Pictures of Amusement Park Rides

Pictures of Amusement Park Rides

All amusement and theme parks have a wide selection of attractions, and checking out pictures of amusement park rides can help visitors decide what types of rides they are interested in for their next theme park getaway. It is important to note, however, that while many parks have similar rides, they also have unique attractions that won’t be found anywhere else. Safety requirements and rider restrictions will also vary from ride to ride and park to park, and guests should carefully research any rides they want to experience.

maXair at Cedar Point

Some thrill rides are deceptively simple, but maXair at Cedar Point amusement park is a high powered pendulum that twists and turns riders up to 140 feet in the air at speeds of 70 miles per hour. Different types of swinging rides are popular at many parks.

Flying Swings

Swings are a great, smooth ride for all ages. The ride platform tilts throughout the ride for a gentle undulation. Some swing models also include double seats for riding with friends or for parents to accompany their children.

Observation Towers

Observation towers are popular in larger parks because they offer a mild ride with fabulous views. This is the perfect ride to capture outstanding pictures of the park, and some observation towers include an audio track with the park’s history or trivia.

Roller Coasters

Roller coasters are some of the largest, most popular attractions at theme parks. There are many different coaster designs available, from kiddie and family rides to ultimate scream machines with steep drops, swift curves, and exciting loops. Both steel and wood coasters are popular at many parks.

Snake River Falls

Water flume rides, like Snake River Falls at Cedar Point, are the fastest way to get wet on a hot summer’s day. These simple boat rides are designed for maximum splash, and the wave can be dozens of feet high and wide. Most flume rides feature a bridge after splashdown, giving non-riders the chance to get wet from the wave and soaking passengers as they go under the bridge.


Chairlift rides offer a quick and scenic way to travel from one end of the park to the other. Some chairlifts feature ski lift style seats, while others have more enclosed cabins.

Kiddie Balloons

Children’s rides have a lot of variety, and flying balloons are a colorful and fun option for many youngsters. Like classic wave swinger rides, these balloons have a mild tilt while the ride is running, and some models include discs for riders to rotate and cause their balloon to spin.

Power Tower

Shot and drop rides are fast paced thrill rides at many amusement parks. Power Tower at Cedar Point includes both types of towers, and other ride models feature both shot and drop action on a single tower so riders can experience both types of excitement.

Carousel at Night

Carousels are classic features of many amusement parks, and they can be intricate works of art with elaborate colors, hand carved horses and animals, mirrors, lights, and brass accents. Different carousel models may be two storied, racing, or themed for specific animals.

Kiddie Rides
Older amusement parks often have classic kiddie areas with a range of circular rides themed as motorcycles, spinning cups, space ships, boats, or cars. These simple rides are still a thrill for the youngest park guests.

River Rafting

River raft rides feature round rafts that can seat from 6 to 12 or more riders at once. The rafts generally travel through simulated canyons, forests, or other scenery and encounter rapids, waterfalls, and whirlpools.

Flip Rides

Any thrill ride that flips, twists, and spins riders in unique ways is sure to a be a popular attraction. Not for the faint of heart, these rides have strict safety requirements and elaborate safety systems to ensure all riders enjoy their experience.

Ferris Wheel

The Ferris wheel is another classic amusement park ride that can be found in many different sizes, from small carnival wheels to massive giant wheels that offer outstanding views of the park. Cabin styles and wheel speeds also vary.

Bumper Cars

Classic bumper cars are fun for the whole family, and many car designs can accommodate multiple riders in one vehicle so younger guests can enjoy the ride as well.

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