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26 Underrated Amusement Parks To Visit Before You Die

Move over, Disneyland.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most underrated amusement park they have ever visited. Here are the best of the obscure:

1. Knoebels Grove

Where: Elysburg, Pennsylvania

"It’s free admission and you pay per ride in tickets. They have great wooden roller coasters, and the park is perfect for families. All the food is great, too! it’s consistently ranked as one of the best family amusement parks in America." –juliav4fac42221

2. Story Land

Where: Glen, New Hampshire

"It is the most magical place in the East Coast for the little ones!!! Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach and the Swan Boats are like something out of a dream!" –Kelsey Dolores Allison, Facebook.

3. King's Dominion

Where: Doswell, Virginia

"There's a ride called The Drop Zone, which is a tower ride but, instead of shooting you up, they drop you down. Total free-fall until about half-way down. Not a crowded park, there were hardly any lines. It was awesome!" - Dale Enomoto, Facebook.


4. Lagoon

Where: Farmington, Utah

"The whole park has so much character. They keep the old rides and are always adding and improving rides. The food is fantastic, the shows are great, there's a water park, even a zoo! And the views of the mountains are unbeatable!" –rachelp48d6f7be8

5. Holiday World

Where: Santa Claus, Indiana

"There are holiday themed sections: Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July, & Thanksgiving. Splashin Safari is a water park included in the ticket price, and it’s pretty big, too. They have some of the top wooden coasters in the country." –sarahg86

6. Worlds Of Fun

Where: Kansas City, Missouri

"It's modeled after 'Around the World in 80 Days' and different sections of the park are based on different countries. It's like going on a vacation in one park. Plus the Mamba roller coaster is amazing." –leiaamidala

7. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Where: Santa Cruz, California

"It's fun, right on the beach, and has some of the best fair food ever. It also boasts one of the oldest (and most fun) roller coasters in the country, and during the summer there are free concerts right on the beach." –keatep


8. Michigan's Adventure

Where: Muskegon, Michigan

"It's $30 for a day pass which includes the amusement park and water park. It boasts 7 roller coasters including Shivering Timbers - the longest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the state." –chloer4e31f2ec1

9. Busch Gardens

Where: Williamsburg, Virginia

"This park has amazing coasters and a great selection of not-so-scary rides, too. The coasters start at mild-thrill levels and work their way up to terrifying. All time favorite park!" – reaganm45031eb8c

10. Tivoli Gardens

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

"You can spend the entire day on the rides then on Saturdays, listen to the free concert." –rachelf43a5947b1

11. Kennywood

Where: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

"KENNYWOOD, just outside of Pittsburgh! It is the perfect nostalgic amusement park (where they filmed Adventureland!) and it has a great mix of old classic rides, 100-year-old coasters, and crazy new steel and indoor ones that are the best." –joniraecorak


12. Lake Compounce

Where: Bristol, Connecticut

"It's a compact park with a few other great coasters. They also have plenty of shows to see, a water park, river rapids, kid's park, and even a chairlift that goes over a mountain at the park's edge. Also, soda is free which is a great bonus :)." – annag41752bf48

13. Lotte World

Where: Seoul, South Korea

"Where else can you get soy-flavored popcorn and sugar/ketchup on a corndog? And who doesn't love 2 parks for 1: indoor and outdoor. Not to mention it's in the heart of the capital Seoul." – lisab4523cdc75

14. Cliff's Amusement Park

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Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

"This amusement park is so underrated. Cliffs is an amazingly fun place with so many thrilling rides. There is even a water park inside. This place has games and the best rides ever!!! If you visit it will be unforgettable." –StephanieSandoval

15. Cedar Point

Where: Sandusky, Ohio

"Ohio is where it's at! From the Blue Streak to the Top Thrill Dragster, it truly deserves its title of The Roller Coaster Capital Of The World! And let's not forget that the entire park is filled with the Charlie Brown characters!!" –alyssac4334c3366


16. Canada's Wonderland

Where: Vaughan, Ontario

"This the best and one of the only theme parks in this great country! Definitely gives many U.S. parks a run for their money!" –mehi321

17. Hershey Park

Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania

"What could be more awesome than a day at an amusement park riding roller coasters finished with a tour of a chocolate factory that gives you free chocolate at the end?! I ate literal pounds of chocolate. No park will ever compare." –justing4b69df5f)

18. Silver Dollar City

Where: Branson, Missouri

"This place is the definition of a theme park. EVERYTHING is all in sync with the old-timey theme. They have everything from homemade root beer to glass blowing. Not to mention that their Christmas time atmosphere cannot be beat." –brittanyolivias

19. Carowinds

Where: Charlotte, North Carolina

"I've been going there since I can remember and always get season passes. It's got amazing roller coasters and a water park and their Halloween Scarowinds has the best haunted houses! I've seen rides come and go and I still love it!" –katelynnicolej


20. Knott's Berry Farm

Where: Buena Park, California

"Fried chicken, berries, log rides, history, and Snoopy on Ice. Need I say more?" –Lasdosfridas

21. King's Island

Where: Mason, Ohio

"Any roller coaster junkie would love it, I know I did. 23 roller coasters in one day, motion sickness for 2 days after. It was worth it." –elisas457292e30

22. Canobie Lake Park

Where: Salem, New Hampshire

"It's fun, affordable, has tons of rides, and you'll rarely be waiting in lines. It has even got a Boston Tea Party-inspired ride and a dark ride through a haunted mine. I go to Canobie at least once a year, it's a really fantastic little place!" –Courtney

23. Efteling

Where: Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

"Efteling in the Netherlands is like walking into a story book, it's soo beautiful!" –folieadeux


24. Valleyfair

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Where: Shakopee, Minnesota

"It consists of 43 rides, a water park, and "Planet Snoopy". The main attraction is the Wild Thing, which is one of the tallest roller coasters in the world at 210 feet tall. If you are ever in Minnesota, I would advise stopping there." –Abbster05

26. Sesame Place

Where: Langhorne, Pennsylvania

"It's a children's amusement park solely based on Sesame Street. There's a whole water park, and there's a roller coaster devoted to Grover. A must-do for all kids who want to travel!" –Obsessivefangirl

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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