Rill'o'beily wrote:I'm most likely flying to Boston in late April, looks like SFNE is a reasonable distance away and is open by then, should I do it or is it not worth the trouble? If it is could I maybe get some tips on getting there and anything I'd have to keep in mind etc? (plus are there any other real worth it parks near Boston?)
Will you have a car for your visit? If so, Six Flags New England is about 2 hours west of Boston on the Mass Pike. It's an easy drive as long as you don't leave between 2-7 on a weekday (Boston traffic is awful). Depending how much time you have, Lake Compounce and Quassy are worth a visit for Boulder Dash and Wooden Warrior. They're about an hour south of SFNE.
I'm a huge Canobie fan too (hence my screen name). It's a half hour north of Boston if there's no traffic, but I'd recommend the other parks before Canobie. Canobie is a great traditional park, but they don't have the top notch coasters of the other places.
If you don't have a car, getting to SFNE could be a bit trickier. SFNE is located in Agawam, a small town just south of Springfield. The T (Boston's subway/train system) only goes as far west as Worcester and Springfield is another 60 miles west. That leaves your public transit options as the Amtrak train or Greyhound bus to Springfield and then calling a cab or Uber to finish the route to the park. Both the buses and trains will leave around South Station. Logan has a free Silver Line bus that can connect you to South Station.
SFNE has a Greyhound bus extension in the summer, but I don't believe it will be running in April. I also don't know anyone who has ever taken it so I don't know how good/bad it is. I took my fair share of Greyhound buses in college and it goes without saying they're usually not in the best of neighborhoods. The one in Springfield in particular is in a really bad area, so I don't recommend it. In general, Springfield isn't really a place worth visiting outside of the Basketball Hall of Fame or the Big E in the fall.
Hopefully you will have a car, but if not it is possible to get to SFNE via public transit. It'll just take a while. I don't think you can get to any of the other parks with just public transit.
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