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Your Guide to Six Flags Great America
Enjoying the Ride...

(Updated April 12, 2018)

Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor is the quintessential experience for adults and children of all ages. Great America is open in late April through December. Hurricane Harbor opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend for the season.

The Gurnee amusement park features 16 roller coasters, amazing live shows, fireworks, delicious dining options, 11-themed areas with other fantastic rides and tons more of excitement. Hurricane Harbor is highlighted by 25-water slides, a 500,000-gallon wave pool, Skull Island: the world's largest interactive water playground and so much more.

The innovative fun zone is always pushing the envelope. In 2015, Goliath became the Guinness Book of World Record's steepest, fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster on Earth. Click here to learn more about Goliath's record-breaking day. JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is a 4D interactive ride in the Southwest Territory added in 2016. For the 2017 season, the Gurnee amusement park will unveil THE JOKER, which is a maniacal, magnetic coaster that will become the neighbor of BATMAN: The Ride (go figure). In the summer of 2018, The Gurnee thrill park is unveling the world's largest loop coaster entitled Mardi Gras Hangover. The looping ridei s slated to be 100 feet tall!

Six Flags Great America is also known for Fright Fest. Fright Fest by SNICKERS is the Halloween capital of Lake County boasting thrills by day and frights by night as the park is transformed into a haunted haven from mid-September to late October.

As of April 11, 2018 the Gurnee attraction announced Holiday in the Park - a month-long holiday festival to end the year. The fest runs Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 31. If you have a season pass, admission is included. The park celebration will be dressed in it's holiday's best dressed in LED lights and feature special shows and holiday eats. The rides will run weather permitting. 

Experience two great parks in one destination at Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor. Explore a world of thrilling rides, a slew of serious coasters, great dining treats, charming live entertainment, an undying tribute to Looney Tunes and DC Comics and so much more at this renowned mainstay. Take a tour of the Gurnee theme park above, and peruse through the guide below.

Holiday in the Park
Deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for SFGA's inaugural holiday extravaganza on select days from Nov. 23-Dec 31.
Maxx Force
Maxx Force is Six Flag Great America's 17th coaster expected to break three world records. The thrill ride is slated to open in 2019.
Mardi Gras Hangover
The Mardi Gras Hangover will have riders "feel the force." The soon-to-be world's largest loop coaster will stand at a whopping 100-feet-tall. #ChaseTheStorm.
Ticket Guide
Splash, scream and soar your way into summer with the right pass to Six Flags Great America. Check out all of your options.
SFGA Event Schedule
Besides the thrills, chills and splashes, the Gurnee amusement park throws a great party. Stay updated on all of Six Flags' events throughout the season.
Plan your visit to Six Flags Great America by viewing the park map, or pick up a copy at the front gate the day of your visit.
First Timer's Guide to Six Flags
Make your first trip to the Gurnee amusement park a memorable one with tips, parking info & other things to know before you go.
Dining Guide to Six Flags
Coaster junkies and thrill seekers need to recharge their batteries with a bite to eat during a day of fun.
Hurricane Harbor
Spin, slide, surf and splash in the waters of Hurricane Harbor. Open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend.
Kid's Guide to Six Flags
What's better than hearing your little tike's uncontrollable laughing when zipping by in the Whizzer or Little Dipper? Kids just want to have fun!
Virtual Tour
Here is a visual guide to some of the thrilling rides Six Flags Great America has to offer. Enjoy the ride!
Experience Six Flags Great America top to bottom by enjoying the thrills all weekend. Here is a list of hotel packages for the Gurnee amusement park.
Fright Fest, presented by SNICKERS®
Fright Fest, presented by SNICKERS® runs from September 15-October 31. Thrills by day and frights by night.

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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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