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Old 01-04-2018, 05:29 AM
 
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In terms of MAJOR zoos and MAJOR theme parks, Charlotte doesn't have a zoo. They have a safari-type ride-through zoo in one of its northern suburbs called LAzy 5 Ranch. It's actually really nice. Took my kids there when they were little. They do have a major theme (Carowinds). It's really good and the major water park attached to it is included in park admission.

Major metros/cities with NO MAJOR theme parks (1 million or more annual visitors): Miami, Jacksonville, Birmingham, New Orleans (use to have a Six Flags), Houston (use to have a Six Flags), Austin, Memphis, Nashville (use to have Opryland), Greensboro, Raleigh, Hartford, Providence, Boston, Cleveland (use to have a Six Flags AND Seaworld), Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Riverside (CA), Honolulu.

Major metros that DO have major theme parks: Orlando (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld - 7), Tampa (Busch Gardens), Charlotte (Carowinds), Atlanta (Six Flags Over Georgia), Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Busch Gardens), Richmond (Kings Dominion), Louisville (Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom), Washington DC (Six Flags America), Pittsburgh (Kennywood Park), Harrisburg (Hershey Park), New York City (Six Flags Great Adventure), Rochester (Six Flags Darien Lake), Cincinnati (Kings Island), Grand Rapids (Michigan Adventures), Chicago (Six Flags Great America), Minneapolis (Valley Fair), Kansas City (Worlds of Fun), St. Louis (Six Flags Mid America), Oklahoma City (Six Flags Frontier City), Dallas/Ft. Worth (Six Flags Over Texas), San Antonio (Six Flags Fiesta, Seaworld), Denver (Six Flags Elitch Gardens), Salt Lake City (Lagoon), San Francisco/San Jose (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Great America), Los Angeles (Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm), San Diego (Seaworld)
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:45 PM
 
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Houston lost Astroworld decades ago and nothing has opened in its place.
Amusement Park

Kemah Boardwalk
Pleasure Pier

Smh
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:47 PM
 
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In terms of MAJOR zoos and MAJOR theme parks, Charlotte doesn't have a zoo. They have a safari-type ride-through zoo in one of its northern suburbs called LAzy 5 Ranch. It's actually really nice. Took my kids there when they were little. They do have a major theme (Carowinds). It's really good and the major water park attached to it is included in park admission.

Major metros/cities with NO MAJOR theme parks (1 million or more annual visitors): Miami, Jacksonville, Birmingham, New Orleans (use to have a Six Flags), Houston (use to have a Six Flags), Austin, Memphis, Nashville (use to have Opryland), Greensboro, Raleigh, Hartford, Providence, Boston, Cleveland (use to have a Six Flags AND Seaworld), Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Riverside (CA), Honolulu.

Major metros that DO have major theme parks: Orlando (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld - 7), Tampa (Busch Gardens), Charlotte (Carowinds), Atlanta (Six Flags Over Georgia), Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Busch Gardens), Richmond (Kings Dominion), Louisville (Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom), Washington DC (Six Flags America), Pittsburgh (Kennywood Park), Harrisburg (Hershey Park), New York City (Six Flags Great Adventure), Rochester (Six Flags Darien Lake), Cincinnati (Kings Island), Grand Rapids (Michigan Adventures), Chicago (Six Flags Great America), Minneapolis (Valley Fair), Kansas City (Worlds of Fun), St. Louis (Six Flags Mid America), Oklahoma City (Six Flags Frontier City), Dallas/Ft. Worth (Six Flags Over Texas), San Antonio (Six Flags Fiesta, Seaworld), Denver (Six Flags Elitch Gardens), Salt Lake City (Lagoon), San Francisco/San Jose (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Great America), Los Angeles (Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm), San Diego (Seaworld)
Six Flags Great america is really far from NYC... but they have Cony Island
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:55 PM
 
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Amusement Park

Kemah Boardwalk
Pleasure Pier

Smh
He meant the literal land that Astroworld was on, not just in the Houston area in general. There's also supposedly a new super park called "Great Texas Theme Park" coming to a different part of the Houston area in 2020.
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Old 01-06-2018, 02:49 AM
 
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Memphis use to have Liberty Land.
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Old 01-08-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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Six Flags Great america is really far from NYC... but they have Cony Island
Great Adventure is like 90 minutes from NYC. You can even grab a bus at port authority or Penn station.

Not exactly in the city, but not exactly really far away. Like so much in NJ, Great Adventure was built to serve NYC, Philly or both. Six Flags is an easy trip from both.
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Old 01-08-2018, 06:06 PM
 
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Six Flags Great america is really far from NYC... but they have Cony Island
New York City: Six Flags Great Adventure is in New Jersey and closer to Philly than NYC.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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Six Flags Great america is really far from NYC... but they have Cony Island
A lot of these aren't in the actual central cities of the metro area, but in the metro itself. Six Flags is 68 miles from NYC, but draws from the NYC metro area and 54 miles from Philly and draws from there as well. I should've made that distinction than it wasn't right in the NYC metro......... I was just listing major theme parks (1 million+ annual visitors). The information I had for Coney Island was from 2012, at well under 1 million. BUT, I looked up some more sources to get more recent info, and in 2015 they have a record-breaking year with 1.5 million. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-09-2018, 05:54 PM
 
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In terms of MAJOR zoos and MAJOR theme parks, Charlotte doesn't have a zoo. They have a safari-type ride-through zoo in one of its northern suburbs called LAzy 5 Ranch. It's actually really nice. Took my kids there when they were little. They do have a major theme (Carowinds). It's really good and the major water park attached to it is included in park admission.

Major metros/cities with NO MAJOR theme parks (1 million or more annual visitors): Miami, Jacksonville, Birmingham, New Orleans (use to have a Six Flags), Houston (use to have a Six Flags), Austin, Memphis, Nashville (use to have Opryland), Greensboro, Raleigh, Hartford, Providence, Boston, Cleveland (use to have a Six Flags AND Seaworld), Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Riverside (CA), Honolulu.

Major metros that DO have major theme parks: Orlando (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld - 7), Tampa (Busch Gardens), Charlotte (Carowinds), Atlanta (Six Flags Over Georgia), Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Busch Gardens), Richmond (Kings Dominion), Louisville (Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom), Washington DC (Six Flags America), Pittsburgh (Kennywood Park), Harrisburg (Hershey Park), New York City (Six Flags Great Adventure), Rochester (Six Flags Darien Lake), Cincinnati (Kings Island), Grand Rapids (Michigan Adventures), Chicago (Six Flags Great America), Minneapolis (Valley Fair), Kansas City (Worlds of Fun), St. Louis (Six Flags Mid America), Oklahoma City (Six Flags Frontier City), Dallas/Ft. Worth (Six Flags Over Texas), San Antonio (Six Flags Fiesta, Seaworld), Denver (Six Flags Elitch Gardens), Salt Lake City (Lagoon), San Francisco/San Jose (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Great America), Los Angeles (Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm), San Diego (Seaworld)
Cleveland's closer to Cedar Point than New York City is to Six Flags Great Adventure.
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Thanks everyone for reminding me how spoiled I was growing up in between Cedar Point, the Toledo Zoo and the Columbus Zoo. The best amusement park in America and two of the best zoos.


Ohio knows how to do zoos.

#1 Toledo
#3 Cincinnati
#5 Columbus


Best US Zoos: 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards
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