What are the best water parks and theme parks in the US? Vote now

We’re looking for the best theme parks and water parks in the United States, as well as the best roller coasters, theme park hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. So, we invited theme park experts and travel writers to join our editors in selecting the nominees for the 2024 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Now, it’s your turn to help us narrow it down to each category’s 10 best by voting for your favorites until polls close on Monday, April 22 at noon ET. You can vote once per day, per category.

Click on each category below to vote:

Best Indoor Water Park

Which indoor water park do you like to visit year-round? — Photo courtesy of Imgorthand / E+

Whether it’s snowing, raining, or just too hot to play outside, indoor water parks offer an opportunity for a splashing good time no matter the weather or season. These 20 water parks have been nominated by a panel of experts as the best in the United States. And you can help decide the winner by voting for your favorite.

Which indoor water park do you love to visit?

Vote: Best Indoor Water Park »

Best Outdoor Water Park

Which outdoor water park do you return to each summer?Which outdoor water park do you return to each summer? — Photo courtesy of kali9 / E+

When the summer season rolls around, millions of people head to America’s water parks to cool off and have a splashing good time. These 20 outdoor water parks have been nominated by an expert panel as the best in the country for offering the ultimate day of sun and fun.

Which outdoor water park is your favorite place to splash down?

Vote: Best Outdoor Water Park »

Best Roller Coaster

From steel behemoths to classic wooden coasters, which roller coaster gets your vote?From steel behemoths to classic wooden coasters, which roller coaster gets your vote? — Photo courtesy of Jacob Ammentorp Lund / iStock / Getty Images Plus

While theme park rides come in all shapes and sizes these days, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of a well-designed roller coaster. A panel of experts has selected these 20 coasters as the best in the U.S. for offering the most thrilling and unique experiences. Now, it’s your turn to decide how they rank.

Which roller coaster is your top pick?

Vote: Best Roller Coaster »

Best Theme Park

Which theme park offers the best experience overall?Which theme park offers the best experience overall? — Photo courtesy of Freder / E+

North America is home to more than 400 amusement parks and attractions with some 375 million visitors annually, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. For those looking to plan the perfect theme park vacation, trying to pick which park to visit can potentially be overwhelming.

To help narrow down the options, we asked a panel of experts to nominate their 20 favorite parks across the United States. Now, it’s your turn to decide the winner.

Which theme park is your go-to destination for thrills and fun?

Vote: Best Theme Park »

Best Theme Park Entertainment

In between rides and dining, which theme park entertainment captures your attention?In between rides and dining, which theme park entertainment captures your attention? — Photo courtesy of Different perspectives on life. / iStock / Getty Images Plus

America’s best theme parks have more to offer than thrill rides and roller coasters. They also provide various entertainment opportunities to enjoy between rides or at the end of a great park day. From shows to fireworks displays, these entertainment options have been selected by a panel of theme park experts as the best in the U.S., and now it’s up to you to crown the winner.

When it comes to theme park entertainment, who does it best?

Vote: Best Theme Park Entertainment »

Best Theme Park Hotel

Which theme park hotel is your favorite?Which theme park hotel is your favorite? — Photo courtesy of E+ / mihailomilovanovic

A day at a theme park is undeniably fun, but it can be exhausting as well. Staying at a hotel in the park means all your favorite attractions lie practically right outside your front door, and getting back for an afternoon swim in the pool or to crash in the evening is easier than ever.

A panel of experts has nominated their top picks for the best theme park hotels in the U.S., and now we need you to vote for your favorite from a pool of 20 nominees.

Which theme park hotel do you love to stay at the most?

Vote: Best Theme Park Hotel »

Best Theme Park Restaurant

Which theme park restaurant do you look forward to dining at the most?Which theme park restaurant do you look forward to dining at the most? — Photo courtesy of M_a_y_a / E+

Gone are the days when amusement park food meant overpriced greasy burgers and cotton candy. The nation’s top parks are catering more and more to sophisticated palates with restaurants boasting high-quality food in unique environments. We asked a panel of experts to nominate their top 20 theme park restaurants, and now we need you to decide a winner.

Which theme park restaurant do you always look forward to dining at?

Vote: Best Theme Park Restaurant »

Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on Wednesday, May 1.

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