Sometimes, the family just needs a day to get away, no worries about packing luggage or booking hotels, just an hour or two drive and a day of fun and adventure. Amusement parks make the perfect day trip, whether you’re looking for thrilling rides, family-friendly entertainment, or some fun splashing around. Here are five amusement parks near Philadelphia to consider for your family’s summer day trip.

Clementon Park & Splash World
Clementon Park & Splash World, located in Clementon, New Jersey, is home to more than two dozen thrill rides, family rides, and children’s rides. The water park also has a Lazy River and the Big Wave Bay wave pool if rides are not your thing. For those more into testing their skill and luck, there are also several games to try your hand at. Feel like relaxing in or by the water while enjoying a movie on the big screen? Check out the park’s Dive-In Movies

Sesame Place
Take your young ones to meet their favorite Sesame Street characters at Sesame Place, located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Check out rides for all ages, both wet and dry, or take in a show featuring the beloved residents of Sesame Street. You can also check out the Neighborhood Street Party Parade. Whether you’re young or young at heart, Sesame Place has something for everyone. In fact, Sesame Place is the first theme park in the world to receive status as a Certified Autism Center by The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
Located in Jackson, New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari houses over 50 rides to excite both younger guests and older thrill-seekers. In addition to the bountiful roller coasters, you can also check out a variety of shows throughout the park and even meet some lovable Looney Tunes characters. Roller coasters not quite your cup of tea? Head over to the Safari Adventure and let skilled drivers take you and your family through a 350-acre animal adventure with more than 1,200 animals from six continents.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Take a trip out to Allentown, Pennsylvania to enjoy the day at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, “two great parks for the price of one.” With more than 40 rides at Dorney Park, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Take a leisurely ride around the carousel or get your heart pumping with rides like Hydra and Possessed. Splashing around more your style? Wildwater Kingdom is home to more than a dozen water rides, including the Runaway River, for those who just want to kick back and relax.

Hershey Park
Where can find roller coasters, splash rides, games, more than 200 animals, live entertainment, and delicious chocolate all in one place? Try Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The whole family can find something in this eclectic park with over 70 rides, both wet and dry, more than 40 carnival games, an 11-acre zoo, daily live shows, and Hershey’s Chocolate World. Oh, and of course, don’t forget all the Hershey characters — from Hershey’s Bar to York Peppermint Pattie!

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