Six Flags Over Georgia is one of the most impressive theme parks in the Southeast, featuring a remarkable collection of thrill rides, live shows, and attractions spread across almost 300 acres. Opened in 1967 as the second location of the popular Six Flags chain of theme parks, this exciting destination is unsurprisingly high on the to-do list for families visiting Atlanta, with a wealth of activities making it easy to spend the entire day exploring the park.

Situated about 11 miles west of Downtown Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia is home to some of the country’s most insane rollercoasters. Plus, there are always seasonal events taking place, as well as outstanding dining to ensure everyone has a great time. If you decide to visit a theme park during your stay in Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia might just be the best choice.

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What are the highlights of Six Flags Over Georgia?

Like all good thrill parks, rollercoasters are one of the main highlights of Six Flags Over Georgia. With 12 exciting attractions to ride, each offering its own unique bends and dips, the most famous is called The Goliath. Soaring to 200 ft above the ground and rocketing along at 70 mph, both adults and kids will definitely love this ride.

If the weather is right, dive into Hurricane Harbor to find a striking waterpark with a great variety of rides. There's the zero-gravity Tsunami Surge and the Bonzai Pipelines, as well as toddler-friendly rides at Paradise Island.

You will find a great range of live shows, which provide a nice break from the adrenaline-pumping thrill rides. One of the most beloved is ShenaniGuns!, a hilarious show about 2 clueless cowboys searching for gold in the Wild West.

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Where to eat, drink and shop at Six Flags Over Georgia?

When it's time to eat at Six Flags Over Georgia, there’s a huge collection of restaurants and snack stands spread across the theme park. You can enjoy burgers at venues like Johnny Rockets and Miner's Cookhouse, or Mexican cuisine at Macho Nacho. For frozen treats, head to Six Below and LickSkillet Ice Cream to grab a couple of scoops.

Before you head home, stop by the shops at Six Flags Over Georgia to buy yourself something to remember your trip. You can dress up in Wild West outfits and score some hilarious novelty portraits at Antique Photos. Attitudes and Coastal Gifts stock trendy clothes for kids. There are also stores dedicated to the Justice League and Looney Tunes if your children happen to be big fans.

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Good to know about Six Flags Over Georgia

There are no age restrictions at Six Flags Over Georgia, though some rides come with height restrictions. Be sure to keep that in mind if you’re travelling with little ones. As you might expect, the theme park can get super busy during peak season. That’s why it’s always a good idea to purchase your tickets before you arrive. If you really want to skip the queues, visiting in the morning also keeps delays to a minimum.

If your family is looking to see a specific show, check out Six Flags Over Georgia’s online calendar for the latest updates on live events. With the schedule changing throughout the year, there are often special events during holiday seasons that you can take advantage of.

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Six Flags Over Georgia Near Atlanta

Location: 275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168, USA

Open: Daily from noon to 6 pm

Phone: +1 770-739-3400

Hudson Brown | Contributing Writer