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21 Six Flags Amusement Park Locations, Ranked

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Six Flags has 21 locations in the U.S. Find one close to home, or plan a road trip afar. Most locations feature water parks, while all of them guarantee electrifying coasters for teens, tame rides for tykes and classic attractions for the whole family.

1/12

Six Flags Great Escape

What"s New
Making its debut at Six Flags Great Escape this summer is the Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster, otherwise known as Steamin' Demon. Proudly the Northeast's first-ever inverting Virtual Reality Roller Coaster, riders will experience thrills unlike any other they've experienced before. Simply put on your wireless headset and enter a virtual world of high-resolution imagery and 360-degree views that match the coaster's every move.

Best for Toddlers
Six Flags Great Escape has all the classics for kids, including teacups (Krazy Kups), swinging chairs (Oakleys"s Honey Swings) and a train ride (Frankie"s Mine Train). The rides for little thrill seekers are located in Timbertown and Kidzopolis.

Best for Teens
Big thrill-seekers have Boomerang, where they"re whisked around three loops and back, and Comet, a historic, wooden coaster (part of it was built in 1927). For extreme daredevils and an extra fee, you can also try the Skycoaster -- similar to sky diving.

Best for Families
The park offers several rides your family can enjoy together. Try the Giant Wheel or Sky Ride, a relaxing gondola ride around the park. If you want to ride a roller coaster, Canyon Blaster is your best bet.

Must-See Show/Experience
Hang in Timbertown for a chance to meet the park"s characters at Plaza Palooza. The kids will be able to complete in hula hoop contests, limbo and more.

Water Park
Splashwater Kingdom features several tube rides (some big enough for large groups), waterslides, a lazy river, wave pool and spray grounds for youngsters. Admission to Splashwater Kingdom is included in rates for Great Escape.

Recommended Hotel: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
2/12

Six Flags America

What"s New
Coming to Six Flags America in 2016 is Splashwater Falls, located in the free water park, Hurricane Harbor. This multi-level play structure will house more than a whopping 100 features to keep families, young and old, busy all summer long. Prepare to get soaked by the geysers, jets, and various spraying spouts, or anxiously wait for the giant tipping bucket to drench you in water. Splashwater Falls will also boast 500 feet of slipping and sliding fun for the whole family.

Best for Toddlers
The ultimate playground, Whistlestop Park offers rope bridges, sliding boards, swings and more for the littlest set. The Looney Tunes Prop House, padded with soft features, is also fun for youngsters.

Best for Teens
The park has 10 roller coasters, including SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel, with a 20-story drop; Wild One, a classic wooden coaster; The Joker"s Jinx, which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds; and BATWING Coaster, where riders are made to feel as if they"re swooping and swerving through the air -- just like a bat.

Best for Families
If you have teens in tow, try Rajin Cajun -- riders sit in individual cars, where they"re turned 360 degrees. The Flying Carousel is always a good time for large groups, too.

Must-See Show/Experience
The Looney Tunes Dance Off is fun for little ones, while EFX 3.0 -- a laser light show -- is especially fun for teens. The show, which also features music and bubbles, is offered in the afternoons and evenings.

Water Park
Six Flags America has Hurricane Harbor, a water park full of traditional amusements, from waterslides to spray grounds. Access to Hurricane Harbor is included with general admission.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Bowie
3/12

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

What"s New
Reaching speeds of up to 53 miles per hour is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's latest addition, THE JOKER. Riders can expect to twist, zip, and turn aboard this purple and green steel and wooden coaster, as well as step-up under-flip (for the first time in rollercoaster history), positioning riders completely horizontal. This ride is just about two minutes long.

Best for Toddlers
The park offers several swing rides for little ones, such as Bugs" Buccaneer and Taz"s Typhoon, as well as gentle attractions like Splashwater Oasis, where they can splash in fountains, and Safari Jeep Tours, a scenic ride in Tava"s Jungleland. If you"re looking for a playground, try Acme Fun Factory, a padded, indoor area, or Zoe"s Tree House, located outside.

Best for Teens
Teens should tackle Cobra, a snake-shaped coaster, and Kong, which ascends 115 feet before a steep plummet. SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight and Medusa, the longest and highest roller coaster in Northern California, shouldn"t be missed either.

Best for Families
Tsunami Soaker, added in 2014, is especially fun for large groups. Riders sit in circular boats with built-in water guns. Float along and shoot away at oncoming boats! Your family will also like Ark, a giant swing.

Must-See Show/Experience
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has a full animal program, with opportunities to see and interact with animals. Try the Backstage Safari or Dolphin Discovery, where you"ll have a chance to swim with the loveable animals.

Water Park
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has water rides, but doesn"t have a designated water park.

Recommended Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites Napa American Canyon
4/12

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

What"s New
Three (yes, three!) new rides will make Six Flags Fiesta Texas their home this summer. Feel weightless onboard Fireball as you zip around a 72-foot loop, face outward as you rotate around and move side to side along a five-story half-pipe track on the giant hurricane-shaped disc that is Hurricane Force 5, and whirl and twirl around all the other spinning riders onboard Spinsanity.

Best for Toddlers
The park offers several kids" rides with a touch of German -- you"ll find Kinderstein, a teacup ride and Der Pilger Bahnhof, a train tour of the park. The Kiddee Koaster is a hit, too.

Best for Teens
The daredevils of the bunch should hop on Boomerang, which loops riders six times (three times forward and then backward); Goliath, an inverted coaster; and Poltergeist, which features a “spaghetti bowl” of twists and turns. Soon, teens will also have a chance to go zip-lining at the park, too.

Best for Families
Many of the water-based rides are perfect for families to enjoy together. Try Gullywasher, similar to whitewater rafting, or Bugs" White Water Rapids, a traditional log flume ride.

Must-See Show/Experience
Roadhouse Country features classic tunes and dancing, while pop hits are performed via #iPoP, located in Texas State Square.

Water Park
Cool off at White Water Bay, where the attractions include Lone Star Lagoon (a wave pool in the shape of Texas), Whirlpool and Texas Tumble, a tube ride for families. Admission to White Water Bay is included in general park rates.

Recommended Hotel: La Cantera Hill Country Resort
5/12

Six Flags Great America

What"s New
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis will call Six Flags Great America home this year. This 4D interactive thrill ride will take riders all around the 22,000-square-foot Hall of Justice before boarding one of the six-passenger vehicles. From there (and armed with a laser stun gun), you'll journey through some truly mesmerizing scenes in the city of Metropolis, interacting with animatronic characters, 3D animated images, and 4D experiences, such as fire and fog, to save your beloved Super Heroes from the evil villains along the way.

Best for Toddlers
Youngsters can get around like the Flinstones on Rocky Road Rescue Service, or solve a mystery on Scooby Doo"s Mystery Machine. Other favorites include Yogi"s Yahoo River, a calm water ride, and Little Dipper, a tame roller coaster.

Best for Teens
The park features several thrill rides, including SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight, a winged coaster, and BATMAN: The Ride, which lets riders see what it"s like to be Batman. Don"t miss Vertical Velocity either -- it"ll take your breath away.

Best for Families
The family rides are the classic rides -- swings, teacups, log flumes and more. Your group can also ride the indoor Dark Knight Coaster together (as long as everyone is at least 42 inches tall).

Must-See Show/Experience
Don"t miss The Stars of the Peking Acrobats, which showcases talented acrobats, jugglers and more.

Water Park
Six Flags Great America has Hurricane Harbor, available at most locations, though an additional fee applies. The water park features traditional tube rides and slides, along with a surf simulator experience.

Recommended Hotel: KeyLime Cove Indoor WaterPark Resort
6/12

Six Flags St. Louis

What"s New
In 2016, we encourage riders to jump onboard Six Flags St. Louis' new looping thrill ride, Fireball, which will include a seven-story loop that will leave riders feeling completely weightless. Other elements of the ride include swinging back and forth, pendulum-style, on either side of the loop, as well as turning totally upside down for a series of heart-thumping 360-degree looping revolutions. Don't be surprised if your train changes directions out of the blue -- that's half the fun!

Best for Toddlers
Youngsters will beg to ride Tweety"s Tee House, a small tower lift ride. The Bugs Bunny Fort Run is also fun -- let the kids run around on this treehouse-like, interactive playground.

Best for Teens
Teens (and teens at heart) should try Screamin" Eagle, a wooden coaster with a bite, and MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast, which shocks riders with a 21-story free-fall.

Best for Families
The park offers a few train rides, three of which tour parts of the park (Foghorn Leghorn National Park Railway, Bugs Bunny National Park Train Station and Tommy G. Robertson Railroad), and one of which is a mild roller coaster -- River King Mine Train. The Joker Inc. is always a crowd pleaser, too.

Must-See Show/Experience
See your favorite stars from present and past in Evolutions, a show that features musical hits from several decades.

Water Park
At Hurricane Harbor, the headline attraction is Bonzai Pipeline, a speed slide that begins with a launch capsule; riders are encapsulated before the floor drops beneath them. Little ones who aren"t yet ready for Bonzai can test their bravery on the Pirate Ship Slides. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is included in general rates.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Saint Louis West at Six Flags
7/12

Six Flags Great Adventure

What"s New
All aboard the Harley Quinn Crazy Train at Six Flags Great Adventure this year, located right next to THE JOKER on the Lakefront. Riders can expect to ascend 26 feet in the air and reach speeds of up to 22 miles per hour. Zip, dip, and turn your way to good old-fashioned family fun, before ultimately zooming through the trees along a figure-eight-style track.

Best for Toddlers
Safari Kids, Looney Tunes Seaport and Bugs Bunny National Park are the main areas for tykes to enjoy rides just their size. Favorites include Bugs Bunny Camp Carousel, Jumpin" Joey, Daffy"s Deep River and Bugaboo, the last of which allows youngsters to drive their own brightly colored bug mobile.

Best for Teens
Teens and older kids who have the guts should head to Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom first. Kingda Ka is the tallest and fastest ride of its kind in North America, shooting riders up 45 stories at 128 mph. Zuminjaro: Drop of Doom is the tallest drop ride in the world, bringing riders up to 415 feet in the air before dropping them at speeds of up to 90 mph. Other favorite thrills include Nitro, SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight and El Toro, the last a classic wooden roller coaster sure to be a favorite.

Best for Families
Blackbeard"s Lost Treasure Train invites all ages to ride its rails, with speeds reaching up to 22 mph. Other family-favorites include DejaVu, Buccaneer, the Big Wheel and Congo Rapids, the last of which carries up to 12 riders down a river with unexpected rapids that are sure to make a splash.

Must-See Show/Experience
Head to the Safari Kids theater for PAW & disORDER Animals On Patrol, which gets kids up close and personal with furry friends during a 20-minute mystery show.

Water Park
Open seasonally, Hurricane Harbor features waterslides like King Cobra, where riders exit the mouth of a snake; play areas like Discovery Bay; and Blue Lagoon, a 696,000-gallon wave pool that rivals the Atlantic Ocean. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is not included with admission to Six Flags Great Adventure.

Recommended Hotel: Radisson Hotel Freehold
8/12

Six Flags New England

What"s New
New for 2016 is SUPERMAN: The Ride Virtual Reality Coaster. This ride partners with Samsung Gear VR and Oculus to equip riders with wireless headsets that whisk them into a virtual world of high-resolution imagery and 360-views that match the action of the coaster. Travel through the battlefield of 5,400 feet of twisted steel track to save the Metropolis. Riders will climb just about 208 feet and reach speeds of 77 miles per hour.

Best for Toddlers
Head to the Kidzopolis and Looney Tunes Movie Town areas for tot-sized rides, including Daffy"s Hollywood Tours, Krazy Kups, Ship"s Ahoy, Wacky Wheel and the Great Chase, the last of which takes tykes up 13 feet in the air before zooming along a track through woodsy trails and hills at just 12 mph.

Best for Teens
High-speed thrills for teens include Flashback, with 117-foot-tall drops that riders encounter both front and backwards; Mind Eraser, which flips thrill-seekers around multiple times in a row at 55 mph; Scream, a free-fall ride that takes riders up 20 stories before dropping them in one of three thrilling ways; and Goliath, which is described as a giant inverted boomerang that goes 65 mph.

Best for Families
The entire family will enjoy riding together on CATWOMAN"S Whip, Stampede Bumper Cars, Blizzard River and the 1909 Illions Carousel. The Carousel was originally built in 1909 and still houses 68 hand-carved horses, lions, tigers and zebras.

Must-See Show/Experience
Be dazzled by the illusions of David Garrity during Magic & Marvels. Enjoy magic, music and comedy, and participate during the show for even more fun.

Water Park
Open seasonally, Six Flags New England"s Hurricane Harbor features waterslides for all ages like Shark Attack and Swiss Family Taboggan, plus the Splash Island lazy river, Monsoon Lagoon wave pool and the Kiddie Octapus water playground for tots. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is included with admission to Six Flags New England -- two parks for the price of one!

Recommended Hotel: Springfield Marriott
9/12

Six Flags Magic Mountain

What"s New
Virtual reality rides are clearly trending this year at Six Flags amusement parks across the country, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is no stranger to them. New this year is the New Revolution, which will take riders to a virtual reality for a few minutes (thanks to the provided headsets) and right into battle with the aliens that are trying to take over the planet. You're seemingly the co-pilot of a fighter jet, and you'll certainly feel every drop that appears on your screen (because they're actually happening!). This ride reaches speeds of up to 55 miles per hour, and boasts the world's first giant loop -- 90 feet high and 45 feet in diameter.

Best for Toddlers
Bugs Bunny World is the spot for tots to enjoy rides like Elmer"s Weather Balloons, Magic Flyer, Pepe Le Pew"s Tea Party and Yosemite Sam"s Flight School.

Best for Teens
Viper takes teens through twists with speeds up to 70 mph, while Full Throttle loops riders 160 feet into the sky and through tunnels and turns, before doing it again backwards. Other thrills include GREEN LANTERN: First Flight, The RIDDLER"S Revenge and X2, the last of which takes riders on a 5D experience with 360-degree rotating seats and head-first drops. Lights, music and sound effects have been added to make the experience even more thrilling.

Best for Families
The Road Runner Express offers quick curves and hills for all ages and Jet Stream is the classic log flume ride that"ll cool the entire family. Other family-favorites include Roaring Rapids (which can carry up to 12 riders in one raft), Sandblasters and Scrambler.

Must-See Show/Experience
Let your little hero meet theirs at a JUSTICE LEAGUE Meet and Greet. The experience is offered multiple times per day in front of DC UNIVERSE and guests can get a souvenir photo with Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman.

Water Park
Open seasonally, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles offers families the Bamboo racing waterslides, the Castaway Cove splash zone, the River Cruise lazy rivers and more. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is not included with admission to Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Recommended Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Valencia Six Flags
10/12

Six Flags Over Georgia

What"s New
Zipping into Six Flags Over Georgia this summer is the all-new Ninja rollercoaster. Riders can expect to slice, dip, loop, and corkscrew their way through the air at an expressive 52 miles per hour over a span of more than 2,742 feet of track. Don't be surprised if a black belt suddenly appears in your pant loops afterwards.

Best for Toddlers
Bugs Bunny World is the place for little ones for thrills. Rides include Convoy Grande, Fiesta Wheel, Little Aviator and Toro Toro. Head to Peachtree Square for the Marthasville Railroad Station train ride, too. And don"t miss Whistlestop Park, with its enormous playground for kids to explore.

Best for Teens
Thrill-seeking teens will enjoy Acrophobia, which rotates up a 200-foot tower before dropping riders to the ground; Georgia Cylcone, with its classic wooden track that stretches more than 2.970 feet; Great American Scream Machine, which was built in 1973 and features a 105-foot drop to kick off the fun; Ninja, with its double loops, corkscrews and upward spirals; and Dare Devil Dive, the last of which features drops that go beyond 90 degrees.

Best for Families
See the park from above via the Sky Buckets, cool off on the Thunder River and take a ride as a family on the Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster roller coaster, which reaches speeds of up to 30 mph while trying to catch the Road Runner!

Must-See Show/Experience
Sing along to today"s hits and favorites from past decades at Mixtape. The show runs Thursday through Monday, May through August.

Water Park
Six Flags Over Georgia offers families two water parks. Hurricane Harbor is located inside the park (which means it is free with admission!) and is open seasonally. Families will love the Tsunami Surge five-story waterslide, the Calypso Bay wave pool and Paradise Island, a children"s playground with climbing nets, bridges, water cannons and more.

Six Flags White Water is the second water park located next door to the theme park and entry is not included with admission to Six Flags Over Georgia. New for 2015, Dive Bomber drops riders through a trap door down a 10-story slide at nearly 90 degrees. Other family favorites include the Activity Pool, Bahama Bob Slide and Run-A-Way River.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites ATL-Six Flags
11/12

Six Flags Over Texas

What"s New
New to the family of rides at Six Flags Over Texas in 2016 are THE RIDDLER Revenge, CATWOMAN Whip, and HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, all located within the GOTHAM CITY section of the park. Climb aboard a giant swinging pendulum on THE RIDDLER and swing back and forth up to 147 feet in the air (counterclockwise). CATWOMAN Whip spins and tilts riders in a circular motion, all the while increasing speed and whipping around. Spinsanity is perfect for the whole family, as it twists and twirls its way around.

Best for Toddlers
Bugs Bunny Boomtown is the place for little ones, and in 2015, the area debuted five new attractions just for tots. Ride the Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer, Marvin the Martian Space Rockets and Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters. Kids can then explore the Looney Tunes Adventure Camp interactive play area.

Best for Teens
Teens and older kids will love thrill rides like MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast, which gets up to 70 mph in just 3.8 seconds; New Texas Giant, the tallest steel hybrid coaster in the world with speeds of up to 65 mph; Shock Wave, which features back to back loops with intense G forces; and La Vibora, a mega bobsled ride that gets up to 32 mph on a trackless course.

Best for Families
The entire family can board the Boomtown Depot steam engine train, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, plus rides like Yosemite Sam"s Gold River Adventure and El Aserradero, a classic log flume ride that will cool everyone off on a hot day.

Must-See Show/Experience
Head back in time to the Wild West in the Crazy Horse Saloon with Miss Ruby"s Wild West Cabaret show, which has been bringing out the inner cowboys and cowgirls in families for more than 50 years.

Water Park
Open seasonally, Hurricane Harbor features waterslides like Black Hole, splash playgrounds like Hook"s Lagoon Treehouse, three lagoon pools for lounging in the sun, plus so much more. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is not included with admission to Six Flags Over Texas.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Arlington NE
12/12

FAQs

Can I bring outside food into the park?
Outside food and beverages are not allowed in any of the Six Flags theme parks. Guests with special dietary needs and families with infants may bring in outside food and formula, but they must visit Guest Relations upon arrival in order to have the containers approved. Coolers are not permitted.

Am I allowed to exit and re-enter the park?
Families who leave a Six Flags theme park and plan to return must get their hands stamped before exiting near the re-entry gate. To re-enter the park, guests must show their stamps at the re-entry gate. All guests, including Season Pass holders, must get their hands stamped before exiting the park if they plan to re-enter. Stamps are only valid for same-day re-entry.

What is THE FLASH Pass?
THE FLASH Pass is Six Flags" ride reservation system. THE FLASH Pass can be purchased online in advance or at the park for an additional cost; regular park admission is still required. One FLASH Pass can be used for up to six riders, with additional per person fees required after the first person. When purchasing or picking up a FLASH Pass, guests are required to leave a valid, state-issued driver"s license, passport or current Season Pass with staff until THE FLASH Pass is returned. THE FLASH Pass is offered at all Six Flags theme parks in the U.S. except for Six Flags Great Escape.

There are three levels of FLASH Pass for purchase:

THE FLASH Pass Regular allows riders to reserve a time for a ride without waiting in line. The wait time will match the current wait time for riders without THE FLASH Pass.

THE FLASH Pass Gold allows riders to reserve a time for a ride without waiting in line, with a reduced wait time of up to 50 percent.

THE FLASH Pass Platinum allows riders to reserve a time for a ride without waiting in line, with a reduced wait time of up to 90 percent, as well as the ability to enjoy select rides twice in a row without leaving their seat on the ride.

Are stroller and wheelchair rentals available?
Yes, a limited number of strollers and wheelchairs are available to rent at every park. Electronically controlled vehicles are also available. Credit cards may be required for rentals.

What is Kid Swap?
Kid Swap allows one parent to ride with one child (under 54 inches), while the other parent or guardian waits with another child. When the first parent and child return, the other parent and child can board the ride. Visit the park"s information station for passes, which are free of charge. Kid Swap is available at all Six Flags parks.

How do I get discounts on admission?
Season Passes provide the most bang for your buck, since the cost is nearly the same as the price of one-day admission, and because Season Passes get you into all locations for Six Flags. Season Passes also get you discounts on food and games, as well as discounted or free tickets for friends and family.

If it doesn"t make sense for you to purchase a Season Pass, purchase admission online. You"ll save up to 30 percent on rates by doing so.

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