A few weeks ago I took my daughter to the pediatrician’s office. Upon arrival the nurse checked her height and spoke it out loud as she recorded it in the chart. I could see the wheels turning in Mary Grace’s head as she converted the feet into inches. With a huge gasp she announced “I can ride the roller coasters at Sea World!”

Never worried about making a scene, she continued to broadcast her good fortune. It would seem that growing 1/4 of an inch was the best thing to ever happen to her. In addition to our nurse congratulating her, several other doctors and nurses stopped to give her a high-five. Of course then everyone wanted to know when we were going to Sea World.

At that point I admitted to everyone that we didn’t actually have a trip planned. As you might imagine, the news was met with lots of bizarre glances. Unfazed by the transition in enthusiasm, Mary Grace continued to celebrate. I decided to provide a brief summary of our last experience at Sea World for all those questioning her excitement. If you missed it, you can catch up here. Basically my roller coaster loving dare devil was 1/4 of an inch too short to ride the “good” ones.

Manta- one of the thrilling Sea World roller coaster experiences!

Manta- one of the thrilling Sea World roller coaster experiences!

Later that day I revisited her growth and wondered if perhaps a trip to Sea World should come in our near future. Not that I wouldn’t welcome another trip, but I’m also open to new experiences. Although she was really focused on missing out on the Sea World roller coasters, I knew she’d be equally excited at the opportunity to ride some other great ones.

So of course I did a little research to find the best roller coasters in America. Here were a few of my favorite lists:

Top 10 in 2016

12 Scariest

Best New in 2016

Top 10 Amusement Parks

 Do you like Roller Coasters? If so, where is your favorite one?

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