The Scariest Roller Coaster in Every State
Buckle up, thrill seekers! These are the most fear-inducing rollercoasters you’ll find in each of America’s 50 states.
Adrenaline junkies looking for a ride on the wild side in the deep south head to Alabama Adventure Amusement Park in Bessemer. Here, they line up for Rampage, a 120-foot tall wooden roller coaster boasting a 102-foot drop. If that isn’t enough to get your heart pounding, Rampage hits a max speed of 56 mph.
Alaska: Master Blaster
Here’s the deal: You won’t find a traditional roller coaster in the entire state of Alaska. They just don’t have ’em. But you can find some scream-inducing attractions at H20asis Indoor Water Park in Anchorage, like The Master Blaster. Touted as a “water-powered roller coaster,” you and a buddy will need to climb 50 stairs in order to board a tube that will launch you both off of the 43-ft-high Blast Off Station. Strategically placed jets will move you up and down and all around, so hang on tight! If roller coasters aren’t your thing, check out these one-of-a-kind adventures you should add to your bucket list.
Arizona: Desert Storm
Hold on to your hats because the Desert Storm at Castles-n-Coasters in Phoenix features double upside-down loops as well as vertical drops and spins. At 90-feet, it’s the tallest coaster in the state. Nervous riders can rest a little easier knowing that the Desert Storm only lasts 90 seconds from start to finish, according to Phoenix New Times.
Arkansas: X Coaster
When in Hot Springs, Magic Springs Theme and Water Park’s X-Coaster is a must for the roller coaster enthusiast. What makes it so scary? Oh, just the unnerving backward slow quarter-loop that has you hanging above the amusement park before you whip around a 360-degree corkscrew. And that’s only one of its frightening features. “The X Coaster was a great thrill…it pulled the scream right out of me,” Tommy B. of Rockwall, Texas, says on Yelp. Once you’re done with the thrills, find the most charming small town in each state.
Upping its thrill game, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia introduced X2, an innovative “fifth dimension” roller coaster. What does that mean? It features 360-degree seats that actually extend on wings off of the track which allows your body to flip fully around while the coaster dives and twists around turns and indecisive half loops. The whole thing is utterly bonkers and leaves riders screaming from start to finish.
Colorado: Cliffhanger Roller Coaster
Hope you aren’t afraid of heights because the Cliffhanger Roller Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood is touted as the “highest elevation full-sized roller coaster in North America.” It sits at an altitude of 7,160 feet and delivers amazing views of the Colorado River, that is if you’re brave enough to open your eyes on this mechanical beast. While in Colorado, you’ll definitely want to explore the state’s best-kept secret.
Connecticut: Boulder Dash
Roller coaster purists will love The Constitution State’s scariest offering, Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce in Bristol. Awarded the Best Wooden Roller Coaster in the World title by Amusement Today in 2013, Boulder Dash reaches a top speed of 60 mph as it whips passengers around a hillside (and a bumpy one at that). “The long lines for getting on board are worth it,” James F. of Portland, Maine says on TripAdvisor. “The train climbs up the hillside to fates unknown on the other side of the crest. I won’t tell you, in case you think you know what happens next but haven’t actually been. It would spoil the surprise.”
Delaware: SuperFlip 360
The state of Delaware has a great many qualities, but unfortunately, they have zero roller coasters. However, if you’re in the state and desperate for some amusement park-style thrills, one must head to Funland in Rehoboth Beach. Here you’ll find the gosh darn scariest ride in the state—the SuperFlip 360. It swings riders around 360 degrees offering up that stomach-dropping feeling provided by many a coaster, simply in a different form. They may not have scary coasters but Delaware does have one incredible coffee shop you need to check out.
When polling Floridians about the scariest roller coaster in their state, the topic becomes hotly debated. Sea World’s Manta and Kraken get honorable mentions, but its Busch Gardens’ Tigris (the tallest launch coaster in Florida) in Tampa Bay that gets our vote. Forward, backward, loops, drops…it does it all and at a top speed of 60 mph. “Tigris is all that,” Roxanne D. of Tampa, Florida says on Yelp. “It was amazing. Loved it. Make sure you try it out.”
Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell is known for housing some pretty terrifying coasters, but when they introduced Goliath in 2006 they really outdid themselves. Dubbed a “hypercoaster,” this beast doesn’t disappoint one bit. “That first drop will have you rethinking your decision to get on it,” Michael R. says on the park’s website. “So fast and definitely made for thrill-seekers! I definitely ride this coaster when I first get there and end with that one just to have my heart racing!”