Top 10 Roller Coasters to Ride This Summer

June 26, 2018

Summer vacation is hitting its peak, and if you are looking for for a last minute trip before summer ends, why not go to an amusement park? Full of great rides, attractions, and roller coasters, there is something for everyone. To save you time in picking out the best roller coasters, check out our list of the top ten roller coasters you should ride this summer.

1. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest by magicalfanaticism, on Flickr
Expedition Everest” (CC BY 2.0) by magicalfanaticism

Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this ride has it all. There’s a story being told as you proceed through the line and upon riding, you’ll get to experience the majesty of Mount Everest from top to bottom. Be careful though, you might run into a yeti!

2. Revenge of the Mummy

Universal Studios Florida by Theme Park Tourist, on Flickr
Universal Studios Florida” (CC BY 2.0) by Theme Park Tourist

This ride takes you to Egypt and puts you face-to-face with the Mummy. With a max speed of over 40 mph, that should be enough speed to outrun the Mummy, but you’ll have to visit the ride in Universal Studios Florida to find out for yourself.

3. Space Mountain

Space Mountain by Chris and/or Kevin, on Flickr
Space Mountain” (CC BY 2.0) by Chris and/or Kevin

This is one of the most famous indoor coasters in the world. Located in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, it is actually one of the original ideas of Walt Disney himself. Since 1975, Space Mountain has given children and adults a space adventure through the stars we can all enjoy.

4. Batman The Ride

Batman: The Ride by hagerman, on Flickr
Batman: The Ride” (CC BY 2.0) by hagerman

Take a trip to Gotham City and ride Batman, one of the wildest roller coasters around. The Batman features zero gravity drops, corkscrews, and loops that will make you feel like you’re the Caped Crusader himself. Located at Six Flags Atlanta, Batman is waiting on you to take on his challenge.

5. Lightning Rod

Lightning Rod at Dollywood by milst1, on Flickr
Lightning Rod at Dollywood” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by milst1

Lightning Rod is one of the newest coasters at Dollywood. Opened in 2016, Lightning Rod provides its riders with a smooth ride, reaching a top speed of over 70 mph. You’ll feel yourself speeding through the Smokies in this fantastic ride.

6. Millennium Force

Cedar Point’s Millennium Force by milst1, on Flickr
Cedar Point’s Millennium Force” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by milst1

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Millennium Force broke 10 world records when it first debuted in the early 2000s at Cedar Point. At its opening, it was the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the entire world. With a top speed of over 90 mph, you’ll definitely feel the force on this ride.

7. Maverick

Maverick at Cedar Point by craiglloyd, on Flickr
Maverick at Cedar Point” (CC BY 2.0) by craiglloyd

While you’re in Cedar Point, be sure to check out Maverick as well. Maverick is filled with an incredible two and a half minutes of twists, turns, dips, and even a dark tunnel. It hugs tight to the ground as it reaches a top speed of 70 mph, and leaves you wanting to ride it again.

8. Arkansas Twister

Fish Lagoon at Magic Springs by philozopher, on Flickr
Fish Lagoon at Magic Springs” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by philozopher

Combining both water and thrill rides, Magic Springs in Arkansas is one the best parks in the South. When you visit, start with the Arkansas Twister. With an initial drop of 90 feet, the twists and turns that follow will make you want to cool off on one of the water rides afterwards.

9. Montu

Ygmtu_1b by gvgoebel, on Flickr
Ygmtu_1b” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by gvgoebel

Montu is located in Busch Gardens Tampa, and provides one of the biggest adrenaline rushes of any roller coaster in the world. It is one of the longest inverted roller coasters featuring an astounding seven inversions and gives you three of the fastest minutes you’ll ever experience.

10. Shiekra

Busch Gardens Tampa 093 by Roller Coaster Philosophy, on Flickr
Busch Gardens Tampa 093” (CC BY 2.0) by Roller Coaster Philosophy

Also in Busch Gardens Tampa, Shiekra was one of only three dive coasters in the world when it premiered in 2005. It lifts you up, then drops you at a 90 degree angle, and speeds you through an underground tunnel as well.