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Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania Amusement Parks
The Washington DC area has a variety of amusement parks offering a full-day of family thrills and entertainment. Which park is best? That depends on your particular interests and idea of fun. Each park has a different atmosphere and unique attractions. The following theme parks are within a short drive of the capital region and make an easy day trip or weekend getaway. Enjoy this guide and learn which one is best for you.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Six Flags America
Upper Marlboro, Maryland (301) 249-1500. This amusement park is located just 30 minutes from downtown Washington, DC and features more than 100 rides, shows and the area's largest water park. Six Flags America is open April through October. The park hosts special seasonal events for spring break, 4th of July, Halloween and more. Read more about Six Flags America
Best for: Close Proximity and Convenience to Washington DCContinue to 3 of 7 below.
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Doswell, Virginia (804) 876-5000. The 400-acre amusement park features more than 50 rides, seven roller coasters, live family entertainment and a 19-acre water park. King’s Dominion is located 20 miles north of Richmond, Virginia and 75 miles south of Washington, DC. The park is open April through October. Read more about King’s Dominion
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Hershey, Pennsylvania (800) HERSHEY. The amusement park has more than 70 rides and attractions with the theme of Hershey’s Chocolate. Also visit Hershey’s Chocolate World and learn how chocolate is made. The park is located about 2 hours north of the Washington, DC area near Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is open May through September. Read more about Hersheypark
Best for: Chocolate Lovers and Kiddie RidesContinue to 5 of 7 below.
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Williamsburg, Virginia (800) 343-7946. The European themed amusement park offers dozens of rides, shows, animal attractions, a water park and much more. Busch Gardens is located right near Colonial Williamsburg, which makes this area a great place to visit for several days of family fun. Located about 3 hours from the Washington, DC area, the park hosts an annual food and wine festival, a Bier Fest and a seasonal Christmas event. Read more about Busch Gardens
Best for: Cultural Events and A Full Weekend of Fun (Combine it with a visit to Virginia's Historic Triangle)Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Adventure Park USA
New Market, Maryland (301) 865-6800. The western theme park features Go Karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, water wars, moon bounce, paintball, soft-play playground, arcade games, carousel, and tea cups. Located about 40 miles north of Washington, DC. The facility is open year-round. Read more about Adventure Park USA
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Central Park Fun Land
Fredericksburg, Virginia. (540) 785-6700. The Indoor/Outdoor Family Fun Center has more than 20 rides and attractions including a mini ferris- wheel, mini roller coaster, laser tag, go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, mini bowling, rock climbing and bumper cars. Fun Land also has an arcade with over 100 video games. The facility is located about 90 minutes south of Washington and is open year-round. Read more about Central Park Fun Land
Best for: Indoor Entertainment
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