Six Flags Great Adventure

El Toro coaster at Six Flags
Six Flags

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 wooden coaster that is among the best anywhere.

Another extreme thrill ride is  Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. The record-breaking (and, perhaps, pants-wetting) freefall tower ride uses Kinda Ka's 456-foot-tall tower to drop its brave riders.

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. Other areas geared for children include Looney Tunes Seaport, Plaza del Carnaval, and Bugs Bunny National Park.

Six Flags Wild Safari, which is included in the cost of park admission, offers an impressive animal habitat that guests experience aboard a large, open-air bus. 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 Flash Pass 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 Admission Info

Jackson, New Jersey

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.

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 at Six Flags Great Adventure's official Web site. Season pass tickets include admission to all Six Flags parks. The safari is included in admission to the theme park.

For an additional fee, the park offers the  go-to-the-front-of-the-lines program. VIP tours available for an extra fee (which is quite high).

What's to Eat?

There isn't anything particularly noteworthy about Great Adventure's dining options. Instead, the park offers the usual assortment of food, including burgers, fries, and pizza. Chain restaurants include Panda Express, Johnny Rockets, and Rita's Water Ice.

Special Events

Featured events include the Halloween-themed Fright Fest and the Christmas-themed Holiday in the Park.