Six Flags Over Georgia Tips for a Great Day

Six Flags Over Georgia Blue Hawk Roller Coaster

By Sue Rodman
I love amusement parks, but I hate long lines and throngs of people. If you’re like me, then here are some tips to get the most from your visit to Six Flags Over Georgia.

8 Ways to Beat the Lines at Six Flags via @SueRodman @FieldTripswSue1. Arrive Early. This is true for ANY amusement park. Most people run late, so although they may try to get to the park when it opens, fewer people do. Add in time to park and walk to the entrance and you’ll find that the crowds are lightest at opening. At Six Flags you can pay a premium to park near the entrance ($20 – $25), but if you’re looking for bargain parking ($15), you’ll have to walk a bit, so figure time in for parking and walking to the entrance. Remember, you want to be ready to walk into the park at opening, which means your tickets are purchased, bathroom breaks are finished and sunscreen is on.

2. Be there 30 minutes before opening. The operator I talked to mentioned that often the park will open the main gate 30 minutes prior to the scheduled opening of the park. It helps to thin the crowds at the gate. Generally, they’ll have the Georgia Cyclone and Georgia Scorcher open early as well. This is a great time to get hit these rides and likely ride again and again. During our latest visit, this tip rang true, so get there before opening for no-line roller coaster rides.

3. Head to the Back of the Park. Most people meander to the right when they tour an amusement park. Those in the know may head straight to the large roller coasters like Goliath. Those with the inside scoop head to the back of the park and work their way to the front. If you’re a roller coaster fan, go to Batman first. Why? Because Batman is more popular than Superman. Why Batman instead of Goliath? Because Goliath is a high capacity ride that is much easier to load than Batman, or Superman. Plus it’s has a bigger loading station, more seats, and a longer ride, so it gives the ride operators more time to load and unload. Batman’s station is smaller by design, you’re made to feel like you are in the bat cave. If you follow this suggestion, you’ll have covered three of the 11 roller coasters (probably multiple times) within the first half hour of the park opening!

4. Go Mid-Week or Shoulder Season. Mid-week is the least crowded time to visit Six Flags Over Georgia. If you must come on the weekend, Sunday is a better day than Saturday. Shoulder Season, April, May, Sept. and Oct. aren’t as crowded either. Stay until closing if you can, lines will thin out after dinner.

Hurricane Harbor Six Flags Over Georgia via @SueRodman @FieldTripswSue
Hurricane Harbor is a water park within Six Flags Over Georgia. It includes a wave pool and giant water slides.

5. Visit Water Rides in the Morning. Thunder River has a long line in the afternoon once folks get hot and are looking to cool off. Visit Thunder River in the morning and you’ll avoid the longest lines. Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Over Georgia’s Water Park has a similar traffic pattern. Folks generally wait until the afternoon to get wet, so visiting this attraction in the morning is a best bet.

6. Map Out Your Day. The best way to avoid lines is to map out the day prior to your visit, here’s a Six Flags Over Georgia Park Map. Know before you get off one ride, where you’re going next. Get a show schedule before heading out and determine what shows you want to see and when. Inside venues are great for mid-day when it’s hot and you need a break.

7. Eat at Off-Times. To avoid long lines at the concessions, and to enjoy the shorter lunch time ride lines, plan to eat a bit early or late. Either eat no later than 11:30 or after 2 pm. You’ll skip the food lines and enjoy slightly shorter ride lines during peak dining hours. If you want to save a little money, bring picnic. Six Flags does not allow coolers, but you can exit the park (make sure to get a hand stamp for re-entry), have a healthy lunch and return.

8. Good Eats. Daddy O’s BBQ was a favorite of several folks surveyed. Daddy O’s is located near the Dare Devil Dive rollercoaster. The Lickskillet Section of the park is food court type set up. If you have lots of different tastes, this may be the best place for variety. Six Flags does boast healthy options, but I’m a bit skeptical on how healthy you can really make chicken fingers and how lasagna and brownies can be gluten free.

9. Riding the new virtual reality coaster Revolution at Dare Devil Dive. We tested this ride on a Friday in June. Cool technology, but there are some things you need to know before you go to help avoid lines. Read our review post on the New Revolution at Dare Devil Dive.

62 Comments on Six Flags Over Georgia Tips for a Great Day

  1. I went in April 2011 to Six Flags and Thomas Towne is no longer there…it’s just a plain small train and playground. No helicopter or Bertie the bus to play on… this is where they do a magic show for the children at diffferent times.
    They do still have the gift shop that sells Thomas products and they have the Cars products too.My son loved the Thomas train, helicopter and bus…that was the main reason why we went to Six Flags last year and went to see it this year and was disappointed to find out that it is gone.

  2. Hi! Well, I’m going to Six Flags for my birthday which is June 14, Tuesday. I am doing A LOT of research of the rides and stuff. And when to do them. I thought to do the big rides first, so our lunch will stay down when we have it. My friends will ride all the rides and I’m TRYING to live out my fears. My mom said we should arrive 30 min. early for time and the crowds. This article really helped me to know a lot of other stuff. Please comment on this to tell me anything else. Thanks!!!!
    -Lexie

  3. Hi! My sister is coming back from Afghanistan and we’re going to Six Flags. My mom ordered the tickets online so we don’t have to wait in line when we get there. Since we don’t live in GA -we live in SC- we are renting a hotel the night before so we can get there early and ride as many rides and won’t be tired since Six Flags is 4hrs away from SC. Thanks for the information i’ll definitely tell my mom this!

  4. Traveling to SixFlags the first weekend of August…
    I was worried about going on a weekend, but that is just what worked best for us… That said, I wondered if you could comment on going to the park at lunch time (eating before we come) and trying to take advantage of “slightly” shorter wait times during that crazy lunch period… we were hoping that by doing this, we could also take advantage of “hopefully” shorter lines in the later evening (thinking people that come early probably will not “close down the park”) since the park is open until 10pm. Thoughts?
    Flash Pass: “Wait till we get to the park and see” or go ahead and purchase online since we know “It’s Saturday and we will be doomed without one”… ?
    Oh! I also wanted to ask about food: many reviews warn of the crazy expensive food (all theme parks are overpriced, IMO) and recommend packing a cooler and taking a break at the car. On trips to other theme parks, the serving portions are often quite generous, so we purchase a couple meals and split them. We have never been here, so do not know what to expect…What are your thoughts on the food situation?

  5. Lunch time should be slightly shorter lines. 10 pm isn’t really that late, but you should be able to have shorter lines at the dinner hour as well and probably at the end of the night. Purchase the Flash Pass before you go – get whatever you can out of the way so you don’t have to wait in a line before you go in. Re: food, The portions I’ve had are quite big, but not sure if they’ll be big enough to share – a cooler is a great way to keep expenses down. Make sure before you go that they allow coolers in the park though – I don’t know if they allow them inside – in which case, you’ll have to walk quite a way for the cooler. Have a great time, let me know if this has helped.

  6. Some friends and I are thinking about making the drive to Six Flags on the Friday and Saturday before Halloween. Even though you’ve said October is a slower month, do you have any idea about much worse we should expect the lines to be because of the holiday?

    • It may be a bit more crowded because of Halloween, but I think it’s still less so than the summer. I’d still follow the tips here regardless of when you go.

  7. So my husband and I were wanting to go to six flags on March 17th, which is opening weekend (a saturday). Do you think that it will be overly crowded if it’s that early in the year?

  8. I seem to remember going a few years ago on either Easter or mothers day and the park was very light in crowds. Is that normal?

    • Veronica, I would guess those days would be lighter than normal, but you may want to contact Guest Relations at Six Flags to be sure. It makes sense though. Also, early in the day is better than later – especially on Sundays when some folks wait until after church.

    • Talia, The best way to avoid crowds is to get there early and eat meals at off times. Avoid the middle of the day when things are busiest. Weekends are usually more crowded than weekdays. You could try calling the park to see if they have any additional suggestions or if they have a feel for what May is like. Have fun!

  9. Not sure what my favorite attraction at Six Flags would be. I haven’t been in over 15 years! I seem to remember hating the Dahlonega Mine Train – that thing was so jerky that it made me vomit immediately after the ride ended. 🙂

  10. Haven’t been to Six Flags in years! Monster Plantation & Flying Dutchmen were our favorites as kids, & I would love the opportunity to take my crazy children!
    Thanks for the giveaway, & all your tips/tricks on maintaining sanity while traveling. 😉

  11. I’ve only been to Six Flags two times in 10 years with family and really enjoyed it. I would love the opportunity to take my kids now that they are older and would enjoy more rides.

  12. Jennifer Duncan – The $5 is off site, it is not official Six Flags parking. We had to walk a short way, but it wasn’t far and it seemed safe to me. There were lots of folks parking there for Six Flags.

  13. We’ve been in Atlanta 10 years but we have never been to Six Flags. One day… Thank you for your tips on Six Flags and all that you do. I love reading about your journeys on Facebook and you have definitely given me a wish list of places to go.

  14. Honestly it is hard to choose a favorite but I would have to say Goliath is def. on top of my list! I can’t wait to try out the dare devil I am trying to convince the hubby to take me this weekend for my b-day!

  15. I have not been there since the Great American Scream Machine was the big roller coaster. I would love to take my kids and rediscover the park.

  16. Haven’t been to Six Flags GA in probably 15+ years… not even sure what rides are there anymore. Hoping to take my girls for the first time this summer.

  17. My 11 year old is all about the Georgia cyclone, I try and take her each year for her birthday last year she rode it 18 times back to back lol

  18. I haven’t been to sux flags in over ten years but I used to love all the coasters! Can’t wait to take the kids there…planning to make this their first amusement park.

  19. We had season passes to Six Flags last year and went several times. Goliath was a family favorite. We always bought a cooler and got a handstamp to leave the park for the car. Six Flags has a picnic area to one side of the parking lot, which was nice on cool days, but occasionally had ferocious yellow jackets. You can bring bottled water into the park. I can’t say that we ever got there 30 minutes prior to opening, but on weekday the lines were reasonable and if you stay until closing, the lines are practically non-existent!

  20. Dear Sue,
    My name is Brandi Hollis I have been to Six Flags Over Georgia many years and My major question is why did they take the Mermaid and Mariners show down? It brought big crowds and was very fun and exciting. Please let me know why they took it down. they still have Mariners cove up but the diving platforms are totally taken away and they even show it on the park map. Please let me know thanks

    Brandi Hollis

  21. We are thinking about going in May 2013, wondering about being able to take water into the park. Can this be carried in in a small cooler? any other food tips?

    • Penny,You cannot bring a cooler or outside food and beverages into the park. You can leave and have a picnic at the car and then return to the park. Just make sure you get your hand stamped on the way out and show them the stamp and ticket on the way back in. You’ll go through the re-entry gate to come back in. You could take in an empty refillable bottle and then just refill it at the water fountains too.

  22. Sue,
    We are planning on going to SFOG in May, is there anything you would suggest for two late 20’s, no kids, and physical fit to ride just about everything? Is there an area you would suggest we avoid? We only have one day so we would like to make the most of it as we wont be back in the area anytime soon.
    Thanks, Nicki!

  23. Nicki,

    Follow the suggestions in this post and you’ll be fine. Get there early 1/2 hour before opening. Get a map before you come online and plan your day. Know what you are going to do next before you are done with the current ride. Don’t waste time in between looking at maps and trying to figure it out. Get a show guide before you come and map that out too. If you do this, you’ll likely finish most of the major stuff in the morning and can have a more relaxing afternoon. Have fun!

  24. Loved the tips but I would really love to see the restrictions for each ride. Not necessarily the height so much as the “no pregnant women” etc that they have posted. My fiancé and I have been planning his first ever trip to six flags over ga and I’m scared his back problems won’t let him on any rides. But I can’t find any online listings of the restrictions.

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