#2 on my Summer List of Things to Do was to go to Six Flags Great America. We have an older, roller coaster lovin’ daughter who throws up when it gets too hot, and two hesitant riders and a mom and dad prone to dizziness and headaches. Let’s go!
We met friends there and had a hot, dizzy, really fun day. SuperBoy did his best to be brave and went on easier kid rides, but also tried the Whizzer and the Viper. 11 yo daughter went on the Raging Bull and Viper, Demon, Whizzer, etc. and did really well. And 9yo went on what she wanted to go on.
Tips (things I didn’t know before we went):
-There really is no way around it, you’re going to pay a ton for food. Figure on about $10 per person for a meal. Unless you want to tote a cooler along in your car (which I am set against, so…) They do have vouchers you can buy online for a meal for 4 – which our friends did and I might do if we ever go back again. This way, you don’t wait so long in line and the food was plenty.
-There are kiddie rides for toddlers….middle kid rides for younger kids….easier coasters (Whizzer, Demon (4 loops, but shorter), Viper (goes up and down with hills) – Whizzer is the best try it out coaster. There are even two easier coasters, if they’re still hesitant about any bigger ones.) Raging Bull, SuperMan and Batman are the bigger favorites. The Dark Knight – I wanted to like this one, and maybe it’s just that I’m getting old, but this one jerked my neck around so badly…not good. It’s in the dark, and you speed down a short length, then it jolts you on an abrupt turn, over and over again. Not scary, but not good for middle-aged necks!
-We didn’t realize it til we got there, but the Hurrican Harbor waterpark is connected right with Great America. So, you pay for the ticket for one, you get the other park too. Not sure you’d have time to do everything in one day, but you could try!
-Look online at their site for ticket deals. We got ours 2 for 1 since we went on a Thursday. Around here, there’s also a kid’s reading program through schools where you can get a free kid ticket (homeschoolers can do it too).