10 Huge Roller Coasters To Thrill Your Teens
Finding something novel to do over the summer gets harder as kids hit the tween and teen years. But a theme park with new thrill rides, especially new roller coasters, is a pretty safe bet—especially if they’re able to bring a friend along to share the drops and loops with.
Theme parks also make great staycation outings and one-night getaways. They take you completely out of your day-to-day routine without taking you too far from home.
Here we present a list of ten new roller coasters to thrill your teens this summer or over a warm fall weekend. If you’re feeling daring, you can join them on these scream machines, but it’s OK to watch from the ground.
High and Fast Coasters
Even “basic” roller coasters these days offer high-speed, high-thrill adventures. For example:
1. Mako, the new coaster at SeaWorld in Orlando is 4,760 feet of superlatives: Longest, highest, fastest in Orlando. Its biggest drop is 200 feet and it tops 70 miles per hour. Is screamiest a word?
2. If all you want to do is go up, down and loop-the-loop, but in a big way, try the Valravn at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. Its 17th coaster hits a top speed of 75 miles per hour and take riders through three loops, the tallest of which 165 feet.
3. Then there is the Lightning Rod at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. This wooden launch coaster takes you up 20 stories at its peak and hits speed topping 70 miles per hour. Be forewarned, the ride is technically in “rehearsal” and still closes periodically while they smooth out the kinks.
4. Playland’s Castaway Cove, in Ocean City, NJ offers The GaleForce, a coaster that is visually interesting; from the ground it sort of looks like a giant girdered cradle. But don’t be fooled; there is plenty to terrify. Its biggest drop— 125 feet up— bends backward slightly so you’re almost upside down as you lean into it. A corked roll and smaller drops combine to hit speeds topping 60 miles per hour.
5. Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY has introduced Greezed Lightening, a coaster that rocks you back and forth before finally sending you upside down and onward through a series of loops. Then does it all backwards.
6. Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Six Flags New England in Agwam, MA, have both introduced the Fireball single-loop coaster (top and right). Riders face each other while being sent forward and backward until they complete the loop, then continue in the same 360˚ loop several times over.
I think the most fun might be watch the riders try to walk when they exit the ride!
7 and 8. Because apparently these high, fast, curving roller coasters aren’t scary enough on their own, almost every Six Flags park has added a virtual reality feature to an existing coaster. In its Magic Mountain park in Valencia, CA park the Revolution has become the New Revolution. Don a VR headset that turns you into a fighter jets pilot in in “a futuristic battle to save the planet from alien invasion.” Six Flags America in Largo, MD is one of three adding Superman VR stories. On Superman: Ride of Steel you soar through Metropolis alongside Superman as he battles Lex Luthor and his army of Lexbots.
9 and 10. If you can’t quite bring yourself to ride the really extreme coasters, try Castaway’s Cove’s “family” coasters. The Whirlwind has cars that spin as it goes around its circuit reasonable climbs and drops. Wild Waves circles its taller brother with drops that top out at 55 feet.
Your teens might roll your eyes at you, but even these “mild” coasters offer up a good size thrill. What’s the scariest roller coast you’ve ever been on?
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