Get a Little Adventurous This Summer
at bizzability.com on 06/15/2011 - 09:24 am |
Now that we have had a taste of what summer is after a long treacherous winter -- with the exception of those of us that live closer to the equator -- a new set of activities open themselves up to us. If going to the local community swimming pool or beach is something that has become a little cliché, perhaps going to an amusement park is in the works. And, if you do go to these spots, there is nothing more exhilarating then climbing aboard the roller coaster. That’s right, that big main attraction that used to frighten you when your big brother/sister used to drag you kicking and screaming to go on.
If you're among the many that enjoy the thrill of white-knuckling and loosing your stomach on these zippy rides, perhaps you should check out some of these coasters.
In Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia California, Superman: The Escape is probably best described as hair-raising. It's top speed is 100 mph rising to 41 stories in a matter of seconds and hits its top speed in 7 seconds (lets see you do that in your fancy sports car). Additionally, the drop involves 6.5 seconds of weightlessness, and when you drop you drop backwards. Be prepared to not knowing where you are a few minutes after exiting this ride – great fun!
120 mph sounds dangerous for an amusement part roller coaster speed, but if you are visiting Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio then you must try the Top Thriller Dragster. The first "Strata Coaster" is 400 to 499 feet tall. You get the feel of its high speed in less then 4 seconds and shortly after the train begins its ascent up to a 90 degree incline that has a 90 degree counter-clockwise twist that takes you straight over the top of the 420 foot hill. Can you say zero g-force?!
King Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey is the king of all kings. Looking for speed? How about 128 mph, making this coaster, the fastest in the world. It gets to that full speed, with the help of a hydraulic launch mechanism, in 3.5 seconds pulling about 1.67 g's. Its does all this before it reaches its zenith point, twisting 90 degrees to the top of 450 feet before it shoots straight down through a 270 degree spiral. This is the ride of all rides -- and just to drive home the point, even in a light rain, this ride will not operate. That’s hard core.
If ad reline is what you're looking for rather then the tranquility of chilling and grilling, take a look at some spaces that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up. Have a great summer!