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 obviously has it covered when it comes to amazing coasters. Beyond that, pickings are slim. It has your standard water rides and kiddie areas, but there's not much in between. That said, I really like this park. I actually think it has a pretty nice atmosphere, and a little of the original theming remains which helps a lot. It's a huge park and it's easy to lose your bearings. Lots of walking is required but you'll be happy to do it to ride all the fantastic coasters.
Great Adventure has the greatest collection of coasters in the East. Toro, Ka, Nitro, and Bizarro make a great lineup, but the park doesn't have much of anything besides the coasters, and all the coasters are along the edge of the park which makes for a lot of walking.
I've made three visits so far to Great Adventure: One was great, one was average, and one was terrible. Each time was different because of weather, operations, and crowds, which are always the problem at SFGAd. Every time I went I got to ride El Toro, so I don't regret any one of them. I personally find the park to have a nice setting and a few good themeing attempts for a SF park. Overall it's my favorite Six Flags park and has just about the best coaster line-up I could imagine.
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