Thrills. Chills. Waterparks: Best amusement parks in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

The USA TODAY Network tapped our amusement park loving staff throughout New Jersey, Delaware and the Hudson Valley in New York to provide this round-up of parks for every comfort level; from those willing to try the latest thrill ride at Six Flags — buckle up for Wonder Woman, daredevils! — to families who prefer a tamer Land of Make Believe.

We’ve got new attractions at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom (off-road safari rides!) Hersheypark’s Reese’s Cupfusion and the new coaster, called Hydra, at the Seaside Park Amusement Pier, as well as some tried-and-trues, including the 100-year-old  Dragon Coaster, at Playland in Rye, New York, and the Runaway Tram at Morey’s in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth. A similar ride will open at Six Flags Great Adventure. (Photo: Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging, Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging)

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey 

Why you should visit: The park, which opened in its gates in 1974, turns 45 this summer. But Six Flags is certainly not stuck in the past — its coasters offer some record-breaking excitement. El Toro is one of the tallest and fastest wooden coasters in the world, measuring at 176 feet high and reaching top speeds of 70 miles per hour.

Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world (456 feet) and the fastest coaster in North America (top speed of 128 miles per hour).

The park also features a safari, the Hurricane Harbor water park and the annual seasonal spectaculars Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park in the fall and winter, respectively.

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