The boardwalk area is the closest thing to a food court with best variety and tastiest of food selections:
Boardwalk Steak and Fries (good cheesesteaks) Garden State Grill and Asain (Ichiban Tea House/Chicken Express) all are indoors with AC.
Macho Nacho has become a favorite eatery in the park for many locals and also serves alcohol.
Name-brand food chains in the park include Panda Express, Johnny Rocket's, and Cold Stone Creamery.
Best of the West has sub-par BBQ but also serves beer.
The park is open from April until the end of October, with daily operation staring in May and ending in September.
Established Seasonal events
The park also hosts Fright Fest every year rom mid-September to the end of October.
Holiday in the Park was also recently added as a seasonal event with limited rides open.
Access & Location
The park is located off I-195 in Jackson, NJ.
From New Jersey and New York: NJ Turnpike to Exit 7A, I-195 E to Exit 16A.
Alternate route: Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, I-195 W to exit 16. One mile west on Rte. 537 to Six Flags.
From Philadelphia: Ben Franklin Bridge to Route 38 E. NJ Turnpike N to Exit 7A to I-195 E to exit 16A.
Alternate route: Route 295 N to I-195 E to Exit 16A.
It is possible to get to the park using public transportation from New York City or Philadelphia. NJ Transit sells combination bus ticket/admission ticket
From NYC - Port Authority - New Jersey Transit Bus Route 308 goes to Great Adventure with one stop at Penn Station in Newark. Those flying into Newark can catch a train from Newark Airport to Newark's Penn Station. This trip will take about 1 hour 50 minutes.
From Philadelphia - New Jersey Transit Bus Route 318 originates at the Philadelphia Bus terminal (runs only on weekends). This trip will take about 1 hour 30 minutes.
The closest chain hotel is Radisson in Freehold, but a cheaper option is a Days Inn on Route 9 in Freehold. These will be 15 minutes from the park.
About 20-25 minutes to the west of the park at Exit 8 (East Windsor/Highstown) on the New Jersey Turnpike there are Days Inn, Holiday Inn, and Quality Inn.
Camping in the area can be found at Timberland Lake Campground (Camp Sites and Cabins) or the Laurel Pond Resort (Cabins and RVs)
Virtual Queue Options
The park offers the Flash Pass electronic queuing system, in both regular and "gold" versions. For pricing and other information, please visit the official park website: http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/tickets/flashpass.aspx.
Animal exhibits exist at the midway point of the Safari Off Road Adventure.
The park also features a number of concerts throughout the season. Consult the official park website for the latest concert and entertainment offerings.
Great Adventure boosts on awesome coaster collection. I would say its the best in the Six Flags chain with Kingda Ka, El Toro, Nitro, and others are all amazing rides so if your wanting to just marathon coasters all day this place is for you. Unfortunately when I go here the rest of the park leaves a lot to be desired. The locker/loose article polices are horrible (they make you squeeze your pockets!), there is no shade anywhere, the food service is slow and the food itself is mediocre, and the park is in desperate need of upkeep as the place looks like a concrete jungle. If your a teen or coaster fanatic its still a fun time but this isn't a park for anyone else. I honestly have better experiences at other parks in the region like Dorney.
Between parking, admission, food, and the flash pass that was really required for us to enjoy our day, this place will eat your money. It also bothers me they emphasis they put on the flash pass, but seriously... without it... our day would have been MISERABLE.
Nitro, El Toro, Kingda Ka, Bizzaro, Batman... It's a good lineup. The other ones are all mediocre, but look at those top 5!
I recommend doing the Safari. Again, the only way we could was because of the fast pass as the line was ridiculous on the Sunday we visited. It's worth doing if there is time.
Flats: Rode the Skycoaster, which was decent. Rode Houdini's Great Escape and wished we hadn't. Also thought the Parachute ride was fun.
I cannot express how much I love this park. Sure, it has its flaws(ads everywhere), but it has so many good things about it! It is very well rounded, and has an amazing collection of coasters. I had a Great time at the park every time I went, even though it was crowded almost every single visit I took to it. The only thing I would've liked is if hurricane harbor would be included with admission. Oh well. The operations were awesome, cool employees, and it had quite a but of beauty in it too. 2 big thumbs up from me!
From a thrills standpoint, Six Flags Great Adventure is practically unmatched. Boasting many coasters (most of which being quite good), this is a must-go for thrill seekers! Nitro is stellar, Batman is intense and fun, Bizarro is great, and Kingda Ka is a fantastic rush. But this park is summed up in 2 words - EL TORO!!! Seriously, this is the best wooden coaster in the country. The speed is unrelenting, and the airtime is bar-none the best you'll find on any coaster, period. The food is okay, and the park itself looks very nice. The biggest weakness here is the park's serious lack of flat rides, which truly keeps Six Flags Great Adventure from being a complete park.
This is a great amusment park, with some of the best rides in the country. The only problem is that the wait times are horrific. I WILL NOT ATTEND if I do not have a Q bot. We went during the off season in May, and they were still packed. We waited 2 hours for Nitro and 2 and a half hours for Bizzarro. I dont know when to go when the waits wont be long. I'm thinking that TPR should do a ERT event here?
This park was a big surprise. Kingda Ka is not at all what I was expecting. Dragster still rains supreme. El Toro made the trip worth it however. The best wooden coaster I have ever been on. Other attractions like Nitro, and Superman are worth the wait, and must rides.
The park is great with their selection of roller coasters but I stopped going because i was tired of the huge crowds that frequent the park and the constant begging for cash the whole time your their. I love El Toro it is one of my favorite roller coasters because of the sheer size, speed, and layout but i would rather it be at a different park.
Typical Six Flags park with an excellent ride offering
Great Adventure looks and feels like any other Six Flags park, but the lineup of coasters may be the best in the chain. Operations are hit-or-miss on all rides, with quick dispatches on El Toro, Nitro, and GL. However, RT and Superman should be queued for with caution. I will warn, though, that the typical Mid-Atlantic park goers’ attitude may not be pleasant of those outside the area. Great Adventure is definitely worth a visit, although be warned that they may close early in rain.
Sure, parking fees will eat you alive, but thats a small price to pay for the awesomeness that is El Torro. The park has a very nice collection of coasters, but don't expect many flat rides or gourmet food. A flash pass is highly reccomended on the weekends for those who want to make sure they are able to ride all of the legal credits. The dark night is probably one of the best themed mice I've been on, and don't forget the Intamin haunted house. Overall the park is full of win.
EL TORO. Ok, and Kingda Ka. But El Toro is easily at the top of my list for best coaster. Park bent over backwards for TPR - special signs, incredible ERT, AWESOME tours behind Nitro/KK, amazing lunch, etc.
I've never seen such good operations at a SF park - I'm used to one/two train ONLY ops at SFMM, but was blown away with seeing three trains on the major rides! This park left me jaded, to the point of not looking forward to going back to my home park (SFMM).
Employees were very nice and were doing FAST dispatches.
Yes, it's a SF park, so.. lockers/ads/wrapped trains/ads/etc. And did I say ads.
This park is a coaster seekers dream. Kingda Ka, El Toro and Nitro are among the best coasters in the world. While they don't really have a huge selection of flats, they have a couple rare goodies like the Parachute Drop and "Houdini" a Vekoma Mad House. They also have a really good Sky Ride. It's not a superb family park, but it's not awful either. Food selection is basically standard fare, but Panda Express is available and is quite good.
Every coaster fanatic has got to attend Six Flags Great Adventure. The coaster line-up is insane, there's nothing like it anywhere in the world. El Toro, Kingda Ka, and Nitro make one of the best "big three" in all of the coaster world, each one cannot be missed. Other coasters such as Bizzaro, Superman, Green Lantern, and Batman compliment nicely. The other coasters are pretty much average, but the better ones make up greatly for it. The bad thing about this park is that everything is pricey, the lines can get really long, and there are no flats. If you don't enjoy straight roller coaster riding, don't come here. The theming in most places is just average, but in areas such as El Toro and Kingda Ka it is very nice.
Great Adventure is worth visiting for El Toro alone, the best coaster of any type in the entire Six Flags chain. But the park also has a strong overall coaster collection, including solid rides like Nitro, Bizarro, and (of course) Batman. This is both good and bad, as the park is so fixated on coasters that it's a bit lacking in rides families can do together. Still, if you're a coaster buff, you'll enjoy this park a lot--if you avoid insanely crowded days (when a Qbot is a must). Food offerings are a bit better-than-average for a Six Flags park, too.
I grew up with Great Adventure, and its the main reason I really got into coasters. It's coaster collection is very nice, and hard to compete with- El Toro is one of the greatest rides on Earth, and the collection of B&M's is very nice as well. Unfortunately, there is little else to do- the only worthwhile non-coaster offerings are the Log Flume, Skyride, and Parachute Tower. Decent kid's sections. Operations are good in general. Nearly no show offerings, especially if animal shows aren't your thing. Food is unremarkable. Parts of the park have a nice calm atmosphere (the Lakefront in particular) but most of the park is unshaded with coasters everywhere you look. Safari is definitely worth checking out as well.
Six Flags Great Adventure has a number of good coasters, including Nitro and El Toro which are considered the best of their respective types. In addition, they operate their rides much more quickly than any other Six Flags park I have visited (three trains with minimal stacking when possible). However, other than coasters the park is seriously lacking.With a Gold Flash Pass, I managed to get on every coaster before lunch, and found myself running out of things to do toward the end of the day. You can only re-ride the coasters so many times, and other than Nitro and El Toro, nothing in the park is worth more than two or three rides. Of course, visiting this park without a Flash Pass could mean two hour waits, so you definitely need one here.
When you think of SFGA, obviously the coasters come to mind. El Toro is easily one of the best rides on earth, Nitro is another favorite, Bizarro is one of the better floorless coasters, Kingda Ka is just crazy, the Batman and Superman clones are decent, and Green Lantern looks to be a great addition. The flat selection isn't good, but there are so many coasters to ride that it's not a big deal. There are multiple kid areas with a decent selection of gentler rides. I consider the park to be decently themed by Six Flags standards. Crowds can get ugly, but there are times early and late in the season when the place is empty and everything is a walk-on. If you want incredible coasters with a decent atmosphere and a lot of fun, look no further.
SFGAdv is very well known for have some of the tallest and fastest roller coaster out there, but there's one ride that stands out from the rest. Of course im talking about El Toro! With is insane airtime, awesome S-Curves, and over smoothness, this is defiantly my #1 coaster! But some of their rides like Nitro and SMUF can be a bit overrated my opinion, but are still a lot of fun! There are some great family rides as well like the parachute drop tower and Runaway Mine Train, not to mention a fun log flume. The park is one of few SF parks it have animals, but SFDK better when it comes to the regular park in my opinion. The food is normal SF quality and price. You should really pay this park a visit
I grew up going to SFGAdv, and still go at least 2-3 times per year. If the park did not have 3 of my top 15 coasters (El Toro #1, Nitro #5 and Kingda Ka #15) I probably would avoid this park. The coasters are all operating consistently (vs. 5-10 years ago), but that seems to have been at the cost of eliminating what few flats the park used to have. The setting in the woods is pleasant, however, the employees are apathetic, the clientele is rude, the lines are impossibly long (and the Flash Pass is exorbitantly expensive), the food/drink are overpriced (but not quite as bad as Cedar Fair). SFGAdv has the "Phone Company" mentality--because they have great coasters, they don't care--they don't have to. The crowds go anyway.
Great Adventure has, depending on who you ask, possibly the best wooden coaster in the world, El Toro. Toro is one of those rare rides that could make a park by itself: it's incredibly smooth, has unbelievable airtime, perfect pacing, and an totally encapsulating power throughout. Great Adventure has an impressive lineup of coasters to back ET up: Nitro, Kingka Ka, and nearly the gamut of B&Ms. Beyond its world-class coaster collection, however, there's not much. The park is consistently disappointing in terms of cleanliness, atmosphere, and friendliness, and at times seems even hostile. Great Adventure is not a fantastically fun place to spend a day; however, for nonstop roller coaster action, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better park.
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