Although most people automatically assume that Disney World is the park to visit when travelling to the U.S., there are numerous other theme parks with interesting and breath-taking attractions. Listed below are some of the country’s most fun parks that feature thrilling roller coasters and fun for all ages.
Universal Orlando has something to offer everyone. From the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter, to Universal’s Islands of Adventure, movie buffs and television fanatics alike will find something they enjoy. Universal Orlando is comprised of two theme parks, a night-time entertainment complex, and four Hotels. The park provides an alternative for those who are in Florida, but aren’t interested in Disney World.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure, located in Jackson, New Jersey, is the largest theme park in the world. It is comprised of Great Adventure Park, Wild Safari animal park, and Hurricane Harbor water park. Six Flags also has a concert venue and has seen acts including The Ramones, The Beach Boys, Heart, Kansas, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Big Time Rush, and Alice Cooper. However, the main attraction is Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and second fastest roller coaster.
King’s Island, the Midwest’s largest amusement and waterpark, is located in Mason, Ohio. The park recently introduced its 14th coaster, Banshee, which is the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. It consists of 4,124 feet of track and reaches speeds up to 109 k/ph. The park’s signature attraction is The Beast, a more than 30 year old ride that holds the record as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Located in Florida, this park boasts the North America’s tallest free-standing drop in Falcon’s Fury, which is the first-ever drop tower with seats that tilt forward 90 degrees. Riders see the ground coming towards them from 102 metres up in the air. Busch Gardens Tampa also features the Cheetah Hunt, a steel roller coaster that reaches speeds of up to 96 k/ph. Next to the coaster is an exhibit called Cheetah Run, which features five live cheetahs in a natural habitat.
Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay
Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, located in Louisville, Kentucky, was recently renovated. It now has Lightning Run, which takes riders up a chain-lift hill to a 30-metre-drop, followed by inversions, banked turns, and bunny hills. Another notable attraction is Thunder Rock, the newly refurbished 3,000-foot-long wooden roller coaster featuring a 22 metre drop.
Although Las Vegas has always been known as the best place to gamble, it is quickly growing its reputation for roller coasters. The indoor Adventuredome features El Loco, a steel coaster with turns that bank outside at a 45-degree angle and a 90-degree drop.
Hershey is America’s favorite candy company. For thrill seekers who have a sweet tooth, Hersheypark, which is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a dreamland of candy and roller coasters. The park boasts well-maintained grounds and the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster called the Laff Trakk. Another great attraction is SkyRush, a wing-coaster with seats that extend beyond the track.
The U.S. boasts some of the tallest, fastest roller coasters in the world. For those looking for fun outside Mickey’s house, check out some of the country’s lesser known theme parks.