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Six Flags America

Woodmore, Maryland, USA

The closest Six Flags park to the US Capital, Six Flags America is located in Maryland close to Washington DC.

OpenedJuly 1974
SeasonApril to October
OwnerSix Flags
Websitewww.sixflags.com/america/
NearbyKings Dominion (82 miles)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg (116 miles)
Idlewild and SoakZone (163 miles)
Kennywood (194 miles)
Conneaut Lake Park (265 miles)
The Chesapeake area of the park

The Chesapeake area of the park

You might think that a Six Flags theme park close to the United States' Capital, Washington DC, would be Six Flags' flagship park. Unfortunately, Six Flags America feels like one of the more neglected in the chain.

The theme park does have a few nice rides in its collection: Roar, a 1998 GCI woodie, packs a punch; and the PTC/Dinn Corporation 1917 Wild One (relocated from Paragon Park in Massachusetts) was at one time the tallest rollercoaster in the world. The park's version of Superman: Ride of Steel is a mighty 200ft tall Intamin Mega Coaster.

Unfortunately, the rest of Six Flags America is just not that good. Much of it feels like a bog standard Six Flags experience, with straight out of the catalogue rides given a fancy name but plonked down with minimal theming or storyline. There's little of any note or special to make you feel you are in Six Flags America as opposed to any other Six Flags park.

Coyote Creek

Coyote Creek

In the past there has been some slightly better attempts at making the experience more immersive. The 10-acre Coyote Creek area opened in 1994 maybe a stereotypical Wild West themed area seen in theme parks the world over, it is at least something more than concrete paths. In 2010 the park opened Thomas Town, a lesser-themed version of Drayton Manor's Thomasland, but this barely lasted an entire season and was rethemed in 2011 to a more generic kiddie area.

Another issue is the mixed clientele that Six Flags America attracts. While you can find some nicely brought up kids around the park, there are also a lot of more obnoxious teens out to see what trouble they can get away with. Staff do their best to control them, and while the atmosphere is nowhere near as bad as other parks in the chain such as Six Flags Over Georgia, it is still not exactly pleasant.

Six Flags America is a disappointment. What could easily be a showcase park under fifteen miles outside the Nation's Capital is instead a corporate unloved shell of a park, underinvested in and seemingly uncared for by its Six Flags owners.

Attractions

Roar

Roar

Wooden rollercoaster

Mind Eraser

Mind Eraser

Painful Vekoma SLC

The Joker's Jinx

The Joker's Jinx

Launched rollercoaster

Voodoo Drop

Voodoo Drop

140ft drop tower

Shipwreck Falls

Shipwreck Falls

Drenching water ride

Bourbon Street Fireball

Bourbon Street Fireball

Larson Giant Loop

Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth

Windseeker

Renegade Rapids

Renegade Rapids

Whitewater rapids ride

High Seas

High Seas

Swinging pirate ship

Zydeco Zinger

Zydeco Zinger

Chance Rides Falling Star

Big Easy Speedway

Big Easy Speedway

Go karts

Riddle Me This

Riddle Me This

Gravity defying rotor

Flying Carousel

Flying Carousel

Wave swinger

Rodeo

Rodeo

Bull themed breakdance

Coyote Creek Crazy Cars

Coyote Creek Crazy Cars

Bumper cars

Tea Cups

Tea Cups

Spinning giant tea cup ride

Carousel

Carousel

Animal themed carousel

Capital Railways

Capital Railways

Train ride around the park

Great Chase

Great Chase

Kiddie coaster

Videos

Having Ourselves a Six Flags Day at Six Flags America video

Having Ourselves a Six Flags Day at Six Flags America