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The Top Amusement Parks, Water Parks, Zoos, and Aquariums


TripAdvisor is out with its Travelers' Choice awards. They highlight the top parks worldwide, based on millions of user reviews.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL, rates as the best amusement park in the US as well as in the world and the San Diego Zoo ranks as the best zoo in the US and the world, according to TripAdvisor. The travel site released its Travelers’ Choice awards on Wednesday, acknowledging 289 winners worldwide based on the site’s millions of reviewers.

In case you’re still searching for a getaway, here are TripAdvisor’s 10 top US amusement parks, zoos, and aquariums.

Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure (courtesy image)

US Amusement Parks

1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL

2. Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL

3. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL

4. Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL

6. Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, FL

7. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA

8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL

9. Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH

10. SeaWorld Orlando, FL

US Zoos

1. San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA

2. Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, NE

3. St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, MO

4. Zoological Wildlife Foundation, Miami, FL

5. Cape May County Park and Zoo, Cape May, NJ

6. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, CO

7. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Fort Wayne, IN

8. Memphis Zoo, Memphis, TN

9. Zoo Miami, Miami, FL

10. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA

Water Country USA

Water Country USA (courtesy image)

US Water Parks

1. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando, FL

2. Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Orlando, FL

3. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN

4. Aquatica, Orlando, FL

5. Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA

6. NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills, TX

7. Slidewaters, Chelan, WA

8. Roaring Springs Waterpark, Meridian, ID

9. Lost Island Water Park, Waterloo, IA

10. Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie, PA

US Aquariums

1. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

2. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

3. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg, TN

4. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN

5. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota, FL

6. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL

7. National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

8. Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, TX

9. Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, AK

10. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Marathon, FL

What are your favorites? Comment below or discuss with me on Twitter, @familyitrips.

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