Family Travel Theme Parks Six Flags America Cool Coasters in the Washington Area Written by Arthur Levine Facebook Twitter Arthur is a travel writer with more than 25 years of experience. He has been covering theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and attractions for TripSavvy since 2002. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Arthur Levine Updated 12/29/20 Share Pin Email Coasterman1234/Wikimedia Commons Inside the Beltway, politicians are fond of using roller coasters as an analogy for everything from the state of the economy to the fate of candidates' campaigns. Just outside the Beltway in Mitchellville, Maryland, Six Flags America offers some real roller coasters to help beleaguered citizens escape the Washington doublespeak. High-Profile Coasters And what great coasters! Superman: Ride of Steel, a hypercoaster that is 205 feet tall with a 200-foot drop, hits a top speed of 73 mph. You have to be tough to ride this one. It's 2.5 minutes of pure adrenaline rush. Curiously, the park's sleek, smooth flying coaster, which places riders in a superhero-like flying position, is called Batwing and is themed to Superman's non-flying buddy, Batman. One of the Caped Crusader's archenemies has his own Six Flags America thrill machine. The Joker's Jinx is a magnetically launched coaster that accelerates riders from 0 to 60 mph in a straight shoot out of the station. Resembling a bowl of spaghetti, the demented track layout sends riders flip-flopping more than a congressman's policy position. After the wild launch, The Joker's Jinx feels muted as it meanders through its tangle of a track. Amid all of these high-tech coasters, the transplanted, circa-1917 The Wild One, an out-and-back wooden coaster, more than holds its own. One of the oldest, still-operating coasters in the country, it is a nostalgic delight that remains surprisingly potent. However, the park's modern-day wood coaster, Roar, is surprisingly tame. With highly banked turns and hardly a straight line in its 3,200 feet of track, the ride is more about lateral (side-to-side) Gs than out-of-your-seat airtime. Previously known as Apocalypse, the stand-up coaster got new, floorless trains in 2019 and was converted to a sit-down coaster that now goes by the name of Firebird. The two-minute ride includes two inversions. In 2014, the park added the spinning coaster, Rajin’ Cajun. New at Six Flags America Six Flags For the 2021 season, the park will be debuting Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Themed to another Batman villain, the pendulum ride will seat 40 riders facing outwards on a circular platform that spins. It will swing back and forth, reaching a peak of 150 feet in the air at a 120-degree angle, and a top speed of 70 mph. More Fun Rides Bourbon Street Fireball: This is a giant, looping thriller of a ride was new to Six Flags America in 2015. Bonzai Pipelines: Six water slides with 360-degree drops and launches chambers in Hurricane Harbor water park promise thrills that are especially welcome on a hot day. Apocalypse: This is a standup coaster recycled from the Six Flags park near Chicago, where it had been operating since 1990. Splashwater Falls: This interactive play area in Hurricane Harbor has more than 100 water features. Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth: This ride, new in 2017, takes passengers for a wild spin on top of a 24-foot-tower going 40 mph. Bonus: great views of the Washington area. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Six Flags, the Biggest Amusement Park in New England, Has Great Rides. Get Your Coaster and Thrills Fix at Six Flags Enjoy a Day of Fun at Six Flags Amusement and Water Park Near D.C. The Great Escape - Not Your Average Six Flags Theme Park The 13 Best Rides at Six Flags Great America Cool Down and Scream at Georgia Water Parks and Theme Parks Coasters, Music, and More at Six Flags Fiesta Texas California's Incredible Theme Parks Could You Handle Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Coaster? Find Fun and Thrills at Maryland Theme Parks and Water Parks Coasters Galore at Six Flags Over Georgia Massachusetts Theme Parks and Amusement Parks The Best New Jersey Theme Parks and Amusement Parks Ride the 10 Fastest Wooden Coasters. A Guide to Connecticut's Water Parks and Theme Parks So, You Think You Could You Handle These Six Flags Roller Coasters?