2018’s best amusement and water parks


It’s that time of year again. School’s letting out, the sun is shining and it’s time to take that well-deserved vacation. To help you plan the ultimate summer trip, we asked a panel of theme park industry experts to nominate their favorite amusement parks, hotels, restaurants, entertainment and water parks from coast to coast.

We need your help crowning our winners. Vote for your favorites in each category once per day until polls close on Monday, June 11 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, June 22.

Click on each category below to vote.

Best Amusement Park

Vote for your favorite amusement park in the USA — Photo courtesy of iStock / Imgorthand

The United States is home to more than 400 amusement parks and attractions drawing some 375 million visitors annually, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. That’s an overwhelming number of options when faced with planning that perfect family vacation. Which is your favorite?

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Best Amusement Park Entertainment

What’s your favorite theme park show, parade or fireworks display? — Photo courtesy of iStock / Scharfsinn86

America’s amusement parks offer a whole lot more than thrills. Some of the best parks also provide plentiful entertainment opportunities ideal for taking a break between rides or celebrating the end of a great day at the park. From parades to fireworks shows, these 20 entertainment options were chosen by a panel of theme park experts as the best in the U.S.

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Best Amusement Park Hotel

Stay at one of these hotels, and your favorite theme park is just outside your door — Photo courtesy of iStock / anyaberkut

A day at a theme park is undeniably fun, but it can be exhausting as well. Staying on property means all your favorite park offerings lie practically right outside your door, and getting back for an afternoon swim in the pool or to crash in the evening is easier than ever. 

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Best Amusement Park Restaurant

Eat well at these 20 nominated theme park restaurants — Photo courtesy of iStock / monkeybusinessimages

Gone are the days when amusement park food consisted of overpriced hot dogs and cotton candy. These 20 amusement park restaurants were chosen as the best in the U.S. by a panel of industry experts for their food, atmosphere and service.

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Best Roller Coaster

Roller coasters keep getting taller, faster and more thrilling — Photo courtesy of iStock / PKM1

While thrill rides come in all shapes and sizes these days, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of a well-designed roller coaster. A panel of theme park experts chose these 20 coasters as the best in the U.S., and we need you to crown our winner.

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Best Outdoor Water Park

Make a splash at these nominees for Best Outdoor Water Park — Photo courtesy of iStock / Imgorthand

When the heat of summer descends, millions of visitors head to America’s water parks to cool off. These 20 outdoor water parks have been nominated as the best in the country for the ultimate day of sun and fun.

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Best Indoor Water Park

At these indoor water parks, it’s summer all year long — Photo courtesy of iStock / Casarsa

Whether it’s cold outside or you just need a break from the summer sun, indoor water parks offer an opportunity for water-infused fun no matter the season.

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Remember, you can vote once per day in each category, and check back on Friday, June 22 to see if your favorites took the crown.

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