There are two types of men: Men who enjoy amusement parks, and men who emphatically do not. The latter group is considerably larger than the former and also wrong. Categorically disliking amusement parks is like categorically disliking restaurants or parties. There is such a wide range of options that the blanket statement is ridiculous. This is especially true in America, which boasts an incredible variety of parks. We've got the big ones – Disney, Six Flags, Universal Studios – but we've also got small ones, old ones, weird ones, and unexpectedly beautiful ones. Here are the spots that will change your mind about amusement parks.
Cedar Point, Ohio
The 144-year-old Cedar Point amusement park is the second oldest operational park in America (behind Connecticut's Lake Compounce) and probably the most memorable. The park is famous for its rides – there are no less than 72 – and it lives up to the hype. From the 50-year-old Blue Streak to the newly-opened GateKeeper, the rides are fast and fun. The park itself is also fascinating; several of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the barkers and employees operate much as they have for generations. It's an Ohio tradition unlike any other and a great weekend destination for anyone living in Philadelphia or D.C.
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