Six Flags Great Adventure

••• El Toro strikes a mighty pose alongside the lagoon at Six Flags Great Adventure. ©Arthur Levine, 2006. Licensed to About.com.

New for 2016

Total Mayhem 4D
Learn about the wild "Free Spin" wing coaster by checking out my detailed preview of Batman: The Ride at Fiesta Texas, a similar coaster that opened in 2015.

Christmas Event

Six Flags Holiday in the Park 2015

Park Overview

One of Six Flags' signature properties, Great Adventure generally has more guests clicking its turnstiles than any of the other parks in the chain. Among the reasons for its success: Its prime locale puts it within easy traveling distance of the heavily populated New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area, and it features some kick-ass coasters (and a whole bunch of them as well).

In 2005, it took the crown for the world's tallest, fastest thrill machine when it debuted the rocket coaster, Kingda Ka. Also included in its impressive collection: the wonderful hypercoaster, Nitro, the flying coaster, Superman Ultimate Flight, and the floorless coaster, Bizarro. In 2006, Six Flags Great Adventure unleashed El Toro, a new-age wood coaster that is among the best anywhere.

But the park is more than just an array of thrill rides. In recent years, it has added some extensive themeing and created elaborate shows and attractions geared more for families with younger children. The Golden Kingdom that surrounds Kingda Ka, for example, offers a jungle-themed stage show and Balin's Jungleland, a sprawling area packed with rides, an interactive play structure, and a sprayground. Six Flags Wild Safari, which is included in the cost of park admission, offers an impressive drive-through animal habitat.

The Hurricane Harbor water park (separate admission) has enough water slides and rides to fill an entire day of fun.

With about 3 million guests visiting the seasonal park each season, the lines can become overbearing. If you have the resources, and you're planning to visit during prime time, you may want to consider purchasing the Q-Bot electronic FastLane ride reservation transponder.

If you really want to splurge, the park also offers a VIP skip-all-the-lines pass as well as guided tours.

Location and Phone:

Jackson, New Jersey
732-928-1821

Admission Info

Hurricane Harbor water park requires separate admission from the theme park. Combo passes are available. Reduced price for children (under 54"). 3 and under are free. Discounted tickets are often available online. Season pass tickets include admission to all Six Flags parks. The safari is included in admission to the theme park. The water park requires a separate admission.

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).

Hotel Info:

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On-Site Parks:

Six Flags Great Adventure includes three parks:

  • The Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park
  • Six Flags Wild Safari- Included in the admission price to the theme park.

Highlights:

The huge park features some of the world's greatest coasters, including:

    It also offers some highly themed areas with shows and rides geared for younger kids and families, including the Golden Kingdom, Looney Tunes Seaport, Plaza del Carnaval, and Bugs Bunny National Park.

    The Six Flags Wild Safari is a drive-through animal preserve.

    Halloween Event

    Six Flags Fright Fest 2015

    Directions:

    From New Jersey and New York: NJ Turnpike to Exit 7A, I-195 E to Exit 16A.
    Alternate route: Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, I-195 W to exit 16. One mile west on Rte. 537 to Six Flags.

    From Philadelphia: Ben Franklin Bridge to Route 38 E. NJ Turnpike N to Exit 7A to I-195 E to exit 16A.
    Alternate route: Route 295 N to I-195 E to Exit 16A.

    Other Great Adventure Info:

      New for 2015

      Looping Dragon
      Read about the coaster-style ride and more in my preview of all of the new rides at Six Flags parks for the 2015 season.

      For 2014: Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom- Read about the record-breaking (and, likely, pants-wetting) freefall tower ride coming to the park.

      For 2013: Amusement park and safari park merge plus Big Wave Racer
      One price will get you into both the theme park and the safari in 2013. Instead of a drive-through experience, Six Flags will provide safari vehicles to see the animals.

      Also, Hurricane Harbor will get a new toboggan racing slide attraction

      For 2012: SkyScreamer
      The spinning swing ride will rise about 24 scream-worthy stories and reach speeds of 40 mph. Six Flags will also be getting a Scrambler spinning ride and new bumper cars.

      Official Web Site:

      Six Flags Great Adventure