The park's top attractions are Superman: Ride of Steel (Intamin Hyper) and Wild One (relocated wooden coaster). The supporting cast of coasters includes a Vekoma Flyer (Batwing), The Joker's Jinx (Premier), and Roar (a tempermental woodie from GCI).
The park has many traditional flat rides, but nothing cutting edge. The waterpark is included with the admission price.
Bone's Chicken and Waffles is a popular eatery for some locals. The park has multiple Subway stands, along with a Panda Express and Johnny Rockets. Other options in the park include hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders, pizza, cheesesteaks, and Mexican. Heritage House is the closest thing the park has to a food court.
The park is open from mid-April to October, with daily operation starting in late May and ending in August. For hours of operations on the date of your visit, please check the park's website at:
Established Seasonal Events
The park holds the annual Fright Fest event during weekends in October.
Access & Location
Take Metro's Blue Line to Largo Town Center. Transfer to the C22 Bus and exit in front of Six Flags America. Please note that Metro operating hours vary. Please visit http://www.wmata.com for more information.
While directions to the park are not difficult there are many ways to get there; so if you're a first timer consult the park's website for directions: http://www.sixflags.com/america/info/Directions.aspx.
There are no lodging options within walking distance of the park. The park's website list some nearby/partners options: http://hotels.sixflags.com/1962_welcome.html.
The park is situated between two major cities, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, so plenty of options exist within 45 minutes of the park.
Virtual Queue Options
The park does offer the Flashpass electronic queuing system, in both regular and "gold" versions. For pricing and other information, please visit the official park website:
Every year the park is consistent in offering a comedic stunt show along with a few musical shows.
Six Flags America is a frustrating park. Go there on the right day, usually in the spring when crowds are light, and you can have a pretty good time. But those summer days can be a killer. SFA does offer a fair lineup of coasters (Wild One is arguably a “classic” woodie), but the rides and guests are all too often victims of slipshod operations.
Theming ranges from OK (the entrance) to sparse (even the Joker would be ashamed to be seen in SFA’s “Gotham City”). Still, there is an extensive water park, and SFA does have some potential. But the park really needs to improve operations to become more than a credit stop between New Jersey and Virginia.
I visited this park once in 2003 and it was the worst park experience ever! The park employees were mean. The maintenance workers would laugh at people stuck on rides. There were even gangs and fights in the park to the point where I left early to avoid danger and told myself I would never go back! However, I broke that rule in 2014 when I received a free ticket and figured I had missed some credits. IT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! The employees were a ton of fun and very nice. It's food was priced reasonably so I could eat there. Now when I went it was 65 foggy with absolutely nobody there so I can't say guests or queue lines were problems for me :)
I had the opportunity to visit this park twice this past year. And based off of what I have heard from other people, I told myself prior to arriving not to expect too much, and that it wouldn't be that great. I was very surprised to have a very good time at the park! Friendly employees, not very crowded, and the coasters were running well! The operations were bad, but other than that, I have no other complaint. The water park is awesome here. Superman rocks, batwing is fun, and wild one has some Great airtime. So in my opinion, this park deserves more credit than it gets! I'll be happy to return to SFA any time.
I made my first visit to the park around 4th of July. Overall, the crowds were minimal. Mostly due to the rain in the morning. The ride ops were overall very funny. The one train operations suck but other than that I had a great time. Superman and Joker's Jinx were very good rides. Roar was very rough, Wild One is a classic woodie at it's finest. And Batwing was my first Vekoma Flying Dutchman and I actually enjoyed it. Overall I had a great time and I can't wait to return again.
I've made numerous visits to Six Flags America in the 2013 season, and the park has really been improving. First off, they made numerous improvements to Gotham City. Lots of plants have been added throughout the area, and Batwing has received a new Black and Yellow paint scheme. Superman's trains have been refurbished, resuling in a much better ride than previous seasons. The operators on Joker's Jinx and Wild One were sending out trains in under two minutes, which was impressive to me. The Apocalypse and Mind Eraser crews could be much better though. The food is better than before. All of the coasters are running great, and along with Bonzai Pipeslines in Hurricane Harbor, this may be the best season they've had since Six Flags bought it.
My visit to Six Flags America was awful. To start, the staff is very rude and unprofessional. The park has horrible operations. Roar was dispatching a train every 5-7 minutes when I was there. To go along with the rude staff and horrible operations, the guests are just brutal. Some of them can be so rude and ignorant. The only positive side to the park is that the coasters aren't that bad and the other rides are decent for a park this size. If you can look past the rusty coaster trains and weird sounds some of the rides make, your day can be enjoyable. But watch out for the food! It is gross. Overall, this park is just a credit stop and nothing else.
I've been to every SF park in the chain other than SFStL and SFNE and this was by far the worst. Some of the coasters are actually decent (Superman, Batwing, Jokers Jinx) but the awful operations and visible rust on some of the trains takes away from any of that.
The other coasters in the park are just awful, the operations were terrible and the park was just very run down and dirty.
The best thing about the park was the season pass dining hall.
We didn't go into HH so this review doesn't count that side of the park.
SFA is my home park, and I have been going with a season pass since 2006. They have friendly staff, and a clean park, they just need to re-paint certain rides, and fix the area where Two-Face was, and add another new coaster or two.
The only bright side of this day was the pretty much non existent crowds, which was surprising to me for a Friday in August. However considering it was over 110 degrees with the humidity and there is basically no shade in the park, I can understand why the crowds were sparse. The coaster collection, including the "new for 2012" Apocalypse consists almost entirely of rough and painful coasters, the exception being Superman ROS, which is actually pretty decent. One train operations on every coaster, and the ops were slow as molasses. Definitely would not return here unless significant improvements are made.
The park is on the small side, but has some good enough coasters. (Roar, Wild One, Superman, Joker's Jinx) The park seems to be coming out of it's bad days of the 2000s with a new coaster this year (if you can count a 21 year old coaster as new) and better staff. The park is nearly never crowded, however it's clientele leaves a bit to be desired.
The waterpark is good sized, and most of the general public tends to spend most of their time there, as opposed to the park proper. The park could still use some more flats to replace the ones they got rid of, some shade, fixing some navigation problems (it's not a circle or square like most parks), and a landmark standout coaster, as Superman does not stand out as it used to.
This park has turned over a new leaf. The operation is totally guest focused. At every ride employee greet you, give you high fives. They are positive and have a totally friendly feel. I have been to the park in the past during its decline but its a completely different park now in terms of operation. Still a diverse collection of rides. Most of the reviews are from years past or people still ranting about their visit for 4, 5 or more years ago but definitely give the park a shot. While not the best park in the world, I can see that they are determined and have improved significantly. They are heading for that Dollywood feel, that said its still a Six Flags park! However, Six Flags America, is worth the visit and deserves positive feedback
I used to love this park when I was like 10years old. However Now i'm 22 and I'm a huge thrill seeker. Over the years I've watched SFA loose it's potential and I've lost all interest in it. Since the introduction of "Batwing" back in 2001 it's been 11 years and SFA has consistently expanded their water park not focusing on the higher points of interest. When I go to a theme park I expect high thrills, excitement and just to have a great time. I agree with other negative cons about this park for there are WAY too many. I partly blame Dan Snyder and of course the park itself. Like I can't even call Superman good ride, been on so many others that easily dominate it. I recommend Hershey Park or Kings Dominion. Hershey has Sky Rush for 2012! =)
There is no shade in this park. Period. The operations suck and so do the employees. The rednecks who attend this park are equally scary. There is an okay mix of rides but even Superman isn't as good as the others i have been on. This is my least favorite of the Six Flags parks that I have attended.
This is a good (not great) park overall. In the past years they have greatly improved the cleanliness, but they still have the same problem of inattentive/rude park workers. The ride selection is nice, but suffer a lack of Dark Rides. All the coasters are great and the two kiddie areas are nice. The waterpark is the best I've been too. Definatley worth at least one visit.
Out of all of the Six Flags parks, Six Flags America has the greatest potential of becoming a good park. Unfortunatley in years past the park has suffered from maintenance and employee issues. Ride selection, as like most SF's parks, flats are lacking, but they do have a medicore Inatmin drop tower. Superman is an OK ride, Roar is nice, and of course we can't forget about Vekoma's best flyer.
Where they could utilize additional attractions and rides is in the rear of the park. The former Thomas Town was a good start, but there is just an empty feeling. My last visit to the park showed improvement in landscaping and overall cleanliness, however their continues to be a huge lack of atmosphere.
SixFlags America is the bastard stepchild of the SixFlags chain. Overall, the park lacks anything resembling true theming, save the western village, and parts of the Old Mexico theme areas. Ride operations are a pathetic and sick joke- where operators take their time to do nothing, and then do that nothing well. Often, graffiti and trash line entry queues, and rude and disrespectful guests make nasty and foul-mouthed conversations. Not the best thing for children (and in some cases, adults) to hear. The park has also suffered at a lack of investment in new attractions other than a handful of childrens rides- and has LOST a coaster in the past decade- a period of time where no new coasters were added. A park for a bad day for all.
I've been to this park twice, August 2010 and April 2011. It does have an odd layout, but some of the coasters are great fun (SROS, Batwing, Wild One), and the others are not bad. On both visits I thought the park was clean and was EXTREMELY impressed with the positive enthusiasm & friendliness of the park employees (ride operators, food vendors, game hosts), especially being used to SFGAdv where the staff could not be any more apathetic and still have a pulse. There was nothing wrong with the clientele on either visit. I get my SF season pass there because it is cheaper and works at all SF parks. Ride maintenance does leave much to be desired--many rides are down for large portions of the day and are not maintained cosmetically either
Six Flags America is the poster child for poorly-run parks. It has all the classic elements: horrible operations, shoddy ride maintenance, questionable employees (and customers), and a distinct lack of personality (outside of its status as a sub-par park). It's possibly the worst park I've ever been to. It's a shame, really, as it has some truly great coasters, they're just in need of some TLC. Send these rides to parks that will take care of them.
I had mild hopes for this Six Flags park as it was the closest to where I lived, but they were all crushed and obliterated. Practically every ride in the park could be rode elsewhere where, frankly, they run better. The employees are rude and have never heard of Dramamine! The park is not kept clean by any means either. There are so many cigarette butts in the water park that you don't want to walk around barefoot. The only reason I would even consider a visit is the classic woodie, Wild One.
My first visit to SFA was in 2008, and it did suffer from lackadaisical operation and a general "not very safe" feeling. In 2009, the park began making a turnaround, and in 2010, it was one of the nicest, cleanest, safest, most efficient parks I visited. My family now goes multiple times a year, and we love it! Too bad more enthusiasts won't give it a second chance, but I suspect until a new coaster is added, SFA will have to live or die on its past reputation... and that's unfortunate.
SFA is a one-visit park--preferably in the spring before it gets hot and the rampaging hordes descend on the water park. They have a decent lineup of coasters (Wild One is probably the best, followed by Superman and Joker's Jinx), but theming is laughable, and operations range from OK to just plain rotten. Still, if you go there early in the season, you can enjoy yourself at SFA--but after the summer starts, forget it.
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