Season 1, Episode 3

Extreme Thrills

We explore the over the top, cutting edge, next generation thrills that the Midwest has to offer. Which park has made a near death experience the most fun? The highest drop? The loudest ride? The most futuristic ride?
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Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Dorney Park boasts one of the best selections of roller coasters and thrill rides in the U.S. Even the water rides will make you dizzy! There are plenty of rides for the little ones, too, and classic eateries like a drive-in and soda shop.

Luna Park – Coney Island, New York

Ah, the timeless boardwalks with the salty sea spray, carnival games and classic roller coasters. Luna Park, situated on iconic Coney Island, offers rides for every kind of visitor. Check the park's website for seasonal activities, as well.

Gatorland – Kissimmee, Florida

Experience Florida's native reptile like never before. The Screamin' Gator Zip Line allows visitors to soar above the park's attractions – and remain a safe distance from the gators. Not thrilling enough? Try the Nighttime Screamin' Gator Zip Line for a spookier look at the alligators.

Mt. Olympus Theme Park and Waterpark – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Mt. Olympus is an amusement park junky's dream. Stay overnight in the Mt. Olympus resort, then head out to explore all four parks: indoor and outdoor theme park, and an indoor and outdoor water park. For a real thrill, test your wits on the Hades 360, the world's first upside down, underground, wooden roller coaster.

Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Just outside of Pittsburgh, Kennywood offers an escape from city life to enjoy classic wooden roller coasters, exciting water rides and plenty of delicious eats.

Action Park Mountain Creek – Vernon Township, New Jersey

Plan your summer trip to Action Park Mountain Creek, which boasts more water rides, slides and pools than you'll have time to explore. Drop into a "mountain spring" on the Tarzan Swing, or take the plunge on the world's tallest double looping thrill slide, Zero-G.

Boardwalk Parks of the Northeast

Steel Pier – Atlantic City, New Jersey Located in historic Atlantic City, Steel Pier is one of the oldest amusement parks in the nation. The self-proclaimed "Showplace of the Nation" boasts carousels, a slingshot ride, a midway lined with games, and its own bar and grill.

Knoebels Amusement Resort – Elysburg, Pennsylvania

What if one day at Knoebels isn't enough? For the hardcore amusement-park-goers, Knoebels offers camping in cabins, RVs or tents. Just be sure to make reservations! Plus, Knoebels has been voted best amusement park food in the nation.

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