Six Flags America is the Upper Marlboro location of the very popular and very large Six Flags amusement park chain. Six Flags is currently the world's largest amusement park corporation, maintains 21 different parks across the North American continent, and hosts many millions of guests each and every year. The Upper Marlboro location is one of the most popular destinations of its type in Maryland, as well as the entire New England area. It includes a vast selection of different rides, free on-site entertainment, special events, and even a water park area known as Hurricane Harbor.
The rides at Six Flags America are the main draw to the park for most of its visitors. They are generally separated into three different categories according to intensity level so that riders can better assess the experience they can expect to have. Some of the most popular tend to fall into the thrill ride category, of course, and clock in at intensity levels ranging from high moderate to high. They include the electrifying Batwing rollercoaster, specially made to simulate the exhilarating feeling of flying; the Mind Eraser, one of the first inverted loop roller coasters ever built; and the Tower of Doom, a high-intensity drop ride that treats riders to a thrilling 140-foot plummet.
The selection of family rides at Six Flags America is extensive and covers rides of a moderate to mild intensity level. Many amusement park classics are represented and include a classic antique car ride, an old-fashioned carousel, a tea cup ride, and swinging pendulum ride called the High Seas. Other popular family-appropriate rides include the Falling Star, a rotating platform ride; the Flying Carousel, a high-flying swing ride; and Around the World in 80 Days, Six Flags' own version of a Ferris wheel. For riders too young or too small even for the family rides, there is a special kiddie section of the park set aside just for them that includes many ultra-mild rides, as well as interactive play areas.
The Hurricane Harbor water park section of Six Flags offers visitors a chance to beat the heat on a generous selection of water slides and interactive water play areas. Popular attractions from this section include the Hurricane Bay wave pool, the fast-paced Bahama Blast inner tube adventure, and the Mako high-speed water slide. Attractions just for little ones include such delights as Buccaneer Beach, an interactive collection of pools that feature fun interactive elements for children.
Six Flags America is also well-known for its free entertainment offerings, favorites among tired patrons who need to take a load off in between rides. What shows are offered at a given time depends greatly upon the season, but all shows are family appropriate and tend to center around themes such as music, dance, comedy, or favorite cartoon characters from the Looney Tunes franchise. Looney Tunes character meet and greets are also par for the course at Six Flags throughout the park's open season. Those interested in a current line-up and schedule in regards to Six Flags America entertainment options are encouraged to contact the park directly or visit their website for details.