If you ever thought of going on a safari, here’s your chance—in NJ. The wildly popular Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure in Jackson opens March 19 and is teeming with over 1,200 exotic animals from six continents ready to greet you and the whole family. Drive your car down a winding path where African elephants, reticulated giraffes, and red rhinos pass by your window (and maybe even stop traffic) in areas that mimic their natural habitats. Ready to go? Scroll down for all the details for going on a wild adventure at Six Flags Safari—no passport needed.
Feature photo credit: Six Flags Safari
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All the animals at Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru
Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure is unique because you never have to leave your car. So if you’re planning to go for the day or even just a quick visit, you’ll want to purchase tickets online ($10 per person, kids 2 and under are free) and reserve a time and date to go. The drive-thru is separated into 12 sections to show how animals live in their distinct natural habitats. You’ll have the opportunity to watch a Roosevelt Elk run in The Americas, see an ostrich peck at your window in Afrikka, or view an African Lion at rest in Kingsland. As you wind around the loop, slow down by Baboon Village. This fan-favorite is where you can watch this rowdy troop jump all over a large metal piece in their exhibit (this metal piece is actually from “Lightning Loops,” a Six Flags Great Adventure rollercoaster that was deconstructed years ago). And not to worry, the baboons are no longer allowed to jump on your car like they were years ago (whew).
Here’s what to know about Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru before you go
The Safari Park is a total of 4.5 miles of paved road, and how long you can anticipate the drive-thru will take depends on the animals’ behavior (if they are out and about) and the traffic since you drive through super slowly—but expect it to take at least an hour. To make the experience even better, you can download a guide for all the details on the animals and facts. During the tour, you will see gates with signs that say “checkpost” to guide you where you are and what you will see. Safari team members are available at many of the gates to help you with anything you might need during your adventure. And the animals can be temperamental (especially in crummy weather), so be prepared that you might not always see specific species. To take the safari adventure home, check out the virtual options with Science on Safari experience. Want more info on how to navigate the Six Flags Safari drive-thru? Check out their FAQ page.
Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru is only part of the park
If your family is still up for an adventure, New Jersey’s largest and most popular theme park, Six Flags Great Adventure, is right next door with rides, restaurants, and hours of entertainment. Six Flags Great Adventure’s main park has plenty of thrilling and tame rides for all ages and with the return of Medusa and a renovated kids area in 2022. If you’re planning a trip this summer, you’ll want to 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—a perfect ending to a day “on safari”. Both Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor require separate ticket purchases from the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure.
Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527