The summer is the season for families and friends across America to pack up the car and head off to the fun filled world of a theme park. People enjoy the thrill of roller coasters, treat themselves to the summer sensation of polish sausage, and let the new summer sunbathe and bake their skin as travelers of all ages enjoy the thrills and adventures of summer theme parks.
But what attracts so many people to visit theme parks? One of the best benefits to a theme park vacation is the quantity of entertainment for one easily budgeted price. People are able to do a lot in only one day and even if the meals and trinkets from the souvenirs stands might be a little expensive the overall value of the experience balances out to much less then spending a few nights in a hotel or restore and works out as much cheaper vacation, with the same amount of fun.
Of course, there are also the thrilling adventures that theme parks offer. In general, people are fairly thrill seekers. Why else would horror movies and haunted houses be so popular? When we are scared or excited, our bodies create adrenalin. Adrenalin, like endorphins, makes us happy. It’s a legal drug.
What could be more exciting then a high speed roller coaster with new rides almost every year daring us to brave new heights, new turns and more velocity? The high octane thrill of a tension laden ride as it gradually makes it’s way to the top of a death defying height is unmatched by any other vacation spot.
Although the large rides, like the roller coasters, generally only last a couple of minutes, those few minutes are filled with excitement and are worth the sometimes vast amount of time that the riders must spend waiting in line to get on them.
Some theme parks also complete our need for fantasy. Disneyworld is laden with cartoon characters brought to life. MGM Studios lets their ticket holders get glimpses of their favorite movie sets. Epcot Center explores the world of the future. There is even a theme park dedicated to the Hershey chocolate bar.
There are some theme parks that offer more than thrill rides and fantasies. Dollywood, located in the Smoke Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, has its own fair share of rides and attractions, but also plays an important part in the Appalachian heritage. Traditional Appalachian folk crafts and food items are brought to life in the park. You can also find a wide variety of country music shows by headliners throughout the summer.
Another fun thing about theme parks is that they are one of the last places where an adult can be a child again. Screaming at the top of your lungs is not only permitted but encouraged, it’s okay to walk around all day with wet clothing, and sugary fried cakes can be considered lunch. You can also be photographed with large furry animals.
At the end of the day, the best thing about theme parks is that they are a good place to spend quality time with your family and friends. In today’s world, we are a very busy society and most of the time we have little time for interacting with our loved ones the way that we would like to. Yet, a day at an amusement park provides laughter, bonding, and silliness. It is well worth the price of admission.