America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks: No. 5 Six Flags

With more than 25 amusement parks, water parks and family entertainment centers, the Six Flags theme park company is the largest in the world.

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Amazing Parks Six Flags

Six Flags has properties in the US, Canada and Mexico. It is the largest amusement park company in the world based on the number of properties.

In 2018, Six Flags properties hosted 30.4 million guests.

Six Flags was founded in Texas in 1961. The name “Six Flags” referred to the flags of the six nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, the U.S. and the Confederate States of America.

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Six Flags Theme Parks was the idea of Angus G. Wynne and in 1957 he created, with other investors, The Great Southwest Corporation. Construction of Six Flags Over Texas started in 1960 and the park opened the next year for a short (45-day) season.

The original Six Flags park, Six Flags Over Texas was sold in 1966 to a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad. With the new owners came a more abundant supply of capital for geographic expansion and park additions. Six Flags opened Six Flags Over Georgia in 1967 and Six Flags Over Mid-America in 1971, which were the last two original parks constructed by the company.

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Six Flags continued to grow by acquiring independent parks. Six Flags purchased AstroWorld in Houston, Texas in 1975, Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey in 1977 and Magic Mountain in Valencia, California in 1979. In 1984, the Great America theme park in Gurnee, Illinois was acquired from the Marriott hotel chain.

Also in 1984, as a result of its acquisition of Great America, Six Flags acquired the rights to Time Warner/Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes animated characters for use in Six Flags properties. Time Warner quickly began to gain more leverage in the company, gaining a 19.5% stake in Six Flags in 1990 and then 50% in 1991. Time Warner purchased the remaining stake in Six Flags in 1993, changing the company’s name from Six Flags Corp. to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc. was purchased in whole on April 1, 1998 from Time Warner by Premier Parks for $1.86 billion. Premier began to apply the Six Flags name to several smaller parks that the company had already owned.

The Theme Parks

  • Frontier City – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • La Ronde – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Six Flags America – Largo, Maryland
  • Six Flags Darien – LakeDarien, New York
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, California
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, Texas
  • Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, New Jersey
  • Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, Illinois
  • Six Flags Great Escape Theme Park & Lodge –Queensbury, New York
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California
  • Six Flags México – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Six Flags New England – Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell, Georgia
  • Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, Texas
  • Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, Missouri

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Water Parks Located within Theme Parks and Included with Admission

  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Largo, Maryland
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Gurnee, Illinois
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Austell, Georgia
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Eureka, Missouri
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Queensbury, New York
  • White Water Bay – San Antonio, Texas
  • Splashtown at Darien –  LakeDarien, New York

Water Parks separate from Theme Park with separate admission

  •  Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Los AngelesValencia, California
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Arlington – Arlington, Texas
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor New Jersey – Jackson, New Jersey
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oaxtepec – Oaxtepec, Mexico
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord – Concord, California
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix – Phoenix, Arizona
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown – Spring, Texas
  • Six Flags White Water – Marietta, Georgia
  • White Water Bay – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Magic Waters – Cherry Valley, Illinois

Indooor/Resort

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark is located in Queensbury, New York across from Great Escape and includes a resort.

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New Parks Coming

The Six Flags brand will expand into China and Saudi Arabia in 2020 and 2021 with the addition of 9 theme parks and 2 water parks.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a live entertainment fan, Six Flags parks offer a world of fun for you, your family and friends. These classic American amusement parks feature thrill rides, water slides, live shows and movie and cartoon characters to entertain kids and adults.

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You’ll find Six Flags parks in states from coast to coast, each with a different theme and unique adventure, some open year-round. All Six Flags parks are divided into different themed sections.

Each park has its own admission prices, rules and regulations, and operating seasons and hours. Before visiting a park, plan your trip at the Six Flags parks website, where you’ll find complete information about prices, lodging options, parking and hours of operation.

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Many visitors flock to Six Flags because of its reputation for having some of the world’s scariest, most extreme roller coasters.

Did you have the chance to read America’s Most Amazing Theme Parks – The History of Amusement Parks where you can learn how it all started! Also, don’t miss: