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Want to make sure you get your thrills in this summer? A day trip to an amusement park is just the thing to help get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping — and you can make sure to ride with your whole group! With all of these great attractions practically in your own backyard, you won’t wan to miss out on any of these fun-filled rides. Even if you only get to two amusement parks a month, you’ll have time for all five of these must-ride rollercoasters before summer ends.


BATMAN: The Ride

17000 IH-10 West,
San Antonio, TX 78257

Feel like a superhero as you fly through the air on one of the newest rollercoasters in the state. This fast-paced ride will take you over hills (including one 12 stories high) and thrilling drops in an innovative car design that comes complete with special effects straight out of an action movie. The coaster’s car has magnetic fins that make you flip when you least expect it and provide a feeling of weightlessness to feel as though you’re actually soaring like Batman.



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2501 Seawall Blvd,
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 766-4950

Don’t feel like heading into the waters at the beach? Make sure to check out the rides at Galveston Island’s historical Pleasure Pier. No trip to the area is complete without a ride on the Cyclone, a rocketing rollercoaster 60 feet high that will spin you around and around, backwards and forwards. You’ll truly feel like you were in the middle of a cyclone when you’re done with it!


Boardwalk Bullet

502 Texas Ave,
Kemah, TX 77565

Love the wooden rollercoasters of the original amusement parks from the good old days? You’ll have a blast on the Boardwalk Bullet, a truly original wooden coaster that measures nearly 100 feet high with an initial plunge of 92 feet. You’ll shake, rattle and roll throughout the fun-filled ride at speeds of more than 50 miles per hour, and then get off and want to get right back in line to go again.


Shock Wave

2201 Road to Six Flags St E,
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 640-8900

Find out what it feels like to blast off into space in this coaster that delivers 5.9 Gs in two back-to-back loops — nearly what an astronaut experiences during launch! For almost three minutes, you’ll be swung through loops, turns, dips and even a whip-a-round curve to give you some weightless airtime to balance out the G forces from the beginning. More than 30 years worth of riders have loved the Shock Wave. Will you join them?


The Great White

10500 Sea World Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
(800) 700-7786

Sea World isn’t just full of dolphin shows and exotic fish tanks. Let your feet dangle as you race along the track of the Great White, which will send you into breathtaking flips and loops. Going 50 miles per hour through corkscrews and curves, you won’t wonder why some people are scared of sharks! Riders must be at least 54 inches to ride — six inches over the traditional four-foot requirement at most theme parks — so you may need to leave the youngest of your thrill seekers behind for this ride.


This article was written by Gillian Kruse of Examiner.com for CBS Local.