Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, 3830 Dorney Park Rd., Allentown, Pa.; 610-395-3724
Adrenaline junkies: Drive two hours south to Dorney Park’s Talon, the most intense drug-free 2.5 minutes this region has to offer. Riders plunge 135 feet, pinned to their shoulder harnesses through four inversions interspersed with a zero-gravity roll and multiple heart-pounding floating-in-space moments. It’s the tallest and longest looping coaster in the Northeast. The wait lines can be intense, so shoot for an early morning or an overcast day. The park itself is also one of the best, with six more coasters. Craigslist carpools depart from Brooklyn during the summer ($37.95 day pass, $25.95 before May 26).
Best Loop-the-Loop Roller Coaster
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).