10 Worst-Rated Travel Attractions in the World

Photo of 10 Worst-Rated Travel Attractions in the World by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

It is surprising that the world of travel has some not-so-good lists too. There are must-do lists, top-10 lists, best spots in the world lists, and so much more. But here's a list of some of the worst rated attractions in the world. Simply because they don't really make a good impression for visitors.

If you're wondering about reasons why these attractions are worst-rated, here are some to help you understand the list better. Overhyped expectations, crowds and long queues, unsafe or uncomfortable situations, and limited appeal are some reasons to state. While people across the world may have had good experiences, most people who traveled to these places were left unflattered and disappointed with their overall experience.

Surprisingly, 4 of these 10 least favorite attractions are located in the US. And while these places may remain worst-rated, there are still millions of people across the world who enjoy them, annually.

Let's dive in!

1. Warner Bro's World Abu Dhabi

An air conditioned indoor themed park with over 29 rides to enjoy, Warner Bro's World Abu Dhabi receives over 2 million people annually. While the park has received positive reviews from many visitors, it has also received some negative reviews, which may contribute to its lower rating. Reasons vary from lack to shade, limited food options, and high admission proces.

2. Efteling


Photo of Efteling, Kaatsheuvel by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

Efteling is one of the most popular theme parks in Europe, known for its immersive theming, enchanting fairy-tale atmosphere, and world-class attractions. It attracts over 3 million people every year. The theme park received stunning reviews which have now significantly gone down giving it a landing on this list.

3. Europa Park


Photo of Europa-Park, Rust by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

Europa Park is one of the most popular theme parks in Europe, known for its impressive theming and extensive range of attractions. However, like any theme park, there are significant negative reviews by visitors who had a less-than-ideal experience for various reasons, such as long queues, bad weather, or unexpected closures of attractions.

4. Lincoln Memorial


Photo of Lincoln Memorial, Washington by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

Lincoln Memorial welcomes over 6 million people every year. However, blame the over-crowding or long queues, the percentage of excellent ratings are less than 25%. Some people have criticized the monument for being too crowded, too commercialized, or not well-maintained. Others have complained about issues such as littering, vandalism, or disrespectful behavior by other visitors.

5. Universal Studios Singapore


Photo of Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

This one on the list is pretty surprising. But this Hollywood focused theme park in Sentosa, Singapore has plenty negative reviews in line. While a massive number of people have crossed this off their bucket list, some people have criticized the park for being too crowded, too expensive, or not offering enough attractions for adults. Others have complained about issues such as long wait times, ride closures, or poor customer service.

6. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

This animal themed amusement park showcases over 200 species. While it seems like an excellent spot for kids to enjoy, adults often prefer not visiting this space. Most people have complained it to be one of the most expensive theme parks in the world.

7. Tivoli Gardens


Photo of Tivoli Gardens, København by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

Tivoli Gardens opened in 1843, making it one of the oldest theme parks in the world. While it still remains as one of the most visited spots in Denmark, most people have complained about unfriendly service and lack of options for adults.

8. Great Wall of China


Photo of Great Wall of China, Beijing by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

One of the gorgeous wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is one of the highest visited spots across the world, thanks to its history and geographical significance. However, the reel world is way different than the real world, and visitors have mentioned to dislike the attraction mostly due to heavy crowds. Afterall, it does attract over 9 million visitors annually. This tourist attraction is over crowded, ruined with graffiti's and poor maintenance has led to erosion.

9. National Air & Space Museum


Photo of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

This is a hit attraction among space and aviation enthusiasts. It attracts over 9 million visitors every year. However, most visitors reviewed this place as over-commercialized and over-hyped and outdated exhibits.

10. Universal Islands of Adventure


Photo of Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando by Sakshi Nahar Dhariwal

This theme park in Orlando reviews a footfall of 8 million people every year. It showcases everything from Jurassic Park, Harry Potter world, Spider man, Bat man etc. But over 30% people have said they did not like the attraction and thought it to be over-commercialized.

Have you ever been to any of these before? What was your experience like? Do you think this list justifies the ranking? Would you still prefer to check these off your bucket list someday? Let me know in the comments below!

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