People flock to Six Flags just to experience the thrills. Six Flags Amusement Park was founded in 1961 by Angus B. Wayne. The original name came from the six countries that had ruled over modern-day Texas since the 1500s. Although the first park was not dependent on the fantastic roller coaster rides, now these parks offer some of the most fantastic roller coaster rides in the world. Currently, there are 26 parks in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and there are two more scheduled for China and Saudi Arabia. Here is a list of the 10 best Six Flag Parks in the US. Hang on!
10 Six Flags Great Adventure: Jackson, New Jersey
Six Flags Great Adventure opened in 1974 under the ownership of Warner LeRoy, a restauranteur from New York. Six Flags bought the park in 1977, and since then there have been many ownership combinations up to the present day.
In August of 2012, Six Flags combined its 125-acre Great Adventure Park with its 350-acre Safari Park to make it the second largest theme park in the world. Only Disney's Animal Kingdom is larger. In August of 2018, the ride "Wonder Woman, Lasso of Truth," was added as a fantastic pendulum ride.
9 Hurricane Harbor Arlington: Arlington, Texas
Six Flags began using the brand name "Hurricane Harbor" for its water parks in 1995. The Park in Arlington is known best for its resort-style atmosphere and its family-friendly rides. The layout of the park has a definite separation between the thrill rides and the easier options.
One of the outstanding features of the park is the wading pool which rates high above other similar wading pools. Under the "sensational ride" category is the 72-foot "Der Stuka" water slide named after the legendary WWII attack plane.
8 Six Flags St. Louis: Eureka, Missouri
Six Flags St. Louis is the only park owned and operated by the Six Flags organization since its opening in 1971. The park, like most, is theme based and one of its most attractive sections is the "1904 World's Fair" replica. It also has a popular "Bugs Bunny" experience for the children in the family. Six Flags St. Louis is known as the Coaster Capital of Missouri with three wooden and six steel coasters with a total of 22,700 feet of track. "Spinsanity" is the ride most sought after for its motorcycle-like speed rush.
7 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Vallejo, California
A plausible day trip from San Francisco, this Six Flag Park offers an exciting animal review with some excellent roller coaster rides. Opening in 1968 as a Marine Park, the area underwent many changes leading up to its present state.
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Currently, Discovery Kingdom is the only park with a theme, oceanarium, and the zany "Zonga," a twisted mega-coaster with tilt loop thrills. The newest addition is "Batman-the Ride," which arrived in the spring of 2019. This ride has four major weightless flips and many free-falls.
6 Six Flags Magic Mountain: Santa Clarita, California
Six Flags Magic Mountain has 19 operating roller coasters, the most of any park in the world. The historical evolution of these rides started in May of 1971 and continues today. This park covers 262 acres and is open year round. In 2017, it had 3.3 million visitors and was ranked number 16th in attendance. One of the unique features of this park is the many theme rides based on favorite comic book characters. One of the most recognizable coasters is "Twisted Colossus" because of its hybrid construction of wood and steel.
5 Six Flags Great America: Chicago, Illinois
Six Flags Great America ranks number five mainly because of the challenging vertical rides known as the X-Flight and the Demon. The Demon is also a corkscrew design and will carry the rider at a speed of up to 75 mph.
The Demon has virtual reality headsets that were added in 2016 that create a one-of-a-kind "Rage of the Gargoyles." This ride is billed as the only ride with a full gaming experience for the riders. The newest ride available is coming in 2019 and has the name "Maxx Force."
4 Six Flags White Water: Atlanta, Georgia
A 700,000-gallon wave pool places this park close to the top in the rankings. However, there are many other unique water rides including the "Tornado," a 60-foot drop that sends riders down a funnel, and the "Run-a-Way River" that uses a series of winding tunnels to keep things interesting. In addition to these wild rides, there is plenty of action for the smaller visitor in the specially designed "Buccaneer Bay" that features a 500-gallon water bucket. This park is the largest park in the South and is a welcome paradise in the hot summer months.
3 Six Flags Fiesta Texas: San Antonio, Texas
This park's current main attraction is the roller coaster "Scream." This ride has three different ways to allow the rider to ascend the 205 feet, 20 stories, and then after a brief 10-second pause, experience one drop after another.
Most other parks only offer two ways to ascend. The park used to be a limestone quarry, and as a result, it is surrounded by rock walls. This gives the visitor a sense of being on another planet. Beginning this year, the park will run a year-round schedule.
2 Six Flags Over Georgia: Atlanta Georgia
It is the quality and variety of rides and attractions that places this park at number two on the list. The two most famous roller coaster rides are "Goliath" and "Mind Bender." These both have received a "Golden Ticket Award" by Amusement Magazine. A third notable attraction is "Acrophobia," which is a floorless, free-fall tower ride. On this ride, you rise into the air for 200 feet, rotate 360 degrees while you view the Atlanta skyline, and then drop at about 50 mph. Then there is more, and this will leave your heart racing.
1 Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Los Angeles is a perfect cooling complement to Six Flags Magic Mountain (#6) which is just across the street. This park tops them all with the "Bonzai Pipelines" that drop 50 feet onto a 200-foot slide and then into a pool.
"Black Snake Summit" has four different intense rides, and "Taboo Tower" is just what it says it is- taboo. With "Taboo Tower" there is only one way up, but you must maneuver the ancient puzzles to find one of the three ways down.