Six Flags Nice Journey is the record-breaking, iconic amusement park in Jackson, NJ. The park attracts tons of of hundreds of individuals from everywhere in the nation yearly in order that they will conquer the tallest curler coaster on the earth, Kingda Ka, or make their means via the array of family-friendly rides and points of interest. With Nice Journey situated solely about 70-80 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, the park can also be a main spot for NYC households through the summer time.
Nevertheless, Nice Journey could be fairly overwhelming for households for 2 principal causes: crowds and thrill rides. Particularly in the course of the summer time, the park can get extraordinarily crowded. You may end up ready in line for 2 to 3 hours for the favored rides. And whereas the epic thrill rides – the tallest pendulum on the planet, the primary ever get up coaster, and the tallest and quickest drop coaster on the planet – are thrilling for youngsters, adults, and the thrill-seeking youngsters, the presence of those monumental rides may be overwhelming for younger households. Dwelling solely 5 minutes away from Nice Journey, I’ve grown up at this park with my youthful brothers. I do know it in and out. For those who’re planning a household journey to Six Flags Nice Journey this summer time, take a look at this information for the right way to have the easiest expertise attainable!
And when you’re curious about visiting different amusement parks outdoors of NYC this summer time, take a look at our critiques of Hershey Park and Sesame Place for the household!
Keep away from the Crowds
First, let’s deal with the gang drawback. No one likes ready in strains, particularly youngsters who will certainly get stressed and bored fairly shortly. Within the warmth of the summer time, the very last thing you need to do is spend extra time ready in line than experiencing the park. And should you reside in NYC, it’s not like Nice Journey is in your yard, so that you need to benefit from your day. There are a number of methods I’ve discovered through the years to keep away from the crowds and the lengthy waits.
No smiling faces as individuals wait on this lengthy line to experience El Toro at Nice Journey. Photograph by AdVenture Capitalist.
Whereas it might be apparent, the early fowl will get the worm and on time is late. Whichever cliche you favor, cliches are overused and typical for a cause: they’re true! In case you are solely spending someday on the park, get there early for the perfect parking, the quickest admission, and about an hour or two of shorter strains earlier than the crowds pour in. The park opens at 10:30 am, so I might advise getting there at 10 am. Belief me, you’d a lot moderately wait these 20 or so minutes initially (by the point you park and get in line for admission) than wait afterward within the day because the solar will get hotter and extra individuals arrive.
Equally, you may get there within the night, round 5 pm, and keep till shut, which is 9:30-10 pm, relying on the day. The night is usually when lots of people who spent the morning and afternoon on the park depart, which opens up the rides for you! My household enjoys going within the night, proper after dinner, as a result of we get monetary savings on snacks and meals, and the night solar is rather a lot cooler than through the day. However the time is completely as much as you – lots of households benefit from the early choice in order that they’ve extra time on the park, however you can too get on a variety of rides in 4 to 5 hours within the night.
One other strategy to keep away from the crowds is to plan to go to Nice Journey on a wet day. Sure, you learn that proper. The crowds are largest on the gorgeous sunny days, however on wet weekdays, you’ll have your decide of rides (typically with no line in any respect). One other useful tip: weekdays are key! You need to keep away from weekends on the park in any respect prices – rain or shine. Particularly for households, the crowds that gather on weekends are very overwhelming simply strolling via the park, not to mention ready within the lengthy strains. Now, again to the wet day trick; if it’s thunderstorming, that’s a special story, as a result of then Six Flags will shut down most of the rides for security. However in the event you discover a day that has scattered showers, put in your raincoats and head to the park.
The drive from NYC to NJ may be slightly wet, however slightly rain by no means harm (and truly, in your Six Flags journey, it can assist!).
In fact, wet climate just isn’t a standard choice, nevertheless it actually does help you get every little thing executed that you simply need to on the park. And a light-weight drizzle or rain can truly be fairly good on a scorching day. If it occurs to start out pouring rain, the enjoyable doesn’t need to cease. Cranium Mountain, The Darkish Knight Coaster, Studio 28 Arcade, and Houdini’s Nice Escape are nice indoor rides and points of interest the place you’ll keep dry. If you end up not close to any of those 4 when the rain begins, pop into a present store or restaurant/cafe till the rain calms down. In case you couldn’t already inform, my household and I’ve this technique mastered. Now, ought to your journey embrace Hurricane Harbor, then this wet day technique in all probability gained’t apply, however I’ll get to Hurricane Harbor later.
So now that you understand how to keep away from the crowds, let’s get to the rides. Nice Journey is understood for his or her record-breaking thrill rides, however don’t let the insane speeds and heights of those rides idiot you: Six Flags could be very a lot a family-oriented park. The family-friendly rides might not get as a lot attraction, in any case, they’re not the tallest nor the quickest nor probably the most revolutionary on the planet, however these basic rides have been offering household enjoyable for years. Having grown up on these rides, after which watch my brothers develop up on these similar rides, I do know a factor or two about their attract. For those who’re on the lookout for a real household expertise, take a look at one of the best rides within the park for the entire household to journey collectively:
The pirate ship is a basic household experience, as a result of it’s kind of within the center between a experience for younger youngsters and large youngsters, though there isn’t any minimal peak so long as an grownup rides with them. However that very same feeling in your abdomen that you simply really feel on Zumanjaro, the world’s tallest and quickest drop coaster, you additionally really feel on the Buccaneer. Though no minimal peak is specified, in case your youngsters are terrified of heights and large rides, as I used to be for many of my childhood, then the Buccaneer is probably not the perfect experience. But when your youngsters are upset about not being tall sufficient for the large coasters, then they’ll love the joys of the Buccaneer.
Take a look at the peak on the basic Buccaneer! Photograph by Nice Journey Historical past.
On a scorching summer time day, you don’t have to go over to Hurricane Harbor to remain cool. Nice Journey has its very personal water experience for households. As much as twelve individuals match into every raft, so probably you and one other household might be paired collectively. The raft drifts alongside the river’s present with little waves and water coming from all instructions. Very similar to the Buccaneer, little ones might get scared on this journey with its sudden twists and turns, so simply be aware of this. The minimal peak is 36 inches with an grownup.
My all time, childhood favourite journey, the teacups are the right experience for households. One of the best half concerning the teacups is that the experience is what you make it. There’s somewhat spinning desk in the midst of every teacup to spin, so the quicker you spin, the extra intense the journey might be! It’s our household joke that our dad makes the teacups a extra intense experience than Kingda Ka (the tallest curler coaster on the planet) due to how briskly he whips our teacup round. The experience typically turns into a contest with different teacups to see who can spin the quickest. Whether or not you simply need to sit again and benefit from the mild spin or spin the teacup like loopy, the Enchanted Teacups are nice for households.
Take a whirl with the Teacups and see how briskly you’ll be able to go!
Parachute Coaching Middle
Edwards AFB: Whereas the 250-foot parachute tower might look intimidating, this experience is among the smoothest within the park. Youngsters typically experience with their mother and father on the parachute as they soar to the highest of the tower. Benefit from the view on the prime for a short while earlier than being gently introduced again right down to the bottom. This isn’t by any means a model of a drop coaster- it’s a relaxed and scenic journey, good for households. Enjoyable reality: this journey was impressed by the Coney Island unique parachute Leap, and it’s the largest trendy parachute journey ever constructed. It’s also the one remaining journey of its variety within the nation!
Rides for Youngsters
Along with rides for the entire household, mother and pop, you don’t need to accompany your youngsters on all of the rides on the park. Six Flags has loads of rides designed particularly on your little ones in order that they will expertise a miniaturized model of thrill! A lot of the rides for teenagers are grouped collectively in your comfort, situated close to Nitro (the large yellow curler coaster- belief me, you gained’t miss it). If you wish to head proper to the kiddie space as your first vacation spot, once you stroll into the park, make a proper on the fountain and stroll in the direction of the ferris wheel. In case you simply maintain strolling straight, passing the ferris wheel in your proper, you’ll ultimately see the kiddie rides. You may additionally simply search for Nitro – it’s fairly seen from anyplace on that proper aspect of the park. There’s solely a lot you possibly can deal with in a day, so add these prime rides for teenagers to your Six Flags bucket record:
Bugs Bunny Rides
There are a number of Bugs Bunny-themed rides within the kiddie part, a few of the greatest being the Camp Carousel and the Ranger Pilots. There’s additionally the Bugs Bunny Nationwide Park Water Tower for teenagers to play beneath on a scorching day.
Youngsters love hovering round in these mini planes! Photograph by Nice Journey Historical past.
A miniature (very miniature) model of the thrilling drop-coaster, Zumanjaro, on the opposite aspect of the park, Jumpin’ Joey has youngsters guffawing and laughing nonstop. The little drop journey strikes up and down at sudden occasions, full with a thick security bar that goes throughout everybody’s laps for security.
The 242-foot tower of swing, Sky Screamer, isn’t the one place to get your swinging repair within the park. Taz Twister is a miniature model (or I assume regular model, as Six Flags reinvented the basic kiddie experience right into a thrill experience a couple of summers in the past with Sky Screamer) of the swings. Youngsters love the cool wind whipping via their hair because the swings soar within the sky.
Really feel the wind in your hair on these swings for teenagers! Photograph by Nice Journey Historical past.
Daffy Scorching Air Balloons
The brilliant-colored scorching air balloons all the time catch your eye once you stroll by. The recent air balloons raise into the air and spin round. Very similar to the teacups, the recent air balloons can spin as quick your youngsters need them to with the spinning desk within the middle!
The way to Conquer the Park With Youngsters of Totally different Ages & Pursuits
With the wide selection of rides for all ages, visiting Nice Journey with your loved ones is usually a little troublesome to navigate in case your youngsters are of all totally different ages. It will probably additionally turn out to be a problem when you’ve got one thrill-seeker and one other who could be very afraid of heights. So how do you make everybody joyful throughout your Six Flags journey? My recommendation is to separate the day half and half: the primary half is household time and the second half is the “let’s make certain all of us get to the rides we would like” time.
First, just remember to set up together with your youngsters beforehand that you’ll spend the primary few hours all collectively. That means, they know precisely what to anticipate strolling into the park. Throughout this primary half of the day, attempt to keep on with rides and points of interest that you simply need to do collectively as a household. Take household photographs, journey the household rides, and eat lunch collectively. There’s a lot to do and expertise as a household on the park, so just remember to get this household time in earlier than you cut up as much as head to the joys or kiddie rides.
Household time is vital! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
As soon as household time is over (you’ll know when your youngsters who’re tall sufficient for the large rides begin begging to get in line for one among these thrillers), mother and pop can cut up up with the youngsters. My dad used to take my brother and I round to the joys rides, whereas my mother took my youngest brother round to the kiddie rides once we have been youthful. It’s nice to set a time and a spot that you simply need to meet again up. I all the time discovered the fountain to be a great meet-up spot. It’s close to the doorway and centered in the midst of the park. After you meet again up and head to the exit, cease within the present outlets in your means out, or take pleasure in a cup of Dippin’ Dots as one final household reminiscence on the park collectively!
Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom and Kingda Ka higher be in your bucket listing for the joys seekers on the market throughout splitting up time! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
And don’t overlook about Marvel Lady: Lasso of Fact, the model NEW world’s tallest pendulum! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
Talking of meals within the park, Six Flags is overloading with locations to eat. However be aware that the costs for meals and drinks are very costly. Six Flags is sensible – they don’t will let you convey meals into the park, in order that they know that you simply’ll pay for a snack if you’re hungry. I like to recommend consuming earlier than you come to the park. That method, you’ll possible solely need to pay for one meal or snack if you’re there. Nevertheless, the park has some nice family-friendly locations to seize a chew. In the event you’re planning on consuming on the park, take a look at these prime locations for households:
Looney Tunes Camp Kitchen
Situated proper close to all the kiddie rides, this can be a handy spot to eat lunch with loads of choices for teenagers. Along with meals, the restaurant additionally has snacks, comparable to popcorn, cotton sweet, and scorching pretzels for those who’re on the lookout for a fast chew.
Completely Kickin’ Hen
Situated subsequent to El Toro, this restaurant has a scrumptious choice of hen tenders – a childhood favourite. Additionally they have hen wings and quite a lot of sauces. If you end up close to El Diablo or El Toro, then this can be a great spot to take a seat down and luxuriate in lunch.
These pizzerias are situated in a number of places across the park, so that you’ll possible come throughout one as you’re strolling round. Whereas the pizza slices are a bit costly, they’re additionally big and tremendous tacky, so in a means, you get your cash’s value. Their french fries are additionally superb, they usually have wholesome salads as properly.
There are two Johnny Rockets: one proper close to the doorway of the park and one close to Nitro. When you’re not sure of the place to eat, you’ll be able to’t go incorrect with this well-known restaurant. Take pleasure in milkshakes, burgers, scorching canine, french fries, and extra!
Who doesn’t love a basic chocolate milkshake? Additional whipped cream? Sure please! Photograph by @johnnyrockets Instagram.
This widespread approach to eat ice cream is everywhere in the park in each carts and established locations. Youngsters love seeing all the colourful dots, and naturally, consuming them to chill off!
Ice cream is overrated. Cool off with Dippin’ Dots as an alternative. Simply kidding, ice cream, we nonetheless love you, however Dippin’ Dots are fairly cool. Photograph by @dippindots Instagram.
One other nice choice on a scorching summer time day, Italian Ice from Rita’s is a scrumptious deal with for all ages. In case your youngsters are extra into ice cream, additionally they have soft-serve ice cream. Attempt the vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles!
Not even half of all Rita’s Italian Ice flavors…Photograph by Rita’s Italian Ice.
When you really feel that your dietary wants are usually not met on the park (otherwise you’re on a price range!), you’ll be able to nonetheless pack lunch in a cooler. You gained’t have the ability to convey your lunch into the park, however depart it within the automotive and return noon. Six Flags permits you to depart the park and return, so long as you get your hand stamped. So when your loved ones begins getting hungry, you’ll be able to head again to the parking zone and luxuriate in your lunch outdoors or within the automotive earlier than heading again into the park. There’s additionally a WaWa simply earlier than the doorway into the park, so if you wish to cease and seize meals for a less expensive worth in your option to the park, WaWa is an effective choice. However once more, do not deliver meals or drinks to the entrance gate!
Security is all the time a primary precedence, particularly in a park filled with hundreds of individuals with large thrill rides. Six Flags is dedicated to offering a protected expertise for all households. Six Flags experience operations employees completely inspects the rides every single day earlier than the park opens, and park attendants examine harnesses and seat belts on each single journey. If a journey closes due to “technical difficulties,” don’t be discouraged. The park wouldn’t reopen the experience if it was not 100 % protected. Kingda Ka is a type of rides that shuts down once in a while, however don’t worry when this occurs!
Regardless of how loopy these record-breaking rides look, they’re assured to be protected! By the best way, take a look at this experience: Superman. You experience laying in your abdomen! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
Private Gadgets Security
When it comes to storing small backpacks or cell telephones, there are locker kiosks situated close to all the main coasters, so principally everywhere in the park. I all the time use the lockers every time I’m going. When you might hold your telephone in your pocket, it’s extremely discouraged on the joys rides. Additionally, for those who get to the entrance of the road and the park attendees see any unfastened articles on you – telephone, sun shades, and so on. – you’ll have to depart your articles on the aspect, within the open cubbies on the platform. It’s a lot better to only put all your belongings safely right into a locker beforehand to keep away from this example! The lockers aren’t costly they usually’re very spacious, so you’ll be able to doubtless use one locker for the entire household. I all the time like to remember my belongings from the locker once I get off the journey. When you might depart them within the locker as you head to a different experience, you don’t need to should stroll all the best way again to your locker later. It’s additionally comforting to know that your private belongings are someplace close to you.
Storage lockers with an digital passcode maintain your private gadgets protected! Photograph by Six Flags.
Six Flags has an exquisite First Help Middle situated within the Boardwalk space, behind Backyard State Grill. Ought to your youngsters get slightly reduce or scrape, head over there to get all of it cleaned up. They’re very variety and accommodating on the First Assist Middle – your youngsters will probably be prepared for extra household enjoyable very quickly!
Occasions & Different Actions
The summer time is full of occasions and particular actions for you and your loved ones! The enjoyable doesn’t cease with the rides, as a result of Six Flags is dedicated to offering household experiences and reminiscences in all features. Take a look at a few of these family-oriented occasions and actions:
July 4th Fest (July Three-6)
The Macy’s Fireworks Present is beautiful, however Nice Journey does July 4th fairly nicely. There’s loads of giveaways, coca-cola samples, video games, and, in fact, fireworks! The present begins at 10 pm.
After an extended day on the park, take pleasure in a fantastic fireworks present to have fun the 4th of July!
Medieval Occasions Knight Demonstration (July 27)
Six Flags is bringing the Medieval Occasions expertise to you this summer time! Knights, queens, and lords will collect for Q&As, giveaways, photograph alternatives, and a duel. The Medieval Occasions Knight Demonstration and all the festivities are included with park admission.
Watch the Knights battle it out at Nice Journey! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
Character Meet & Greet
Your favourite Looney Tunes Characters are throughout the park, excited to satisfy you! Excessive 5 Bugs Bunny and take footage with all the Looney Tunes. You’ll discover these characters close to the park entrance and the Kiddie space.
Meet your favourite Looney Tunes characters!
Block Social gathering
For those who occur to remain till closing, finish the night time on the park dancing it out with the Looney Tunes characters. 45 minutes earlier than closing, head to the Principal Road Fountain close to the doorway/exit, and cling with the Looney Tunes and road performers.
Convey your youngsters to the dance flooring for this block get together! Photograph by Ricky Bambara.
Six Flags has a whole lot of video games, situated everywhere in the park. There’s the indoor Studio 28 Arcade and a big cluster of video games close to the Superman and Inexperienced Lantern coasters. Whereas video games are all the time enjoyable to play, right here’s a bit of tip: the video games are designed to be extraordinarily troublesome to win, and sometimes the gaming periods flip right into a spiral of greenback payments misplaced. There’s a lot that you are able to do on the park totally free together with your basic admission ticket. Reap the benefits of all the rides first! My mother and father all the time set a restrict for the video games earlier than we entered the park. The prizes are tempting, as many are superhero themed. However attempt to gear your journey extra in the direction of the superb rides and included particular occasions. But in case you’re on the lookout for recreation strategies, my household loves the water capturing race and the enormous crane close to Superman and Inexperienced Lantern, and my youthful brothers wish to play the basketball problem. However the most effective recommendation I’ve for video games is to restrict the variety of video games and makes an attempt per recreation and to play the video games that you simply assume you’ll be able to win. Mother and pop, even for those who win the prize in your youngsters, they’ll love the sensation of proudly carrying round their stuffed animal or sporting their cape for the remainder of the day.
Safari Off Street Journey
Not solely does Nice Journey function rides and video games, however come go to over 1,200 animals from six continents! Included with park admission, discover the 350-acre protect in a tour, accompanied by expert drivers and guides. Alongside the best way, you’ll cease at Camp Aventura, the house of the youngest animals, to leap on a zipline, feed giraffes (for an additional value), see some smaller animals, and even pet these unique creatures! Camp Aventura additionally celebrates World Animal Days with video games, arts & crafts, and prizes, all associated to the animal of the day. In case you’re on the lookout for a break from the thrills, embark on this safari journey.
Rise up shut and private with plenty of totally different species at Camp Aventura! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
Aren’t these giraffes simply the cutest? Hang around with giraffes in your Safari Off Street Journey! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
Whereas there’s certainly quite a bit to do at Nice Journey, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the neighboring waterpark, is an (virtually) equally thrilling expertise. Nevertheless, if you’ll take the journey to Jackson, NJ, I might advocate going to Nice Journey. The park is actually a must-do and a must-see on anyone’s bucket record, particularly for households. But when the climate is unbearably scorching, Hurricane Harbor could also be a greater concept. Remember, although, that Hurricane Harbor closes at 6:30 pm (sooner than Nice Journey). Be sure that to swim within the wave pool (Blue Lagoon), take a experience within the lazy river, and go to Discovery Bay, the shallow water playground for teenagers!
For those who’re feeling a bit daring, race your loved ones down the Massive Wave Racer at Hurricane Harbor! Photograph by Hurricane Harbor.
Learn how to Get Discounted or Free Tickets
For those who drink Coke, both common or eating regimen, typically, you’ll have observed the little print on the aspect that mentions Six Flags. Nicely, it’s time to start out saving your Coke cans, as a result of they will rating you actually nice reductions on the park. You’ll be able to both deliver a coke can to the entrance gate on the day that you simply go to obtain a reduction in your ticket or purchase your ticket on-line utilizing the Coca-Cola on-line low cost.
Earn $15-$25 off your ticket with coke cans. We love this Six Flags & Coca Cola Partnership!
Six Flags Learn to Succeed
Who knew that leisure studying got here with rewards past the enjoyment of the story? Six Flags encourages youngsters to learn for enjoyable. As a way to promote studying as a leisure exercise, your youngsters can truly earn free tickets – all they should do is full six hours of studying! The one catch is that your child’s faculty has to take part in this system. It’s out there to all faculties that enroll college students in grades Okay by way of 6, so examine to see in case your faculty participates. And in the event that they don’t, contemplate pitching this system! It’s each a fantastic encouragement of studying for enjoyable somewhat than as an obligation and a approach to earn free tickets to Six Flags.
Six Flags companions with many faculties, private and non-private, to advertise studying and provides out free tickets! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
As my brothers and I obtained older, my mother and father thought-about not shopping for season passes. However my dad all the time says that when you go twice to the park, you already get your cash’s value when you purchase a season cross versus every day tickets. Should you assume that you simply may go to the park a number of occasions in the course of the summer time, contemplate shopping for season passes. Not solely will you get monetary savings, however members get a variety of particular offers, upgrades, and particular alternatives, like Members Solely Hours, meals and beverage offers, and Deliver a Good friend for Free Days. The season move additionally lasts by way of the autumn and the vacations, so you possibly can take a look at Fright Fest and vacation festivities on weekends in the course of the faculty yr and on winter break.
Come go to Vacation within the Park for a vacation spirit & expertise like no different! Photograph by Six Flags Nice Journey.
Vacation within the Park is perhaps chilly climate on the surface, however it’s filled with heat power & hugs on the within! Photograph by Robert Rosetta.
Yet one more, simply because we will’t sufficient of Vacation within the Park! Photograph by Robert Rosetta.
Six Flags Nice Journey is a very memorable expertise. A few of the greatest reminiscences that I’ve with my household are at this park, just like the day that we deliberate to go on a wet day to keep away from the crowds, however we received caught within the pouring rain. We have been soaked, however we didn’t actually care, as a result of we received to experience all of our favourite rides with no strains! And I’ll all the time keep in mind the primary time I rode Kingda Ka. My dad made us anticipate the entrance row, as a result of in line with him, you by no means truly expertise a curler coaster till you experience it entrance row (for the joys seekers on the market, wait in line to experience entrance row for at the very least one coaster throughout your go to – you’ll overlook all concerning the wait as soon as you are feeling the thrill of the entrance row).
With its household rides, particular occasions, and fixed thrills to maintain you smiling and laughing throughout your whole go to, Nice Journey is the right vacation spot for your loved ones this summer time. Household journeys can typically be worrying, as there’s a lot to recollect (don’t overlook the sunblock!) and plan, particularly for a park which will appear overwhelming at first. Hopefully this information to Six Flags Nice Journey made your upcoming journey to Jackson, NJ just a little simpler to navigate. All of us want somewhat NYC escape typically, so hop within the automotive and drive over to Nice Journey. And refer again to this information for all the recommendation, ideas, and tips that you could conquer the long-lasting park – household type!
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