So this is very exciting news—Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson opens this weekend for spring 2021 (cue the applause). Get ready to take a spin on the carousel, get dizzy on the enchanted teacups, and experience all the thrills on some of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world, including the highly-anticipated Jersey Devil Coaster (though you’ll have to wait until late spring to ride this one). But even for a family that’s not up for daring, scream-inducing rides, Six Flags Great Adventure is a fun day for all ages, where you can find gentle rides for littles, moderate ones for everyone, and mind-blowing attractions for older kids, teens, and adults. Scroll down for everything you need to know for a daytrip to Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. And after your visit to the park, be sure to check out Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru, open now.
feature photo via Six Flags Great Adventure
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A day of thrills at Six Flags Great Adventure
Take littles on kid-sized thrills
Littles won’t feel left out at Six Flags since they offer many rides that are just their speed. Fly high with the elephants on the Air Jumbo ride, take a hot air balloon trip on Sky Zooma, or become a junior aviator on Air Safari. From there, spend time in the Safari Kids section with more kid-friendly rides like the Jumpin’ Joey, the Bugaboo ladybug cars, and Raja’s Rickshaw. And at Bugs Bunny National Park, there are a variety of gentle rides for a kid-sized amount of excitement.
Go as a family on moderate thrill rides
Ready to move on from the kiddie rides to ones you can do with the whole fam? There are lots of moderate thrill rides around the entire Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. If you want to start slow, then the carousel is the perfect first stop. If you are looking for more movement, sway back and forth on the Buccaneer, loosen up on the Runaway Train, or test your driving skills on the Fender Bender bumper cars. Want to take it up another notch? Get wet on the Saw Mill Log Flume, dare to enter Skull Mountain, or test your bravery on the Sky Screamer.
Daredevils will get their kicks on ultra-thrilling coasters
Six Flags is full of thrill rides that will bring you up, up, up, and then drop you all the way down. For the brave, Kingda Ka goes from 0 to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, making it the fastest coaster in North America and the tallest roller coaster in the world. Or try Nitro, the Hypercoaster, which means over-the-top speed, height, and airtime, and then go on to El Toro, one of the fastest and tallest wooden coasters on Earth. Haven’t had enough? Try out more thrill rides like Dare Devil Dive, Twister, and Slingshot. A new coaster addition is also coming—Jersey Devil Coaster. It is the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest single rail roller coaster, and it is anticipated to open in 2021. And don’t forget to pick up the photo of you coming down the rails of your favorite thrill coaster (snapped mid-ride for purchase) to earn you future bragging rights.
Beyond the rides at Six Flags Great Adventure
After all the rides, a bite or two is a must. Whether you are on the lookout for boardwalk fries, bbq, or pub-style food, there are plenty of choices all over the park. Dessert lovers will have plenty of options, too, like ice cream, funnel cakes, and fried oreo stops throughout the park. (Insider tip: purchase a One-Day Dining Deal pass to keep the family fueled all day long.) If you are looking for a souvenir to remember your day, specialty shops are open with Looney Tunes apparel, homemade fudge, and fun toys. Do you enjoy some live entertainment? As of now, the only show planned is the Live Wild Walkway show at the Golden Kingdom, but we anticipate more live performances will be added as the season continues, so don’t forget to check back for updates.
Six Flags Great Adventure – Make it a day trip
New Jersey’s largest and most popular theme park, Six Flags Great Adventure, is right next door to the Six Flags Great Adventure Safari. The Safari will transport you to several animal habitats while you remain in the comfort of your car. The Safari Drive-Thru has over 1,200 animals from six continents (tickets are purchased separately online). Starting May 15, 2021, head over to Six Flag’s water park, Hurricane Harbor, and spend the rest of the day sliding and splashing on the lazy river and in the pools.
Six Flags Great Adventure—What to know before you go
When you purchase Six Flags Great Adventure tickets, you can enroll in a membership, buy a season pass, or make it a special day trip with a one-day ticket. You can also add-on to your ticket with a Flash Pass to reduce your wait time, purchase a One-Day Dining Deal to keep you fueled all day long, or document your day with a Picture Pass. Six Flags hours may vary, so we recommend pre-scheduling your visit and pre-purchase your parking.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527