Happiness on the Horizon: Coaster Season

Ah, the thrill of flying down a coaster with the wind in your hair, and the excitement of zipping through the track.

Pennsylvania is home to many amusement parks, where adventure-seekers of all types can experience thrills. Do you dare to take the plunge on one of these coasters?  

We have Christmas season, Easter season, Thanksgiving season…how about Coaster season? That is coming up in May at Hersheypark, when 13 roller coasters will be racing over the tracks with car loads of screaming fans.  Not sure you’re a coaster lover? Hersheypark can help you out. Start your coaster journey on Cocoa Cruiser, designed for younger guests and coaster novices. Work your way up the “thrill” meter and try Trailblazer and Comet. Once you have your coaster “cred,” you can tackle the most extreme Hersheypark coaster and “Ride The Edge on Skyrush!”                           

Ride the Historic Blue Streak Wooden Roller Coaster at Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut Lake. The Blue Streak is a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1937 – it’s the 17th-oldest wooden roller coaster in the United States!

Dutch Wonderland is opening for the summer season! Join Merlin on a high-flying adventure in search of his dragon friend, Mayhem, who has disappeared into the park. Once you board the ride, Merlin will begin giving clues and encouragement through on-board audio within the seats. Merlin’s Mayhem will be the tallest ride located at Dutch Wonderland, featuring a 60-foot rise to the top, along with two helix turns.

Nostalgia lovers will have all the fun along the Chestnut Ridge! We sell the lowest price family day passes around for Idlewild Park/Soakzone. Built in 1938, their wooden "Rollo Coaster" was named a Classic Coaster by the American Coaster Enthusiasts. Continue your family vacation with outdoor fun and a stay in a yurt or cabin at nearby Yellow Creek State Park. With its beautiful beach, scenic lake and variety of boat rentals, relaxation never felt so good! 

Hold on tight, kids! Sesame Place is a haven for the youngest adventures who are seeking a thrill! Check out one of its various children’s thrill rides, such as Blast Off or Peek-A-Bug. However, the main attraction is the steel roller-coaster, Vapor Trail. This coaster takes you on a one-of-a-kind twisting and turning mission through the solar system along with Super Grover. It is perfect for first-time coaster riders and even for those who are children at heart.

Ravine Flyer II is a hybrid wooden roller coaster located at Waldameer WaterWorld in Erie, and was ranked as the best new ride of 2008 by Amusement Today Magazine. The most exciting one and a half minutes of your day, the Ravine Flyer II is ranked the 7th-Best Wooden Coaster in the world and will fly you through the track at speeds of over 60 MPH! The steel support structure boasts a 120-foot first drop and over 3000 feet of track, all combined with six tunnels and a 165-foot arched bridge that sends you soaring over a four-lane highway. After taking a ride on this roller coaster, cool off at the new “The Battle of Lake Erie” water complex!

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