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I had my eyes on the big green rollercoaster located at the edge of Casino Pier. As I scanned my surroundings, I saw my co-worker Matt Ryan & our great friend, Tom Hayes, from New Jersey Natural Gas. I asked for them to join me and before you know it we were in line.

Let's cut to the chase... It's safe to say the Hydrus is one of the most underrated rollercoasters in New Jersey. I was sitting in the front row and before I knew it, I was climbing straight up looking at the sky. The anticipation of rounding at the top and going straight down was exhilarating. It might not be the biggest and fastest rollercoaster I've ever been on, but the speed of the coaster came at me fast and hard. Once you hit the drop you are immediately thrown into a loop and then a split second later you are in a corkscrew. After that, you experience sharp turns and barrel rolls before you get to the finish line.

One of the coolest things is having the ocean right in front of you. You feel like you might get tossed into the Atlantic! What other rollercoasters can you think of that have you flipping over the Ocean? The Hydrus is simple yet surprisingly very effective. It's a ton of fun and a great adrenaline rush. It's the perfect beginner rollercoaster, but even for someone who has been on many coasters throughout the country, the Hydrus is one of my favorites. It's a must-ride!

Thank you to Casino Pier for the gracious hospitality and I plan to definitely go on the rides once again this summer. - Jimmy G

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Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

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