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America’s Best Amusement Parks

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A trip to the amusement park is one of those great American pastimes, providing hours upon hours of exciting interactive entertainment for people of all ages. They are especially attractive to the thrill seekers among us, and amusement parks consistently push the boundaries, in terms of ride design. Year after year, new gravity defying rides pop up in parks across the country. Here are some of America’s best amusement parks for thrill seekers:

America's Best Amusement Parks
Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (By Douglas Whitaker at en.wikipedia [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Conveniently situated near historic Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, this Busch Gardens boasts an impressive collection of coasters and water rides. There’s the Alpengeist, regularly voted among the world’s top 10 steel rollercoasters, which takes riders up 195 feet before hurtling them through loops and curves at speeds exceeding 60 mile per hour. Cool off on Escape from Pompeii, which begins as a calm boat cruise, and quickly turns into a soaked splash fest. Although the park is fun for the entire family, it really does cater to those who have a need for speed and excitement.

America's Best Amusement Parks
Cedar Point (By tracy the astonishing (Cedar PointUploaded by Astros4477) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Cedar Point

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is a thrill lover’s dream come true and is easily one of America’s best amusement parks. This classic park is known as the roller coaster capital of the world, and for good reason. Home to an astounding 17 coasters, Cedar Point is a must-visit for amusement enthusiasts. There’s something for everyone, from the Mean Streak, a classic wooden coaster to the milder family friendly Wilderness Run. The Gatekeeper has broken 7 world records, including tallest inversion on any coaster. It would probably be best to skip out on lunch before hopping on any these wild rides!

America's Best Amusement Parks
Six Flags Great Adventure – Superman Ultimate Flight (By Roller Coaster Philosophy, Jeremy Thompson [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, has been the home of exhilarating thrills since the 70s. Today, they have all of the usual suspects, from fast flying wooden coasters to crazy steel inversions. They are about to debut one of the most talked about attractions in recent years, called Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. If you’re brave enough to get on, you’ll enjoy stunning views from 415 feet up, then come plunging back towards the ground at 90 miles an hour. When it opens, it is set to be a world record breaker for the tallest drop tower ever constructed, which helps it land here as one of the best amusement parks for thrill seekers.

America's Best Amusement Parks
The Riddler’s Revenge – Six Flags Magic Mountain (By Alton (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Six Flags Magic Mountain

With a prime location in sun-soaked Southern California, Six Flags Magic Mountain brings the fun all year long. This amusement park has got plenty of coaster fan favorites, like Batman: The Ride, Green Lantern: First Flight and Superman: Escape from Krypton, just to name a few. You could spend all day getting on these pulse-pounding thrillers, time after time.

America's Best Amusement Parks
Windseeker – King’s Island (Jonathan Goble [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

King’s Island

Another favorite fun spot in the Midwest is King’s Island. Situated just 24 miles Northeast of Cincinnati, this park has 9 roller coasters, including the brand new Banshee. The Banshee holds the distinction of being the world’s longest inverted coaster, coming in with over 4,100 feet of track. If you aren’t afraid of heights, hop on the Drop Tower and plummet 26 stories down at nearly 70 miles an hour. The Windseeker isn’t your run of the mill swing ride, because this one has you flying high, 30 stories above the park. If all of that excitement leaves you in need of a cool down, you can hit up Soak City Waterpark and enjoy the equally thrilling body slides.

Wherever you are in the US, you probably don’t have to go too far to find an amusement park that caters to your need for thrills. With so many worth visiting, you’re toughest task may be figuring out how to find the time to enjoy each one! Let us know which parks are your favorite in the comments below!

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