Chicago’s Six Flags Great America Thrills All Ages

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Six Flags Great America's Carousel Greets Families as They Enter Park
Six Flags Great America’s Carousel Greets Families as They Enter Park

Six Flags Great America is a Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, about 30 minutes north of Chicago. Thrill seekers will love the dare devil rollercoaster and adventure rides like the Viper Backwards, Demon and Superman: Ultimate Flight but the younger kids have plenty of rides to enjoy, too.

Our kids are just getting to that age (7 and 8) where they want to try new rides and experiences but are either shy of the height requirements or some rides still frighten them. Although they love water parks, they still were hesitant to try some of the more adventurous rides at Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort in Wisconsin Dells earlier this month. Nonetheless, they wanted to return to Six Flags Great America this summer so off we went.

Sky Ropes course at Six Flags Great America
Sky Ropes Course at Six Flags Great America

We’re not the only family that enjoys riding together. The Dahlin family of Santa Clarita, California, enjoy riding roller coasters so much, they were part of a Coaster to Coaster tour a couple of years ago and the family graciously shared some travel tips. Since we’re local, we didn’t have to worry about making sure the hotel was equipped with laundry service

My Expert Tip: While you cannot bring food or drinks into the park, many families choose to bring food and drinks in coolers and eat at picnic tables just outside the park (some are in the parking lot). Not only is it more economical as many of the food items are about $10 or more to purchase but also healthier and tastier.


Otherwise, your options include burgers, pizza and chicken wings.

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2 Replies to “Chicago’s Six Flags Great America Thrills All Ages”

  1. One of my 6yr olds is addicted to rollercoasters. I’ve yet to come across a ride he’s not afraid to go on ha ha. We’ve done Disneyland, California Adventure and Legoland so far this summer and are heading to Universal Studios in Florida in a few weeks. I was actually really surprised that he was even allowed to go on some of the rides at Disney and California Adventure, their height limits seem to be a bit lower than other parks we’ve been to. At the state fair he was really limited as to what he was allowed on and he was so disappointed, but was thrilled when he could go on every single big ride at theme parks.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Tonya! There were a handful of rides where my son was just shy of the height requirement but they seemed very lenient. If I felt he was in danger, I would not have allowed him to ride. So happy to hear about your daredevils!

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