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Six Flags America – Amusement and Water Park Near Washington, DC

A Visitors Guide to Six Flags America


Photo © Six Flags America

Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland offers a full day of fun with more than 100 rides, shows and the largest water park in the Washington, DC area. The amusement park has several roller coasters with names like Wild One, Joker’s Jinx and Superman Ride of Steel. Family rides at Six Flags America include The Penguin’s Blizzard River, the traditional Tea Cups, and The Great Race. Younger kids enjoy the Looney Tunes Movie Town, where they can meet Bugs Bunny. Hurricane Harbor features one of the largest wave pools in the country, water slides, inner tube flume, lazy river, splash pool and more. Admission to the water park is included in the Six Flags ticket price.

New at Six Flags

  • In 2014, a newly themed Mardi Gras section opens, featuring a fun, family-friendly, flying ride dubbed French Quarter Flyers.  Memorial Day weekend, the park will debut its 9th roller coaster, Ragin’ Cajun, a spinning, fast-track roller coaster. The entire Mardi Gras area has been transformed with existing rides re-themed and the addition of new retail, games, and fun refreshments at Hurricanes, which will serve adult beverages and light fare.
  • Hurricane Harbor added an all NEW waterslide complex in the summer of 2013. The first of its kind in the world Bonzai Pipelines, a 65 foot tall waterslide complex, features six outrageously fast and intense drop launch looping body slides.
  • In June 2012, Six Flags America opened Apocalypse, the park's eighth roller coaster and first stand-up experience. The end of the world adventure makes a 100-foot ascent, hurtling along the 2,900-foot steel track at 55 miles-per-hour speeds, with hairpin turns and pulse-pounding inversions.
  • New in 2011, Hurricane Harbor water park at Six Flags America opened ZoomAzon Falls, an Amazonian-themed forest where you take in a spectacular view before choosing one of four, twisting, turning, body slides, each enhanced by waterfalls, tropical décor, jungle soundtracks, and more.
  • During the summer of 2010, Six Flags America opened Whistlestop Park, a new family entertainment area that nearly doubled the number of attractions, featuring eight new rides and attractions including Happy Junction, Sky Jumper, Splash Zone, Up Up and Away, Whistlestop Bus Line, Whistlestop Park Playground, Whistlestop Train and Whistlestop Whirlybirds.
Photos of Six Flags America Address
13710 Central Ave.
Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
(301) 249-1500 and (800) 491-4FUN

Six Flags America is located on Route 214, Central Avenue, approximately five miles from I-495 just 30 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. See a Map and Directions.

Calendar and Operating Hours
Six Flags America opens for the 2014 season on April 5 and is open daily for Spring Break April 12-21 and then weekends in April and May, with daily operation resuming Memorial Day weekend. Hurricane Harbor begins its season on Saturday, May 24. Hours vary throughout the season. After Labor Day weekend the park is open weekends through October.

Visiting Tips

  • Buy tickets in advance so that you do not have to wait in line. Purchase a seasons pass to save time and money.
  • Visit on a weekday. The park is most crowded on the weekends and holidays.
  • Arrive early to get the most out of your day. Head to the most popular rides first. Lines get longer late in the day.
History of DC Area Six Flags America
This location of Six Flags America was originally built as Wild World water park in 1982. The water park went bankrupt in 1990 and was sold to new owners and was renamed Adventure World in 1991. In 1999, the park was bought by the regional theme park company, Six Flags America, and expanded to include roller coasters and rides based on DC Comics characters such as Superman and The Joker.

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