10 best theme parks for roller coasters

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You bought your ticket. The scent of funnel cake makes you heady as you sprint past the cart to get in line for your favorite roller coaster. It’ll be at least 45 minutes before the carnie at the front tells you to secure all personal items and enjoy your ride.

Is it worth it? Yes, you’ve already made the calculation that a few minutes of mind-blasting speed are worth the wait. But how about the money? How much will that thrill cost you in terms of dollars and cents?

We answer that question here with Bankrate’s list of Best Roller Coasters in North America.

As fun as it would have been to ride the coasters in all of these theme parks, we tackled this ranking with data. We started with a list of theme parks with the most roller coasters from the Roller Coaster Database (rcdb.com) and pulled the top 12 in North America. From there we used each park’s admission price to calculate what a coaster fanatic would actually pay per ride.

Here, in ascending order, are the best roller coaster theme parks for your buck.