15 Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks
Monticello, Indiana: Indiana Beach
Opened in 1926, Indiana Beach continues to be a Midwest Coney Island with its classic carnivallike atmosphere along Lake Shafer. This vibe hasn't changed (and that's a good thing) despite the addition of more modern attractions, including zip lines and a high ropes course (574/583-4141; indianabeach.com).
Big Thrill: As if a vertical plunge wasn't enough, the Steel Hawg roller coaster's first drop is 111 degrees— the steepest in the United States.
Family Favorite: Catch the wind and steer your plane over the waters of Lake Shafer on Air Crow, a swing ride that lets you choose your thrill level.
Travel Tip: Don't miss the Water Thrill Show and Dive Spectacular, a three-times-daily performance including a flaming high dive and gravity-defying acrobatics on the lake.