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Best Of Minnesota: Roller Coasters

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We’re fresh off of July 4, so if it doesn’t feel like summer for you yet — especially after the week we’ve had — maybe this will help: roller coasters.

Amusement parks are a family fun go-to this time of year. Except for me – I hate them.

But, I decided to face my fears this week in the name of good television.

WCCO viewers’ best ride in Minnesota is the biggest and fastest in the state -– Wild Thing at Valleyfair.

“The first drop is about 200 feet,” said Todd Larkin of Valleyfair. “And it’s a 50-degree angle down. You reach a top speed of around 74 mph.”

Larkin played toward my fears.

“We rarely have any incident of puking… incidents,” he said, laughing. “But you could be the first.”

While I didn’t lose my lunch on Wild Thing, Larkin had a another ride choice for me.

“We have Planet Snoopy over there and they have a little cosmic coaster,” Larkin said. “It’s not very big, it’s perfect for… kids.”

As for next week, where’s the best Mexican restaurant in Minnesota?

Tweet your pick to @Matt_Brickman or email me at mbrickman@wcco.com.

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