Included in the list is how vacationers can enjoy additional savings at each park, and typically the resort's on-site campground plays a prominent role in that regard.
"Amusement parks are a quintessential part of summer break for families," explained Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. "Whether you're on vacation, or staying home, a day at an amusement park can be an extra-special treat for kids, and a fun bonding experience for the entire family. With so many new rides and attractions, it's the perfect time to visit one of these top parks."
This year's list includes:
Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio
What's New: Rougarou, a floorless roller coaster, and extensive renovations at Hotel Breakers, an affiliate hotel.
Savings Tip: Stay at Cedar Point's onsite hotels and campground and receive discounted admission of 37% off.
Carowinds – Charlotte, N.C.
What's New: Fury 325, the world's tallest and fastest giga-coaster.
Savings Tip: The park's onsite campgrounds and hotel both offer free shuttle service and discounted admission to the park.
Knoebels – Elysburg, Pa.
What's New: Impulse, a steel tower roller coaster.
Savings Tip: With no admission cost, visitors pay per ride or game – with rides starting around $1 each.
Hersheypark – Hershey, Pa.
What's New: Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning glow-coaster in the U.S.
Savings Tip: Stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort, or at an official resort of Hersheypark, for discounted admission to the park and area attractions.
Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
What's New: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, featuring two pools, a kids' club, family suites and a spa.
Savings Tip: Buy a "Splash and Play" three day, multi-park ticket and save more than 30% on the combined cost of daily tickets.
Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, N.J.
What's New: El Diablo, a looping coaster inspired by the Jersey Devil.
Savings Tip: Save up to $25 when purchasing tickets online.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Williamsburg, Va.
What's New: Tempesto, a new coaster hurling riders at speeds of over 60 mph.
Savings Tip: Save $20 when purchasing Bounce Tickets online – including admission to Busch Gardens, Water Country and Colonial Williamsburg.
Silver Dollar City – Branson, Mo.
What's New: 10 new family attractions at Fireman's Landing, including a free-fall drop ride and water spray area.
Savings Tip: Enter the park after 3 p.m. and return the next consecutive day for free.
Knott's Berry Farm – Buena Park, Calif.
What's New: Voyage to the Iron Reef, an interactive 4-D ride.
Savings Tip: Purchase tickets online – three days or more in advance – and save $25 on each ticket.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, Texas
What's New: Batman The Ride, with 4-D features and two 90-degree drops.
Savings Tip: Purchase tickets online and save up to $20 on admission.