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.
Old Town Theme Park, Florida
Built during the early Eighties, Old Town is the old Florida amusement park that isn't Disney World. Originally intended to be more of a playful shopping experience – among other things, the place is an outdoor mall – the park was largely ride-free until this century, when the Windstorm Roller Coaster, Wave Swinger, and Super Shot were installed. Visitors tend to stay at the Seralago Hotel and Suites (which is owned by astronaut John Glenn) and come back for Saturday night classic car rallies and family fun. The place has a definite southern twang and is more fun for it.
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