In It for the Thrill: Fun in Great Heights

people experiencing the thrills of riding a high-speed roller coaster

Amusement parks—everyone enjoys them. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you’ll always have a place for thrilling rides, cotton candy, and carnival games in your heart.

What people look forward to the most, however, are the fast, thrilling rides that have lines long enough to make you question if it’s worth it.

While these may be terrifying to others, there are health benefits that come from these attractions. As Pete Trabucco, author of the 2009 book, “America’s Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks,” says that one of the main benefits of riding roller coasters is that they can help your mental health by letting you overcome your fear.

The other benefits are as follows:

It makes you feel alive

It’s not a surprise if you’ve screamed your head off on a roller coaster or any other thrill ride. Experiences such as these can give you that euphoric feeling once you’re back on solid ground.

Like what Cliff’s Amusement Park shares about its thrill rides, “These are not for the timid. These are blow-your-mind, scream-your-head-off, let’s-go-again rides that leave you gasping for more!”

The reaction to most scary rides is so visceral that there’s no way for you not to feel alive.

The anticipation makes the ride worth it

Don’t be discouraged by long lines. A study published in the Journal of Marketing Research suggests that guests who focus on the people behind them are more excited about the ride and are more likely to enjoy it compared to those who focus on the person in front of them.

Theme park rides are practical and accessible

While bungee jumping and skydiving are perfect for thrill-seekers, these adventures can be on the pricey side. Getting on a roller coaster can give you the same feeling without breaking the bank.

Amusement parks are perfect for unwinding and having fun. Whether you’re with your family or on a date—it doesn’t matter, as there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Come together and enjoy the food, company, and thrills.