On an absolutely perfect summer day, my son Aiden and I headed to Six Flags Over Georgia. My son is 6 and had been to Six Flags before, but I knew that this time would be different because he had reached 48 inches tall, surpassing the magical 42-inch-tall mark, where he’d have access to more “big kid” rides.
To my great surprise, he wanted to do some of the more daring rides.The Mindbender Roller Coaster was, in his words, “awesome!” The ride was very smooth, has two loops and the drops were not overly scary. The other big kid ride he rode was the Log Jamboree.
The majority of the rides at Six Flags were best for those ages 6 and older because of the height requirements. But a kids’ area called Bugs Bunny World is great for ages 2-5, and my son has played happily there. Even though he’s now 6, he still enjoyed the “truck train” (the Convoy Grande, a train of mini-18-wheelers), the swings and the kids’ roller coaster in Bugs Bunny World.
Younger kids also will be entertained by the Looney Tunes Dance Party where they can dance with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and other characters and We Got the Beat with Looney Tunes characters.
After lunch at Johnny Rockets, we headed to Hurricane Harbor. We hit the kids’ play area, and I didn’t worry about Aiden’s safety. He also did all the slides in Hurricane Harbor including the Tsunami Surge (which even scared me a bit). I think we could’ve spent the whole day at Hurricane Harbor and never have gotten bored.
This trip to Six Flags was so much fun, I would suggest families plan to spend the entire day!
– Kim Curnutt
The biggest thing you have to worry about at Six Flags when you take older kids is how worn out you’ll be and how much food they can eat before they might be sick on a ride.
Older kids are tall enough for all the rides and want to ride each and every one of the big coasters, sometimes as many times as they can if the lines aren’t too crazy.
Emmaline and Ava, both age 11, love rides and we enjoyed comparing what was best about each ride while in line. Emmaline was a bit nervous about getting on Goliath for the first time but afterward was ready to ride many more times if we had let her. Everyone agreed that Goliath is our favorite of the big coasters and the Georgia Scorcher and Batman tie for second place.
The big coasters have the highest height limits (54 inches) and we walked on with no worries that anyone wasn’t tall enough. Older kids also have a bit more patience when it comes to standing in line and realize that at the end of the line is a fun ride, so they only complain a little.
Instead of waiting in line for just any ride we concentrated on the four big coasters (Batman, Georgia Scorcher, Goliath, and Superman: Ultimate Flight) and some of the “smaller” coaster favorites like Mindbender and Great American Scream Machine. The new Joker Chaos Coaster looked like fun, but it’s popular so we saved it for next time.
I’ll admit I was a little sad when no one wanted to ride Monster Mansion (the only ride with air conditioning) or my childhood favorite, the Dahlonega Mine Train. However, I did convince them to cool off on what they considered a “kiddie ride,” the Log Jamboree, a flume ride that sprays you with water.
If you’re a roller coaster-riding parent, you’ll love going to Six Flags when the kids are older – just make sure you do a ride to cool off on during the hot summer days.
– Jordan Lisvosky
Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell
Hours: Vary by day; opens 10 or 10:30 a.m. daily, closes 10 p.m. Sat., 9 p.m. other days; Hurricane Harbor, the waterpark within Six Flags, open noon-6 p.m. daily, except Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Single day passes, adults, $63.99; under 48", $43.99; 2 and younger, free. Season tickets start at $61.99.
Onsite parking costs $20. There is a Flash Pass purchase option, worth considering if lines are long. Pack only what is necessary to carry around. To help you plan your day, pick up a show schedule, available at all show facilities, stores and Guest Relations – the shows are fun, and you can cool off in air conditioning. At Hurricane Harbor, guests must wear swimsuits so bring one along. Be prepared to carry your credit cards with you so that you can leave your beach bag on a chair near the wave pool as a designated meet-up place.
The minimum height for some rides is 36 inches, so really young children won’t qualify. Thrill rides require a height of 54 inches and somewhat tamer rides require 42, 44 and 48 inches. Six Flags’ website gives a complete list of rides and height requirements.