Theme parks are getting bigger, better, faster and scarier all the time. Each one wants to outdo the other with their latest thrill rides. Besides the obvious meccas like Universal Studios and Disney, there are many adrenalin-pumping parks around the world. Death-defying drop towers, dizzying swings and even homespun kinetic coasters are just a few rides out there that will take your breath away. Dare to take the plunge on the world’s tallest coaster. See if you’re brave enough to ride the rails backwards or perhaps in the dark. Brace yourself for a serious rush and discover these 10 exhilarating theme parks that are not for the weak of heart.
10. Carowinds, North Carolina
This amusement park is actually part of both North and South Carolina. The newest ride is by far the most thrilling in the park. The Fury 325 reaches a height of 325 feet making it the tallest Giga Coaster in the world. Riders will reach speeds up to 95mph while zooming though both North and South Carolina state lines. Other epic rides include a sling shot that shoots riders 300ft into the air reaching speeds of 65mph, and the first stand up roller coaster in the South. A wonderful kid zone completes this awesome theme park that’s fun for the whole family.
9. Kings Island, Ohio
This adventure center is full of record breaking rides, and is considered one of the most exhilarating theme parks in the world. Home to Banshee, the longest inverted roller coaster, along with the longest wooden coaster, this park is made for adrenaline junkies. Sadly, the one and only wooden coaster with a loop was shut down in 2012. With over 80 rides, a newly renovated waterpark, 14 spine-tingling coasters and a slew of family fun activities, this Midwest park is not to be missed.