6 Totally Terrifying New Thrill Rides Worth the Trip This Summer
(Courtesy: Six Flags Great Adventure)
Nothing says “Great American Summer” like a tour of the country’s best theme parks. These days, there's no limit to how high, how fast, and how fear-inducing roller coasters and water slides can be.
May we suggest adding these record-breaking rides to your summer bucket list?
(Courtesy: King’s Island)
1. Banshee - King’s Island, Ohio
Characterized as an “aggressive thrill,” Banshee is the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. Making its debut this season, Banshee will thrill riders on 4,124 feet of track and seven inversions, hitting speeds up to 68 miles per hour.
2. Verrückt - Schlitterbahn, Kansas
Meet the recently anointed World’s Largest Water Slide, opening later this month at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. At a staggering 168.5 feet, Verrückt will stand taller than both Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. After climbing 264 steps you and three friends will board a raft and plummet from the top at a speed of 65.2 mph before being propelled up and over a 50 foot-high hill. It opens May 23—just in time for swimsuit season—so book your tickets now.
3. Goliath - Six Flags Great America, Illinois
There are few things more terrifying than a wooden roller coaster. Goliath takes the wooden coaster to entirely new extremes. It is faster (reaching speeds of 72 mph), twistier (it has three intense, over-banked turns and a zero G-roll twist), and higher (165 feet in the air) than almost any other wooden coaster in the world.