Top 10 Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In Washington DC, USA

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Washington DC is the capital city of the United States of America. A meaningful visit to this place is easy to plan. Expect a capital city to have monuments and historical sites that attract millions of tourists every year. Yet, being a prominent place, Washington DC also has plenty to offer in terms of fun and entertainment. It can easily be your favorite destination for carnivals and theme parks. Every adrenaline junkie answers to the clarion call of an exciting ride that freezes your face in a soundless scream of delight. Washington DC’s roller coasters are theme park icons. For children who find happiness in parks and playgrounds with slides and swings and an ice cream truck nearby, America’s capital city should not disappoint. Scroll down for our top theme parks and amusement parks in Washington DC, the USA.

1. Westminster Park

According to reviews, the positive vibe at Westminster Park is undeniable. In the summer, there are fun water options. For the rest of the year, toddlers and older children alike will no doubt enjoy the well-maintained toys and equipment. A colorful mural is a welcoming sign, and it’s never overcrowded. They say Westminster Park is a neighborhood secret that is gradually becoming a Washington DC destination. The trees offer adequate shade, and there is a protective fencing that separates the park from the streets. Young mavericks can satisfy their need for speed with little cars and bikes that anyone can use. It’s about time your family discovered Westminster Park’s secrets!

Westminster Park

Address: 934 Westminster St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, United States

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2. Magic Ground

If you can find Washington Sports Club on the map, then Magic Ground is right next door to it. The Playground, Toddler’s Cave, and Show Hall are some of the features of the indoor kids’ zone. When the children have had enough of the ball pit and climbing maze they can proceed to the ace painting nook. It’s free of charge! If you didn’t have enough time to prepare snacks, don’t fret. The second-level snack bar is fully stocked with kiddie favorites. Your kids can also visit Magic Ground, where wizardry happens every day.

Magic Ground

Address: 3100 14th St NW 3rd level, Washington, DC 20010, United States

Website: Magic Ground

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 9am - 9pm

Price: 5 - 18 USD

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3. Six Flags America

Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Great America 16
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jeremy Thompson used under CC BY 2.0

Here’s a must-do list for the thrill-seekers out there: Wild One, Mind Eraser, Roar, the Great Chase, Joker’s Jinx (which is green and purple), Superman: Ride of Steel, Batwing, Ragin Cajun, and Firebird. One of them is the only floorless roller coaster in America. That’s the Firebird, folks! The roller coasters of Six Flags America wait quietly to test your mettle. Make time for Gotham City and Looney Tunes Movie Town as well. Located in Prince George’s County, Maryland and still within the Washington DC metropolitan area, Six Flags is a great destination for children and adults alike.

Six Flags America

Address: 13710 Central Ave, Bowie, MD 20721, United States

Website: Six Flags America

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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Washington Tour Guide

Annie Leguennec

Annie Leguennec

My name is Annie. I am a local Tour guide based in Philadelphia enjoying fully what the city has to offer with its deep history, street arts, murals, architecture, traditional food, black history, Farmer Markets, green space, a melting pot of neighborhoods and its great locals. I am looking for to welcome you and show you this incredible city where you will gain a better understanding of the city's rich heritage and its continuing legacy as the birthplace of the United States of America. Book my tour. Explore and learn about this unique city where you will walk on the footsteps of our America's founding Fathers. My tours are conducted in English, French and Italian.

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Washington Tour Guide

Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!!

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4. Adventure Park USA

Larry and Angie Stottlemyer started a new exploit in 2003 and called it Adventure Park USA. The couple put in their heart and soul to offer Maryland the biggest family entertainment center, and it’s been well received. Outdoor and indoor entertainment options welcome visitors year-round. The facility has a Wild West theme but also features Go-Kart and Skycoaster. Give them a holler and ask how to avail of a VIP membership, which would ensure non-stop amusement for the entire family.

Adventure Park USA

Address: 11113 Baldwin Rd, Monrovia, MD 21770, United States

Website: Adventure Park USA

Opening hours: Mon- Thu: 11am - 6:30pm; Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7:30 pm

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5. Cameron Run Regional Park

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Are you open to suggestions? Consider this itinerary at Cameron Run Regional Park in Northern Virginia. A picnic, the batting cages, or miniature golf would be a good start to the day. Pencil in an hour or two for lunch, then allot an entire carefree afternoon at Great Waves Waterpark. This water escapade is way cool - there is a kiddie lagoon, a wading area, as well as big slides and small slides for kids big and small. A wave pool is available for the courageous ones, and lifeguards are always around to ensure their safety. There are plenty of places for Instagram-worthy photo opportunities too.

Cameron Run Regional Park

Address: 4001 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304, United States

Website: Cameron Run Regional Park

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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6. City of Gaithersburg Water Park at Bohrer Park

Lovely out here

Posted by Akua Afoah on Sunday, 25 August 2019

The mini-golf is nice, but the double water slide that spools out into the main pool is great, particularly for children. If you are a child and you get into a slide that is 250 feet (76 meters) long, you’d probably want to live in Gaithersburg, Maryland so that you can visit the water park at Bohrer Park every day. Gaithersburg manages the outdoor entertainment features, and they go out of their way to keep it interesting and safe for the 80,000 patrons who arrive every year. It’s not just a favorite but also a prime destination for Washington residents.

City of Gaithersburg Water Park at Bohrer Park

Address: 512 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Website: City of Gaithersburg Water Park

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7. Volcano Island Waterpark

Posted by Volcano Island Waterpark on Thursday, 20 June 2019

You better believe there’s a Volcano Island in Sterling, Virginia. It’s man-made and sits serenely within Algonkian Regional Park. There’s more to Volcano Island Waterpark than wading pools and waterslides. There’s a 500-gallon (1,892-liter) dumping bucket and for many, that is a singular experience in itself! Though designed particularly for the enjoyment of children, adults will find the place great for splashing around. The tropical-themed park encourages rest and relaxation for everyone. Now, head off to have fun at Volcano Island!

Volcano Island Waterpark

Address: 20015 Volcano Island Dr, Sterling, VA 20165, United States

Website: Volcano Island Waterpark

Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)

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8. The Carousel at National Harbor

Posted by DJ Glisson II on Sunday, 22 September 2019

They say that a carousel symbolizes innocence, memory, and infinity. The classic forms and bright colors of the rotating marvel at National Harbor is the epitome of all these qualities. “Theme park American at its best” - this is a typical description for the carousel here in Maryland. It is near the sandy beach and, oftentimes, you have to line up for your turn. The park has a children’s playground, and a Ferris wheel called ‘Capital Wheel’ is in the vicinity.

The Carousel at National Harbor

Address: 137 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, United States

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm

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9. SplashDown Waterpark

Splashdown Waterpark
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ben Schumin used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Are you going for the Tropical Twister slide or the Lazy River? That is one of the decisions you have to make at SplashDown Waterpark in Manassas, Virginia. Then there is Pipeline Tower to consider. No matter where you decide to go first, expect your kids to want to try out everything. The bigger rides can be a bit overwhelming, but the younger ones will have a grand time giggling their way around zero-depth waterways and gentle fountains. SplashDown is the largest summer destination of its kind in Northern Virginia, so expect lots of people there cooling off.

SplashDown Waterpark

Address: 7500 Ben Lomond Park Rd, Old Town Manassas, VA 20109, United States

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10. Ocean Dunes Waterpark

The water is crystal clear, the sun is shining, and the waterpark is calling your name! Don't miss out!

Posted by Upton Hill Regional Park / Ocean Dunes Waterpark on Friday, 2 September 2016

Arlington’s Upton Hill Regional Park has a beach-themed open space full of tube slides, fountains, water slides, and a dumping bucket. If you can reach Ocean Dunes Waterpark in half an hour, then you don’t have to drive all the way to the ocean. You will also find waterpark favorites like a closed slide and a dumping bucket. They have a “Senior Swim Week” promo for visitors 55 years and older who want to spend the day around the water. This park definitely has it all, with plenty of fun and relaxation for kids and adults alike.

Ocean Dunes Waterpark

Address: 6060 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205, United States

Website: Ocean Dunes Waterpark

Opening hours: Mon - Tue, Thu - Sun: 11am - 7pm; Wed: 1pm - 7pm

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Summer is just around the corner

The potential thrill or novelty of experiencing an amusement park ride is a huge motivation for theme park fans. For children, it may be enough to have an open playground and a variety of outdoor equipment to explore for the first time. This summer, outdoor playgrounds, theme parks, and water parks will be loaded with children and adults wanting to get away from their usual routine even just for a day. Make a list of where your family wants to go and check out discounts and passes to enjoy awesome rides and slides for half the price!

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