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Family Vacation Critic Reveals Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2015

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | July 29, 2015

Family Vacation Critic Reveals Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2015

PHOTO: Fury 325 roller coaster at Carowinds. (courtesy Carowinds)

With summer in full swing, TripAdvisor's family-oriented travel site, Family Vacation Critic has unveiled its annual list of the 10 best amusement parks for families. 

Keep in mind that the parks, which aren't ranked or listed in any particular order, are all located within the U.S. 

While a handful of America's most renowned amusement parks made the cut, some may be surprised to see that Florida's plethora of entertaining parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, were shut out of this year's list. 

Despite the Sunshine State's absence, the list — which was developed based on such criteria as family perks, local accommodations and new rides and attractions — is comprised of a number of globally recognized destinations, including a handful of the most beloved amusement parks on the East Coast.

In fact, only three of the 10 parks to make the list are located west of the Mississippi River, with Buena Park, California's underrated Knott's Berry Farm representing the only West Coast park to break into 2015's list.

Without further ado, here's how this year's list shook out: 

• Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)

• Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina)

• Knoebels (Elysburg, Pennsylvania)

• Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

• Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)

• Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey)

• Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)

• Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri)

• Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park, California)

• Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, Texas

Family Vacation Critic's list includes a quick summary of new attractions as well as a savings tip for each amusement park. For example, families visiting Carowinds can experience the world's tallest and fastest giga-coaster, Fury 325, while guests at Hersheypark will have access to Laff Trakk, an indoor, spinning glow-coaster, the first of its kind in the U.S. 

Families looking for a top-flight amusement park experience without breaking the bank will want to consider Knoebels, the country's largest free-admission park. Visitors pay per ride, with prices starting around $1.

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