its famous movies like Puss In Boots, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Battlestar Galactica and even Sesame Street.
Thrill Factor: Accelerator- a whirling twirling ride!
12. The Prater, Austria
Home to the Giant Ferris Wheel, yes, the same one which is one of Vienna’s most famous symbols, the Prater is a seasonal amusement park operational only from March to October. On its grounds, it has the Madame Tussaud’s museum, a Chocolate Museum, the Prater Museum and also the Prater Dome – Austria’s largest disco.
Thrill Factor: The Clown – a horror virtual reality train!
13. Siam Park, Spain
The Siam Park in Tenerife has been ranked #1 in the World by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2018, 5th year in a row. Need we say more?! For some quality family time, head over to their Naga racer, The Lost City or the Wave Palace attractions. For some relaxation, head over to the Siam Beach or Sea Lion Island. But for some adrenaline-pumping activities, try their Kinnaree, Dragon or Singha attractions!
Thrill Factor: Dragon – experience zero gravity!
Have you and your family been to any of these amusement parks? How was your experience? Did we miss out on your favourite amusement park? Comment below and let us know ?