Theme parks are strange creatures. You will pay admission to stand in a queue for a couple of hours for an experience that will only last a few minutes. Doesn’t sound enticing, but when the thrills are as good as the ones at Six Flags Over Texas, then it’s well worth it.
In order to help keep your sanity with the queues, the Texas heat, and the budget, we made this little guide to help you find the best rides, and how to make the most of your day.
Book in advance and save 26%
Admit it, entrance fees to these parks are expensive! However, if you don’t want to pay full price for tickets, there is a workaround that is accessible to everyone: buying tickets online in advance. Other theme parks don’t have discounts when you buy online; they just give you an express pass to get inside the main gates.
At Six Flags Over Texas, you can save 18 USD per ticket for a day pass, as long as you book your ticket in advance 3 days before you enter. You don’t need to pick a specific date to buy your tickets early: all tickets are valid up to a certain date. If your travel dates coincide on or before the expiry date, then you can use it.
You’ll have to print your tickets in advance, but look out for coupons at the bottom of the page: you may need to use this once you’re inside the park. In our case, we got a Slurpee coupon, which got us a free souvenir bottle to take home and a large Slurpee for 1 USD less than the regular size. What a great deal!
Get to the front of the line with FLASH Pass
The best rides within the park are undoubtedly the most crowded and have the longest queues. It may be worth picking up the FLASH pass, which gives you front of the line access to most of the more popular rides. However, be prepared to pay an extra 40 to 95 USD, depending on the level of access you want. The lowest option, the regular FLASH pass, may be enough if you are only visiting for the day. The most popular (and thrilling) rides, are as follows:
La Vibora – a bobsled type ride that has very sharp, curved turns.
New Texas Giant – undoubtedly the most popular ride in the theme park where regular queues can last for more than two hours. It is a big wooden hybrid roller coaster that goes as fast as 65 mph (105 kmh).
Texas Skyscreamer – imagine being on a swing, but this time, with a view of Six Flags and the interstate right beside it, from a staggering height of 400 feet (122 meters).
Dining & shopping options
If you’re hungry for a good meal, you won’t find many gourmet options, but there is a solid variety of dishes, from Italian (pizza/pasta) to American (turkey legs, BBQ, burgers) to Asian (orange chicken, kung pao chicken). The portions are enough to satisfy you for a few hours, but they can be a bit pricey, as is the case with most theme parks. The entrees range from 8 USD to 12 USD and the drinks are between 4 USD and 6 USD.
Souvenir shopping at Six Flags over Texas can be a bit disappointing – there are a few souvenir shops that may cater to your taste, but the prices can be a bit expensive for a t-shirt (around 25 USD). To get a great souvenir for less, get a special souvenir bottle when you buy a soda or a Slurpee (a soda-type drink chilled to an almost icy perfection, which is also delicious), or play one of their arcade games (3 USD per play per person) for a chance to win a prize of a plush superhero or animal toy.
Texas-sized thrills and drops at Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags has a reputation for providing some of the most thrilling rollercoaster rides in the world. The Texas version lives up to that reputation by dropping you from stunning heights, twisting your body at impossible angles, and making you wish that you’d stayed at home instead. With the addition of a new virtual reality ride, the line between physical and virtual thrills is becoming more blurred.
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