That feeling of riding coasters for hours on a summer's Saturday cranks up the nostalgia factor for me by about 10 fold. And Lagoon is the place to get the g-force thrills in Utah.
There's drops, turns, loops, spirals, and, of course, smiles. From children's playthings to real-deal rompers—this Farmington theme park is the place to get that funky feeling of your stomach jumping up to your neck.
True, there's more than 46 rides, but if you want to get crazy, there's the park go-to: Wicked. Riders get propelled up the massive arch and dive down a 110-foot drop. Ultimately, you achieve up to 51 mph on this nearly-evil coaster. Wicked, a $10 million ride, is state-of-the-art and is Lagoon's most thrilling attraction.
But for more of a "classic experience," get on Roller Coaster. It's one of America's oldest thrill rides and is known by locals as the "White Coaster," because the park painted its wooden beams that color for years (they stopped some time ago. Roller Coaster is Lagoon's oldest attraction and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Talk about old school!
This one, more than the others, brings me back to childhood, and the rickety rides that'd we get on at Dollywood, the nearest park to my hometown, Knoxville, Tennessee. Lagoon, however, is not nearly as humid, nor are there Dolly-isms plastered everywhere ... which is too bad.
To get the most g-forces for you time, you can hop on the towering 217-footer, The Rocket, which peaks out at a 4.5 G-Force. Daaaaang.
There are tons of choices during a day at the park or at any amusement park in Utah, for that matter. But one thing is certain: the g-force makers, the games and gross food bring back the feeling of childhood and summer. And that is a very beautiful thing.
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