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Best amusement parks in America

What’s a family vacation if your heart isn’t hammering against your chest? At Historic Hotels of America, we know there’s nothing like adrenaline-fueled fun to bring out laughter, squeals and happiness — plus the sought-after line, “Can we go again?” Just for thrills, here’s a look at four different historic hotels with the best amusement parks in Americato amp up the fun.

Best amusement parks: Hersheypark

At Hersheypark, skip all that nonsense about having to be 48” tall to hit the rides. At this candy-themed Pennsylvania amusement park, Twizzler-sized guests can ride twelve twisters, while Hershey’s Miniatures can hop onto thirty pint-sized attractions. There are more candy labels to go around, plus seventy rides, twelve roller coasters, nine water attractions and more than two dozen kiddie rides. Needless to say, you’ll get your fill of fun at Hersheypark, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and during select holiday seasons.

After a day of fun, check into Hersheypark’s official resort, The Hotel Hershey®, built by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey in 1933. A historic hotel with AAA Four Diamond rating, The Hotel Hershey® boasts recreational amenities and comfortable accommodations that are perfect for any family getaway.

Best theme parks: LEGOLAND in Carlsbad

Thirty minutes north of San Diego, a land of multi-colored Legos rises up out of the California horizon. Welcome to LEGOLAND California Resort, where a world of interlocking plastic bricks come together to inspire the imagination of vacationing families. From medieval castles to replica cities, from towering dinosaurs to detailed animals, these life-sized Lego creations are intermixed with more than sixty rides for one of the best theme parks.

After a day of Lego play, families will want to escape the crowds at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, a secluded destination twenty-two minutes away from the amusement park, overlooking the tranquility of a Spanish Colonial-style village. The resort strikes a balance between excitement (zipping down waterslides) and peacefulness (teeing up at Legends Golf Club).

Best theme parks: Chattanooga Choo Choo

It’s a hotel. It’s a song. It’s a train. The Chattanooga Choo Choo is as themed as any destination can get. Once an operating train station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 106-year-old terminal station was converted into a beautiful hotel in 1973, where guests can opt to sleep in one of 48 authentic Victorian train cars. For a more traditional stay, families can reserve a guest room or hotel suite at this historic hotel.

While adults may say the focal point of the 24-acre property is the lobby’s free-standing dome, youngsters will tell you it’s all about the trains. The Chattanooga Choo Choo boasts the world’s largest HO Scale Model Train display with 120 locomotives, 1,000 freight cars and 80 passenger carriages, plus 3,000 feet of track.

Best water parks: Allegheny Springs

At Omni Homestead Resort, guests don’t even have to leave this Virginia destination for family fun thanks to the resort’s two-acre Allegheny Springs water park, fed by the resort’s natural springs. Experience the exhilarating thrills of Mountain Rush, with two 100-foot water slides, or enjoy a leisurely ride along Allegheny Springs’ 400-foot lazy river. In the winter, head over to the spring-fed heated pool for a relaxing dip in mineral-rich waters. In short, it's one of America's best water parks.

If water’s not your thing, the Omni Homestead Resort is like one big playground. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, there are any number of outdoor pursuits, including fly fishing, horseback riding, skeet shooting, Segway tours and snow tubing.

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