Summer is here. Time to start planning your next theme park outing! From Dollywood to Walt Disney World, the East Coast is home to some amazing parks. Before you go, don’t forget to check for any discounts or rewards you may be entitled to. Here are 14 East Coast theme parks with AAA discounts.
There are three Six Flags parks on the East Coast, and they are each unique in their own ways.
Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass., is billed as “New England’s most exciting theme park,” featuring Superman The Ride, The Joker 4D Free Fly Coaster, Wicked Cyclone and more. You can also enjoy the Hurricane Harbor water park, special events and live entertainment. AAA members can save up to 50% on admission.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., boasts rides like the famous wooden coaster El Toro, the hypercoaster Nitro and the themed coaster Skull Mountain, among others. If you’re feeling brave enough, try conquering Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest roller coaster. Check out their special events, like Six Flags Slam Fest, Summer Vibes Festival and Thrill-a-Thon. While you’re there, try their Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure, which features 1,200 animals. AAA members can save over 45% on admission to Six Flags Great Adventure.
Traveling a little further away from home? Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta, Ga., offers rides like the fan-favorite Monster Mansion, the classic Dahlonega Mine Train, the enchanting Riverview Carousel, the Great American Scream Machine and more. Getting a little warm in the Georgia sun? Head over to their water park, Hurricane Harbor. Don’t forget – when you go to Six Flags Over Georgia, AAA members can save over 50% on admission.
There are two Busch Gardens parks on the East coast to choose from. Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va., is widely-recognized as the most beautiful theme park in the world (a title it has held for over 30 years). Its landscaping and gorgeous themed environments based on European villages will make you feel like you’re in another world. As for rides, you can try the brand-new Pantheon roller coaster, the scenic Busch Gardens Railway, the twisty Tempesto and more. Visitors can also enjoy their water park, Water Country USA. AAA members can save up to 35% on admission at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
If you want even warmer weather, head down to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Fla., which offers a bevy of rides to choose from, like the new Iron Gwazi, the extreme Sheikra and the family-friendly Cobra’s Curse. The Serengeti Express Train will transport you to the wilds of the Seregenti, where you might catch a glimpse of free-roaming herds of African animals like giraffes and zebra. If it’s getting too hot to handle, you can cool off in their water park, Adventure Island. AAA members can save up to 50% on admission.
LEGOLAND New York in Goshen, N.Y., is every LEGO fan’s dream. Visitors can enjoy kid-friendly rides like The Dragon roller coaster, LEGO NINJAGO the ride, Merlin’s Flying Machines, the LEGO Factory Adventure Ride and more. One of the park’s main attractions is Miniland, a miniature country made of LEGO Bricks! AAA members can save up to 35% on admission.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, Fla., is actually three theme parks: a LEGOLAND theme park, a water park and a Peppa Pig theme park. At the main LEGOLAND park, you can enjoy rides and play areas like Battle of Bricksburg, Lost Kingdom Adventure and Coastersaurus. And of course, you can visit Miniland USA, which features tiny LEGO replicas of the most stunning and important American landmarks – and also pirates. The brand new Peppa Pig theme parks is just steps away. AAA members can save up to 30% on admission at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
Since its founding in 1906, Hersheypark has been a delicious destination. Visitors can enjoy delectable rides like the classic Comet, the wooden Wildcat, the Candymonium coaster and more. Don’t forget to stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World and take the factory tour ride, which is completely permeated by the smell of chocolate. Bring a swimsuit and towel if you want to enjoy one of Hersheypark’s many water rides in the Boardwalk section of the park. AAA members can save up to 20% on admission.
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is one of the most beloved theme parks in the country, boasting attractions like Blazing Fury, Lightning Rod, Lumberjack Lifts, Mystery Mine and more. Visit Dolly’s Tennessee Mountain Home, a life-sized replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood home. And of course, since it’s Dollywood, the entire park is full of music and live entertainment. Visitors can also enjoy the water park, Dollywood’s Splash Country. AAA members can save over 15% on admission.
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Sesame Place in Philadelphia, Pa., is a theme park and water park filled with kid-friendly rides and experiences like the all-new Big Bird’s Tour Bus, Sunny Day Carousel, Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets and Elmo’s Silly Splashy Slides. Plus, you can meet all of your friends from Sesame Street. AAA members can save up to 70% on admission.
People have been coming to Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa., since 1884 – and it’s still a destination to write home about today! Try one of their 60 amazing rides, like the Antique Carousel, Steel Force or Thunderhawk. Thunder Creek Mountain, their log flume ride, is built straight into a mountain and drops riders down 210 feet. It’s the longest log flume drop in the world. If you’re not soaking wet after that ride, check out Wildwater Kingdom, Dorney Park’s water park. AAA members can save up to 45% on admission.
Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va., has a lot of roller coasters to offer. Try the brand-new Tumbili, the wooden Grizzly, the hybrid Twisted Timbers, the Intimidator 305, Racer 75 and more. There are also rides for the little ones, like Blue Ridge Tollway, the Kite Eating Tree and Snoopy’s Junction. Afterward, you can cool down at their water park, Soak City. AAA members can save up to 45% on admission to Kings Dominion.
How do you even summarize Walt Disney World? Well, it’s the happiest place on Earth, but you know that already. This massive resort boasts four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping center and hundreds of activities spread across dozens of hotels. It’s not only the most popular theme park on the East coast, it’s the most popular theme park in the world. From the Tower of Terror all the way down to It’s a Small World, there’s something for everyone. AAA members can save up to $80 off gate prices.
Once upon a time, Universal was just the park that you would go to if you were in town for Disney. But now, Universal Orlando Resort is a notable theme park in its own right. With two theme parks and a water park, you’ll never run out of things to do. Coaster enthusiasts will love the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Revenge of the Mummy, while kids will go wild for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Cat in the Hat. Don’t leave without trying the interactive MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack or the revamped Jurassic Park River Adventure. AAA members can save on admission.
Looking for theme park discounts and more? AAA members can get exclusive savings of up to 40% at concerts, theme parks, virtual events, museums and attractions! Go to AAA.com/Tickets.
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