We’ve got at least one item on your summer 2014 to-do list: Ride Verrückt. If you haven’t heard the latest buzz about Verrückt, allow us to enlighten you. Designed by Jeff Henry, the “Wizard of Water” and co-owner of Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, KS, Verrückt, once complete, will be the tallest, fastest and, dare we say — scariest — waterslide in the world!
The 17-story Verrückt waterslide, which requires 4 people to ride it at one time, will be taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. And Travel Channel is on the ground capturing the entire build — we’ll be there when the first 4 brave souls take the first plunge! The waterslide will be featured in next summer’s Xtreme Waterparks, our hit series about the coolest, most ridiculous and most extreme waterparks in the world.
Stay tuned for more on how Verrückt’s build is progressing. Until summer 2014, wet your appetite with our Xtreme Waterparks pictures.
On tonight’s episode of America Declassified, airing at 10|9c, our intrepid investigators uncover 3 of our country’s secrets, including a new NSA data center and a possible underground bunker hidden beneath Denver International Airport. Geoscientist Ben McGee visited the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to find out just what’s going down at the super secret spot. Here he recounts his experience: READ MORE
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Much like the hit show Breaking Bad caused an influx of visitors to Albuquerque, NM, this year, the newest take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, that premiered on Fox last month, is leading flocks of curious visitors to vacation to the tiny New York town of the same name.
Sleepy Hollow village administrators have noticed a significant increase in the number of visitors wandering around Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the Headless Horseman Bridge with several tours of the area selling out as early as September – something that just doesn’t happen.
Sleepy Hollow, which was just picked up for a second season, is loosely based on the 1820 legend, but with a modern twist: Protagonist Ichabod Crane has been resurrected centuries after his death to save the town of Sleepy Hollow, and of course the world, from forces of evil.
The village, located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, is home to “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving’s gravesite and served as inspiration for the made-up town where Irving’s story of the legendary “headless horseman” took place.
The town of Sleep Hollow is embracing its new-found fame and record website traffic, creating a spooky commercial encouraging visitors to trek to the area featuring ghosts, ghouls and the headless horseman himself shopping for groceries and going about normal everyday activities.
And the attention might only gain more steam. Rumors from the show’s production company are that the cast itself will visit the town and are looking for possible storylines from the iconic area to bring to prime time television.
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This notorious island right off the coast of San Francisco was once thought to be cursed by Native Americans, who dubbed it “Evil Island.” Home to the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, military fortifications and a rather large seabird colony, Alcatraz Island is most famous for the prison that held prisoners for 30 years and was thought to be inescapable. The island’s bloody and violent history came to a peak in 1946 when a failed escape attempt by 6 prisoners turned into the Battle of Alcatraz, which resulted in the gruesome deaths of 2 guards and 3 inmates.
Tonight, at 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures crew visits Alcatraz Island to see if those inmates and guards who spent their last hours inside the prison walls still linger among the cell blocks. While you watch, don’t forget to hangout with other GA fans in the Fan Lair and share your thoughts on the lockdown!
Want to take your own tour of Alcatraz Island? Plan a trip to San Francisco with the help of our travel guide, but before you go, see how the guys prepared for The Rock.
“To watch those 3 not just go a-hunting in pitch-blackness, but to do it for our entertainment, still amazes me. Since that time, I have been a hardcore fan of the show; they are as funny and quick-witted as they are fearless and stoic.”
-Dean Haglund, Actor, Ghost Adventures Live Host
For their 100th investigation, tonight at 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures crew visit St. Louis to lock down in the house where the event that inspired the movie, The Exorcist, happened in 1949, when a little boy was possessed by the devil.
On a beautiful, unassuming street in a quiet neighborhood in St. Louis, sits a brick house with a dark history, or as a fellow paranormal investigator called it, The House Where Satan Slept. The guys put themselves at risk and attempt to summon the demons that may still be lurking in this family home – what will they find?
Plan your own trip to St. Louis with the help of our travel guide – we even found a haunted walking tour of the city that includes the story of the famous exorcism, as well as a museum with artifacts from the movie.
And don’t miss what some famous friends of the GAC said about the guys to congratulate them on making it to such a huge milestone.
Where will you be lurking tonight? Be sure to hang out with the GAC family and the @GALairMaster in the Fan Lair!
Every October, normally family-friendly amusement parks transform into terrifying Halloween-themed attractions. Get your adrenaline pumping by taking a trip on an already-hair-raising ride – but in complete darkness. Then, try not to scream like a 14-year-old girl when a “scareactor” attempts to freak you out.
At Silverwood Theme Park’s Scarywood, parents are not encouraged to bring their children during the month of October because it’s … scary. Real scary. Watch out for the ghouls and other “scareactors” that roam the grounds, looking to frighten unsuspecting park-goers. For a particularly harrowing experience, hop aboard the Zombiewood Express, and watch as a group of “zombie killers” picks off the freaky creatures trying to attack the train.
Here’s what you can expect:
What’s freakier than a super-freaky haunted house? Going through it completely and utterly alone. Start your tour of Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream with a terrifying tour of the Alone House. After the approximately 20 minutes of horror, you’ll be properly primed for your creepy experience at the Halloween-ified amusement park.
Check out the other thrills Howl-O-Scream offers:
For even more amusement parks-turned-Halloween-playgrounds, be sure to tune in for Halloween Night Frights, premiering tonight at 10|9c.
Baseball season isn’t over yet, and the tailgating is getting as good as ever – especially if you’re a Milwaukee Brewers fan. Tonight at 9|8c, don’t miss the finale of Fandemonium, when Adam Richman hits the state known for its beer, cheese and sausage for a little baseball action.
As he wanders the parking lot of Miller Park, Adam finds some bold brats and a pretty remarkable grill. Check out this sneak peek of tonight’s episode:
And if you happen to find yourself in Milwaukee, don’t miss our travel guide for some of the best cheese around!
Considered one of the biggest and best music festivals in the country, Bonnaroo has become a pilgrimage that any music fan must make. Featuring musicians from all genres, including indie rock, hip hop, jazz and more, Bonnaroo’s activities don’t stop at the music — which starts around noon and doesn’t end until … about 4 a.m. Here, you’ll find well-known comedians, film screenings, a silent disco and waterslides, just to name a few highlights.
Tonight at 9|8c on Fandemonium, Adam finds out first-hand that the fun never stops at Bonnaroo and gets a taste of the festival’s food truck goodness.
It’s not too early to start planning your trip to Bonnaroo — June will be here before you know it! Let us help with our Bonnaroo travel guide, full of tips on how to get to Manchester, TN, where to stay when you arrive and what to eat if food trucks aren’t your thing.
Tune in tonight for a glimpse inside this revolutionary music festival!
This Orange County historic landmark was built in 1912 and has a rich history, full of stories about famous vaudeville entertainers. But it has also had its fair share of scandal, once serving as a jail for the drunks of Orange County. Not to mention, the songwriter Ernest Ball, famous for the song “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” died backstage in the theatre’s dressing room.
One has to wonder, with more than 100 years of history, is the Yost Theatre haunted? Tonight at 9|8c, the Ghost Adventures guys find out in an all-new episode.
The Yost’s history lives on today, with the theatre hosting live music, club nights and sports events. Plan your own trip to the Yost Theatre to check out the activity (both human and paranormal) with help from our travel guide.
And don’t miss this sneak peek of tonight’s episode:
Every year, for 4 days in June, country music fans take over the Tuttle Creek Lake State Park in Manhattan, KS, for the Country Stampede music festival. In fact, it’s one of the largest parties in the Midwest with over 175,000 attendees eating good food, enjoying strong drinks and tailgating in the campgrounds with fellow country lovers — and a few of the performers themselves.
Tonight at 9|8c, Adam joins in the fun on an all-new episode of Fandemonium. In fact, when he comes across a country musician, he even writes a country song of his own … about Brooklyn.
Do you love country music? It’s not too early to start planning your own trip to Manhattan, KS, to join in the stampede. Let our travel guide help you get there!