Before Six Flags purchased the park and added its own branding, Fiesta Texas was an independent theme park that was as much about music and entertainment as it was about coasters and rides. The balance has shifted with Six Flags adding some truly world-class coasters and amping up the the thrills, but there are still plenty of live shows and music to enjoy. The lineup of performers typically includes Mariachi bands, New Orleans-style jazz, and samba dancers.
The park is large and offers lots of rides and attractions for visitors of all ages and thrill tolerance levels. Built in a former limestone quarry, the colorful quarry walls that encircle the park provide a dramatic backdrop to many of the coasters and other rides. Some coasters even snake around, above, and into the walls.
Be sure to bring your bathing suit. In addition to the dry rides, Fiesta Texas features lots of water slides and other ways to get wet at White Water Bay. The water park is included with general admission.
Featured Coasters Water Slides, and Other Rides
- Iron Rattler – A humdinger of a hybrid wooden-steel coaster that is among the world's finest. The super-smooth thrill machine climbs 179 feet, drops 171 feet at 81 degrees into a quarry, and hits 70 mph.
- Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster – Designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction, the same innovative ride manufacturer that created Iron Rattler, this debuted as the company’s first single-rail coaster. With one-seat, low-slung cars and a twisted layout, Wonder Woman offers a distinctive, fast-paced, and wild ride experience.
- Superman: Krypton Coaster – The floorless coaster scales 168 feet and tackles a 145-foot-tall loop, one of the tallest in the world.
- Batman: The Ride – Another Fiesta Texas first, this was the debut of the "4D free-fly” coaster. Passengers sit in seats that spin forwards and backwards as they navigate a ribbon of track.
There are ten roller coasters in all, including the inverted coaster Goliath, the looping Fireball, and the launched Poltergeist. Among other thrill rides are the Scream drop tower, the 200-foot-tall Skyscreamer swing, and the crazy-tall Joker Carnival of Chaos pendulum ride.
More moderate rides include the Bugs' White Water Rapids log flume ride, the Crow’s Nest Ferris wheel, and the Gully Washer river raft ride. Younger kids will enjoy the tamed-down coaster, Foghorn Leghorn’s Barnyard Railway, among other rides.
The signature rides at White Water Bay include the Thunder Rapids uphill water coaster, the Tornado funnel ride, the Whirlpool bowl ride, and the Paradise Plunge speed slide. For a more chill experience, splashers can romp in the large Lone Star Lagoon wave pool (shaped like the state of Texas) and float down the White Water Canyon lazy river.
New at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
- In 2021, the park debuted Daredevil Dive Flying Machines, a spinning ride that sends passengers flipping upside down in cars that look like old-timey prop planes. At about fifty feet , it is the tallest ride of its kind in the world. The flat ride was supposed to open in 2020, but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- For the 2019 season, Fiesta Texas introduced Joker Carnival of Chaos. At 170 feet, it is one of the world’s tallest pendulum rides.
- Wonder Woman: Golden Lasso Coaster, the world’s first single I-beam rail coaster, opened in 2018.
What’s to Eat?
Six Flags offers the usual assortment of park fare, including pizza, burgers, and corn dogs. More intriguing options included roasted corn in the Los Festivales section of the park, giant roasted turkey legs at Canyon Smokehouse, and brisket sandwiches and other smoked favorites at Old Blues BBQ. There are also two Johnny Rockets locations.
Ticket, Hours, and Location Info
Tickets to the theme park include admission to the on-site water park. 2 and under are free. Discounted tickets are often available online. Season pass tickets include admission to all Six Flags parks. Fiesta Texas also offers a membership program that includes all the benefits of season passes plus additional features.
For an additional fee, the park offers the Flash Pass go-to-the-front-of-the-lines program. VIP tours available for an extra fee (which is quite high).
The park is open most of the year, although it only operates daily during the late spring, summer, and at other peak times. Check the official schedule for exact days and hours.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio. You'll find it at I-10 West and Loop 1604. Take exit 555, La Cantera Parkway. The actual address is 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257. Also note that during the summer you can board a VIA Metropolitan Transit bus to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.