Best theme park: This Orlando spot ranked No. 1

USA Today 10Best poll ranks SeaWorld Orlando at the top

SeaWorld Orlando's Ice Breaker opens to the public on Feb. 18, 2022 (McReynolds)

ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Orlando has taken the top spot for best theme park in the country, according to results in a new USA Today online poll.

USA Today said a panel of experts partnered with editors to pick the initial nominees and the top 10 winners were later determined by its readers.

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SeaWorld Orlando not only won for best theme park but also for its all-new attraction, Ice Breaker.

”SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is proud to announce that our parks in Orlando won four USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards in the best theme parks and water parks categories for 2022! SeaWorld Orlando won the #1 award for Best Theme Park, Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando won the #1 award for Best New Attraction, and Aquatica took the #1 spot for Best Outdoor Water Park. Mako at SeaWorld Orlando took the #2 spot for Best Roller Coaster,” leaders said in a statement. “Our goal is to provide fun and inspirational experiences for families and friends through our parks’ up-close animal encounters, thrilling attractions and innovative educational entertainment, designed to insure guests of all ages celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world around them.”

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was also nominated for best theme park. Busch Garden Tampa Bay’s Iron Gwazi, Universal Orlando’s Velocicoaster, and Peppa Pig’s Daddy Pig Roller Coaster were also nominated for best new ride.

Take a look at the results below.

Best theme park:

  • SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, FL
  • Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO
  • Kings Island - Mason, OH
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Tampa, FL
  • Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH
  • Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain - Valencia, CA
  • Holiday World - Santa Claus, IN
  • Hersheypark - Hershey, PA

Best New Attraction

  • Ice Breaker - SeaWorld Orlando
  • Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster - Peppa Pig Theme Park
  • Emperor - SeaWorld San Diego
  • Pantheon - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Tidal Surge - SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Jersey Devil - Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Iron Gwazi - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Wonder Woman Flight of Courage - Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Jurassic VelociCoaster - Universal Orlando
  • Lego Factory Adventure - Legoland New York Resort

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About the Author:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.