Best Alternative Theme Parks for Kids in the US and Canada #TT #Travel


Does the idea of visiting Walt Disney World make you want to run away screaming? For many families visiting this theme park is on the wish list but is also a big expense. If you want to take your children to a theme park but are looking for a more affordable option there are several other parks to consider.

Hershey World

If you’ve never been to Hershey’s Chocolate Factory and Hershey World Park you are in for a treat.  It’s more than just chocolate! The theme park has five water rides and over sixty other rides and attractions including a zoo, gardens, and butterfly house. But if you did come for the chocolate take the Chocolate Making Tour Ride to experience how the chocolate is made.

Six Flags Amusement Parks

Based on the number of properties, Six Flags is the largest amusement park(s) in North America. There are eighteen parks across the hemisphere in nearly every geographic region. Some of the properties are only an amusement park with roller coasters and attractions while others also have an onsite waterpark. Six Flags Great America, Magic Mountain, and Six Flags over Texas are a few of the more well-known parks. In Canada La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec is part of the Six Flags family. The park is most famous for their international fireworks competition held annually. You’ll have to visit in the summer as the park is only open from mid-May to late October.



There are two LEGOLAND parks in North America; LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California. These parks are relative new comers to the amusement park scene. The park is designed with younger children in mind. While there are rides, they are not extreme. The entire park, and on-site hotels, are Lego themed and as much as they are about fun there is also an emphasis on education and learning, albeit subtly! Both the Florida and California destinations also have a waterpark element.


Canada’s Wonderland

The number one amusement park in Canada, located 40km north of Toronto is open from May through October. It is tied with Six Flags Magic Mountain for the most rollercoasters in an amusement park at sixteen coasters. There is also a twenty-acre waterpark on-site. Along with plenty of fast action rides for older children there are many rides more suitable for younger kids. It’s possible to reach the park via public transportation – a great day trip option from Toronto!

Sesame Place

If you have very small children and are looking for the perfect park to meet their needs, look no further than Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania (just outside Philadelphia). There are dozens of rides and interactive features that even the youngest of visitors can enjoy. There’s even a roller coaster that kids as young as 3 can ride! Along with dry rides, there are also water attractions and play areas. When it’s time to wind down, check out one of the shows and parades that occur daily.

Start planning your spring and summer vacations today with one of these alternative amusement parks!


  1. Great post. We are looking for places for this summer for our kids.

  2. Jenn Andrews says

    Wow thank you for the great ideas to do this summer with my kids.

  3. These are great alternatives for families.

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