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Illinois — Six Flags Great America: Limited-time offer of $81.99 for a season pass. Save 57 percent off the regular season pass price of $189.99. Experience Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor for one price. Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Six Flags Great America offers endless fun for the entire family. The park is ideal for roller-coaster enthusiasts. Imagine you’re the “Caped Crusader” himself when you’re zooming down Batman The Ride. It will have your heart pounding in the first few seconds. There are plenty of water park and kid rides, too, plus shows to catch when you need a break.
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There’s no better way to celebrate summer than by taking a trip to an amusement park. Whether you love the roller coasters and thrill rides, the live entertainment and characters, or the delicious (and getting better) theme park food, the summer season and your travel plans are not complete without a visit.

Besides, when was the last time you got the thrill of looking down from the top of a roller coaster, just before it goes hurtling downhill? Can you really count your summer as complete without getting soaked on a log ride, spinning on a tilt-a-whirl, or exploring some of the fun new virtual reality offerings that parks are adding to rides?

Fortunately for us, GOBankingRates.com looked at every state’s theme park offerings around the U.S. and selected a popular amusement or water park with an especially good deal, while also highlighting some local favorites that visitors may not be aware of. So click through to start planning your summer excursions and to learn theme park secrets only insiders know, while saving some of your hard-earned dollars to boot.

Looking for more deals all around the country? Take a look at the gallery below to find free things to do in every state:

Or cool things to do for under $20: