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Rides & Thrills in Maryland
Vacations in Maryland can be packed with excitement. There are plenty of rides and thrills all around the state, with amusement rides that send you high in the air, racing around a track, or making a splash landing into the water. A treetop obstacle course offers unique challenges and the thrill of riding the zip-lines.
In Ocean City, the water is the first place to turn for excitement, with the chance to kayak, canoe, and surf. On land, take you pick of a pleasant stroll along the boardwalk or step into one of the amusement parks for more adventurous fun.
Ocean City Pier Rides
A historic amusement park on the Ocean City boardwalk, the Ocean City Pier Rides feature amusement rides, food, and a variety of games. Make sure to ride the big ferris wheel for incredible ocean views.
This beautiful Atlantic Ocean resort town is a popular tourist destination, with plenty of restaurants and shopping. Sample the delicious salt water taffy and Fisher's Caramel Popcorn, while strolling along the boardwalk in coastal Maryland.
Tour the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, visit the Salisbury Zoo or walk along the boardwalk to view the Firefighter Memorial.
Jolly Roger Amusement Parks
Jolly Roger Amusement Parks have multiple locations and lots of fun choices. Jolly Roger Park at 30th Street has exciting rides like Riptide Express along with midway games. Over at Jolly Roger at the Pier, ride a two-level carousel, the tallest Ferris wheel in town, and the Crazy Dance rollercoaster. Show off your driving skills behind the wheel of a bumper car. Brave the terrors of the Morbid Mansion. Take the little ones for a ride in a whirling teacup.
Jolly Roger Speedworld
At Jolly Roger Speedworld, push the pedal in a go kart or sail over head on an extreme zip-line. Young drivers get their first experience behind the wheel on the Rookie Track and Kiddie Grand Prix, while master drivers tackle the twisty Lemans course. Combine go karts with traditional rides on the Cyclone Cart Coaster. You can't avoid getting wet at Splash Mountain Water Park, with watery roller coasters and slides. The half-pipe slide sends you flying up before landing in the water. Even miniature golf gets a dose of adventure with jungle and buried treasure-themed courses.
When you need a break from the fun, head to the parks' concession stands for favorite fun foods like ice cream, funnel cake, and cotton candy.
In the Capital Region, pay a visit to Go Ape! in Rockville for a level of fun that reaches to the treetops. Located inside Rock Creek Regional Park, Go Ape! has zip-lines, Tarzan swings, and other fun ways to travel through the trees. Six different sections of obstacles get progressively higher and offer better and better views of the forest. For even more adventure in Rock Creek Regional Park, test your skills on the archery range or hike the nature trails.
Six Flags America
Six Flags America is in Mitchellville near Lanham. It's a great choice to find thrills for the whole family. Junior travelers will love the Whistlestop Train and the rides in Looney Tunes Movie Town. Grown-ups can brave the looping Apocalypse: The Last Stand ride or the Wild One wooden coaster. Cool off in the water park rides, with a beach, wave pool, multi-story slides, and more ways to create a big splash. When you need a break from the rides, take in one of the park's shows or settle in for a snack-dining options include American, Asian, and Italian. You can go healthy with salads and wraps or indulge in ice cream and other sweet desserts.