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Best theme parks for toddlers

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Amusement parks for little ones

Theme parks aren't all about thrill rides. Most theme parks also offer special attractions, shows and adventures for toddlers and young children as well. Some parks are completely devoted to the little ones, while others have large sections designated for younger children. Check out some of the best theme parks for toddlers in the country.

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1LEGOLAND California

Who doesn't love Legos? LEGOLAND California, located on more than 128 acres in Carlsbad, was designed for kids ages 2 and up. The park features Miniland USA, created from 20 million Lego blocks, as well as water rides, roller coasters, live shows, boat cruises and much more. Also check out the adjacent Sea Life Aquarium, where kids can learn about marine life.

2Magic Kingdom Theme Park

The Magic Kingdom, inside every Disney location, is perfect for little ones. This theme park features classic rides such as the Dumbo teacup ride, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the carousel and many more. Young kids also love The Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World ride. The Magic Kingdom is what you might consider the original Disneyland (or Disney World).

3Seuss Landing

While visiting Orlando, take your toddlers to experience Seuss Landing at the Islands of Adventure theme park (sister park to Universal Studios Orlando). Young children love Dr. Seuss and all his fun characters, including The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Toddlers will enjoy the park's trolley train ride, carousel, interactive play area and other adventures in this 10-acre section.

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4Sesame Place

Just north of Philadelphia, you'll find Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. This entire theme park is devoted to all your favorite characters from Sesame Street including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo. Little kids love the water attractions, themed rides, live shows, parades and, of course, the costumed characters.

5Planet Snoopy

Though Cedar Point is known for its thrilling roller coasters, this Sandusky, Ohio, theme park also has a special place just for toddlers and young kids. Planet Snoopy offers a bouncy tower, mini teacup ride, Peanuts playground, train ride and other dedicated zones just for wee ones.

6Nickelodeon Universe

If you're visiting the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, (adjacent to Minneapolis), you can't miss Nickelodeon Universe. This is the largest indoor theme park in the country. The park features 24 rides in 7 acres. The popular rides include the first indoor, looping roller coaster in the world. What your toddlers will really love is the meet-and-greet events with Nickelodeon characters that are held every day. If you aren't traveling to Minnesota, your family can also experience the Nick characters while staying at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando. This resort hotel offers themed suites, 13 water park rides, live entertainment and other attractions featuring popular Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

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