Ah, the joys of summer! A time for sunshine, warm weather, vacationing and amusement at every turn.
Amusement parks across the country reopen for the season to give thrill-seekers a chance to shake off the winter chill and feel the wind in their hair on rides that spin, climb, loop, twist and turn.
And, every year, a new crop of roller coasters appears, touting fastest, tallest, record-breaking or first-of-its-kind distinctions. We found eight new roller coasters opening in 2019 that are practically guaranteed to make you scream, as well as nine coasters that took America by storm in 2018.
With 15 summer weekends from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, you could make it your mission to visit them all. Or, at least try one close to your neck of the woods.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.