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The Best Theme Parks You've Never Heard Of
Near Des Moines, Iowa, Altoona's Adventureland has more than 45 rides across 12 different themed lands, including a Western ghost town and an Alpine Village. Home to America's first Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster, The Monster features a 101-degree hill, numerous twisted drops, corkscrews, and a top speed of 65 miles per hour.
Beech Bend Amusement Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has dozens of family-friendly rides and also features a dragstrip raceway, a camping ground, and Splash Lagoon Water Park. Lounge around in the lazy river or the giant leisure pool, or take a dive down the 55-foot-tall, 500-foot-long Cyclone Saucers water ride.
Beech Bend Amusement Park
On the waterfront in San Diego, California, Belmont Park is a pay-as-you-go amusement park featuring the historic Giant Dipper, a 2,600-foot wooden roller coaster with a 60-foot drop that was built in 1925. The boardwalk also hosts a taco shop, Dole Whip stand, midway snacks, burgers, and more.
Belmont Park
If you want to splash in the water or take in a bunch of thrills, you'll find what you're looking for in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dixie Landin' has three roller coasters, a 200-foot drop tower, a merry-go-round, and more than a few rides that will tip you upside down and the nearby Blue Bayou features five of the world's largest water slides.
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia, has over two dozen rides for the young and the young-at-heart. In addition to a variety of boardwalk-style games and classic rides, Camden Park is notably the home to the Big Dipper, a classic wooden coaster that still has a manual handbrake, and features a tunnel and cars with headlights.
Camden Park