AP - Amusement parks thrown for a loop by the slumping economy over the last few years are starting to rebound, drawing bigger crowds over the past year and spending more money on new attractions and shows this season.
Amusement parks have been a family favorite for years. The roller coasters. The Ferris Wheels. The illegal border crossings. Yes, there's a park based around that theme. There's a huge assortment of bizarre amusement parks around the world.
ByMarshall Hargrave:Six Flags Entertainment (SIX) is a summertime favorite. SIX has 18 amusement parks located across North America. Its properties include various theme parks, thrill parks and waterparks. The company has a solid moat given its high-barriers to entry, and since emerging from bankruptcy the company is being underappreciated.
A Canadian-born psychologist who studies violence says the Baltimore riot is primarily driven by “Type T” (thrill-seeking) teens at the end of a long winter, with probably few social or racial justice motives.
“The death of Freddie Gray is probably the opportunity and pretext for riotous fun, thrill, risk and profit (looting),” said Dr. Frank Farley, a professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia and a past president of the American Psychological Association.
For those who like a little bit of thrill, amusement and water parks can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and some adventure. The Travel Channel recently released its list of the 10 best amusement and water parks in the US.