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Six Flags Great America

Gurnee, Illinois, USA

Twin park to California's Great America, Six Flags Great America is located near Chicago and boasts one of the largest collections of rollercoasters in the world.

Opened29 May 1976
SeasonApril to November
OwnerSix Flags
Websitewww.sixflags.com/greatamerica/
Nearby Bay Beach (164 miles)
Cedar Point (338 miles)
Adventureland (348 miles)
Six Flags St Louis (356 miles)
The Columbia Carousel

The Columbia Carousel

Six Flags Great America originally opened in 1976 as Mariott's Great America, sister park to the similarly named Mariott's Great America in Santa Clara, CA, which is now known as California's Great America.

Both parks took American history as their overarching theme, and were opened in time to celebrate the United States Bicentennial. Upon opening, both parks had copies of several attractions. These included the Carousel Columbia and the pool leading up to it, which form the spectacular entrance areas to the parks to this day.

The Illinois park was sold to Six Flags in 1984, and renamed Six Flags Great America. The theme park has grown rapidly since then, and can now claim to have one of the largest collections of rollercoasters in the world. Ride highlights include Goliath, an RMC hybrid coaster; Raging Bull, a superb B&M hyper coaster; and American Eagle, Intamin's first ever wooden rollercoaster, which opened in 1981.

As one of the larger Six Flags theme parks, Great America is amongst the best parks in the chain in terms of ride selection and general park atmosphere.

Attractions

Goliath

Goliath

RMC hybrid coaster

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

B&M hyper coaster

Superman: Ultimate Flight

Superman: Ultimate Flight

B&M Flying Coaster

American Eagle

American Eagle

Dual tracked racing wooden coaster

Vertical Velocity

Vertical Velocity

Shuttle coaster which launches riders up a pair of vertical spikes

X Flight

X Flight

Wing Coaster

Batman the Ride

Batman the Ride

B&M Inverted rollercoaster

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

Highly themed, immersive interactive dark ride

Giant Drop

Giant Drop

Drop tower

Whizzer

Whizzer

Classic Schwarzkopf Jumbo Jet

Dark Knight Coaster

Dark Knight Coaster

Indoor Batman themed Wild Mouse rollercoaster

Demon

Demon

Old Arrow looping coaster

Viper

Viper

A not particularly comfortable wooden rollercoaster

Roaring Rapids

Roaring Rapids

Soaking wet whitewater rapids ride

River Rocker

River Rocker

Swinging pirate ship

Sky Trek Tower

Sky Trek Tower

Observation tower giving aerial views over the park

Columbia Carousel

Columbia Carousel

Grand carousel at the entrance to the park

Scenic Railway

Scenic Railway

Train ride

Ricochet

Ricochet

Spin ride

Little Dipper

Little Dipper

Junior wooden rollercoaster

Spaceley's Sprocket Rockets

Spaceley's Sprocket Rockets

Kiddie coaster

Videos

USA Road Trip 2016: Days 2&3 at Six Flags Great America