At Kings Island Amusement Park near Cincinnati, OH, one roller coaster has seen its last go-round. The Son of Beast, built in 2000 and touted as the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster with a 118-foot loop, is being demolished with pieces of the ride being sold by the amusement park. Grab a wooden plank for $49.99 or a bolt for $24.99 — that should spice up the game room.

But if collecting the skeletal remnants of a ride that turned out to be nothing but trouble for Kings Island isn’t up your alley, then let Travel Channel satiate your need for speed with these (still-functional and lawsuit-resistant) picks for top roller coasters.

If wooden roller coasters are still your thing, despite the Son of Beast’s failure, watch these terrors on wooden rails.

Like a little more loop in your loop-de-doop? Then you’ll dig these top “wrong-way-up” coasters.

Do your feet like their freedom? Then leave the sandals at home when you ride these best inverted coasters.

And while you’re at it, check out our hosts’ picks for their favorite roller coasters.

The Son of Beast roller coaster may be on it’s way to the junkyard (and coaster fans’ personal collections, apparently), but fear not intrepid thrill-seekers, there are still plenty of roller coasters begging to be ridden.

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  1. Browsing the Atlas says:

    Though the Son of Beast is gone now, his "father," The Beast, is still going strong.

    You may also be interested in other points of interest at KJings Island — like ghosts! Read about them here: http://browsingtheatlas.com/2012/10/05/the-ghosts

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