Amusement parks might be our favorite place to visit during the summer months. High admittance fees, however, make us feel more nauseous than we do after a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl. For savings, consider local hotels, which often provide discounted admission with accommodations, or better yet, packages with lodging and tickets at one rate.



1. Hersheypark - Hershey, Pa.


Plenty of hotels in Hershey, Pennsylvania, offer discounts to Hersheypark, but our deal pick is the Hersheypark Package at the Hershey Lodge. The family package includes overnight accommodations, theme park tickets and free breakfast -- plus access to the onsite water park!

2. Schlitterbahn Waterpark - Kansas City, Kan.


Stay at one of four Drury Inn & Suites locations (all lodging partners of Schlitterbahn Waterpark) in Kansas City -- Independence, Airport, Stadium and Overland Park -- and enjoy a $10.99 discount on adult tickets and a $3.99 discount on children's (ages 3 to 11) admission via a Schlitterbahn Waterpark Package, which also includes free breakfast and evening snacks.

3. Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio


When you book a Ticket Package (one, two or three nights) at one of Cedar Point's affiliate hotels -- Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Castaway Bay, Lighthouse Point and Breakers Express -- you'll enjoy admission to the park, along with complimentary shuttle service -- all in one, easy price!

4. Six Flags Great America - Chicago


You're bound to find hotel packages near Six Flags parks across the country, and here's one we really like: the Courtyard Chicago Waukegan/Gurnee (just outside of Chicago) offers a Six Flags Great America Package with two adult tickets and breakfast for two adults and two children, plus complimentary shuttle service to and from the park; additional tickets can be purchased at the hotel. This package allows families to save up to $50 on admission to the park!

5. Knott's Berry Farm - Buena Park, Calif.


At Knott's Berry Farm Hotel (just outside of Anaheim), families have their choice of discount packages, including a Classic Package, which includes overnight accommodations (select a Camp Snoopy room!), tickets to Knott's Berry Farm, a breakfast buffet and free parking.

6. Busch Gardens Tampa - Tampa


Planning a visit to family-favorite St. Pete Beach? In between days on the sand and surf, take a discounted trip to Busch Gardens Tampa, courtesy of Loews Don CeSar Hotel. The historic, pink beauty is offering a Busch Gardens Theme Park Package with two nights' accommodations, two theme park tickets (with choice of all-day dining or access to Adventure Island), and two welcome drinks.

7. Story Land - Glen, N.H.


Enjoy theme park AND water park fun when you book a stay at Red Jacket Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire. The popular hotel offers a Story Land/Kahuna Laguna Package, which includes two nights' accommodations; Story Land admission for each guest; access to Kahuna Laguna, the hotel's water park; and breakfast!

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Written by Amanda Geronikos Norcross


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