Amusement Today has announced its top picks for the"Golden Ticket Awards," which highlight the best of amusement parks across the country.

The list, created through an international poll, divides theme parks into various categories, including best amusement, best water and best marine life parks.

Even though the list doesn't delve into anything abandoned, or suggest rides worth waiting in line for , or even the newest attractions across America, it gives a quick what's what of the best of the U.S.

Check out some of the list below and add your favorites to the slideshow.


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  • Best amusement park: Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

  • Friendliest park: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • Best waterpark: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

  • Best seaside park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California

  • Cleanest park: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN

  • Best marine life park: SeaWorld Orlando

  • Best new amusement park ride: Wild Eagle at Dollywood

  • Best wooden coaster: El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

  • Best steel coaster: Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio