Go on safari in New Jersey? Yes, you can and the best part is you never have to leave your car when taking the wild journey at the Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Back for 2021, this Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru is teeming with over 1,200 exotic animals from six continents, and open this spring. The whole family will find it thrilling as African elephants, reticulated giraffes, and red kangaroos pass by your window (and maybe even stop traffic) in the path that mimics their natural habitats. Scroll down on what to know before you go on a wild safari at Six Flags Great Adventure. And after your visit to the safari, be sure to check out the rides and activities at Six Flags Great Adventure right inside the park.
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All the animals at Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru
There is no better place to see a zoo come to life in New Jersey than at Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure. Map out your trip by purchasing tickets online and reserving a time and date to go (NJMOM tip—weekends and holidays sell out fast, so plan ahead). The drive-thru is separated into 11 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 on 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. It is important to note that you might not see all animals due to traffic and the individual species. For taking the safari adventure home, check out the virtual options with an Academic Adventure – Cyber Safari and Science on Safari experience. Want more info on how to navigate the Six Flags Safari drive-thru? Check out their FAQ’s 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 new rides debuting in 2021, like the Jersey Devil Coaster, the world’s tallest, fastest and longest single rail coaster. 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”.
Visit Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure on their website, Facebook, and Instagram for more information.
Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527