Finding fun in your own backyard may be difficult for some, especially if you live in a rural area. With fewer attractions and nearby forms of entertainment to enjoy, you may be used to driving to a larger city to have a night out on the town. For the kids, this may prove to be even more difficult as they age, as they want to enjoy games, rides and a variety of other entertainment. Carnivals are perhaps one of the oldest forms of entertainment that can be found even in smaller cities, making it possible to have a fun time with the family at least once per year. Below, Fun Crew USA introduces you to the top five carnivals in the United States so that you’ll know what to look out for when you hear one of them is coming to town near you.
Amusements of America
Traveling all across the eastern seaboard and interior, Amusements of America is a well-established carnival that features more than 100 different rides and attractions. From carnival game rentals that are stored in each individual town to dozens of different rides like Ferris wheels, tilt-a-whirls and mini-roller coasters, you and your kids will be able to have a blast when this carnival comes to town. Plenty of carnival shows and a petting zoo also follow the carnival wherever it goes.
Minnesota State Fair
One of the largest carnival gatherings in the country – third, in fact – the Minnesota State Fair draws close to two million people each year for a variety of fun times. With an adventure park, agricultural exhibits, big-name shows from hit artists, a huge parade and talent contests, you can have a ball before even getting to the main rides and attractions. Held in late August and early September, the carnival and state fair lasts for ten days.
Los Angeles County Fair
Open for roughly one month beginning Labor Day weekend, the Los Angeles County Fair is one of the biggest carnivals and fairs on the West Coast of the United States. With its End of Summer Concert Series, you’ll be able to enjoy music from all genres. A petting zoo, children’s performance shows, horse riding, and literally hundreds of carnival rides and carnival game rentals on-site, you and the family will never be bored at this all-encompassing fall festival.
North Carolina State Fair
Every spring – from mid to late October – the fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina swell as they hold hundreds of thousands of people wanting to have fun with friends and family. You’ll find plenty of rides and games for the masses at this carnival, but also a variety of other attractions. There are agricultural and general exhibits, plenty of class-act entertainment, concerts, and more to enjoy for those who might not want to be scared or dizzy from the dozens of rides.
Georgia National Fair
Huge in its own right and reaffirmed by the half million people who attended last year, the Georgia National Fair is held in Perry every single year. You’ll be able to enjoy the very best in concerts from the Reeves Arena on-site, partake in horse shows and livestock exhibitions – the biggest of its kind in the country – enjoy dozens of unique and widely-recognized carnival rides, play games, and even enjoy a variety of free attractions. A huge party to be sure, hundreds of thousands flock from all over the country to enjoy the GNF every year.
While these five carnivals and fairs made the top list, there are dozens more that may be closer to your neighborhood. Even the smallest of carnivals can be fun with the right people, so be sure to consider heading to one near you soon.