Six Flags St. Louis offers rides, games and entertainment for visitors of all ages. If you're planning a visit, check out these tips to save money, choose the best rides for your family and get the most out of your day.
Thrills, chills and family fun Bugs Bunny National Park has several rides that are perfect for younger children, and many are big enough for older siblings and adults to tag along. Wait times in this section of the park are typically short. This is also a great place to see your favorite Looney Tunes characters; pick up a schedule at the front of the park. In other areas of the park, the Colossus and the Moon Antique Cars are both great fun for young visitors.
Kids who have outgrown the rides in Bugs Bunny National Park but aren't ready for the big roller coasters will enjoy rides like the Log Flume, Rush Street Flyer, Thunder River, Shazam, Pandemonium and The Joker Inc. (those with sensitive stomachs might want to skip these last two). Six Flags offers nine roller coasters, as well as numerous thrill rides. River King Mine Train is a great starter ride for children who are ready to tackle their first roller coaster. Six Flags has also announced plans to open a new 4D interactive ride later this season, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, which will feature 4D scenery and graphics, animatronics, interactive laser-guns and gaming. Note that this ride replaces Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters: Mystery of the Scary Swamp.
On weekends in the summer, lines may be long at these rides, so plan your trip accordingly; wait times are typically shorter on weekdays and anytime in September. Also, start your visit with attractions that are furthest from the park entrance and visit busy attractions first thing in the morning or after 5 p.m. Guests may purchase The Flash Pass to ensure shorter wait times. Before your visit, check the Six Flags website for height requirements for all rides.
In Hurricane Harbor, young children can spend an afternoon playing on the pirate ship or splashing in Hook's Lagoon. Older children will enjoy exploring the tree house and its slides. Teens can brave several waterslides, including the Bonzai Pipeline, Tornado and Speed Slides. For family fun, float along the relaxing Gulley Washer Creek, and for adventure take a trip in a four-person raft on the Big Kahuna. The wave pool at Hurricane Bay is fun but can be scary for younger children when the waves are rolling. Hurricane Harbor reopens for the 2015 season May 23.
Watching one of the park's toe-tapping shows in an air-conditioned theater is a nice break on a busy day. Entertainment schedules are available at the front of the park. The park also hosts concerts at the Old Glory Amphitheatre, which can be a great way to catch up-and-coming stars; watch for online announcements throughout the season.
Planning to hit the gift shop? Six Flags is offering a new Season Shopping Pass for $19.99. Passholders will receive a free t-shirt, hat and bag, as well as a discount on merchandise during future visits, which will come in handy at the new Superheroes vs. Villains store scheduled to open this season.
What's to eat? Dining includes traditional carnival fare — the funnel cake sundae at 1904 World's Fair is big enough to feed a family of five and is well worth the sticky fingers. Six Flags also offers a Healthy Corner inside the Character Cafe for those who prefer lighter options. Refillable souvenir cups are a good investment if you plan to visit more than once during the season (refillable Slurpees can be purchased in the Gateway to the West area for a few dollars more). Season pass holders can purchase a season dining pass to save on food throughout the park. New in 2015, the park will also offer a Deluxe Season Dining Pass that includes lunch, dinner and a snack for each visit. When dining inside the park, eat at non-traditional lunch and dinner times to avoid lines. Families may also choose to get their hands stamped for re-entry and duck out of the park for a picnic in the parking lot or to visit an area restaurant. Outside food and drinks are prohibited but baby bottles and baby food are allowed.
Safety Discuss safety and expectations with children and have a plan in place in case you become separated. Locate the Lost Parent station when you arrive. Wearing bright shirts makes it easier for family members to identify one another. Note that the playground inside the National Park is a tricky spot to keep track of young children because it has two entrances. When visiting Hurricane Harbor, remind children to listen to instructions from lifeguards.
What to bring Since purses and bags are prohibited on many rides, visitors can avoid locker fees by carrying necessities in plastic bags in pockets with button or zipper closures. Comfortable shoes, socks and sunscreen are all musts. Strollers are great for transporting tots, but remember they'll be unattended when parked at ride entrances. Pack ponchos, or save water rides and Hurricane Harbor for the end of the day so you're not sloshing through the rest of your visit. Swimsuits are not allowed outside of Hurricane Harbor, so pack swimsuits and change in the dressing rooms inside Hurricane Harbor. Pets are not allowed, though a free kennel is available.
Getting the best deal Season passes are a great value if you plan multiple visits in one season. This can be helpful for those visiting with young children who aren't able to pack all the fun into one day. Single-day tickets and season passes are typically cheaper when purchased online. Note that the park now offers Biometric Processing, enabling visitors to have their season pass processed at the front gate. Various promotions are offered throughout the year; check the Six Flags website for the latest discounts.
If you're in town just to visit Six Flags, be sure to check out some other family-friendly attractions in the area. Purina Farms and World Bird Sanctuary both provide free fun for animal lovers. Shaw Nature Reserve, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden family of attractions, is a great place to unwind during a busy amusement park weekend.
Six Flags St. Louis is located at 4900 Six Flags Rd., Eureka, 63025. Call 636-938-5300, visit Six Flags St. Louis on Facebook or follow them on Twitter at @SFStLouis for the latest park news.