Thursday, August 18, 2011

Six Flags Great Adventure

Earlier in the week we braved the rain and took the 90 minute drive from Manhattan to 'Six Flags Great Adventure' in New Jersey.

It was pouring with rain when we arrived and were told that it was a possibility the park could close if it became any worse. We thought we would risk it and made our way to the park entrance wearing our very trendy waterproofs. I had purchased and printed our tickets on line so went straight through to the park (although there wasn't a queue).

The good thing about going to a theme park mid-week, in the pouring rain, is that it is very quiet and so we didn't really have to queue for any rides. However, some of the bigger rides were closed throughout the day due to the weather.

The first ride we went on was the new 'Green Hornet' stand up roller coaster. We went straight on so I didn't realise exactly what I was letting myself in for. Well, I learnt that I am NOT good at going upside down numerous times standing up and felt so sick when I got off. The photo was very funny though, I looked like I was being tortured!

This theme park is not short of roller coasters, you can stand up, sit down, lay flat, ride in the dark, you name it they have it. They also have the tallest roller coaster in North America. Unfortunately it was closed due to the weather otherwise I would have gone on it, honest ;-).

As the park was quiet there weren't many eateries open and those that were didn't exactly offer a great choice. It was very hard to eat well and they class vitamin water and fruit as healthy choice meals-not exactly filling. However, these kind of places are known for burgers, pizza and ice-cream so it wasn't a big shock that we couldn't get a decent salad.

We had a really great day and there are lots of fun rides for all ages, although it is definitely more for the thrill seekers who love big roller coasters! We were so lucky that we didn't have to queue for any of the rides, it really made a difference to the day.

Separate to the main park they have a water park and a large safari park that you can visit for an extra $10, although it is included in some ticket prices. Also, if you get tickets online they currently have a special offer where everyone pays kid prices which is $36. Allow for another $20 for parking.

For more information on park opening times and to get tickets visit http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/index.aspx

Happy roller coasting!

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