Want to ride the roller coasters or spin on the Tilt-a-Whirl? There’s no better way to spend a weekend than at an amusement park. Here are five of the biggest, best amusement parks in and around Maryland.

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Adventure Park USA

11113 West Baldwin Road
New Market, MD 21774

Adventure Park offers a roller coaster, the Wildcat, and plenty of attractions for children. There is also a ropes course, arcade, go kart course, bumper boats, playground and laser tag.

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Busch Gardens

One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Busch Gardens has spinning tea cups, a train ride, a sky ride, water rides, a carousel and four roller coasters. There are kid-friendly versions of many of the rides. There’s also a Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

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Hershey Park

100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Hershey Park has 11 roller coasters, some of which are not appropriate for children. They also have water rides. Best of all, however, is Hershey’s Chocolate World, which is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth.

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Kings Dominion

16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047

King’s Dominion has 15 roller coasters, family rides and child-only rides. In 2009, it got its first ever Ferris Wheel, which is not to be missed.

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Six Flags America

13710 Central Avenue
Bowie/Mitchellville, MD 20721

Six Flags has a great water park, fun rides for the whole family and 10 roller coasters that are guaranteed to thrill you.