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what is the best park for me

From michael link
Posted September 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM
We are heading to the USA in May 2013 visiting New York Washington Niagra falls and Chicago what would the best theme parks to visit in any of those areas but I can only spare 3 days for the parks all other time is for the wife. we will have a car once I learn how to drive on the wrong side of the road. I am only intyerested in coasters


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM
Great America or Great Adventure would be good options. Great America (my home park!) is only about 40 minutes north of Chicago

From Bradley Keith
Posted September 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM
Great Adventure and Great America; I agree. They are the "better" Six Flags parks. Great Adventure is a little better to me, but Great America has a fine collection of B&M coasters. Basically, it comes down to how far you want to go.

From Zack McDonald
Posted September 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM
If you have 3 days go to Chicago and visit SFGA for one day then go to the Dells for two days. Mt. OLympus has four wood coasters including Hades and Hell Cat is a mile away and a great ride.

From AJ Hummel
Posted September 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM
You've got a lot of potential parks. Two things that were not specified were whether you're driving or flying between your stops, and which destinations you'll have a car at. Based on the assumption that you will have a car at each city but not between them, I'd recommend the following three parks:

-Six Flags Great Adventure (about an hour and a half from New York City in Jackson, NJ)
-Kings Dominion (about an hour and a half from Washington D.C. in Doswell, VA)
-Six Flags Great America (about an hour from Chicago in Gurnee, IL)

If you're up for a bit more driving (up to three hours each direction), you could also go for:

-Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA
-Hersheypark in Hershey, PA
-Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA

Finally, if you are driving between destinations, you may want to look into Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH), although this will require two of your three park days.

I've been to most of the parks listed above (never been to Hersheypark or Six Flags Great America) and assuming you're only interested in roller coasters I'd recommend you definitely do Six Flags Great Adventure. If you can, try to do Cedar Point. If you can't do Cedar Point, do Kings Dominion and either Six Flags New England or Six Flags Great America. In the event that you are driving from New York to Washington D.C., you could do Hersheypark instead of one of these, but this would require spending a night near the park. Finally, you could substitute Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Kings Dominion (or do both if you don't mind staying in Virginia overnight), but Busch Gardens only has five adult coasters (they are five good coasters, so it's a quantity vs quality thing) while Kings Dominion has 12 (plus two kiddies).

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM
The Dells are kinda far from Chicago...

Anyway, SFGA and SFGAdv are probably two of the top parks in the SF chain. SFGAdv has a zoo connected to it and much more of a resort. SFGA is pretty much a nice theme park, thats it. However, their collection of roller coasters are diverse and plenty

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM
I'd call Great Adventure anything but a resort. The very word implies it has hotels, and the closest hotels to GAdv are a good 20 minutes away by car.

And I wouldn't call the Safari a "Zoo." That word implies patrons walking around and looking at animals in cages or fenced-off habitats. The drive-through-yourself Safari is about to end permanently, if it hasn't already. Beginning next season, you'll be able to ride in a military-type multi-passenger vehicle and see the animals up close. That will be included with park admission, unlike recent years. Now, Hershey's ZooAmerica...THAT's a zoo!

From michael link
Posted September 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Thankyou for the responsess There is certaiinly a great variety. we have the options of flying and driving so now to pick 2 parks. I am lucky the wife likes coasters as well but each theme park we go to she gets to do a shopping mall.

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