In just a couple of weeks, you and your family can finally say hello to summer again, and what better way to make it action–packed than to head on over to adventure parks? Besides giving you a one-day pass to fun, fun, and more fun, it’s also a “fun-tastic” way to get some exercise in your kids. Besides, if you haven’t conquered your fear of heights yet, getting yourself strapped in a rollercoaster seat may just about do the trick. After all, phobia experts believe that the best therapy for fears is facing the fear itself. Enjoy the rush of adrenaline and enjoy these top 10 roller coasters that you and your family should try in the United States:
The Kingda Ka is the fastest roller coaster in the United States and ranks the second fastest in the world, with speeds reaching 128 mph in about 3.5 seconds. It also holds the record for being the tallest roller coaster in the world at 456 feet with an unbelievable 418-foot drop. This spectacular ride is 950 meters long, and is located in the Golden Kingdom at the 2200-acre amusement part Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
Top Thrill Dragster
Locals and visitors of Sandusky, Ohio can get their adrenaline fix by conquering this thrill ride which is at the Cedar Point Amusement Park. The park is nick-named “The Roller Coaster Capital” of the world, and for good reason. Their amazing coaster is hydraulically-launched, and is known as the first ever “strata coaster”, which was then described as the total circuit coaster. It is also ranks second in the tallest roller coaster in the world, next to Kingda Ka. This unbelievable ride can truly get you to “race for the sky”.
The El Toro is, believe it or not, a wooden roller coaster. In fact, it is the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. This magnificent ride, whose name translates to “The Bull” in Spanish, can be enjoyed when you visit the new Mexican-themed section of the Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey. The El Toro also holds the record of being the tallest drop of wooden roller coasters in the United States, with a drop height of 176 feet. When you’re riding the coaster, you will discover why they named it The Bull – just like a rider on a real bull that stops at nothing to yank you off its back.
Superman: Krypton Coaster
You will be so high up in the air that you will feel like there’s nothing between Texas and you. The Superman: Krypton Coaster is equipped with the tallest vertical loops in the world. Another unique feature of this ride is that it’s floorless, so you really feel like you’re flying! It can be found in San Antonio Texas, USA at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The ride boasts itself as one of the four roller coasters in the world which is floorless. The height of the vertical loop stands at 145 feet, and is also the fifth fastest steel roller coasters in the world.
The record – breaking Beast holds a title for being the longest roller coaster in the United States and the longest wooden roller coaster in the world. The length of this legendary train is more than 14 hectares. It can be found at the back of the park when you visit King’s Island, in Mason, Ohio. The ride gives you four minutes and 50 seconds of pure, unadulterated thrill as you rise up into the blue sky with sprawling green forests beneath you.
The Millennium Force is another must-ride roller coaster, but is the main attraction, at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Because of its astounding height of 310 feet, and an out-of-this-world speed of 93mph, this coaster was awarded by the Golden Ticket Awards as the top roller coaster in 2010. It is also branded as one of the tallest closed circuit coasters in the world. Its home park, Cedar Point, is the second oldest amusement park in the US.
Second to the Millenium Force, The Bizarro is another Golden Ticket awardee for being the top-rated coaster the world. Un until 2008, The Bizarro had a different name: Superman: The Ride of Steel. This life-changing coaster is located in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be found at Six Flags New England. Enjoy the view of the Connecticut River aboard this ride. Pack your nerves of steel, because the 208-feet rise and 221 feet drop can leave you disoriented and loving it.
When it comes to wooden coasters, The Voyage is the top choice by the Golden Ticket Awards. The coaster is a hybrid between a wooden and a steel coaster, and can be found at Six Flags Great Adventure in Santa Claus, Indiana. This ride is the 6th tallest wooden coaster in the world, and has a record-breaking airtime of 24.2 seconds.
The Dominator is known to have the largest loop and is branded as the longest floorless roller coaster in the world. It can be found at the Kings Dominion Park in the Hanover County in Doswell, Virginia. The ride starts with a brief but twisted U-turn as you approach the 161 ft lift hill. Then you drop 148-feet into the amaziung 135 feet vertical loops. During the ride, you also experience a cobra roll which includes a mid-course brake run after 2 inversions. If you can’t relate, get strapped on and set your adrenaline on fire!
The Nitro roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, USA is the third best roller coasters in the world in 2010. It also previously held the record of the fastest coaster in New Jersey. If you don’t enjoy inversions, Nitro is the ride to take. However, it does make one hammer head turn, a 540-degree helix, and 6 camelbacks. Really feel the atmosphere on this ride, because of its train’s open, side-less feature.
Skinny Mom Fact: On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.