Happy Coaster Day!

Friday, August 16th is National Roller Coaster Day, so let’s celebrate!

Humm, but how do we do that?

The simplest thing would be to watch a silly little animated 360° video for a minute or so.

Here’s one, but beware — watching it all the way through for three minutes is NOT recommended — if the sugar overload doesn’t get you, then the music definitely will!

A less nauseating way to celebrate would be to watch this neat video from LEGO.

Now the purest among you may believe that the way that you’re supposed to celebrate this momentous occasion is by actually riding a real roller coaster?

After all, that’s probably what the folks that dreamed up the official holiday intended 😉

If you’re a fan of roller coasters, then you probably know where to find the nearest one.

If not, then you might need to do a bit o’ research in order to celebrate properly.

For example, your local newspaper might have a story on how your region is home to one of the ‘best’ coasters in the country. Here’s a link to an article from my local paper.
Massachusetts has one of the top roller coasters in the country, according to USA Today readers (Kristi Palma, Boston.com)

This is a quote from the story.

Superman The Ride, a roller coaster at Six Flags New England in Agawam, ranked No. 3 on USA Today’s list of 10 best roller coasters in the U.S., released on Friday. It’s the only New England roller coaster on the list.

The story also included a link to the Superman The Ride web page with this 360° video!

Here’s a link to the article upon which the rankings were based.
USA Today’s list of 10 best roller coasters in the U.S. (10 Best, USA Today)

This is the list all of this years winners. Notice that, conveniently, they are spread out pretty evenly around the US. If you’re lucky, at least one of them is just a short road trip away.

Steel Vengeance – Cedar Point
Phoenix – Knoebels Amusement Resort
SUPERMAN The Ride – Six Flags New England
Goliath – Six Flags Great America
El Toro – Six Flags Great Adventure
Lightning Rod – Dollywood
The Voyage – Holiday World
Twisted Colossus – Six Flags Magic Mountain
Diamondback – Kings Island
Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City

You may even be lucky enough to live close to the number one coaster, Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. If not, then at least you can enjoy this virtual ride!

If this has put you in the mood to take a coaster ride, but you don’t live near any of the top ten, then maybe you can find something close to home at Ultimate Rollercoaster. It’s also fun to browse the international Roller Coaster Census Report from the Roller Coaster Database.

So, I hope that you enjoyed the virtual rides, the late week adrenaline rush, and maybe even the inspiration to rush out and enjoy a bit ‘o late summer fun.

Have a great weekend!

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