Busch Gardens Williamsburg
We know that what drives a roller coaster is the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy. But what drives an engineer to search for ways to build faster, higher, steeper, and scarier "scream machines"? Perhaps a trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg will suggest some answers. Here, among more than 35 thrill rides and attractions, you'll find one of the world's tallest and fastest inverted roller coasters (Alpengeist), a hypercoaster that plummets 825 feet (Apollo's Chariot), a free-flight roller coaster ride suspended from an overhead track (Big Bad Wolf), and a serpentine, double-looping roller coaster (Loch Ness Monster).
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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Electrical, Mechanical
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Fun Fact:American amusement parks originated as a way for railway companies to keep passenger usage up on weekends. The companies set up parks at the end of rail lines and offered weekend and summer activities. At first, the rides at these parks were carousels, but in 1884, the first true roller coaster, a gravity switchback train, was introduced.