Definitions For The
Three Types Of Theme Parks

I have used the generic term "theme park" when referring to any of the three types of theme parks, amusement parks and water parks

The terms "theme park" and "amusement park" are often used interchangeably.

All three types of theme parks are designed to feature rides and attractions that will appeal to every member of the family.

Amusement Parks

Amusement park is the standard term for a collection of rides and attractions used for entertaining large groups of people.

They are more elaborate than a simple city park or playground and feature traditional carnival rides and games without specific themes.

Amusement parks are permanently located entertainment centers unlike carnivals or fairs and are also open either all or part of the year.

Theme Parks

Theme parks are modern, large-scaled (O.K., huge!) amusement parks devoted to a central theme.

They may consist of several themed areas within the same park with rides and attractions that support that theme.

Theme parks are always open year round.

Water Parks

A water park is a water playground with attractions that include water slides, tubes, flumes, fountains, lazy rivers and wave pools.

To satisfy the land-lubbers, some water parks often have amusement parks within the same compound.

They are open from late spring through early fall.

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