The 5 Best Roller Coasters in All of New York
In honor of National Roller Coaster Day, we want to look at the best roller coasters we can find right here in our state.
Sure, you can always go to Cedar Point in Ohio (The Roller Coaster Capital of the World), or ride some of those giant thrillers at Six Flags in Texas, but you don't even have to leave New York to have a blast on some great roller coasters. We found the Top 5 coasters you can enjoy right here.
5 - Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester
It's a coaster, it's fun, and it's got a little bit of history behind it. Did you know according to the Seabeeze Amusement Park's website, the Jack Rabbit is the oldest continuous running coaster in America? That's pretty awesome. And this ride isn't too TOO much, it has just enough thrills the whole family can enjoy it. It's a wood coaster that features a 75-foot drop, other curves and drops, and even a blackout tunnel.
SCARY RATING: 1 out of 5
4 - Steamin' Demon at Great Escape in Lake George
This has been one of the favorite coasters at Great Escape for years and years, and years. Built back in 1984, it has been thrilling riders ever since. Just check out the video above. This coaster takes you up the first hill, drops you and throws you into the loop. The ride also includes those cool corkscrew loops. Definitely more thrilling than the Jack Rabbit, but still a great ride for the whole family.
SCARY RATING: 2 out of 5
3 - Mind Eraser at Darien Lake
There's just something about a roller coaster where your legs are dangling. Maybe it enhances that "flying" feeling? Who knows?! Either way, it always adds a splash of more fun. And that's what you get with the Mind Eraser. This roller coaster takes you up, drops you, and takes you on some wicked sideways inversions, all before throwing you into a fantastic loop. Just a warning though, keep you're head back on this ride. With all the crazy-sideways motions, you don't need to be bumping your head around.
SCARY RATING: 2.5 out of 5
2 - Flashback at Great Escape in Lake George
For this one we head back to Lake George for a coaster that has been named a "must ride." You load up into Flashback, but the coaster takes you backwards, slowly lifting you up 120-feet into the air. From there, you're released into some crazy sideways turns, upside-down, and into the loop. Then you go up... Up until the ride relaunches you backwards where you do it all again.
SCARY RATING: 3 out of 5
1 - Ride of Steel at Darien Lake
For the best view and the biggest thrill, you have to ride this one in the front seat. That is, if you're up for it. According to Darien Lake's website, the Ride of Steel is the tallest and fastest coaster in the entire state. Now this ride won't take you upside-down, but it will take you up 208 feet before dropping you at ridiculous speeds. And when we say ridiculous speeds, we're talking about 75-miles-per-hour. This coaster is definitely one of the best around, and should be on your next thrill-seeking adventure. Check out the video above and get a glimpse of what you can expect.
SCARY RATING: 3.5 out of 5
The Viper at Darien Lake
Although this coaster didn't technically make the list, it deserves a mention. The Viper has been a favorite of Darien Lake for generations. For a lot of New Yorkers, it is their first-ever coaster experience, and it's definitely a great one to start with. It has a 70-foot-drop and five inversions (which was the first steel coaster to offer that when it was built). And if you needed one more excuse to ride this classic, this year it celebrates its 35th anniversary. 35 years of making memories and thrilling riders.