Cool Roller Coasters for Kids

If your child is too short or too scared to ride a big coaster, take a spin with him on one of these fun rides.

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Grover's Alpine Express

Courtesy of Busch Gardens

Grover's Alpine Express

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia
Sesame Street's Grover gets the front seat in this ride that's a teensy bit more intense than typical kid coasters. (38" and up)

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Coasteraurus

Courtesy of Legoland California

Coasteraurus

Legoland California, Carlsbad
Navigate curves and small drops around a prehistoric jungle of dinosaurs made from Legos. (36" and up)

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Blazin' Buckaroo

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Blazin' Buckaroo

Elitch Gardens, Denver
The Western-themed steel coaster takes riders over the top of a barn. It has a few quick turns and small drops, but never exceeds 15 miles per hour. (36" and up)

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The Great Pumpkin Coaster

Courtesy of Kings Island

The Great Pumpkin Coaster

Kings Island, Mason, Ohio
This Peanuts-themed ride has two turns and a few little hills and dips. (36" and up.)

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Gadget's Go Coaster

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Gadget's Go Coaster

Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
Based on the show Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, this coaster takes riders around Toon Lake. Watch for the spitting frog at the end. (35" and up.)

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Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster

Courtesy of Six Flags Over Georgia

Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster

Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell (just outside Atlanta)
In wagon-type cars, kids roll out of the station and speed through a mine tunnel at up to 30 miles per hour. (36" and up.)

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Timber Twister Coaster

Courtesy Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Timber Twister Coaster

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, Gilroy, California
Shaped like a rattlesnake, this coaster slithers around an area with hundreds of trees in this nature-themed park. (42" and up.)