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Missing Amusement Parks? Ride Some Roller Coasters Virtually

A photo of the White Cyclone wooden roller coaster in Japan.
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Along with many of your favorite restaurants and stores, amusement parks are also closed for the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still visit them (sort of). Virtual roller coaster rides have been online for ages, but they’re a welcome diversion during quarantine.

PopSugar rounded up nine coasters from all over the world you can “ride” virtually on YouTube. From Hagrid’s Motorbike at Universal Orlando, to the high flying, scream-inducing falls of a coaster in Japan, you can get a bit of a thrill from the comfort of your couch. Keep in mind, though, if you get motion sickness, these might not be for you.

If you want to see which other coasters you can ride online, just search them on YouTube.

Due to travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders, National Parks have also been closed and festivals have been canceled. However, many have switched to online platforms.

For example, you can watch floral shows, like Washington D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival, online or feel like you’re walking among the trees at Redwood National Park, thanks to Google Earth.

While you might be stuck inside for now, the internet can certainly make quarantine a little less dull.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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