All 16 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked

Six Flags is the golden standard for amusement parks across the United States. The sheer variety of parks, rides, and attractions puts these destinations a cut above the rest. To help you decide which one is right for you, we’ve ranked all 16 Six Flags parks in the country (with brief notes about their placement).

15) Waterworld California – Concord, California

While the family-friendly Waterworld has several interesting water slides, they all end up being fairly generic and not the least enthralling for most adults, which puts it at the bottom of our list. However, in May 2018, the park will officially be rebranded as Concord’s own Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, and with the new name comes a new experience: Splashwater Island, an interactive playground.

14) Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, Texas

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Image courtesy of Six Flags

Plenty of character-based rides should keep the kiddos entertained all day long, but if you’re not into that vibe, you’ll be hard-pressed to have a good time. It’s a niche market that puts this park lower-down on our list. However, you should definitely check out the neighboring Hurrican Harbor (more on that in a bit).

13) The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom – Lake George, New York

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Image courtesy of Six Flags

The cheesiness of the mostly  aqua-based attractions leaves Splashwater at unlucky number 13. Note: The Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark is technically considered a separate entity by the Six Flags system, but we’re lumping it in with Splashwater Kingdom because the resort can’t stand on its own when pitted against the bigger destinations.

12) Six Flags America – Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Maryland

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What’s great about this park is the diversity of rides (case in point, the apocalypse-theme roller coaster pictured above). What’s not so great is the mediocre thrill options compared to other parks. In our opinion, Six Flags America is middle-of-the-road when compared to the higher-ranking options.

11) Six Flags New England – Agawam, Massachusetts

The Sky Screamer, aka the “World’s Tallest Ride,” is a gigantic swing that salvages this otherwise routine amusement park.

10) Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari – Jackson, New Jersey

Great Adventure has a little bit of everything. There’s plenty for younger kids — including a wildlife-packed safari — and some for those a bit older too. With this range in intensity, this park is one of the more manageable options for big groups or families.“El Toro is a long, winding wooden coaster perfect for summer days.

9) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Arlington, Texas

This Texas-based Hurrican Harbor is a resort-style theme park with decent separation between the thrill rides and easier options. Its large wading pool is a unique offering that elevates it above the middle of the pack. This park is in proximity to Six Flags Over Texas (No. 14).

8) Six Flags St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

If your stomach doesn’t churn at the sight of Spinsanity, you’ve got a stronger constitution than we do. St. Louis is home to this thrilling ride, as well as a well-rounded bevy of the usual Six Flags culprits, earning it a spot at No. 8.

7) Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, California

There’s no better way to satisfy the animal lover in your life that with a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom — who doesn’t love a 4D monkey experience? And the typical thrill seeker won’t be disappointed by the roller coaster options. It’s also close to San Francisco, making it a plausible day trip.

6) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Jackson, New Jersey

New Jersey’s Hurricane Harbor is certainly one of the more competitive parks in the lineup. Plenty of multi-lane water slides and tube adventures await just two hours south of New York City. This park is next to Six Flags Great Adventure (No. 10).

5) Six Flags Magic Mountain – Los Angeles, California

Six Flags Magic Mountain California
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Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Thompson/Flickr

At this park, about an hour north of Los Angeles, comic fans will get a thrill out of the theme rides while adrenaline junkies will love options such as Scream, Viper, Twisted Colossus, and X2. Magic Mountain great when paired with the nearby Hurricane Harbor (read on).

4) Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois

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Vertical Velocity will take you from 0 to 70 mph in just four seconds. The ridiculously twisted X Flight lets you hang on the side of the track. Demon, original called Turn of the Century, was one of the first coasters to boast a double corkscrew. All these reasons, and more, are why Great America is No. 4 on our list.

3) Tie: Six Flags White Water – Atlanta, Georgia

A 700,000-gallon wave pool puts this water park near the top of our list. The more relaxed tubing and wading areas are a nice reprieve from the Georgia heat and more exhilarating rides like Typhoon Twister and Gulf Coast Scream. Pair a visit here with Six Flags Over Georgia (more on that in just a sec).

3) Tie: Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, Texas

When the weather is sweltering, there are few phrases better than the “world’s largest rocket blast water coaster,” which can be found in the water park portion dubbed White Water Bay. Iron Rattler is a terrifying and amazing wooden roller coaster, and we dare you not to scream on Scream, a free-fall drop from 205 feet.

2) Six Flags Over Georgia – Atlanta, Georgia

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Image courtesy of Six Flags

Water and land options abound, including Acrophobia, which drops riders 20 stories, and Blue Hawk, and mind-bending mess of loops and twists. The quality and variety of attractions puts it one back from the top spot. Don’t forget to visit White Water (tied for No. 3).

1) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Los Angeles, California

Bonzai Pipelines drops into a 50-foot free fall followed by another 200 feet of slide until you reach the pool below. Black Snake Summit has four different record-breaking slides. Taboo Tower literally tries to tell you not to ride with its name. Need we say more? Hurricane Harbor is Los Angeles is the perfect cool down after a trip from Magic Mountain (No. 5), which is right across the street.


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