Less than 12 miles outside of Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia features 100 acres of fun.
A dozen "thrill" rides and roller coasters dot the park in areas like Gotham City, Peachtree Square and the Cotton States Section. These sections also offer family- and kid-friendly rides, but BUGS BUNNY World is especially for the young ones. With almost 20 rides geared towards families, guests of all ages will find a full day of fun at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Park season begins with weekend and selected weekday hours in March, April and May. Daily operations commence on Memorial Day weekend and continue through the beginning of August. Weekend and select holiday hours round out the Six Flags Over Georgia season through late October.
Season and daily passes are available for purchase. Discount rates apply for groups of 15 or more. Meal deals and Flash Passes -- which designate specific ride time -- are also available to purchase. Get a VIP Tour with a personal guide and front-of-the-line privileges. Six Flags also operates the nearby White Water park with over 50 attractions. This park was voted one The Travel Channel's top 10 water parks in America.
For more information on Six Flags Over Georgia, call 770-948-9290 or visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
St. Louis is home to a Six Flags amusement and water park, formerly known as Six Flags Over Mid-America.
Almost a dozen roller coasters and "thrill" rides are scattered throughout the park in areas including Studio Backlot and Brittania. Almost two dozen family-friendly rides combine with ten kid-oriented amusements for an almost-endless day of fun for visitors of all ages. The Hurricane Harbor water park rides are included in the cost of admission to Six Flags St. Louis.
The park opens in early spring with weekend and select weekday hours. Operations expand to seven days a week in late May and continue through mid-August. Weekend and limited weekday hours then continue through October.
Daily and season passes are available for Six Flags St. Louis. Groups of 15 or more may qualify for discount rates. Upgrade the experience with pre-purchased attraction tickets, Flash Passes to avoid long lines, or a VIP Tour for unique access and front-of-the-line privileges. Get more information at (636) 938-5300 or www.sixflags.com/stlouis.com.
A short drive from Boston and Albany, New York, Six Flags New England is one of the Northeast's major amusement parks.
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, this park offers the largest collection of roller coasters in this part of the nation. In addition, three kids' areas and a water park are all included in the park's admission. Almost 20 coasters and "thrill" rides are located in the park's various themed areas, including the North and South Ends, DC Superheroes Adventure and Crack Axle Canyon. Looney Tunes Movietown and KIDZOPOLIS are home to 15 kid-friendly rides. Hurricane Harbor offers 16 more rides, nine of which are family-oriented.
Six Flags New England opens in spring with full weekend and limited weekday hours. Daily operations begin on Memorial Day and extend through Labor Day. Full weekend and limited weekday hours round out the season through the end of October.
Daily and seasonal passes are available with limited advance purchase discounts. Groups of 15 or more may be eligible for lower rates. Upgrade packages include Flash Passes to avoid waiting in lines, VIP Tours with front-of-the-line privileges and meal deals. For more information, call (413) 786-9300 or visit www.sixflags.com/newengland.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas amusement park is a quick ride by car or mass transportation from downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Broken into six themed sections, Fiesta Texas includes a water park, roller coasters, and family- and child-oriented rides. Spassburg features multiple rides for kids, while Rockville offers thrill rides and roller coasters, as well as family-friendly options. White Water Bay offers 13 water rides and themed shopping and dining. Fiesta Texas also opens up with Holiday in the Park after Thanksgiving through early January. The holiday spirit combines with the excitement of amusement rides.
The park closes after Holiday in the Park and opens again in March with full weekend and limited weekday hours. These continue through late May when daily operations begin and last through late August. Limited weekend and weekday hours then begin and last until the Holiday in the Park hours begin.
Daily and seasonal passes are available and include access to all the water rides within Fiesta Texas. Monthly payments are available for season passes and discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Flash Passes offer designated ride times to avoid lines, while VIP Tours offer a personalized look at the park and front-of-the-line access. For more information, call (210) 697-5050 or visit www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas.
Vallejo, California is home to the 135-acre Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park. Just 35 miles outside of San Francisco, Discovery Kingdom features rides and an animal interaction park.
The themes of Land, Sea and Sky rule this park. Roller coasters and "thrill" rides include V2 - Vertical Velocity, SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight and SkyScreamer. The Looney Tunes Seaport features family-friendly rides. Tava's Jungleland features Nairobi's Lookout Balloon ride and a Safari Jeep Tour. Various animal interactions, including giraffes, elephants, dolphins and sea lions, occur throughout the park.
Daily and season passes are available, as are Flash Passes for designated ride times and VIP Tours for unparalleled access to the park and rides. Groups of 15 or more can receive discounted rates. Upgrade to an unforgettable experience where you swim with the dolphins. Discovery Kingdom also features a Holiday in the Park theme where the sights and sounds of the winter season combine to make the rides and entertainment a unique day of fun.
Weekend hours at Discovery Kingdom begin in mid-March, with select Fridays and weekday hours in April and May. Daily operations run from Memorial Day to mid-August. Weekend hours continue through October, including Labor Day, and resume after Thanksgiving through the first week of January. Weekday hours occur for portions of December and January for the Holiday in the Park.
Located centrally between New York City and Philadelphia, Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is America's largest Six Flags adventure park.
Themed areas include Boardwalk, Movietown, Frontier Adventures and Plaza Del Carnaval. Fifteen "thrill" rides and roller coasters combine with almost 40 family-friendly and kid-oriented rides. Adventure Alley and Bugs Bunny National Park cater specifically to families and younger children. Food, provisions and souvenirs are available for purchase throughout the park.
Adjacent to Great Adventure is the Hurricane Harbor water park and the Wild Safari, a 350-acre park with over 1,200 animals. View them up close and personal in the largest drive-through safari outside of Africa.
Great Adventure opens on weekends in early spring and begins daily operation in late May. Additional weekday hours occur on select days in April and May, as well. Daily hours end on Labor Day, while weekend operation -- and some Friday and weekday holiday hours -- continue through late October. Wild Safari features the same operating schedule, while Hurricane Harbor opens Memorial Day weekend and continues weekend hours through late June, when daily operations begin. The water park closes on Labor Day.
Great Adventure tickets can be purchased for a one-day visit or as a season pass. Groups of 15 or more may be eligible for group discounts. Upgrades are available for personal tours and front-of-the-line access, as well as designated ride times to avoid standing in line. More information is available by calling (732) 928-1821 or visiting www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|