TV Shows About Amusement Parks

The summer months are peak times for a trip to an amusement park. Packed with people of all ages seeking fun and excitement, theme parks bring out the kid in all of us. Two documentary series on the Travel Channel examine some of the finest places in the world to experience thrilling rides and wild, wet attractions.

Insane Coaster Wars takes a look at the fastest, loopiest, biggest, and scariest roller coasters in existence.  Episodes include "G-Force Giants," "Hang 'Em High," "Splintering Speedsters," "Wrong Way Up," "Extreme Heights," and "Speed Demons."

I love rollercoasters. They spark my imagination, making me forget the track as if I were soaring through the air unhindered by the safety harness. From the superhero-inspired coasters at Universal Studios to the famous rides at Walt Disney World to the old-fashioned wooden coasters at some of the older parks, there hasn't been a single one that's disappointed me.

Xtreme Waterparks explores the biggest, splashiest, most insanely designed water-themed rides from around the world, from the tallest in Brazil to a gravity-defying monster in Florida.

When I was kid, one of my favorite rides was the Log Flume at Six Flags Great Adventure. It was simple but fun, especially that final splashdown. What better escape is there on a hot summer day?

If you can't make it to an amusement park in person, or if you don't like to be around crowds having fun, you can still enjoy some of the thrills of those adrenaline-pumping rides by watching these well-produced television series from the comfort of your own home.