How to Experience 40 Seasons of Six Flags Great America

DSC_0615This year of Six Flags Great America is filled with thrills and of course nostalgia. The Gurnee amusement park is celebrating 40 seasons of operation this year.

What are you doing Next Weekend? Well, the first thing I want to do is sink my teeth into a delicious funnel cake. But then, celebrate the excitement as they will provide a blueprint on How to Experience 40 Seasons of Six Flags Great America.

Goliath – The Beast of Wooden Coastersgoliath-twist-shout-1024x682

To kick off the season, Six Flags Great America invited the Guinness Book of World Records to
once and for all end all chatter of who had the largest of the large, the steepest of the steep and the fastest of the fast in wooden roller coasters in the world.

Guinness came and Goliath conquered as the world record company confirmed its status as the world’s largest, fastest and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. This monstrous ride  clocks in at 180 feet, at an 85.13 degree angle and rolls at an astonishing 71.89 or 115.6 kmph.

Watch below as Visit Lake County’s Director of Marketing Anthony Haag and Senior Sales Manager Kim Ghys.


The Viper

The Viper

Double your pleasure, double your rides

Now commemorate 40 seasons of having their doors open, Patrons will be able to ride Goliath and the 13 other roller coasters two times in the last hour of operation. Below is the scheduled for the remainder of the year:

Week of June 29 – X Flight

Week of July 6 – Raging Bull

Week of July 13 – SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight

Week of July 20 – American Eagle

Week of July 27 – Whizzer

Week of August 3 – Goliath

Week of August 10 – Roaring Rapids

Week of August 17 – Giant Drop

Other coasters you can experience throughout your visits to Six Flags Great America this summer are BATMAN: The Ride, Viper, Vertical Velocity, THE DARK KNIGHT and Demon. Continue here to get a full description of each Six Flags Coaster.

Columbia CarouselRelive your inner child and pass on the coaster livelihood

My first ride was the tilt-a-whirl at themed festival. However, my first roller coaster was the Whizzer at Six Flags Great America. I remember feeling terrified as my father held onto me laughing as a grappled my hands to his thighs.

That being said, I grew up and I got a little braver (although I still haven’t ridden Goliath) and rode a lot more rides. I was an 8th grader the year Raging Bull opened and was one of the first ride it when the park opened.

Create memories with your own children. The youngsters that haven’t quite crossed the cusp of being  tall enough for some of the hyper coasters, Six Flags Great America has what you’re looking for. Here is a list of thrill rides for the ‘not yet tall enough.’
Big Easy Balloons


Jester’s Wild Ride

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Krazy Kups

Lady Bugs

Little Dipper

Red Baron

Rocky Road Rescue Service

Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine

Spacely’s Sprocket Rockets

Splish Splash Zone

Tots Livery

Up, Up & Away

Yogi’s Yahoo River


Continue here for a full description. Watch the video below to see me and intern Josh Hollander ride the Whizzer as adults.


 Ticket Prices

At the Gate Ticket Prices

General Admission: For adults and kids over 48″:  $66.99

Child Admission: For kids under 48″: $46.99

Children 2 & under: Free

Hurricane Harbor:  additional $5 to admission ticket

* Hurricane Harbor opens Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, and daily

May 31-Aug.17, and is then open on weekends through September 1.

Thrill Pass

Individual: 66.99

Regular Season Pass

Individual: $84.99

Four or more season passes $71.99 per pass plus one free parking pass.

Gold Season Pass

Individual: $154.99

Four or more : 89.99 each.

For the perks of each pass continue here.


July 3: Operation Homefront

July 4: Coca Cola July 4th Fest

July 16: National Funnel Cake Day

August 14: Coasters After Dark

September 26– November 1: Fright Fest presented by Snickers

Tornado_114Hurricane Harbor

Who doesn’t want to take a dip in the drink when you’re experiencing weather in the 80s and above? There’s also another birthday this year! Hurricane Harbor opens for its 25th season. Without a season pass, you can add a cool off to your full day of excitement for only $7. Large pools, rafting adventures and speed slides are all at your disposal at this wonderful park.

Some of the must-see rides and zones at the Gurnee Harbor include Bahama Mama and Bubba Tubba, Dive Bomber, Hammerhead and Barracuda, Paradise Plunge and Riptide, Skull Island , Surf Rider, Tornado, Vortex and Typhoon and so much more.

For complete listing of what Hurricane Harbor has to offer, continue here.

By following this blueprint in Lake County’s coaster haven all under one roof (well outdoors), you will be an expert on how to experience 40 seasons of  Six Flags Great America. What are you doing Next Weekend?

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