Bucket List Item #22: ADULTS ONLY Amusement Park

I can already see the eye rolls taking place, since clearly as a single, 20-something with no kids, it’s easy for me to say, right? I know, I know… but let me explain.

This was a weird item to have on my bucket list, but it was something that I felt necessary because of the way that I was raised. Some people (like my friend Allison who just mentioned this the other day) literally had zero kids around growing up and still doesn’t. I, on the other hand, had a brother much younger than me, followed by a bunch of nieces and friends’ children, so kids have basically always been around. And I love them.

The downfall to that is something that most people don’t even notice, because you get use to hitting an age where going to an amusement park is solely for the kids. I’m here to remind you of how much fun you will have if you take ONE DAY out of your busy schedule to grab a friend or your significant other and head to an amusement park on your own.

As much as I know you were hoping to spin in circles on a teacup or go in slow motion on a carousel for the rest of your life, I’m here to save you.

And I’m not telling you to leave your kids behind while you head to Disney – just a simple, local amusement park. But, in the wise words of… everyone… bigger is always better, so find a good one.

Last summer when my family was visiting me in NC, we went to Carowinds. That was the first time in a LONG time that I had gone to a waterpark. My brother, my sister and I (all adults), took the opportunity to hit up some enormous waterslides together, and IT WAS AWESOME.

slideI forgot how amazing it was to drop from several stories up down a small tube, praying to God that your top doesn’t fly off. I also forgot how badass my sister is. She was never scared of anything growing up (while I stood in the line crying 90% of the time), and now a mom of two, she still went on the fastest, steepest slide where the floor is pulled out from under you without a second thought. Made my day.

A few weeks back, when my friend came up to CT to visit me, we went to Six Flags New England. This was the first time in a long time that I had spent the entire day in JUST the amusement park, riding adult rides that scared the shit out of me. It was amazing.

When you don’t have 12 kids to entertain, it’s kind of nice starting from the beginning and making your way around the entire park. We even joked that the Six Flags architects would love us if they saw the way we did it. We literally walked in the door, saw the first ride (not just roller coasters), went on it, then followed the path the full way around and rode everything. We even stopped for ice cream and to play games when we passed through the kid’s section.

Also, and I know this will make me sound old as hell, but you’d be surprised how much technology has increased since the last time you hit up an entire amusement park. If I was with kids, I would have skipped this one roller coaster or wouldn’t have had time to wait, but when we walked up and were greeted with a pass to come back in 30 minutes for “the experience of a lifetime,” we kindly accepted. Long story short, we went on an upside-down roller coaster, while wearing a virtual reality headset, while shooting shit in space. Mind frickin’ blown. (Click to watch it below)

My personal favorite (aka the one that terrified me the most) = The Sky Screamer. “The tallest swing ride in the world… standing 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.” Doesn’t sound fun? Well, I’m semi-afraid of heights and as much as I almost had a meltdown waiting in line, it was the best decision ever.

I know some of you are thinking how much you enjoy going with your children/family and don’t get me wrong… I do too! They bring the life to rides and watching their enjoyment is enough to make your heart full. I get it. But one day you will be too frail to physically be able to go on rides, period, so do it now!

And if your kids are tall or old enough, and not scared of anything, bring them along! It’s not necessarily just adults (although highly recommended), but the point is to take one day to ride rides that are actually appealing to you. No offense to the choo-choo train you’ve been riding for years or will once you have kids, but I don’t just think you can… I KNOW you can.

TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST: Take ONE DAY for you – as an adult – to go to an amusement park!

Now, I went a little overboard and bought a season pass, but that’s the benefit of being a single, 20-something with no kids, right? 😉 Eye rolls welcome on this one.

Ps. Thanks mom for going on roller coasters with us in your 30s and 40s, because without that, I would still be scared, alone, sobbing at the entry gate, while all of my friends enjoy life (life being upside-down roller coasters). I hope/will be as badass of a mom as you one day. 


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