Can you believe that we have lived in Rhode Island for almost fourteen years and never made it to Six Flags New England until this summer? Ok, I admit that I’m not a rollercoaster fan and spinning rides bother me more and more the older I get. BUT…I now have a thrill seeker in the making and she has hit quite a few of the local regional theme parks so it was time to check out the granddaddy of them all — Six Flags New England. Of course, the way to do it was to go with friends so she would have plenty of ride buddies and I could be the dedicated bag holder. Oh I miss the days when Looney Tunes town was enough to satisfy her!

Six Flags is definitely thrilling it up this year, with new coasters including SUPERMAN The Ride, the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest virtual reality coaster. On this coaster, riders wear wireless VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, high speeds, powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action in a remarkably realistic 360-degree virtual reality world. 2016 also saw the introduction of Fireball, a 7-story looping coaster with over 6 inversions and epic speeds. Ugh, bring on the Dramamine! Even the world’s tallest Sky Screamer makes me quake.

Sky screamer at Six Flags New England

Luckily, there are still some simpler rides around for non-thriller seekers like me and plenty of options for the little ones. Hannah’s favorite was Pandemonium, a simple coaster with neck jerking turns.

swings at Six Flags New England

What I really loved about Six Flags New England is Hurricane Harbor, New England’s largest waterpark. I grew up near Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and at that park, the waterpark was completely separate from the theme park. When we visited Six Flags New England in August, it was 90 degrees and we were so happy to have easy access to the water park with no additional fee. Those cooling stations scattered throughout the park were helpful, but could only cool you down so much. (Insider tip: the bathrooms are air conditioned if you are looking for an easy way to cool off.)

Six Flags New England cooling station

You do need to pass through a turnstile to get into the waterpark, probably because they are keeping track of how many people are in the park. Also, you can’t exit the waterpark unless you cover up your bathing suit and put your shoes back on.

Hurricane Harbor

Despite saving money on a separate entrance to the water park, don’t head to the park empty handed, especially on a hot day! Parking will cost you $25 ($24 if you buy it at AAA, where you can also get discounted tickets). Lockers are available for rent in the water park, but they are pricey so plan on sharing! You could also rent a cabana, but that will put you back a pretty penny too. And, of course, you can’t bring in your own drinks to the park, but you can buy a water and then refill it at the water fountains or refilling stations. Or, you can purchase one of the refillable souvenir cups for $14.99 with unlimited refills for the day (seasonable cups are also available.)

Unfortunately for us, we had barely begun to enjoy the water park when the thunderstorms rolled in and they closed the slides and rides. If weather keeps rides closed for over an hour, you can stop by Guest Services to get a free return ticket. We didn’t feel like getting even more soaked waiting in line for our free tickets so we made a dash for the car.

You know what that means? We will have to make a return trip next year! In the meantime, take a peek inside Six Flags New England:

And even though summer is drawing to a close, the fun is not over at Six Flags New England. Starting September 24, 2016 and running on weekends through October 30th (including Columbus Day), Six Flags New England is hosting the biggest Fright Fest® ever. They offer something for everyone from daytime Halloween activities like the Trick-or-Treat Trail, shows and the Looney Tune characters, to evening thrills like the Psycho-path Haunted Asylum.

Fright Fest Six Flags New England

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Six Flags New England

Note: We received free admission to Six Flags New England to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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