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.
The Aloha State boasts a tremendous amount of natural beauty, but little in the form of roller coasters. However, you can get your heart racing on the Shaka at Wet ‘n Wild on Oahu. It’s described as a “wet/dry attraction” and does hit 31 mph, boasting a 36-foot drop, and a zero-gravity feeling. You can cool off you can get your thrill on at the same time.
Roller coasters can fall into several different categories, and Aftershock at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol was voted “Top Hanging Coaster” by Travel Channel back in 2012. This 191-foot behemoth still rates with its towering drops and loops that will propel you forward and pull you backward with intensity. “For those really looking for the stomach twister go on the Aftershock,” Renee B. of Paso Robles, California says on Yelp. “You truly will feel light-headed and off-balance. It has you going forward, backward, upside down, and more. If you’re into history, check out the oldest tourist attraction in every state.
Six Flags theme parks aren’t shy about naming roller coasters Goliath (see Georgia above). The Goliath coaster at Six Flags Great America outside of Chicago is another force to be reckoned with. “The feeling when you’re on the front row and see the super-steep slope after the lift-hill, OMG,” Rishabh Mulani says on the park’s website. “Amazing design, beautiful roll banks, and multiple air-time moments!”
Indiana: The Voyage
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is such a sweet, kindly name for this theme park in the town of Santa Clause. But get past its turnstiles and roller coaster aficionados will meet their match with The Voyage, a wooden “out-and-back” coaster with intimidating features. Steep drops, underground tunnels, and exhilarating turns…oh my! Even the folks at Holiday World recommend working your way up to The Voyage with their every-so-slightly more tame coasters first. While in Indiana, entertain the locals with the strangest fact about their state.
Iowa: The Monster
If you want to challenge your love for terrifying roller coasters and find yourself in the Hawkeye State, head to Adventureland in Altoona for a spin on The Monster. There are loops, there’s a corkscrew, and even something called an Immelmann, the name given to a feature in which a loop first appears as a traditional vertical before inverting at its peak.
Kansas: Dragon Coaster
You won’t find much in the way of amusement parks in Kansas, aside from a few family entertainment centers that really appeal to small children. With that being said, the “scariest” coaster in the state may just be the Dragon Coaster at All Star Adventures in Wichita. With little curves, dips, and turns, it’s perfect for the tiny thrill seeker (but they must be at least 36″ tall to ride with an adult and 48″ to ride on their own). If you’re looking for some random Kansas oddities, find out the most misspelled word in their state.
With a tagline that reads “The Next Generation of Fear,” you know you’re in for a ride that aims to scare the pants off of you. T3 at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville delivers on its promise of terrifying loops and inversions. Riders actually flip as they speed across the track. “The first hill that ends going up into a heartline roll is a really cool way to start the ride,” says Corbin B. of Las Vegas in a Yelp review. “After that, there are another five inversions.”
Louisiana: Ragin’ Cajun
Dixie Landin’/Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge is home to the Ragin’ Cajun, the state’s most scream-inducing roller coaster. The steel monster features three inversions, a cobra roll, and loop with a maximum speed of 47 mph. There are three other coasters in Dixie Landin’ if your stomach can handle more. For a little something different, head to Los Adaes Historic Site, one of Louisana’s hidden gems!
When in Maine, go for a spin on Excalibur, a wooden roller coaster introduced at Funtown Splashtown USA in the town of Saco in 1998. It holds the titles of both tallest and longest roller coaster in New England. “The Excalibur roller coaster was awesome at sundown,” Fred C. of Rhode Island says in a TripAdvisor review. “At the peak we could see the sunset over the treetops.”
Maryland: Superman: Ride of Steel
It’s a bird, it’s a plane…nope, it’s Superman: Ride of Steel, the most terrifying coaster in the state of Maryland. Located at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, this hypercoaster stands at 205-feet with an out-of-this-world 200-foot drop. “Simply the best coaster and really only world-class ride at Six Flags America,” says James B. on the park’s website. “Actually this is probably my favorite ride at any park, it’s just so much fun and nice and long!” These are 20 secrets amusement park employees won’t tell you (and might just save you money).