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Celebrating a 7th Birthday At Six Flags Great Adventure

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We are lucky to have 2 different Six Flags Amusement Parks within driving distance to our home. Last year for Shae’s 6th birthday we visited Six Flags America in the DC area. This year we hit up Six Flags Great Adventure for a day of rides, Safari and Hurricane Harbor water fun and birthday smiles.

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

I never like to go to amusement parks on Saturday but with our schedule it’s the only day that works so us along with 80million other people waiting in the hot sun for the gates to open and get inside to start our day.  It may have been Shae’s birthday but we headed right for the Superman Ride and Green Lantern.  I’m not a ride person. I’m happy with taking my kids and watching them have a blast but I do not get on any rides. Cut me a little slack, I do suffer from vertigo occasionally so I’d rather avoid  the headaches and dizziness completely.Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Since we got to the park as soon as it opened the lines for the first 2 roller coasters were relatively short. I tried to talk them into Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro but no one was remotely interested. Just looking up at the angles and drops instantly made me uncomfortable. I think if I pushed a little harder the kids would’ve gotten on.

Kingda Ka is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the North America. The accelerated launch, 0 to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, pushes you straight up and over the Zumanjaro  Drop of Doom and plunges you back to earth. The ride is so fast you might not even have time to scream.Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

We decided to check out the newly designed Safari. Many years ago I remember driving our own car through the safari while watching monkeys rip apart the moldings and wiper blades of the car in front of us. Today the Safari is a much more organized family and animal friendly experience that keeps the animals in an environment safely tucked away from vehicles while still visible to park goers.

The Safari Off-Road Adventure boasts 350 acres of animal preserve with over 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions. Guests climb in a rugged all terrain vehicle and travel the through a variety of environments where the animals are able to securely roam in a comfortable habitat. Guests are able to get within close proximity of the creatures to truly appreciate their beauty and size.Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Hurricane Harbor has so many water slides, rides and even a wave pool that is great for the whole family. Admission for Hurricane Harbor is separate from Great Adventure but can be enjoyed on it’s own without stepping foot in the amusement park. We were only able to enjoy the wave pool and the lazy river due to a shortage of available tubes. For an additional cost you can rent tubes to be used during your entire visit. This lets you hop onto a ride without waiting for someone to let go of tubed for rides and slides.

Six Flags Great Adventure for a Birthday Celebration #familyvacation #roadtrip #AmusementPark

Admission to Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor is not a drop in the bucket. After admission and parking you’ll also want to see if the Flash Pass is something your family wants to invest in. The Flash Pass is an additional cost perk that get’s you on your ride faster with no waiting in line. Again, this is not a small fee. Our family of 5 would’ve had to pay over $500 (on top of admission costs) to get 90% faster ride times than everyone else.

On our visit we were able to enjoy about 6 rides in Great Adventure, Safari (with 1 1/2 hour wait & 1 hour ride time) and 3 hours at Hurricane Harbor with no rides. The Flash Pass would’ve given us more opportunity to ride the attractions that brought us there in the first place.

If you live close enough to visit more than once or twice in a season I would suggest a season pass and visits during the week when lines are shorter and crowds are , well less crowded.

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  1. Sounds like an awesome day! You ARE lucky to have two within driving distance. We have one in New England and it’s about 2 hours away.

  2. What a memorable way to spend your special day. Happy birthday, Shae!

  3. My daughter celebrated her 7th birthday last week. We were going to take her to an amusement park but it was too hot this past weekend. She is having her actual birthday party this coming weekend but hopefully we can hit up the park soon.

  4. What a great birthday celebration. I didn’t realize they had a safari exhibit. How COOL that you were able to get so close to the animals?!

  5. That is such a fun idea for a birthday. It looks like a blast.

  6. The safari looks really cool. I’m sure the kids will remember it for years to come.

  7. It looks like everyone had such a great time at Six Flags! The Safari Off-Road Adventure looks like so much fun!

  8. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, we love Six Flags too!! What a great way to enjoy a birthday, or special day with the family. I love that the animals just roam free too!

  9. I’d love to see animals up close and personal. The roller coasters would be my favorite though.

  10. What great pictures! Sounds like everyone had a blast and this was a perfect place to celebrate!

  11. What a fun way to spend a birthday! Looks like a wonderful celebration!

  12. I want to be invited to your next birthday celebration. It looks like so much fun!

  13. Well that’s one awesome way to celebrate a birthday. I love how close up your pics are of the animals.

  14. That’s one amazing 6th birthday. Shae is one lucky girl!

  15. Ben - Gentlebim says:

    Go, mom! That birthday was awesome!

  16. What an amazing place to celebrate! Looks like a great time!

  17. Looks like a wonderful day! We don’t have a Six Flags here. It’s been a long time. Happy birthday! 🙂

  18. What a fun day!! We used to go to Great Adventure all the time when we lived in Jersey. I miss it!

  19. This is the most epic birthday ever. She must have flipped her lid when she found out she was going there for her birthday.

  20. Love that she got to celebrate her birthday at a theme park! Being married to The Coaster Critic who loves Kingda Ka (did I even spell that right?!?!) I’d have to say she’s a pretty lucky gal. Glad you all had fun, and the safari looked awesome!

  21. This is a great birthday celebration! I had no idea Six Flags had a safari!

  22. That does look like a great day. I love the pictures, the last one is my fave, that one is awesome!

  23. I enjoy the wildlife adventures that are animal sanctuaries. It does my heart good to see the animals roam free instead of penned up like they are in a zoo.

  24. Love the pictures you shared! Sounds like you had a great trip!

  25. We have yet to visit a Six Flags. Looks like a ton of fun though!

  26. I need to get back to Six Flags!! Oh and I love those Zebras!

  27. I love Six Flags. We have only been to the one in Texas but I would love to visit the others.

  28. I have never been to Six Flags before and as such, I am a little jealous of a seven year old at the moment. It looks like you guys had a blast !

  29. That safari off-road adventure looks fabulously fun. I love the roller coasters but they stopped loving me.

  30. What a great birthday celebration. I live in Baltimore, but still haven’t made it to Six Flags, hubby doesn’t like roller coasters. Bummer, cause I love them!

  31. What a fun way to spend a birthday! She is a lucky girl 🙂 Happy Birthday Shae!

  32. What a lucky little girl. My fave part would be the animals. I love parks like this that have a variety of things to do

  33. Ann B. says:

    I read your email and all I can say is ….you are right….the cost of a family day and paying for the extra pass is worth it in the end.. By the time you pay for the admission..and then wait on those long, long, lines, you only get a chance to do a few, and the day is over…great advice..and if you are going to spend that much, you may as well do it all the way…Thanks for sharing those great pics….I really enjoyed them.

  34. I love being close to theme parks. Im from central Flroda – so we have a few pretty cool parks to visit.

  35. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    You have two within driving distance? I am jealous as I would love to go to a Six Flags park. The kids and i would have so much fun.

  36. What a fun birthday idea. Love that Hurricane Harbor part of the set up. I could spend my day in there.

  37. I was following your family adventure on IG. Looks, and sounds like y’all had a great time. I haven’t been to a six flags since I was about 15 or 16 in New Jersey.

  38. Great America is definitely a great place for a birthday. Happy birthday to her!

  39. We have been to a Six Flags your family adventure looks very fun.

  40. How incredibly fun!!! I love zebras, they’re my favorite!

  41. I use to go to that a lot when I was younger since there was one right in California. I loved it. it was fun for the rides and exciting to see the animals. Looks like you all had a blast!

  42. Nancy Loring says:

    My kids would havde loved to had one of their parties at six flags. We have been to one before and it was a day of fun but exhausting as well.

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