Theme parks are often marketed to families with kids. However, plenty of adults love to visit these parks “kid-free” to be able to enjoy certain attractions, like a thrilling roller coaster or a bar serving up some delicious alcoholic drinks, for example. If you’re looking for an especially fun time visiting a theme park as a grownup, then be sure to check out these top U.S. theme parks for adults.
1. Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California
If thrill rides are your thing, be sure to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain. This theme park currently has 18 roller coasters, the most of any theme park in the world. That’s enough to spend your entire day flying up to soaring heights, dropping down perilous peaks and riding coasters that go upside-down, backwards and every which way. You’ll go over 100 mph on some of these coasters, many of which have height requirements over 50 inches. You can also check out the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom ride which includes a free fall from 400 feet in the air.
2. Universal Studios Hollywood – Universal City, California
This movie studio and theme park is has plenty of attractions that aren’t so kid-friendly, but that many adults will love. The Revenge of the Mummy indoor steel roller coaster is the most intense ride on the property and is a bit too scary for little ones. Speaking of scary, another can’t-miss attraction that adults will love is Universal’s House of Horrors, a year-round haunted house which features appearances from the Wolfman, Frankenstein and other frightening horror movie characters. You can also visit creepy sets like the Bates motel from “Psycho.” Finish off your visit with a stroll through Universal CityWalk Hollywood, a three-block entertaining and dining complex with plenty of night clubs and bars for adults only.
3. Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio
It may not seem the likeliest of places for an awesome theme park, but Ohio’s Cedar Point is often cited as one of the best in the world. This park features dozens of rides, 17 roller coasters and a water park. Several of their roller coasters have broken world records in the past, including the Magnum XL-200 which is among the tallest and fastest steel coasters in the world. Don’t miss the 90-degree drop on Top Thrill Dragster, a coaster which reaches speeds of 120 mph and a height of 400 feet. The Giant Frisbee pendulum ride called maXair is one of only two in existence. Each day, Cedar Point sells a select number of “Fast Lane” tickets which put you at the front of the line for the thrill rides. Kick back for a meal and an alcoholic beverage at Tomo Hibachi, T.G.I. Friday’s, Last Chance Saloon or Red Garter Saloon, all located on-site.
4. Discovery Cove – Orlando, Florida
If one of your pet peeves is crowds full of screaming kids, then check out Discovery Cove in Orlando. This all-inclusive theme park limits their attendance to 1,300 guests per day and operates on a reservation system. You can choose from a number of fascinating park experiences, including swimming with dolphins, wading in an oasis with otters, snorkeling in a coral reef and hand-feeding exotic animals. The all-inclusive perk means you get breakfast, lunch, snacks and even some alcohol beverages included in the price of your ticket. You also get unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark around the date of your reservation, and a small extra fee will also add Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to that list. With excellent guest service, a lack of crowds and a resort-like atmosphere, this theme park is especially enticing for adults vacationing without kids.
Just because theme parks are fun for kids, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be just as fun for adults. At the theme parks on this list, adults will be more than entertained for a full day of excitement and thrills. Plus, with these “grown-up” only attractions, it means that kids are less of an issue when it comes to crowding and chaos. Enjoy your adult-only getaway by visiting one of these fun theme parks in the United States.