15 Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks
Branson, Missouri: Silver Dollar City
Ozark culture mixes with traditional theme park fare on this scenic wooded property near Table Rock Lake. More than 100 craftspeople sell wares -- from jewelry to homemade candy -- among the park's 30 rides and attractions (800/475-9370; bransonsilverdollarcity.com).
Big Thrill: WildFire (pictured) zips brave riders through five inversions at speeds reaching 66 mph. Admire the beautiful view before plunging down the 15-story drop.
Family Favorite: Prepare to get soaked on the Lost River of the Ozarks rapids ride. Circular rafts take groups of six through torrential waters and a misty cave.
Travel Tip: When it comes to amusement park food, Silver Dollar City reigns. Swing by Sullivan's Mill for a loaf of Frank Capps' to-die-for cinnamon bread.