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“Good, Local Amusement Park Fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Six Flags America

Six Flags America
13710 Central Avenue, Bowie, MD 20721
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Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Bowie
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“Good, Local Amusement Park Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was our first visit to this park. We've done Disney, Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, but wanted to do something closer/more local. We had fun despite the questionable reviews below that I read before coming. Eat well before you go into the park; the food/drinks are $$$. We ate a big brunch before going in, had drinks/snacks in the park, and grabbed dinner after we left. There is a McD's/Subway in the Food Lion shopping ctr on the right on the way towards the exit for 495 that was visited by a lot of people from the park on their way out. Funny how you can recognize people from seeing them at the park.

If you don't have a discount, buy your tix in advance on the website; there is a discount if you buy 1-day or 3-day advance. Military discount has to come from a MWR on base; there is no option on the website for this. This will let you bypass the ticket line and go straight to the security/turnstyle check. Once you get thru the turnstyle, they do bag checks. We didn't pack food b/c of previous reviews, but later throughout the park we did see that others had brought in food - probably packed at the bottom of their bags.

We went with 4 kids ages 11, 9 ,7, and 4; there was something for everyone. Try to work from the back of the park to the front. On the day we went, the lines were reasonable considering it was a weekend/Sunday. The major rollar coasters are spread throughout the park as they should be - Apocalypse, Superman, Batwing, Ragin Cajun, Mind Eraser, Roar, Joker's Jinx, Wild One. There was at least one ride appropriate for younger kids near each big coaster so that you can have your younger ones ride while you wait for the older ones to get through the big coaster lines. There are areas for younger kids like the Looney Tunes area and Whistlestop Park. The longer wait times could be helped if they ran more than one coaster on each ride as they do at Kings Dominion. There are also a few additional-pay rides like the Skycoaster (which is a free fall drop in a body swing).

As for food, yes, $$$. Your best bet is to buy their refillable orange drink cup for about $16 with tax; yes, expensive - but you get free soda refills the entire day at the park - which we all shared and had more than enough refills to pay back the cost which was better than paying $4 for each person to get a drink. Plus, if you revisit the park, you can bring the cup back and have all day refills for $5. There also is a $5.99 refillable popcorn bucket with $0.99 refills each time - which was the most reasonable "snack" type option for our group. The rest of the food is $$ park-type options as you would expect in any amusement park.

Our experience with the staff, most being high school students, was positive and enthusiastic. There were occasional marching bands that wandered through the Mardi-Gras area of the park while we were in that area. The kids liked seeing the band, dancers, and clown walking on stilts. There were also photo ops with Bugs Bunny/Tweety Bird. If you have an elementary-aged boy, go see the Legends of Arena Gladiator Stunt Show - all our kids were mesmerized by the sword-toting guys and gals stunt fighting in the arena. We didn't get a chance to get to the waterpark as it closes 1 hr before the park closes. Another time!

Overall, if you don't want to drive far for a amusement park fun (1 hr in our case), this is a good park to visit.

Visited June 2014
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“So much better than before, Six Flags Rocks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

WOW! if you haven't been to six flags in the past few years you're mission a very nice experience. The friendliness, and professionality of the employees is so much better than it has been in the past. To be honest, they've surpassed ALL their nearest competition in friendliness and courtesy.

Their newest coaster "Ragin Cajun" which is a spiining mouse coaster is the only one like it in the area, you have to go to the jersey shore to find similar rides. and fun? OMG we never laughed so hard as we wildly spun up one hill and down another!

This park is slowly transforming into a beautiful fun, friendly, place. The new Mardi Gras area looks as nice as ANY park within a 5 hour drive!

Visited June 2014
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Bowie, Maryland, United States
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“Season Pass Holders”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great for summer time. A lot of options to get season passes, every year the deals are better. Great for kids and adults - love the water parks myself.

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Chicago, Illinois
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“Poorly Managed Regional Park”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This visit was just my second to this park. The fun started before we even made it through the front gate. There were about 15 school buses full of children in the lot and chaos ensued when the buses unloaded. There were no staff members to help direct and organize the masses of people trying to enter the park. Entrance lanes were not clearly marked with directions, and the process to enter the park was much longer and more painful than necessary. Once inside the park everything is pretty spread out. The park advertised a new roller coaster, Ragin Cajun, but they hadn't finished it building by June when we visited. Another Roller Coaster, Mind Eraser never opened while we were at the park. The remainder of the Roller Coasters operated just a single train each. This is understandable if it were a slow day, but there were plenty of people waiting for each ride to warrant multiple train operation. The staff was pretty enthusiastic, they just were not efficient. This park's layout is very confusing and does not seem coherent to a new visitor. After just two visits, I don't know if I would return to this property unless they added a new signature Roller Coaster.

Visited June 2014
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“No regard with his capital locacation...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I do have a "grey opinion" on this park...I visited it yesterday. Thus it was rainy, but let's say I doubt highly that crowds invade it very often. The entrance is very nice, patrootic style. European born, the best comparison would be "Walibi" in Belgium (ex-Six Flags Belgium). Rides are generic, at best. The hypercoaster "Superman", meaning huge drops and bumps, is pleasant, and is certainly the most impressive. Joker's Jinx is a totally similar outside version of "Flight Of Fear, in Cedar Fair parks. " Batwing" is barely open, and his functiuning slow the loading process to one hpur standing if twenty people wait. "Roar" is a good but easily forgettable "woodie". The other wooden coaster is rough and horrible. "Mind Eraser", one of the thousands clones of Vekoma's standard inverted coaster, should be tore down : my glass were almost jolted even with an head strapped ! "Apocalypse" and "Ragin Cajun" sound like second hand novelties. Water rides were closed, but were not so appealing...What else ? Not so much. Suffering awefull opinions and not so glorious pictures on the web, I was nevertheless positively surprised. But for a park boasting his capital neughborhood...Well, it's a deception.

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