It's that time of year again. School's letting out, the sun is shining and it's time to take that well-deserved vacation. To help you plan the ultimate summer trip, we asked a panel of theme park industry experts to nominate their favorite amusement parks, hotels, restaurants, entertainment and water parks from coast to coast.
We need your help crowning our winners. Vote for your favorites in each category once per day until polls close on Monday, June 17 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, June 28. Click on each category below to vote.
Best Amusement Park
Which amusement park is at the top of your summer wish list? — Photo courtesy of iStock / Imgorthand
The U.S. is home to more than 400 amusement parks and attractions drawing some 375 million visitors annually, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. That's an overwhelming number of options when faced with planning that perfect family vacation.
Best Amusement Park Entertainment
You don't need to be a thrill seeker to be entertained — Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg
America's amusement parks offer a whole lot more than thrills. Some of the best parks also provide plentiful entertainment opportunities ideal for taking a break between rides or celebrating the end of a great day at the park. From parades to fireworks shows, these 20 entertainment options were chosen by a panel of theme park experts as the best in the U.S., and now we're asking you to vote for your favorite.
Best Amusement Park Hotel
These 20 hotels set the scene for a perfect theme park vacation — Photo courtesy of iStock / Nattakorn Maneerat
A day at a theme park is undeniably fun, but it can be exhausting as well. Staying on property means all your favorite park offerings lie practically right outside your front door, and getting back for an afternoon swim in the pool or to crash in the evening is easier than ever.
Best Amusement Park Restaurant
Which park offers the best eats? — Photo courtesy of iStock / monkeybusinessimages
Gone are the days when amusement park food consisted of overpriced hot dogs and cotton candy. These 20 amusement park restaurants were chosen as the best in North America by a panel of industry experts for their food, atmosphere and service.
Best Indoor Water Park
It feels like summer all year at these indoor water parks — Photo courtesy of iStock / Liliboas
Whether it's cold outside or you just need a break from the summer sun, indoor water parks offer an opportunity for watery fun no matter the season.
Best Outdoor Water Park
Where do you go for fun in the sun? — Photo courtesy of iStock / kali9
When the heat of summer descends, millions of visitors head to America's water parks to cool off. We asked a panel of experts to nominate their favorite outdoor water parks in the country for the ultimate day of sun and fun.
Best Roller Coaster
Get ready for an adrenaline rush on these top coasters — Photo courtesy of iStock / kuri2000
While thrill rides come in all shapes and sizes these days, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of a well-designed roller coaster. A panel of theme park experts chose these 20 coasters as the best in the U.S., and we need you to crown our winner by voting daily for your favorite.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, June 28.