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These are America's best amusement parks

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North America is home to more than 400 amusement parks and attractions, drawing in some 375 million visitors annually. 10Best readers voted these as the 10 best in the U.S.

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10. Hersheypark

This chocolate-lover’s park in Pennsylvania features 121 acres with 70 rides, strolling shows, five stages, a water park and an 11-acre wildlife park, all accessible via a single admission.

9. Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm in Orange County, California really did start out as a berry farm, but today, the park is better known for its lineup of thrill rides and roller coasters.

8. Kennywood

This traditional amusement park outside of Pittsburgh has been in the business of fun since 1898. Highlights include "lands" themed after Thomas & Friends and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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7. Knoebels

Knoebels, the nation's largest free-admission amusement park, offers 64 rides, a 900,000-gallon Crystal Pool, 28 midway games, two arcades and 34 places to grab a bite to eat.

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6. Dollywood

Tucked amid the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, country music-themed Dollywood really shines in its extras, like live craft demonstrations and lavish stage shows.

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5. Busch Gardens Tampa

African-themed Busch Gardens Tampa opened in 1959, making it a trailblazer in the Orlando theme park boom. It's expanded to include nearly 300 acres of attractions, thrill rides and a 12,000-animal zoo.

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4. Kings Island

At Kings Island, the roller coasters reign supreme. The park boasts 15 of them, including the world's longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast, and Diamondback, one of the top steel coasters in the US.

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3. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The European-themed installment of Busch Gardens in Williamsburg transports visitors to England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy circa 17th century.

2. Cedar Point

Located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point bills itself as "the roller coaster capital of the world" with 18 thrilling coasters covering 10 miles of track.

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1. Silver Dollar City

Stepping into Silver Dollar City is like stepping back to an 1880s mining town. Covering over 100 acres, the Branson, Missouri park is the largest family-owned amusement park in the nation.

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