August 1, 2012 at 10:41 am
As we head into the dog days of summer, I still have yet to visit an amusement park this year, but definitely plan to do so before Labor Day. Roller coasters are my favorite rides—the higher, the better—and while I’m partial to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio that boasts 15 coasters defying speed and height, new rides have upped the scream-machine factor across the country. Here are a few new ones for all of you thrill-seekers like me:
Wild Eagle at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN: Catch a breeze on this winged coaster—the first of four to be unveiled across the U.S. this year.
Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA: Soar through the sky on one of the tallest inversion tracks in the world.
Skyrush at Hershey Park, Hershey, PA: Hold on tight—this hypercoaster rises 26 feet per second before a steep 85-degree plunge.
Mammoth at Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN: Board a boat to splash through darkened tunnels on the world’s longest water coaster.
Money-saving tip: Many theme parks reduce the price of season passes towards the end of the season, and sometimes, it pays to go this route if you plan to attend on more than one day, or during a park’s Halloween festivities.
See more thrilling rides at familycircle.com/amusementparks.
Cassie Kreitner is an editorial assistant at Family Circle.