Six Flags Great Adventure is the New Jersey location of the extremely popular and acclaimed Six Flags amusement park chain. Like other Six Flags locations, Six Flags Great Adventure is a very large scale destination the combines expected elements that would be expected at other similar parks - such as thrill rides and complimentary entertainment - with other attractions unique to the specific location, such as the Wild Safari wild life adventure section of the park.
As is the case with other Six Flags locations, the rides are the main draw for most visitors. To help guests better assess the intensity level of specific rides, they are generally divided into three different categories. The first category, as well as one of the most popular, is the thrill ride category. As would be expected, many roller coasters are included as part of the mix. Some of the most popular include the Dark Knight Coaster, a Batman-themed ride that takes place in total darkness and the Rolling Thunder, a classic dual-track wooden coaster that includes an exhilarating 8-story drop. Other hot picks with many of the park's visitors include the Dare Devil Dive drop ride and the Twister flip-and-dive ride.
The second category consists of family rides that are appropriate for children, but still exciting enough to appeal to most adults. Popular family attractions include the 35-year-old Big Wheel Ferris wheel, the Congo Rapids whitewater rafting ride, the Buccaneer swinging pirate ship ride, and the Great American Road Race vintage car ride. For the park's littlest visitors, there is the third category that consists of kiddie-appropriate rides. These include a classic carousel, a teacup ride, and several enchanting Looney Tunes-themed rides that don't require any accompaniment by an adult.
The feature that could probably be said to set Six Flags Great Adventure apart from other parks of its type is the Wild Safari adventure. This section of the park is a working wildlife preserve that covers an impressive 350 acres and includes 1,200 different animals including brown bears, lions, kangaroos, and giraffes. Several endangered species are also included as part of the mix. Visitors who opt in for this experience enjoy a 4.5-mile jaunt down and auto trail that allows for a close-up viewing experience and plenty of photo ops. Wild Safari also includes many opportunities for children to learn about many of the animals and even enjoy hands-on encounters with select ones.
A trip to Six Flags Great Adventure also includes free entertainment options included with the price of admission. Some are seasonal events (such as Six Flags annual Fright Fest extravaganza). Others include experiences and shows such as a dolphin encounters, exotic animal encounters, dance shows, entertainment for young visitors, and Looney Tunes character meet-and-greets. Those interested in specific entertainment options should check ahead with the park directly or visit their official website for up-to-the-minute schedules and information. A variety of food options, games, and shopping venues are also available for the convenience and enjoyment of park patrons.