The 7 Best Kids Roller Coasters

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in December of 2016. Just because most amusement parks prevent little kids from enjoying their rides, that doesn't mean your children can't enjoy some excitement, thanks to these roller coasters for kids. We've included a variety of options for several age ranges, as well as a few model kits your kids can build themselves. Make sure to outfit your offspring with a helmet and watch them closely as they play. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best kids roller coaster on Amazon.

7. K'Nex Thrill Rides Electric Inferno

6. Radio Flyer 500

5. Step2 Thomas The Tank Engine

4. Lego Creator Expert

3. Step2 Extreme Thrill Hot Wheels

2. Step2 Up & Down Ride

1. Step2 Extreme Coaster

Editor's Notes

August 01, 2019:

While there was very little movement in this category since we last checked into it, we have shaken up the list a bit in favor of slightly more exciting options. Both of the Extreme models by Step2 made their way into our top three this time around, with the Hot Wheels model pulling up in third due to the potential for the little bump that comes late in its ride to scare some children. The model at number one offers both speed and an easier experience for youngsters, as it runs in a pretty straight line. We also added another option like the K'Nex offering on our last ranking, one that kids can build, but that's decidedly too small for anyone to ride. This one comes from LEGO, and I suspect they drew their design from the shape of the famous Cyclone on Coney Island in New York City. It's an intricate and enjoyable model to build and to play with afterwards.

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on August 03, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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