Family Fun while on Assignment

May 4, 2021 | Allied Healthcare, Travel Nursing

Summer is quickly approaching, and we’re seeing things slowly return to “normal.” That means event centers, larger gatherings and amusement parks are re-opening

Last summer was one for the books as many places were closed due to COVID-19 and many vacations were put on hold or cancelled altogether.

Check out these healthcare traveler-favorite cities with amusement and waterparks within driving distance. Many of these parks are currently open or are opening this May. Waterparks will open this June, (if not open already). 

For hours of operation, be sure to check each parks site linked below and COVID protocols.

Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios

The Jurassic World: Velocicoaster is brand new and set to open on June 10th!

Disney World

There were many new attractions and resorts that opened in 2020! There are many more opening in 2021 and 2022!

Omaha, Nebraska

Adventureland in Des Moines, IA – 2 hour drive

Dragon Slayer is a 4D free spin roller coaster opening in June 2021

Arnolds Park (open daily starting 5/22) – 3 hour drive

Arnolds Park Legend Roller Coaster is the 13th oldest wooden roller coaster in the world!

Lake Okoboji – 3 hour drive

There are many different cruise options to enjoy the relaxing view of Lake Okoboji. You can choose from daytime or sunset cruises!

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shakopee – Valleyfair – 30 min drive

Power Tower is a top favorite at Valleyfair, as you have 2 different options. You can either slowly be brought to the top and then be dropped at 50 MPH, or you can be launched to the top and slowly come back down!

Nickelodeon Universe

The Mall of America is filled with hundreds of stores and restaurants and right in the middle is Nickelodeon Universe! What is better than a shopping mall and an amusement park all in one! There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Chicago, Illinois

Water Park of America – Wisconsin Dells – 3 hour drive

MT. Olympus is one of many attraction sites in the Dells. They have an Outdoor Waterpark, Indoor Waterpark, and an outdoor Amusement park. Also, if you are a mini-golf aficionado, there are 91 hole to keep you putting!

Six Flags Great America

Maxx Foxx is a thrill ride, you will go from 0-78mph in the blink of an eye, go upside down twice at 175 feet above ground, and zoom thru the world’s fastest inversion at 60mph!

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Six Flags Frontier

Gully Washer is a thriller waterslide, as you will plunge off a 66ft tall tower down three enclosed body slides, going thru narrow loops and twisting tunnels.

Safari Joes H2O – 1.5 hour drive

The ambiance is complete with tropical sounds of birds and iguanas. There’s a family-friendly attraction for all ages.

Kansas City, Missouri

Worlds Of Fun & Oceans of Fun

Brand new in 2020 is the Riptide Raceway featuring a racing waterslide that includes four slides totaling 486 feet long. One of the longest of its kind!

Boston, Massachusetts

Cape Codder Resort & Spa – 1.5 hour drive

This Resort and Spa features 30,000 sq feet of indoor and outdoor water areas!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Blue Bayou Waterpark – 1.5 hour drive

The waterpark has a handful of world’s largest waterslides!

Tampa, Florida

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is divided into 10 different African-themed regions. The Cheetah Hunt is a triple launch coaster that will launch you as fast as a cheetah runs! The coaster is 4,400 feet and is the longest ride at the park.

Cleveland, Ohio

Cedar Point – 1 hour drive

You will be able to enjoy the amusement park and the beach in one visit as it’s located on a beach just off of Lake Erie.

Spokane, Washington

Silverwood Theme Park – 1 hour drive

Talk about a thrill ride with Aftershock, as this ride will take you 191 feet above the park through a cobra roll and inverted loop, oh and you will be going backwards the whole time!

We are excited that many of our top cities with open assignments have something fun for you and your family to do! Grab your planner and make up for a lost year by adding one (or more) of these amusement parks to your family summer vacation.

Summer Fun 2021