Six Flags Over New England
Like most kids, my children really enjoy visiting Theme Parks. A couple of years ago we were planning out what day trips we wanted to take in our area. Six Flags over New England is a couple of hours away from us, but close enough that we can get up early and make the drive down, spend the day having fun, and then make the drive back home at night. I was pricing tickets and was fortunate enough to visit the website during a limited time offer sale. The price of season tickets was actually less expensive than a single day admission! As an added bonus, the offer came with a free parking pass, so we save an additional $20 per visit on parking.
As you can see, it was a cool, cloudy day when we visited. The kids really had a great time on the Scrambler and loved that they could all ride in the same car together. The line for this ride was very short, so they were able to ride it 4-5 times in a row before we moved on to another ride. When I was a child, this ride was one of my favorites, at the theme park near my own home.
Pandemonium was a fun ride for them, it’s one of the smaller roller coasters. Again, they were all able to ride in the same car together but needed someone older with them. I’m not able to ride due to my Rheumatoid Arthritis issues, but there were several schools there on field trips, and one random teenage boy volunteered to ride with my boys so they were able to go on the ride. I don’t know who he is, but I hope his parents are proud that they raised a fine young man willing to help out some strangers at a theme park, instead of going on this ride with his friends 🙂
There are many shows and games available at Six Flags New England too. We saw a couple of shows during rain showers, the kids played a couple of games, we visited the shops and sampled some of the food. The food can be pricey inside the park, but if you’re creative, you can save some money. We pack a picnic lunch and a cooler in the back of our van before we go. When we arrive at the park, we eat our lunch before we go in, so we’re not hungry for a while. We usually buy a couple of snack items inside the park around the middle of our visit and share them. You can purchase refillable drink containers inside the park as well, and that’s a great deal if you make multiple visits during the year. There is a Golden Corral restaurant near the park with an all you can eat buffet available. We usually stop in there on our way home and let the boys eat to their heart’s content. They really love eating there, and want to save room for the buffet, so they aren’t begging for tons of snacks at the park so they can save room to eat later 🙂 Once their stuffed, we begin the drive home and the kids usually fall fast asleep, tired from the day at the park with full tummies.
Meeting the Characters
There are many characters dressed in costume throughout the park, and signs to let you know what times they’ll be available. We happened to catch these two on our way out of the park and they were posing for pictures with all of the guests.
I probably should’ve put this picture first, it’s the first ride the boys went on. Before we went, they watched YouTube videos of all the rides at Six Flags New England and had BIG PLANS to ride ALL of the Thrill Rides, starting with Scream. They excitedly waited in a very long line, jumped in the seats and got buckled in. Then the ride started. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed so hard watching them during and just after this ride – and the other passengers as they all departed. It was MUCH more than they bargained for, and the real life experience was much more thrilling than the YouTube videos prepared them for 🙂 They were suddenly pretty hesitant to get on the additional thrill rides! They did attempt one or two, then decided they weren’t big fans of the larger rides right now – but maybe when they’re older. We’ll see;)
They do enjoy roller coasters though, and Thunderbolt was perfect for them. Just enough thrill without making them terrified. They rode this one about 5-6 times.
Gotham City Gauntlet and a few other smaller roller coasters were fun for them too, but it was difficult to get pictures of some of the rides. They even talked my mom into going on The Joker with them, and she loved it too 🙂
Six Flags New England is a fun place to visit as a family and is located in Western Massachusetts on the Connecticut line. It is a beautiful area to visit. Hurricane Harbor is a water park located within Six Flags New England too. It’s been a bit too cool to visit that area of the park on the days we’ve been able to go, but we are planning to try that out this summer!
Visiting a theme park with your family this summer, check out my post on What to take to a Theme Park!
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