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    I was watching the Travel Channel today and got an idea. With spring break here for some of you and summer just around the corner, I thought we could all help each other out and give first hand knowledge of where we have been.

    This way when any of us want to make plans, we can come here and have first hand knowledge at out fingertips without having to surf the net for hours on end looking for someplace new to go.

    Which Amusement and or Water Park is your family's favorite?

    Please include why (scenery, rides etc.) what ages it is good for, the location and how pricey is it? Is the food good, do they have a picnic area available, how about a camp ground etc.? Please give a link to the place if one is available and anything else you can think of.

     

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    We haven't been to anything big here in MI since we moved here. In NY, before I was married and had children...lol I used to go to Darien Lake a lot for concerts and the waterpark and amusement park.

    http://www.sixflags.com/parks/darienlake/index.asp

    It's a bit costly, but I always had a great time there.

    I used to live in West Irondequoit, NY and Sea Breeze a little amusement park is there. That was a fun place too. Can't say I'd ride the Jack rabbit though. I wonder if that's still there. lol It was an ancient roller coaster and I wouldn't even get on it when I was a kid.

    http://www.seabreeze.com/

    Here in the flatlands of MI, we have this cute little amusement park near us. If you're ever in the tri-city area and have young children, it's a cute place.
    http://www.deeracres.com/

    Here in MI I've heard great things about this park. I'm hoping to go this summer with the kids.
    http://www.miadventure.com/frame.htm

    and a lot of MI folks go to Ohio to Cedar Point.
    http://www.cedarpoint.com/

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    I have to second the 6 Flags experience. We are close to 6 Flags over Texas and although we have not gone in years, those that do go frequently love it. It is pricey but there are usually discount tickets available. My employers offers a season pass that is about the equivelant of 2 day passes. If we went more often, we would definately buy the season passes.

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    Our all time favorite place is Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Va). http://4adventure.com/buschgardens/va/default.aspx

    The park setting is 17th century Europe with a section for England, France, Scotland, Germany, Italy and Ireland. This park is great for toddlers to grandparents. Beautiful scenery and fantasic food (I can highly recommend Italy for dining), it is of course like all amusement parks pricey, but they do have AAA discounts and special prices on 2 and 3 day passes. I understand thier rollercoasters are some of the best. They also have a picnic area (I think by England parking lot) and lots of shows all throughout the park.

    They have lots of hotel/park deals and Water Country USA combo tickets. We have never been there, but I have heard kids talk about and they love it.

    Many other attractions are close by such as Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. (I'll update with links when my computer is acting better.)

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    The Adventure Dome inside of the Circus Circus Casino Resort is really neat! It's in Las Vegas, NV. It's all indoor unlike the MGM Grand Aventures which is nice too but when it's 110 outside, it's not very comfortable.

    What I liked about Circus Circus Adventure Dome is that you can pull into Valet Parking, go into the Casino and straight to the indoor park without ever seeing a slot machine or obscene pictures. So it's great for all ages. There is a huge roller coaster and lots of small childrens rides and lots of other things to do like get your picture drawn. There is also paint ball gun area and lots of arcade games. It cost $25.00 for an adult all day pass. Not sure how much childrens passes are.

    Anyway, it's ds's favorite place to go in Las Vegas.

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    I am not a big fan of amuzement park BUT we do take the kids and they have fun...
    They are very expensive especially since we have 4 kids but we go like once a summer..

    Canobie Lake Park (this place is pretty old but do have a few new rides)
    http://www.canobie.com/

    There is SixFlags NE (we ony go here while we are staying at a friends summer place too far to dive back and forth in 1 day)
    http://www.sixflags.com/parks/newengland/

    and every othyer year (sometimes every year) we go to StoryLand
    http://www.storylandnh.com/index-flash.html

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    We have a Six Flags not far from here in MA it is great for teenagers and adults.
    But if you have small children I recommend Lake Compounce right here in my hometown of Bristol CT. We have one of the best out and back wooden rollercoasters in the U.S. for the adults, the park is relatively small but not so small that you won't have enough to do. There is a small picnic area if you would like to bring your own lunch. They also have "free" yes "free" soda stations for your use all day as much as you would like.
    Here is the web address if you would like to check it out.
    http://www.lakecompounce.com

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    We went to Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio last summer. Loved it! If you are a rollercoaster tycoon, this park is for you. We had a ball. Got a 2 day pass for both water park and amusement park. Its great. Kids want to go back this summer. (though we wont because it is 600 miles away)

    Just something I'd like to share........... when at an amusement park, bottled water is very expensive! Unknown to many, if you go to a concession stand (not one on wheels) and ask for ice water in a cup, by law they have to give it to you for free. We found this out after spending $16 in bottled water. We have used this concept at three parks already and had no problems.

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    Our family favorite has to be Shilitterbaum in New Braffels, Texas. I've never been to a more family friendly park in my life. Coolers are welcomed. Of the parks 3 sections all have shaded picnic tables and encourage families to bring their own foodstuffs with grilling areas. The price is alittle high but discounts are easy to come by. Coupons on everything from placemats at resturants to the side of soda cans. Rides are all water themed from the Master Blaster for the really brave to the kiddypool. Easy float trips take you everywhere. Walk areas are covered in a rubber matting for coolness on barefeet and for falls.
    Shade is offered everywhere and lots of sitting spots. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained. Shuttles are available to take you from one area to another and one price gets you into all 3 areas. We drive from Fla to Texas for this park and are looking forward to going again in July.

    Laurie in Bradenton

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    we really enjoyed cedar point in sandusky ohio & knotts berry farm in california!!

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    I have only been to a few amusement parks in my entire life, but the one I love the most is Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. They add new, innovative rides every other year and have some of the best roller coasters on the planet! The scenery is nice, but nothing to write home about....it is, however, extremely CLEAN!

    Since I gained more than 50 pounds two years ago, and am about 100 pounds over weight, there is no sense in going to the amusement parks right now because I can't fit onto most of the rides. I am bound and determined to get this weight off though!

    Andrea

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