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3 of the Best U.S Theme Parks for Teens and Adults

Did you know that the most-visited theme park in 2021 was Magic Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort? Close to 12.7 million people visited the Lake Buena Vista, Florida establishment. 

While theme parks usually have something for everyone in the family, many roll out the red carpet for the younger demographic. If you have teens and adults in your group, you’ll want to find a theme park that caters to people of all ages.

Here’s a look at three of the best U.S. theme parks for the teens and adults in your family. And, yes, there’ll be many options for the starry-eyed little ones in your family.

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1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a great theme park for the teens in your family who might not get that much out of theme parks geared toward a younger crowd. Originally called Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Islands of Adventure is based in Orlando, Florida

The teens in your group can take advantage of rides such as Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Don’t want to have to wait in line? Get a Universal Express Pass to bypass regular lines at most rides your family will want to ride. 

In addition to exciting shows and great food options, there are also areas for young kids. 

Related Read: Lesser-Known Theme Parks in Florida

2. Six Flags Magic Mountain

Another U.S. theme park for teens and adults is Six Flags Magic Mountain. When people go to theme parks, they mostly want to go on rides. And Six Flags has rides for the entire family. Chances are good that the teens and adults in your family will be interested in Six Flags’ thrill rides — the hair-raising and heart-pumping attractions that make theme parks fun. Thrill rides include Apocalypse, Batman The Ride, CraZanity, Dive Devil Full Throttle, and more

Other things the teens and adults in your family will love at the Los Angeles, California-based theme park are the festivals, concerts, and other events at Six Flags. And then there are the shopping and dining options available. 

Remember that going to a theme park with great options for teens and adults doesn’t mean that the little ones in the group have to play second fiddle. There’ll be plenty of fun and exciting rides and events for the children in your family as well.

3. Hersheypark

Have you been to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania? It has 70+ rides and attractions, including over a dozen roller coasters. It’s a theme park designed to appeal to adults. You can enjoy 15 water attractions inside of Boardwalk, a water park on the grounds that is 11 acres in size. You can also take in dance and song performances. 

Check out The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio when you visit. The full-service restaurant celebrates the life and legacy of founder Milton S. Hershey. In addition to finding a full menu of food items for everyone in the family, you can also chow down on some chocolate.

Related Read: Ins and Outs of a Visit to Hershey Park


Whether you go to a theme park close to home or go on a road trip to visit one, you’ll want to be extra careful on the road. The warmer weather means more people are traveling hither and thither, and this calls for even more diligence on the road when traveling with family. The last thing you’ll want is a fender bender that causes harm to you or someone else in your family.

Are you planning to head to one or more theme parks this year? It’s that time of year, so you’ll want to determine which will make the cut for you and yours. The ones mentioned above are worth considering if you’re looking for U.S. theme parks that are great for teens and adults. 

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