Resting right on the border between Massachusetts and Connecticut lies one of New England’s best theme parks, Six Flags New England. As the summer season approaches, the park will be opening up full time and it is a great place for people of all ages.
Six Flags New England is located at the former Riverside Amusement Park. Riverside was also a great park, but when Six Flags took it over, they modernized it, and the addition of Looney Tunes characters and the D.C superheroes gave the park a better appeal.
The main attraction to any theme park are the roller coasters and Six Flags New England has plenty of those. Originally built for Riverside, the two parks wooden coasters, the Cyclone and The Thunderbolt add a nostalgic feel to the park, and offer a great ride. The Thunderbolt is a smaller coaster, good for new riders and the younger crowd. The Cyclone is a much bigger coaster, and provides more thrills than the big drops with the rickety tracks. The turns are so sharp and bumps so hard, it’s a little scary, but still fun nonetheless.
The biggest coaster in the park can be seen long before you find your parking spot and towers over the Connecticut River. The Superman Ride of Steel stands at over two hundred feet tall and features over a miles length of track. Most newer steel coasters these days feature a loop of cork-screw but Ride of Steel relies on pure speed and twists that doesn’t let up until the end. The first drop is the highlight of the ride even going underground for the last part and sending you right up and down another steep hill. Ride of Steel is by far the best ride at Six Flags New England, and is the closest experience to flying like Superman.
Superman’s partner in crime fighting, Batman, also has a memorable coaster of his own. Batman: The Dark Knight, much like the two superheroes themselves, are complete opposite rides. Batman is a suspended steel coaster that is filled with loops, corkscrews, and rolls. It’s a short ride, but worth the wait in line. Much like the Dark Knight is the Mind Eraser, a coaster that will attempt to bang your head against the padded seats as many times as you can, but still keep you coming back for more. Other coasters in the park include Pandemonium, Scream, and the Flashback.
Six Flags New England is a family park which means there are definitely rides for the kids that are too young for the bigger coasters. Looney Tunes Movie Town is a whole section of the park dedicated just for kid rides. All of the rides have a Looney Tunes theme including Daffy’s Hollywood Tours and Tweety’s Clubhouse. These rides will keep the kids entertained for hours and if some of the older ones want to ride the Coasters, Six Flags New England offers a Child Swap Program, allowing all members of the family to ride at the same time.
New England summers can get pretty hot and humid, so standing in line, even with the convenient misters, may be hassle. Six Flags New England, along with all other Six Flags parks offer a Speed Pass. Prices vary, depending on the amount of people you are with at the park. The Speed Pass gets you onto rides without having to wait in line, and lets you roam the park while you wait.
In addition to the theme park, Six Flags New England has a huge water park. Hurricane Harbor, features over ten waterslides, a wave pool, and the always relaxing Lazy River. After riding and walking around the park, it is refreshing to fly down one of the waterslides or just lay in a tube on the Lazy River.
Not only does Six Flags New England feature great rides, and an awesome water park, but through-out the summer there are special events and concerts that are free for any guest to the park. This summer, acts include Dashboard Confessional, Katherine McPhee, and a skating show from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. In October, the park goes haunted for it’s annual Fright Fest. Multiple haunted houses and creatures fill the park for a fun time to end the amusement park season.
If you are located close to Six Flags New England, the season pass is definitely a great value at 69.99 because regular admission is 49.99 so just going to the park twice pays for itself. Children under 36″ are free, and there are also group discounts, check
A great way to spend the day, or a couple of days, is at Six Flags New England. Rides like Superman: Ride of Steel, Batman: Dark Knight, and Scream are worth the price alone, and the free admission to Hurricane Harbor is a great bonus. So if you are looking for a fun time with family, friends, or even alone this summer, check out Six Flags New England. www.sixflags.com for more details.