Six Flags Great Adventure is a theme park located in Jackson Township, New Jersey between New York City and Philadelphia. The park opened in 1974 and has huge coaster lineup with a world-class rollercoaters including Bizarro, Kingda Ka, The Dark Knight and Nitro. With that impressive lineup (Nitro, El Toro, Medusa (Bizarro) and Kingda Ka are recent winners of the prestigious Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards) it’s easy to understand that adrenaline junkies dominate the park.
The people at Six Flags have succeeded in bringing the world’s largest and fastest attractions making it one of the top theme parks in the USA. Nitro is stellar, Batman is intense and fun, Bizarro is great, and Kingda Ka is a fantastic rush. But this park is summed up in 2 words – El Toro!!! Seriously, this is by far the best wooden coaster in the world. The speed is unrelenting, and the airtime is the best you’ll find on any coaster. But, unfortunately, in doing so, in my opinion Six Flags Great Adventure have completely forgotten about the one thing that makes a theme park really great. CHARM. Over the last few years, Six Flags Great Adventure has morphed from a family-friendly fun park, in to this haphazard assembly of very large things that don’t really go together. Attractions are carved in to the thicket, or built on space reclaimed from the parking lot, and it shows. The whole experience pumps a lot of adrenaline to your veins but at the same time seems very random now.
When we visited the day was unfortunately cloudy with some rain during the afternoon but as always that didn’t weaken our spirits. And as a bonus lines didn’t go over 1.5 hours for anything (aside from that Safari), and some of coasters (Batman, Bizarro, Green Lantern) were no longer than 10 minute waits as the day went on. That was a blessing. Great Adventure is a very large theme park and it’s almost impossible to see it all in just one day. That’s because, in 2012, Six Flags combined its 160-acre (65 ha) Great Adventure Park with its 350-acre (140 ha) Wild Safari animal park to form the 510-acre (210 ha) Great Adventure & Safari park.
The park is clean with polite staff and has great food options. On the downside, this is an expensive theme park. General admission runs you over $40 a person, and that’s with some kind of discount, usually a Coke-sponsored one. Parking will run you another $25. If you think you’re going to want to skip some lines with their version of FastPass, throw down another $40 a person.
All in all this is a fantastic theme park for grown-ups and adrenaline junkies but is poorly themed and doesn’t have too many options for families with young children.
Location: 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ 08527, Estados Unidos
Tickets: General Admission$66.99. Children Under 54″$39.99. Children 2 & Under free
Park opens from April to NovemberTop Rides
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