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Safari Off Road Adventure

The Safari Off Road Adventure is a safari experience at Six Flags Great Adventure . It opened in 2013 , replacing Six Flags Wild Safari . The attraction's entrance is located in Frontier Adventures .

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Safari Off Road Adventure has been replaced with the Wild Safari drive-through. This change has been effective since the 2020 operating season.

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Safari Off Road Adventure

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In 2013, Six Flags Great Adventure became the world’s largest theme park, measured by acreage, when it opened the 350-acre Safari Off Road Adventure . The company revitalized a neighboring attraction, Wild Safari, creating an off-road truck expedition experience through an animal preserve that is home to 1,200 animals from six continents, including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes, and lions.

Guests enter the fictional world of the Wilds Family, beginning their journey in a rustic loading station, where they board an open-air Safari vehicle. The narrated excursion brings guests within close proximity to the animals, who roam freely. At Camp Aventura, the main stop, more animals are exhibited in smaller habitats, including exotic birds and reptiles. A two-seater zip-line ride is available here for an additional fee.

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Everything You Need to Know About Six Flags Great Adventures -- One of the Largest Theme Parks in the World

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Just an hour from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from New York City, Six Flags Great Adventure in central New Jersey entertains more than 3 million visitors each year. This massive theme park is one of the largest in the world and offers thrill rides, a waterpark, animals safari and character meet-and-greets without necessitating you book flights for the family to head all the way down to Florida.

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About the Park

We've visited Six Flags Great Adventure several times with my daughter, who's now 7 years old, and have never run out of activities to enjoy. Like Disneyland and Disney World , this large park consists of many sections that feature rides beyond the typical roller coaster. You'll need a good chunk of a day, or perhaps a whole weekend to explore it all.

From intense roller coasters like Nitro and The Joker to wooden coasters like El Toro to adrenaline-pumping experiences like Kingda-Ka, the tallest and fastest coaster in North America, there's something heart-stopping for every member of the family. Besides the thrill rides, teens can belt out karaoke and kids 3 years old and up will meet Looney Tunes characters and enjoy rides like the Bugs Bunny Carousel. Even the youngest park explorer won't feel left out with rides like Air Jumbo, Buccaneer and the gentle Bugaboo mobiles. My daughter is especially fond of the Enchanted Teacups, a ride that rekindles her memories of the Mad Tea Party at Walt Disney World.

This summer the park also debuted the tallest pendulum ride in the world -- Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth.

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Who Will Enjoy Six Flags Great Adventure?

The park is known for its roller coasters but if that isn't your thing, Six Flags also has gentler rides, arcade games and a waterpark (Hurricane Harbor).

Having visited Six Flags many times in more than 10 years, I have found that children, especially second graders to teens, really love the park. With more than 23 rides that have no minimum height requirement (or none if accompanied by an adult) and plenty of shows in kid zones like Adventure Alley, there's also a lot for young kids to do here.

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When to Visit

To get the most of your visit to Six Flags, timing is key. The park opens daily at 10:30am and closes at 9pm during the weekdays and 10pm Friday–Sunday. In general, it's a good idea to arrive at the park at least a half hour early and go midweek rather than weekends, especially in the peak season of summer.

If you're planning to visit Hurricane Harbor, it's best to do so early in the morning or late in the evening.

Special event days and holidays, like July Fourth, as well as seasonal activities like Fright Fest during the Halloween season, will also be extra-busy. The park is open on certain Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November and December, but it closes for most of the winter from January 2 until late March/early April.

How to Save on Tickets

Families on a budget who want to visit will appreciate the significant savings that come with a membership ($7.10 per person per month for the Gold Plus level, $9.10 for the Platinum level and $12.10 for the Diamond level). If you purchase these memberships during a special sale, you are likely to receive a free upgrade to the next level or get extra discounts. Our family bought tickets on Memorial Day and got our membership bumped from Gold Plus to Platinum. (Not that a membership is a little different than a season pass.)

A Gold Plus pass gives you access to all Six Flags theme parks and outdoor waterparks in North America, billed monthly. It's the best way to see the park on a budget, if you want to visit more than once (for a family of four, billed monthly, the membership option works out to be $340.80 a year, pretax). A season pass comes out to $89.99 per person (or $360) but doesn't offer other some of the membership perks like free parking and park discounts, and expires at the end of the season. Only membership passholders get unlimited soft drinks with a refillable plastic cup (and trust me, these alone are a great value, especially on a hot day). You also get free parking and up to 50% off everything purchased in the park, including T-shirts and souvenirs. Season passholders don't receive these benefits.

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It's worth remembering that if you plan on visiting the park even twice a year (we go several times a year, especially in the offseason to check out rides we haven't been on), you'll save money by opting for a membership or season pass instead of purchasing individual tickets at the gate. Parking fees are $30 per visit, so on just two visits you will pay $60 in these fees alone.

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Daily passes can cost $52.99 per ticket, so if you visit the park twice, you've already spent $423.92 for a family of four, not to mention $60 for parking.

Parking Fees: Daily parking at Six Flags is $30 per car if you buy it at the park, and $25 if you purchase it online. Parking fees are waived if you are a park member or season passholder.

Dining Package: A Season Dining Pass costs $39.99 per person and includes lunch and a snack each time you enter the park. You can add this option when you purchase a season pass or a membership. A Deluxe Dining Pass (with a free upgrade to Premium) costs $84.99 per person and gets you lunch, dinner and a snack each time you visit. If you're a family of four and plan to visit many times, the meal savings add up.

Coca-Cola Discounts: Right now, you can save $15 on daily tickets by presenting a Coke can at the ticket booth, or buy your tickets online from this site to save up to $25.

AAA Member Discounts: If you are an AAA member, get up to 30% off tickets purchased online and 33% off the processing fee. Members also get a 10% discount on all gifts, candy and photo products.

Park Highlights

Six Flags Great Adventure is divided into sections:

Main Street

Main Street is what visitors see first. Lots of souvenir shops line the thoroughfare and the middle of the street has a fountain where Looney Tunes characters, like Sylvester, Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird, tend to hover before the park closes.

Fantasy Forest

Off to one side of Main Street, you'll pass through Fantasy Forest, which features lots of rides for the very little ones, including Houdini's Great Escape, a carousel and the Enchanted Teacups.

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Adventure Alley

The retro-themed Adventure Alley features several classic family rides, such as the Big Wheel and SkyScreamer. The former is 150-foot-tall Ferris wheel, recently restored, that park-goers have been riding since Six Flags opened in 1974. SkyScreamer, living up to its name, is a 242-foot-tall tower swinger that spins up to 40 miles per hour. Both rides offer great views of the park.

Adventure Seaport

Sitting at the edge of the park, Adventure Seaport is geared to younger kids, with plenty of pint-sized rides and Looney Tunes characters. It consists of two main areas: Safari Kids and Looney Tunes Seaport. Highlights include Sky Zooma, Air Safari and Bugaboo. Sky Zooma is a spinning hot-air balloon ride that rises about 15 feet in the air, allowing for a bird's-eye view of Safari Kids. Air Safari allows your kids to pretend to be pilots, while Bugaboo is a colorful, spinning bug ride.

Adventure Seaport features two other rides: Nitro and Congo Rapids. Congo Rapids' white-water rafting experience is great for families; the hypercoaster Nitro is for thrill-seekers.

The Boardwalk is a vast plaza flanked by games you can play for a fee, like Strongman Challenge, with lots of stuffed toys as prizes. It is also home to the Superman and Green Lantern roller coasters.

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The Golden Kingdom

This section features two main rides: Kingda Ka, with a 418-foot drop, and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, which lifts you up 415 feet before a 90-mile-per-hour drop.

Plaza del Carnaval

This Mexican-inspired area features Six Flags' popular wooden roller coaster, El Toro, and Rolling Thunder. It also offers good grab-and-go Mexican food at Macho Nacho.

Frontier Adventures

Frontier Adventures features Western-themed rides, like the Saw Mill Log Flume and Bizarro, a floorless, looping coaster. The Saw Mill Log Flume is especially fun on a hot day. Sometimes you get hit with a few drops of water but you also may get doused, so pack a towel for this ride.

This is also home to the Safari Off Road Adventure (included in the price of admission). This 350-acre preserve contains more than 1,200 animals from six continents. Perfect for all ages, this special part of the park can take an hour or more to explore via off-road trucks driven by park employees.

The Lakefront features scary rides like Skull Mountain and the swinging pirate-ship ride, Buccaneer. Both rides can get crowded, especially on weekends, so head here early.

This Hollywood-themed area features rides with a DC focus, such as the popular indoor coaster, Batman: The Ride, and the Dark Knight coaster.

Hurricane Harbor

Top off a day at Six Flags with a visit to Hurricane Harbor (included with your season pass or membership). This waterpark features thrill rides like Hurricane Mountain and Big Wave Racer (height requirement: 42 inches).

If it's time to dial back the thrills, you can take a dip in the Blue Lagoon wave pool or allow the mellow current of the 2,150-foot lazy river, Taak it Eez Ee Creek, to steer you around the waterpark. Hurricane Harbor is a park highlight during warmer months.

The very young and toddler set can also have fun at Discovery Bay, a shallow-water playground for kids.

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Beyond the Rides

Entertainment: Kidz Karaoke is a stage where singers 13 and under can wow the audience. Each night, 45 minutes before the park closes, there's a Block Party at the Main Street fountain with Looney Tunes characters.

Kids will also enjoy the show "Shuffling Into Adventure with Jordan and Sam" at the outdoor Adventure Theater. It's about the quest for an alligator in the heart of the Everglades and is a dose of fun for all ages; plus, it's a respite from running between roller coasters and rides.

If you don't want to commit time and ride The Safari (which takes about an hour), try visiting the Wild Walkway at the Golden Kingdom and see exotic animals, including lions and alligators. Note that animals are available only between 10:30am and 4:30pm.

Dining: Six Flags has typical amusement park fare; the funnel cakes are especially popular. There are several vendors serving Dippin' Dots ice cream, and a few Coca-Cola refill stations (one right near Main Street) where members can refill their plastic cups throughout the day with beverages that include Dasani water and Vitamin Water.

Popular casual dining options include Chop Six (try their orange chicken) and Panda Express. Good grab-and-go Mexican fare, including guacamole, chips and salsa, is available at Macho Nacho in Plaza de Carnaval (where El Toro is located). There are also many pizza and Italian places, like Primo's Pasta, that serve spaghetti, meatballs and other types of pasta.

For healthy eats, visit Go Fresh Express. It offers salads and wraps. Ichiban Tea House, which has lean-protein options, smoothies and fresh juices, is another choice for those watching their carb intake. And there's Yum Yum Café, which serves black bean burgers, falafel sandwiches and even gluten-free options. For grab-and-go dining, head to Kingdom Gyro for gyros and hummus plates.

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Don't expect table service here as most dining venues offer counter service and you seat yourself. You can bring your own food to the park (there are benches and public seating areas), but consider the membership options that give you a lunch and snack as well as dinner, depending on which level you buy.

How to Minimize Lines

A visit to Six Flags is rarely crowd-free, especially on weekends. Most of the popular rides like Batman and Kingda-Ka can have wait times over 60 and even 90 minutes (especially if you want to get into the first row). If that sounds too long, buy FLASH Passes that help you skip the lines (a regular season FLASH pass costs $299 per person or $45 per day).

There are a number of FLASH Pass options, and the passes are valid for the most popular rides, including El Toro, Safari, The Dark Knight coaster and others. For a full list of rides on which the pass is valid, visit this site .

Basic FLASH Pass: This costs $45 per person per day and functions as a reservation. This means basic passholders don't have to wait in line and instead use their free time (which is the same as the current wait time) to explore other rides in the park. When it's their time to board the ride, they enter at the special FLASH pass entrance.

Gold FLASH Pass: This pass costs $80, but it shaves up to 50% off the wait time.

Platinum FLASH Pass: This pass, at $120, eliminates up to 90% of the current wait time for rides. If you're planning on riding a popular ride on a jam-packed day, this pass is worth it.

Where to Stay

There aren't too many points hotels in the immediate area of Six Flags Great Adventure, but if you've got Hilton Honors points, you can stay around 15 minutes away at the Hampton Inn & Suites Robbinsville for 30,000 points per night, or the Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton or Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton. Both of those go for 40,000 points per night.

The Residence Inn Hamilton is a Category 3 property that goes for 17,500 Marriott points per night. If you have World of Hyatt points, use them at the Hyatt Regency Princeton (8,000 points per night). Staying there will place you about 30 minutes away from the park.

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Seasonal Events

In addition to the rides, Six Flags hosts many seasonal and themed activities throughout the year. These include:

July 4 Fest : From July 3–6 you can stop by for Coca-Cola cold samples, fun games, giveaways and fireworks at the park.

Live Concerts: Some bands like CNCO perform live at the North Star Arena. Check the website for a calendar of event listings.

Fright Fest: This spooky party for Halloween means zombies in the park and ghouls sneaking up on you as you walk the midways, not to mention haunted mazes.

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Bottom Line

When it comes to rides, Six Flags matches the diverse thrills of Disney World but is much more manageable in size and offers lots of options for all ages. Plus, buying up to the FLASH Pass ensures you don't have to wait for a ride. Six Flags Great Adventure is worth the drive for those in and around the Northeast.

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Review: A Look at the Safari Tour at Six Flags Great Adventure

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Clint Novak - Blog

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Around the halfway point we get to stop at Camp Aventura.  A small group of us got off at this point to check out the small area in the middle of this huge safari.  Its fenced off from the other animals, and highlights small animals you would not see on the tour.  Snakes, birds, and Ant Eater.  Here we were able to do the two up charge attractions: The Soaring Eagle Zip Line, and feed the giraffes.  It cost us around $12 per person with a discount to do both.

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After our fun at Camp Aventura, we made our way back on to a truck with a new tour guide.  This one I did not like as much.  She kicked everything off great, but we did not go off the main road to find cool animals, and she turned her mic off a lot and answered questions that people had in the front row.  But we were in the back and could not understand what she was saying.  There was a lot of dead time where we were driving around looking at stuff but she was not talking to us.

Over all I highly recommend this tour.  I have done Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safaris a few times and it was okay, but they do not have the freedom to go where the animals are.  They are on a track and drive that same track every time.  I have also enjoyed a tour at Busch Gardens Tampa.  Very cool tour where there is no path.  You just drive out in to the safari and find the animals. Six Flags Great Adventure has the best safari ride yet! Keep up the good work.

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Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure to reopen this month: Here’s what to expect for 2022 season

  • Updated: Mar. 16, 2022, 10:38 a.m. |
  • Published: Mar. 16, 2022, 10:38 a.m.

New at Six Flags in 2022

Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure in Jackson, N.J., is set to open Saturday for the 2022 season. (Courtesy/Six Flags)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will open on Saturday, March 19, for the 2022 season, with new animals and guest enhancements to improve the tour experience. Explore a 350-acre wildlife preserve that has 1,200 animals from six continents.

Throughout the spring, guests can expect to see new baby animals, including American bison, zebra, kangaroo, giraffes and more. Here are some animals that were born on site or were placed in the safari that you can spot during your Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure.

  • Sawyer, the Southern White Rhinoceros: Throughout the spring season, guests can expect to see Sawyer, the southern white rhinoceros, who will join three adult female rhinos in the Afrikka section of the safari. Six-year-old Sawyer is gray in color and weighs 3,800 pounds. As a “mega-herbivore,” he munches on mainly hay and grain, and continues to grow. He lives side-by-side with other animals native to Africa, such as elephants, ostriches and zebras.

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Sawyer, a southern white rhinoceros, joins three adult female rhinos in the Afrikka section of the safari. Six Flags Great Adventure

  • Three Reticulated Giraffe Calves: This winter, three reticulated giraffe calves were born in the safari and have joined the group of 13 giraffes. It will not be hard to spot these calves that have brown-orange patches separated by thick, bright white lines, creating a patten of polygon-shaped spots. As the tallest land mammal on Earth, these calves can grow up to 17 feet tall and weigh from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds.

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The safari is home to 13 giraffes in total. Six Flags Great Adventure

  • Two Sable Antelope Calves: Get ready to see two sable antelope calves born in the safari and residing in the Serengeti Grasslands section. They resemble a horse, gloating a tufted tail, mane and impressive, ringed horns that curve like a scimitar. They live along with exotic hoof stock like addax, white-tailed gnu (black wildebeest) and aoudad.
  • Two Red Lechwe Calves: You can identify two red lechwe calves, born onsite this winter, by their reddish fur, white-ringed eyes and tall horns reaching up to three feet long. This type of antelope is usually found near aquatic areas in Zambia and Botswana, and are considered a “near threatened species” in the wild. In the safari, they reside in the Wilde Plains section with a vast array of African species such as giraffe, greater kudu, ankole cattle, dama gazelle, white bearded gnu, bongo and more.
  • Two Asian Water Buffalo Calves: While they bear some similarities to their African cousins, the Cape buffalo, Asian water buffalos are domesticated animals. Two Asian water buffalo calves just joined the Afrikka section in the safari -- and, staying true to their name, as they are often found submerged in ponds with only their heads visible above water.

NEW FEATURES

With Six Flags’ expansive modernization and beautification efforts, there will be a new roadway entrance and upgraded safari plaza to welcome guests.

Guests can also enjoy a smoother ride across the Safari Drive-Thru Adventure in a two-lane roadway with five newly paved miles of blacktop.

There is an option for an immersive experience with a new audio tour. Energetic narrators will showcase 11 simulated natural habitats featuring more than 70 different species of animals. Guests will learn fun and educational facts about the animals, hear fascinating animal sounds and music from around the world. The audio tour is free, and can be streamed from any mobile device.

To accommodate those who drive electric cars, there will be Volta Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, which are compatible with all electric vehicles, with available units in the safari parking lot later this season.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Six Flags Academic Adventures programs were developed by the park’s New Jersey state-certified teacher and tailored to the appropriate age groups while following state learning standards. Six Flags offers five programs that have been updated for 2022 including a new, off-road experience:

  • Safari Off Road Education – This new program introduced in 2022 includes a fun and educational tour on a giant, off-road vehicle. It features a personal tour guide and driver, and an opportunity to feed giraffes and meet small exotic animals up close.
  • Science on Safari – This contactless safari experience features a special Academic Adventure audio tour, grade-specific guidebook and optional visit with an animal educator.
  • Wild Encounters – This outreach program brings exotic animals to schools for a 45-minute presentation.
  • Cyber Safari – The safari’s virtual education program offers an animal meet and greet session, and the option for a longer virtual outreach program.
  • Free Online Classroom – Six Flags Great Adventure’s YouTube channel offers free videos for students in kindergarten through 12th grade that cover conservation, adaptation, genetics and evolution.

ADMISSION, PRICING AND HOURS

A one-day ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure costs as low as $39.99. Six Flags announced a three-tiered Pass Program to maximize the value and experience for guests in 2022. Among the three, the Thrill Seeker Pass is the most affordable, and serves those who are frequent home park visitors. The Extreme Pass is ideal for live-on-the-edge thrills all year, without blockout dates. The Ultimate Pass provides the best value for everything offered; it includes all of the advantages of an Extreme Pass, plus more.

Thrill Seeker Pass ($79.99)

  • Access to Six Flags Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor New Jersey & Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure on Select Dates
  • General Parking
  • 1 Single-Use Skip the Line Pass (Weekday Visit; Theme Park Only)
  • 2 Specialty Rate Tickets for Friends & Family
  • Six Flags Rewards

Extreme Pass ($169.99)

  • Unlimited Access to All Six Flags Outdoor Parks
  • Includes two Junior Passes (guests under 42″, good all season!)
  • Merchandise Discount - 25% off Most Items
  • Food Discount - 15% off Most Items
  • 2 Single-Use Skip the Line Passes (Weekday Visit; Theme Park Only)
  • 1 One-Day Dining Deal
  • 5 Specialty Rate Tickets for Friends & Family
  • Flexible Pay Option

Ultimate Pass Benefits

  • Unlimited Visits to All Six Flags Outdoor Parks
  • Preferred Parking (Reservations Required)
  • Merchandise Discount - 35% off Most Items
  • Food Discount - 20% off Most Items
  • 50% Off Discount on All Season THE FLASH Pass
  • 10 Meal Dining Plan
  • $25 in Merchandise credit
  • 5 Single-Use Skip the Line Passes (Any Visit; Theme Park Only)
  • 10 Specialty Rate Tickets for Friends & Family
  • 1 Single-Use Games Play Pass (Theme Park Only)

The operating hours for the Park are typically from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. The wild safari opens earlier at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.. Be sure to check their website for scheduled hours on the morning of the day you are going to visit because park hours are subject to change.

The Six Flags Great Adventure parks are currently hiring for the 2022 season, here is more information on how to apply.

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Wild Safari Drive-Thru to Open at Six Flags Great Adventure

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While the theme park and waterpark remain closed, Six Flags Great Adventure is opening its Wild Safari Drive-Thru for guests to enjoy from the comfort of their own cars, complete with an advance reservation system.

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The drive-thru safari is something I remember doing with my family when I was a kid, and it’s a great option for families looking for something to do, especially while we wait for things to return somewhat to normal.

Wild Safari Drive-Thru

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From 1974 to 2012, the Safari experience at Six Flags Great Adventure was a self-guided tour that allowed guests to drive their own cars through exhibit after exhibit of animals. I can remember the thrill of seeing animals right through my window when I was a kid and even seeing baboons jump on top of cars!

In 2013, the safari was changed to the Safari Off Road Adventure. It became an attraction inside the theme park that guests rode through on an open-air truck with a tour guide, with a stop at Camp Aventura for up-close encounters and a zip line. Some of the animal exhibits, like the baboons, were fenced in for this experience.

Now, with the need for social-distancing, the drive-thru aspect is back, just using the same road and exhibits from the past 7 years. That means this new version of the Wild Safari Drive-Thru won’t have any baboons jumping on cars. That’s probably disappointing for kids and reassuring for the parents. Camp Aventura will not be open as part of the drive-thru safari., but should reopen when the attraction eventually goes back to being the Safari Off Road Adventure.

Wild Safari Drive-Thru Hours and Pricing

Starting May 30, 2020, the Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will operate daily from 9am to 4pm (weather permitting). Reservations will need to be made in advance, and no guests will be allowed to enter without a reservation. The safari takes about an hour to experience and Six Flags says the safari will accommodate thousands of families per day.

Pricing for the Wild Safari Drive-Thru is $17.99 per person for single day tickets. Members and Season Pass Holders are free, plus one $9.99 Bring-A-Friend ticket. Kids aged 2 and under are also free. All guests, regardless of what type of ticket they have, need a reservation to enter.

The procedure will work like this: First, guests will purchase tickets for the Wild Safari Drive-Thru. Then, you’ll go to the reservation system to choose the date and time you want to attend. (You’ll need your ticket #, order #, or season pass/membership # to confirm you purchased tickets.) When your reservation is complete you’ll receive a confirmation. Print that, or show it on your device through your window when you arrive. Printed sheets will probably be easier to scan through the window.

Tickets are available for purchase now. Members and Pass Holders will be able to start making reservations on May 27, 2020.

A Self-Guided Tour

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Your self-guided tour of the Wild Safari will slowly cruise along the 5-mile path as it winds through the 350-acre preserve. During the hour-long journey, you will have the opportunity to see 1,200 animals in simulated natural habitats. Some of these animals may cross the road, and at times you’ll have animals within a few feet of your vehicle. But rest assured that predators are fenced off from the road.

The one downside to the self-guided tour is that you won’t have a knowledgeable tour guide to point out the animals, give you facts about them, or answer any questions you may have. The tour guide was one of the highlights of my Safari Off Road Adventure experience at Six Flags Great Adventure last summer. You can brush up on the animals you’ll see and their habitats on the park’s website at  www.sixflags.com/safari . (a passenger could even have this open on a device to reference during your visit.)

Here is a list of some of the animals you can expect to see.

Wild Safari Drive-Thru Animal Guide

The americas.

  • Fallow Deer
  • Roosevelt Elk
  • African Elephants
  • White Rhino
  • Grant’s Zebra
  • Asian Water Buffalo
  • Marabou Stork

Wild Plains

  • Common Eland
  • Ellipsis Waterbuck
  • Dama Gazelle
  • Scimitar Horned Oryx
  • Reticulated Giraffe
  • Red Ankole Cattle
  • White Bearded Gnu
  • Greater Kudu

Serengeti Grassland

  • White Tailed Gnu
  • African Lions

Black Bear Ridge

  • American Black Bear
  • European Brown Bear

Conservation Area

Set aside for native species to the NJ area such as birds, foxes, turtles and even the bald eagle.

Didgeradoo Pass

  • Red Kangaroo

Tigris Asiana

  • Bangal Tigers
  • Siberian Tigers

Baboon Jungle

  • Anubis Baboons

Safari Safety – Know Before You Go

To ensure the safety of guests, Six Flag team members, and animals, the Wild Safari Drive-Thru experience will be contact-free. All tickets will need to be purchased in advance via an online reservation system . Tickets will not be available at the gate, and guests without tickets will not be permitted to enter.

  • SLOW – 5 mph speed limit
  • Maintain space between your car and others
  • Animals always have the right of way
  • Remain in your vehicle and on paved roadway at all times
  • Windows and sun roofs must remain completely closed
  • Convertible tops must be closed
  • No pets, including service animals, are permitted inside cars
  • Do not feed or touch the animals
  • No smoking or littering
  • No parking or stopping, other than yielding to animals
  • All vehicles will be screened by Six Flags Security prior to entering Wild Safari
  • No items are permitted in pickup truck beds or in vehicles with open storage
  • Cars, SUVs and consumer pickup trucks only permitted – no buses, RVs, box trucks, commercial vehicles, pickup trucks larger than a consumer pickup allowed
  • Plan ahead – no restrooms, food, or gasoline available (only portable toilets at entrance and exit)
  • Enter at your own risk

Personally, we’re looking forward to making the drive to the Wild Safari Drive-Thru. It will be great to take a little road trip. In addition to planning how to handle our food and restroom stops, we’re putting together some accessories to bring in the car to enhance the experience. Here are some of our ideas:

  • printable animal guide (we’ll share ours once we finish it)
  • scavenger hunt
  • safari bingo
  • booster seats to help little ones see
  • camera to take photos
  • safari coloring books

You can find more information on the Wild Safari Drive-Thru, including the answers to frequently asked questions, at https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/attractions/safari

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Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari Returns!

By: Author Jennifer Auer

Posted on Published: April 3, 2023  - Last updated: August 10, 2023

Growing up the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari was pretty epic. It was something every family wanted to try at least once. We all had our stories of what it was like.

Years later the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari would close and visitors enjoyed it as a perk with their Great Adventure admission ticket.

These last few weeks you may have been wondering what fun things you can do this spring in New Jersey. You may be thinking about what your summer may look like. Perhaps you’ve even reflected on the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari in New Jersey. Did you make it there last year?

Did you want more time to experience it?

Were you worried that maybe the safari would go back to normal and driving through it would no longer be an option?

You can!! Because the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari is back for 2023!

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Six Flags Great Adventure has its Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure as open for 2023 on April 1, 2023, and operating daily beginning May 19, 2023 weather permitting. It’s also open daily for spring break from April 5, to April 16, 2023.

Close up Sawyer, the Southern White Rhinoceros at Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari 2022

Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari is OPEN Again!!

Six Flags Great Adventure has reopened its Safari adventure as a drive-through experience. This year there’s, even MORE, to see as the Animal Care Team looks forward to welcoming an array of adorable babies, and new animals.

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About the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari

Six Flags Great Adventure’s Safari operated as a self-drive-through experience from 1974 through 2012. Since 2013, Great Adventure has offered guided truck tours of the Safari. Returning to a standalone, drive-through format enables guests to enjoy the Safari’s 1,200 exotic animals from the privacy and safety of their own vehicles while allowing for proper social distancing.

a giraffe approaches a jeep at the drive thru safari at Great Adventure.

How do I get tickets to the Drive Thru Safari at Great Adventure?

Advance reservations are recommended, but not required at this time for the 2023 season.

Active Members, Season Pass Holders, and single-day ticket holders can make reservations NOW at www.sixflags.com.

Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari Drive Thru Adventure logo

How do I make a reservation to visit the safari?

Tickets are required. If you are an active Member or Season Pass holder, you do not require a separate ticket.

For those that need to buy a ticket, visit this Six Flags Great Adventure page on their site . Choose a date from the calendar that is available for your ticket type. Choose the ticket quantity. You will need 1 ticket for each person in the car. Then, enter your payment information and proceed.

When you have completed the registration, you will receive a confirmation. Please print this confirmation sheet if possible. A printed sheet is easier to scan through the car window than a phone screen. We want this experience to be as contact-free as possible.

Ticket sales are for individuals. No group sales are available.

When will it open? When will it be open?

The Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will open March 19, 2022, and operate daily beginning May 5, 2022 weather permitting.

How much will it cost?

Each guest will need a ticket. The admission price for the Great Adventure drive thru safari is as follows:

  • General Admission weekends, holidays, & spring break — $19.99 to $24.99
  • General Admission weekdays — starts at $14.99
  • Admission is free to Six Flags Members, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor New Jersey Season Pass holders.

Baboon and baby from the Great Adventure safari.

How long is the drive thru safari?

It’s a 350 acre safari with a 5 mile roadway. It will takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours to drive through to see all the animals.

Can I stop to take pictures?

Stopping is not allowed. For the safety of all guests and animals the traffic flow needs to keep moving.

How can I take great photos and videos safely?

If you are driving through buy this dashboard cam with our Amazon affiliate link. With this dashboard camera and a memory card you can record video and take pictures throughout the drive thru safari and dinosaur experience SAFELY. You’ll never miss a moment or an animal as the Rove R2- 4K Dash Cam Built in WiFi GPS Car Dashboard Camera Recorder dashboard camera can catch everything.

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This dashboard cam even allows you to livestream safely while recording. Take the grandparents with you on your drive thru adventures without them ever leaving home or show off to all your Instagram followers. You can also rotate the camera and do a little family caroake video.

Bonus… since we fully expect spring and summer and even Christmas drive thru events to continue, you’ll get so much use from your dashboard camera.

What kinds of animals are in the safari?

The Great Adventure safari has 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions. They are separated into 10 areas. While most animals roam freely in the safari, predators are kept safely behind fences. All animals are clearly visible from car windows.

Guests can learn all about the animals and their habitats on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/safari. During your drive through the safari, you can follow along the virtual tour on at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure to learn more about 11 sections of the safari, and the animals that reside in each section.

Safari Adventure Lands

  • The Americas – Explore the inhabitants of the Americas featuring Rhea, Fallow Deer, Bison, Roosevelt Elk, Llama and Wild Turkey.
  • Afrikka – A mix of exotic and endangered animals indigenous to Africa like Ostrich, African Elephant, White Rhinoceros, Asian Water Buffalo, Marabou Stork and Grant’s Zebra.
  • Wild Plains – Wild Plains are home to a large variety of animals including the Common Eland, Ellipsis Waterbuck, Southern Ground Hornbill, Beisa Oryx, Peacock, Dama Gazella, Red Ankole Cattle, Scimitar Horned Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe and much, much, more.
  • Serengeti Grassland – Take a trip through the Serengeti Grasslands and encounter Blackbuck, Addax, White Tailed Gnu and Aoudad.
  • Kingsland – In the animal kingdom there is one mammal that reigns the title of king, and in Kingsland you will find your pride with plenty of Lions.
  • Black Bear Ridge – Bear dens are plentiful in Black Bear Ridge, where you will find plenty of mamma bears and their cubs playing in the grass or relaxing in the water.
  • Terra Urus – European Brown Bear cousins to the Grizzly Bears.
  • Conservation Area – Travel through an untouched part of the safari left for NJ native species like birds, foxes, turtles and even the great bald eagle.
  • Didgeradoo Pass – Drive through the outback where you can come face to face with Red Kangaroo, Emu and Black Swan.
  • Tigris Asiana – There are plenty of tigers to be found in Tigris Asian and other animals to meet such as Nilgai, Yak, Bengal Tiger and Siberian Tiger
  • Baboon Village – Guests will be able to visit the Baboon Jungle prior to exiting the safari.

Male lions at the Great Adventure safari

What’s new at the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari?

Similar to 2022, there are new animals to see and new enhancements to the Six Flags Safari.

New animals at the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari

Here’s what guests visiting the drive thru safari this spring can expect to see.

Five Stunning Siberian Tiger Cubs  

  • Five Siberian tiger cubs turn one-year old in May and will be introduced to an exhibit in a new area of the safari.

Tiger Cubs at Six Flags Safari in Jackson NJ

Young Animal Additions 

  • Adorable European brown bear cubs under specialized care, a rare newborn bongo calf and a sable antelope calf all join the safari in 2023.

Sable mom and baby walking at Six Flags Safari in Jackson NJ

In 2022, these were the new Six Flags Safari animals.

Sawyer, the Southern White Rhinoceros  

  • Six-year-old (now 7 years old) Sawyer joins three adult female rhinos in the Afrikka section of the safari. Although grey in color, the southern white rhinoceros is the largest living species of the five species of rhino, averaging 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. At 3,800 pounds and growing, Sawyer has a youthful bounce in his step and enjoys human touch like scratches from a bristle brush. With a diet of hay and grain, Sawyer and his fellow rhinos are one the world’s last remaining “mega-herbivores” – a large animal that eats mainly plants. He lives side-by-side with other animals native to Africa such as elephants, ostriches and zebras.

Close up Sawyer, the Southern White Rhinoceros at Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari 2022

Three Reticulated Giraffe Calves  (now toddlers)

  • Three adorable and graceful calves were born in the safari this winter and join the safari’s “tower” (group) of 13 giraffes. Native to Africa, giraffes are the tallest land mammal on Earth. They can stand up to 17 feet tall and weigh from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds. A giraffe’s long neck measures up to seven feet long, and despite its length, contains seven vertebrae just like humans. Due to habitat loss, poaching, and other human-wildlife interferences, giraffes are considered “vulnerable to extinction.”

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Two sable antelope calves (now toddlers)

  • This striking, horse-like antelope from Africa boasts a tufted tail, mane, and impressive, ringed horns that curve like a scimitar. Typically settling near water, the sable is an herbivore. In the wild, their beautiful horns are a highly prized trophy for hunters. Born in the safari, the pair of sable calves now reside in the Serengeti Grasslands section along with exotic hoof stock like addax, white-tailed gnu (black wildebeest), and aoudad.

Two red lechwe calves (now toddlers)

  • Identifiable by their reddish fur, white-ringed eyes, and tall horns reaching up to three feet long, this type of antelope is usually found near aquatic areas in Zambia and Botswana and are considered a “near threatened species” in the wild. The safari’s red lechwe calves, born onsite this winter, reside in the Wilde Plains section with a vast array of African species such as giraffe, greater kudu, ankole cattle, dama gazelle, white-bearded gnu (blue/brindled wildebeest), bongo and more.

Two Asian water buffalo calves 

  • Two adorable Asian water buffalo calves join the Afrikka section. While they bear some similarities to their African cousins, the Cape buffalo, these are domesticated animals. In the wild, they are commonly found on farms as beasts of burden. Their milk, which has more fat than that of domestic cattle, is used for making liquid butter in India. In the safari, they are true to their name and are often found submerged in ponds with only their heads visible above water.

Spring brings more baby animals to the Drive Thru Safari (now toddlers)

The Animal Care Team looks forward to welcoming an array of adorable babies including the exciting arrival of giraffe babies and scimitar calves.

Baby Brown Bear at Six Flags Safari in Jackson NJ

Safety improvements at the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari Made in 2022

  • Roadway Enhancements – Guests enjoy a smooth experience on an expanded, two-lane roadway with five newly paved miles of blacktop. The wider roadway helps to better accommodate guests who wish to enjoy the tour at their own pace and accommodates school buses for educational programs.

More Highlights for the 2023 Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari

  • Georgia the Giraffe  celebrates thirty-one years of life, likely one of the oldest giraffes under human care and a grandmother to many giraffes on property.
  • Save an Icon Pin Program  returns with proceeds benefitting the Wildlife Conservation Network. This 2023 collectible pin will feature both the Bald Eagle and Blue and Gold Macaw.
  • Monthly Safari Overnights  Six Flags Wild Safari will host their popular monthly overnight camping adventures this summer, a unique experience for a lifetime of memories.

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Other enhancements to the Six Flags Great Adventure Drive Thru Safari made in 2022

  • Enhanced Safari Entrance –  Six Flags’ expansive modernization and beautification efforts included a new roadway entrance and upgraded safari plaza to welcome guests;
  • Enhanced Mobile App  – A new mobile app feature allowed guests to add their safari pass to their Google Pay Wallet or Apple Wallet expediting the admission experience and reduce wait time.
  • New Audio Tour –  Guests can immerse themselves in the animal world with a new audio tour. Energetic narrators will showcase 11 simulated natural habitats featuring more than 70 different species of animals. Guests will learn fun and educational facts about the animals, hear fascinating animal sounds and music from around the world. At the start of their adventure, guests will receive a handout with QR codes that take them to the audio tour and safari map. The audio tour is free and can be streamed from any mobile device.
  • Volta Electric Vehicle Charging Stations  – Compatible with all electric vehicles, units are available in the safari parking lot.
  • Safari Off Road Education –  This fun and educational tour on a giant, off-road vehicle features a personal tour guide and driver, and an opportunity to feed giraffes and meet small exotic animals up close.
  • Science on Safari  – This contactless safari experience features a special Academic Adventure audio tour, grade-specific guidebook and optional visit with an animal educator.

Pippa kangaroo and Vet Tech Lauren Reina from Six Flags Great Adventure Safari

Is it safe?

The safety of guests, team members, and animals is Six Flags’ top priority. The new safari journey will offer a contact-free experience.

A new list of safety requirements is available on the park’s website at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure and include

  • SLOW – 5 mph speed limit.
  • Maintain space between your car and others.
  • Animals always have the right of way.
  • Remain in your vehicle and on paved roadway at all times.
  • Windows and sun roofs must remain completely closed.
  • Convertible tops must be closed.
  • No pets, including service animals, are permitted inside cars.
  • Do not feed or touch the animals.
  • No smoking or littering.
  • No parking or stopping, other than yielding to animals.
  • All vehicles will be screened by Six Flags Security prior to entering Wild Safari.
  • No items are permitted in pickup truck beds or in vehicles with open storage.
  • Cars, SUVs and consumer pickup trucks only permitted – no buses, RVs, box trucks, commercial vehicles, pickup trucks larger than a consumer pickup allowed.
  • Plan ahead – no restrooms, food, or gasoline available (only portable toilets at entrance and exit).
  • Enter at your own risk.
  • Guests who violate the rules will be escorted from the park without a refund and may be prosecuted.

Bongo calf at Six Flags Great Adventure Safari

What happens if my car breaks down?

If your car can still move, please drive to the side of the road (but stay on the roadway) and place your flashers on. If you cannot move your car, just place your flashers on. One of our team members will come to assist you. Do not exit the vehicle for any reason.

a car drives past an elephant in the drive thru safari at Great Adventure.

Are there any differences between the new drive thru safari and the old one?

The safari was renovated in 2013 for the opening of Safari Off Road Adventure, and some of the sections were redefined. That pathway remains in place. Plus guests will be able to visit the Baboon Jungle prior to exiting the safari. Camp Aventura will remain closed.

You no longer have to worry about the baboons. No. In 2003, fencing was added along the roadway to separate the baboons from the cars.

How long will the drive thru safari be available?

To ensure the safety of guests and maximize on social distancing guidelines, the safari will remain a self-drive-thru experience after Six Flags Great Adventure opens for the regular season. They do plan to reopen the Safari Off Road Adventure in the near future. No date has been set.

Will there be restrooms available?

There will be indoor restrooms available at the exit of the safari.

Will there be any souvenirs to buy?

Yes! There will be concession stands for souvenirs or refreshments at the end of the safari tour.

Stay tuned. This is a developing story and we can’t wait to bring you more details.

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Saturday 26th of August 2023

Do I need to purchase a ticket for two years old baby?

Jennifer Auer

Sunday 27th of August 2023

You would need to check with Great Adventure. - Jenn

Friday 12th of May 2023

Do we need a ticket for Wild Safari for 6 months old babies?

Sunday 14th of May 2023

You do not need a ticket for 6 month old babies. - Jenn

Colleen Carman

Thursday 20th of April 2023

I am a social director for seniors, we have a 13 seat bus.. is this allowed ? And do we pay per bus our per passenger

You would need to reach out to Six Flags Great Adventure. You have left your comment with Jersey Family Fun. - Jenn

Darlene Bennett

Thursday 28th of July 2022

I am bringing a 4 year old for the first time. What us the best time for him to have the best experience possible, he is such an animal lover!!! Thank you!

I think at dusk might be best, we've only been a few times. Perhaps give their reservation department a call and see if they have any recommendations. - Jenn

Friday 8th of April 2022

Is the safari open in the rain and do the animals come out in the rain?

We believe the safari is open rain or shine unless weather conditions would make it dangerous to do so. - Jenn

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With the official start of spring just around the corner — and the busy Spring Break season — it is about time for New Jersey's ten-week theme park hiatus to come to an end.

For months, Six Flags Great Adventure has been rustling up excitement for the 2024 season. And with good reason — the park will celebrate its silver 50th anniversary on July 1.

The theme park is set to open weekends starting March 16, followed by daily operation for Spring Break from March 28 to April 7. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor Water Park is scheduled to open May 18.

New Jersey's largest theme park has faced a bumpy road in recent years, following a delayed 2020 opening due to the COVID pandemic, a dramatic shift in pricing policy to no longer serve as a "cheap daycare center," and after the El Toro roller coaster suffered a severe malfunction and extended closure. In November, Six Flags and Cedar Fair announced a merger that is expected to close this year.

New Park President Brian Bacica sums up the goal of Great Adventure's 50th anniversary season , pledging to remain "committed to innovation and thrilling adventures, blending the present with a nod to our 50-year history. Whether it’s a guest’s first visit or their 50th, everyone, regardless of their thrill level, will discover new attractions, enhanced park features, exciting events and nostalgic highlights within our resort destination."

A number of new attractions and features have been announced in recent months. And now we are getting a peek at some of the other updates and changes coming to Six Flags Great Adventure on opening day next weekend.

Already Announced

The entire complex now has a new name — Six Flags Great Adventure Resort — reflecting the four experiences now on-site, theme park, water park, safari park, and glamping resort/spa.

To celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary season, a grand celebration will kick off this summer including special character experiences and entertainment.

One special renovation for the 50th anniversary is the Dream Street Pathway at the park's original entrance. (Near the four big tents, between the Boardwalk and Frontier Adventures sections of the park.) The public can purchase commemorative engraved bricks to be installed along this new walkway.

In addition, some of the park's oldest rides — log flume and the Ferris wheel — have undergone extensive rehab work to reopen in 2024.

Now under construction and expected to open this summer, Great Adventure will welcome its 15th roller coaster, The Flash: Vertical Velocity . Packing a top speed of 60 mph, it was announced as the first "super boomerang coaster" in the Western Hemisphere.

At the end of the 2023 season, the Wild Safari Park closed as a drive-through experience . In 2024, a refreshed Safari Off-Road Adventure will once again offer guided tours from the theme park instead. Starting March 30.

Also brand new this year, the Savannah Sunset Resort and Spa will offer luxury "glamping" accommodations amid the Wild Safari Park along with VIP experiences. Reservations are now available. The resort opens June 14.

When Hurricane Harbor begins its operating season in May, we will finally see the grand opening of the delayed Splash Island family play structure. It promises seven waterslides for the littlest splashers.

Improvements to the toll plaza and parking lots have been underway too. That includes new preferred parking areas, upgraded electric vehicle charging stations, and a new Speedy Parking add-on.

New Surprises

In addition to the return of the Safari Off-Road Adventure from the theme park, a new Safari Base Camp at the Wild Safari entrance/exit. Guided tours will be available for non-theme park guests, in addition to retail, dining, a children's play area, and close-up animal experiences.

Some old familiar attractions will sport new names starting in 2024 too. Congo Rapids will revert to its original name held from 1981 to 1991, Roaring Rapids. In addition, the upgrades to the Ferris wheel warrant an upgraded name — Big Wheel will now be known as Giant Wheel.

Great Adventure also officially confirmed the planned return of many fan-favorite celebrations and festivals in 2024, including Pride Night, 4th of July (presented by Coca-Cola), Oktoberfest, Boo Fest, Fright Fest, Veterans Weekend, and Holiday in the Park.

In some exciting news on the dining front, Best of the West Grill & Saloon will apparently reopen as a public eatery, after spending a year as a VIP member lounge.

Additionally, Sweet Cakes, at the front of the park, will become Sweet Treats, offering desserts like crepes and gelato. New premium and signature cocktails will be available throughout the theme park. And expanded gluten-free options will be offered at Primos Pizza. Other restaurant remodels are in the works for Main Street Pub, Kickin’ Chicken Sports Bar, Funnel Cake Factory and Yum Yum Café.

Coffee fanatics will be happy to know three new Roller Coaster Cafe stands will open, serving Starbucks coffee products.

On the retail side, two new shops were announced. Six Flags Adventure World will adjoin the new Dream Street Pathway, featuring park gear and essentials. And the new The Flash: Vertical Velocity roller coaster will come with it's very own merchandise outlet, The Flash Store. (Insert "exit through the gift shop" joke here.)

Main Street Market and Thrillseekers have also been remodeled and refreshed. And exciting news for Halloween and Christmas lovers alike, the previously seasonal-only stores Fright Fest Fanatics and Holiday Memories will now be open year-round.

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8 Tips to Prep for an Off-road Adventure

8 Tips to Prep for an Off-road Adventure

Nestled in the heart of Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains offer some of the most thrilling off-roading adventures in the country. With their rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas, these mountains are a paradise for off-road enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned off-roader or a newcomer, preparing for your journey through this challenging landscape is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Here are some valuable tips to help you get ready for your Smoky Mountains off-road adventure.

1. Plan Your Route

Before you hit the trails, it’s crucial to research and map out your route. The Smoky Mountains boast a variety of trails, ranging from beginner to expert levels. Knowing the difficulty of the trails you plan to tackle helps you prepare adequately. Look for maps and trail guides online, or visit local off-road shops for advice. Many trails in the Smokies require a permit, so be sure to check if you need one and obtain it in advance. Planning your route also involves understanding the terrain and knowing the landmarks to watch for, ensuring you stay on the right path and avoid getting lost. Additionally, consider the duration of your trip and factor in breaks for food, rest, and enjoying the scenery.

2. Don the Right Attire

Donning the right attire is vital for a successful off-road adventure. Shopping at specialized offroad stores can help you find the appropriate attire and gear. Smoky Mountain Offroad Outfitters, for example, offers a range of high-quality off-roading apparel and gear designed to enhance your experience with both style and practicality. Their products are crafted to meet the demands of rugged trails while keeping you comfortable and safe. One of their core values is individuality, reflected in their unique designs that capture the spirit of exploration and camaraderie among off-road enthusiasts.

3. Vehicle Check and Maintenance

Ensuring your vehicle is in top condition before embarking on your adventure is essential. Start with a thorough inspection of your off-road vehicle, focusing on key areas such as tires, brake fluid , and lights. Check your tires for adequate tread and pressure, as well as any signs of wear and tear. Inspect the brakes to ensure they are functioning correctly and top off all essential fluids, including oil, coolant, and brake fluid. It’s also wise to carry spare parts and tools in case of any breakdowns. Common spare parts include a spare tire, extra fuses, and basic tools like a wrench and screwdriver. Performing routine maintenance on your vehicle, such as oil changes and brake checks, can prevent unexpected issues on the trail.

4. Safety First

Safety should always be a top priority when preparing for an off-road adventure. Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit , a fire extinguisher, and a reliable communication device such as a two-way radio or satellite phone. In remote areas like the Smoky Mountains, cell phone reception can be unreliable, so having an alternative means of communication is crucial. Inform someone of your plans and expected return time, providing them with details of your route and itinerary. This way, if something goes wrong, they can alert authorities. Additionally, familiarize yourself with basic first aid procedures and consider taking a first aid course. Knowing how to handle common injuries and emergencies can make a significant difference in a critical situation.

5. Check the Weather

Weather conditions in the Smoky Mountains can change rapidly, so it’s important to check the weather forecast before your trip. Sudden rainstorms can turn dry trails into muddy challenges, and fog can reduce visibility, making navigation difficult. Preparing for these changes can make a big difference in your adventure. Pack appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, including waterproof jackets, hats, and extra layers to keep you warm. Keep an eye on the forecast in the days leading up to your trip, and be prepared to adjust your plans if severe weather is expected. Having a flexible itinerary allows you to make safe decisions without feeling pressured to stick to a rigid schedule.

6. Pack Essentials

Packing the right essentials is critical for a successful off-road adventure. Start with the basics: water, food, etc. Water is essential for staying hydrated, especially during strenuous activities. Bring more than you think you’ll need, as off-roading can be physically demanding. Pack non-perishable, high-energy foods like nuts, granola bars, and jerky to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

Additionally, a good map and a compass or a GPS device are indispensable. While modern technology is incredibly useful, having a physical map and knowing how to use it can be a lifesaver if your devices fail or lose signal. Don’t forget extra batteries or portable chargers for your electronic devices. Other essentials include a flashlight, matches or a lighter, and a multi-tool. These items can help you handle unexpected situations, whether it’s a minor repair or an overnight stay in the wilderness.

7. Join a Community

Connecting with local off-roading groups or clubs can provide you with valuable tips, support, and camaraderie. These communities are often full of experienced members who can offer insights and advice for a successful trip. They can recommend the best trails, share knowledge about vehicle modifications, and even join you on your adventures.

Joining a community also means you’ll have a support network if you encounter any issues. Many groups organize regular outings, which can be a great way to explore new trails and make new friends. Being part of a community enhances the off-roading experience by sharing it with like-minded individuals who share your passion for adventure.

8. Leave No Trace

Practicing responsible off-roading by leaving no trace is crucial for preserving the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. This means packing out all your trash, avoiding disturbing wildlife, and minimizing your impact on the environment. Stick to established trails and campsites to prevent soil erosion and protect vegetation.

When you need to dispose of waste, do so in designated areas or pack it out with you. Avoid using soap or other chemicals in streams or lakes, as they can harm aquatic life. Respect wildlife by keeping your distance and not feeding animals. By following these principles, you help ensure that the trails and natural areas remain pristine for future generations to enjoy.

Preparing for an off-road adventure in the Smoky Mountains requires careful planning and the right gear. By planning your route, getting the right gear, ensuring your vehicle is in good shape, prioritizing safety, and keeping an eye on the weather, you’ll be well-prepared for an unforgettable off-road adventure in the Smoky Mountains. With the proper preparation, you can safely navigate the rugged terrain and fully enjoy the stunning scenery. Embrace the thrill of off-roading, connect with nature, and create lasting memories in one of the most beautiful regions in the country.

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Idukki: Over 300 drivers are protesting the ban imposed by the District administration on the off-road safari at Muruganmala, Marayoor in Idukki. Following a directive from the District Collector, Marayoor police installed a stop sign at the entry point to Muruganmala. Cops said driving in a jeep to Muruganmala in the rainy season has been banned because of accident risks. But tourists are free to walk up the hill after leaving their vehicles at the parking station, they point out.

The administration has imposed drastic measures following an accident on June 19. A jeep met with an accident at Pattam Colony, 3 km away from Muruganmala. The police, however, said that this was not the reason why jeep rides to the hill were stopped.

The decision has come as a major jolt for the drivers. They said they have spent a huge amount of money on modifying the vehicles for off-road drives. Tourists mainly come to Marayoor expecting this off-road experience.

Off-road safaris are conducted from Marayoor to Kanthalloor with tourists arriving at Munnar and Marayoor. Starting from Marayoor, the off-road ride takes the tourists to eight tourist spots. Major locations are Marayoor Sandalwood Forest, Sugar Factory, Kanthallur Bhramaram Shooting Point (Erumadam), Apple Garden, Honey Rock, Aadivayal Waterfall (Offroad), Irachilpara Waterfall and Muruganmala, the last being the the most popular spot among tourists.

Only jeeps can traverse the uneven terrain. Most tourists consider this as an adventure trip. It takes five hours to visit all these places, covering a distance of around 50 km. The drivers charge Rs 2,500 per ride and accommodate seven to eight people at one go.

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Tourism is one of the major sources of income in Marayoor along with agriculture. Drivers said the decision has impacted their sole source of livelihood. “Jeep must get tested every year. A retest costs between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1 lakh. Vehicle models manufactured from 2000 to 2010 are used here for this ride. I have two children who study Class 3 and nursery school. Other than driving, we don't have any other means to earn a living. Most of the people who drive jeeps do not know any other job,” said Sateesh Kumar, a jeep driver.

Now tourists go sightseeing in their own vehicles. "I bought a jeep on loan. I must pay Rs 14,000 per month to service my debt. If there is no off-road ride, I have no means to pay back the loan EMI. Even during the 2018 flood, Muruganmala was not closed,” said Manikandan, who has been driving a Jeep here for four years.

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Factory off-roaders just keep getting better. Every year, we get more and more extreme off-road packages that deliver performance on and off pavement that we could only have dreamed about just a few years ago.

Even better, they do it with a factory warranty. There are so many it can be hard to keep track, but don’t worry. We’ve got you.

These are the best 2025 factory off-road vehicles for when you need more than just the average 4×4. We’re so spoiled for choice these days that if it doesn’t have 35-inch tires from the factory, it doesn’t even qualify.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison/GMC Canyon AT4X AEV

The Chevrolet and GMC twins offer impressive capability in their basic off-road models, the ZR2 and AT4X. That includes DSSV dampers and jounce control shocks from Multimatic, locking front and rear differentials, and a 3-inch lift to go with the 310-horsepower 2.7L turbo-four.

The ZR2 Bison and AT4X AEV grades boost that capability thanks to extras from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) . AEV adds its heavy-duty winch-capable front bumper and a stronger rear bumper, and the trucks come with boron steel skid plates and rocker protectors.

There are fender flares to cover the 35-inch mud-terrain tires . You even get a bed-mounted tire carrier to ensure you have access to the spare at all times - and because a 35 won’t fit between the frame rails under the truck.

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Ram 1500 RHO

To replace its 702-horsepower mammoth off-road TRX pickup, Ram is trying something it has never tried before - removing horsepower.

Regulations have put an end to the 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8, but that isn’t putting an end to Ram’s off-road party. Enter the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO that takes all of the off-road bits from the TRX and swaps in a twin-turbo 3.0L inline-six.

You get 540 horsepower and 521 pound-feet of torque, but you also get a lower price tag and, we expect, a smaller fuel bill. The new engine is lighter, too, which means better balance when it’s time to jump it.

You still get adaptive performance shocks from Bilstein, an active transfer case, and a five-link rear suspension that offers 14 inches of rear axle travel.

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Ford F-150 Raptor

If you want a stupidly powerful supercharged V8 dune-jumping pickup truck, you still have one choice. The Ford F-150 Raptor R, with its 720-horse supercharged 5.2L V8. If you don’t want all that power, there’s still a 450-horse 3.5L twin-turbo V6 that has most of the same jumping parts but is a little more manageable.

The Raptor and Raptor R get 3.1-inch diameter Fox Racing shocks that now have the company’s Dual Live Valve technology for better control and a better ride. A long travel suspension delivers 14 inches of front travel and 15 inches in the rear, or slightly less if you tick the option box for the mammoth 37-inch BFG KO2 tires Ford offers as standard on the R or as an option on the regular Raptor.

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Chevrolet Silverado HD ZR2 Bison/GMC Sierra HD AT4X AEV

Want to go off-road but still need to tow nearly 20,000 pounds or have more payload than any other dedicated off-road model? The Silverado HD ZR2 and Sierra HD AT4X AEV are your go-to.

The off-road HDs get Multimatic DSSV shocks just like the Colorado and Canyon, but they’re tailored to this heavy-duty application. The HD off-roaders are based on a 2500 HD truck, but come with new upper and lower control arms and steering knuckles.

The steel skid plate for the transfer case is larger, and there is an aluminum skid plate up front. The HDs also get an e-locker rear differential and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires. The trucks are offered with either a 6.6L gas V8 or 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel engine.

Moving to the Bison or AEV adds AEV bumpers front and rear with integrated recovery points designed for this heavy truck. It also adds a steel skid plate in front instead of the aluminum one and protects the steering rack and exhaust. The models get AEV wheels and AEV logos on the headrests to go with.

<p>GMC doesn’t have to generate official EPA numbers for GMC Hummer EV because it’s so heavy. Vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - the maximum allowable weight of the truck, including the vehicle, passengers, cargo, and trailer tongue weight - of more than 8,500 pounds don’t have to list their economy figures.</p> <p>Despite the Hummer EV weighing more than 9,000 pounds empty, GMC has decided to go ahead and publish a figure anyway. The massively hefty Hummer EV pickup has an official government estimate of 53 MPGe and a range of 314 miles. That’s on the smaller end of the electric truck spectrum, and a surprise since it has the largest battery pack.</p> <p>It’s as heavy as an HD pickup, but it has the ability to tow 7,500 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,300 pounds. The 1,000-horsepower, $110,295 Hummer EV does truck work like a midsize.</p> <p>Read about our <a href="https://gearjunkie.com/motors/gmc-hummer-electric-ev-truck-review"><strong>first drive with the Hummer EV</strong></a>.</p>

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The only electric vehicle on this list is the GMC Hummer EV , because GMC has created one monster of an off-road EV.

To start, the basic Hummer EV truck has two motors with 570 horsepower and 311 miles of range. You can also get 1,000 horsepower and 381 miles from the 3X tri-motor truck.

An air suspension that can raise the truck up to 6 inches with extract mode and four-wheel steering with crab walk ensure you can make it through some seriously tough trails.

When you tick the box for the Extreme Off Roacd package, you get a locking front differential and full locking rear. You also get skid plates to cover some of the more sensitive parts underneath.

The package comes with front and rear-facing cameras under the body to help you avoid obstacles altogether, with washer jets to keep the lenses clean. Finally, the truck gets 18-inch wheels wearing 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires.

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Ford Bronco Raptor

The Ford Bronco Raptor gives the four-door SUV the Raptor touch, including a 418 horsepower 3.0L EcoBoost engine and Fox Live Valve 3.1 semi-active shocks with position-sensitive damping.

The Bronco Raptor also has more protection from skid plates underneath. What really sets the Raptor apart from other Bronco models is its wide body. Beefier fenders with absolutely massive flares cover the standard 37-inch BFGoodrich K/O2 all-terrain tires.

Hop in the Bronco Raptor, and you get seats with bigger bolsters to keep you in place on the trail. There’s also a red stripe on the steering wheel in case you forget where straight ahead is in all of your off-road maneuvering.

The Bronco Raptor has locking front and rear differentials, a one-pedal drive mode, a front sway bar disconnect, and trail turn assist to help you get there and back.

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Jeep Wrangler 392

Jeep said the 6.4L V8 Wrangler was dead, but then it changed its mind. We welcome the 470-horsepower rock jumper back for another year with open arms.

The Wrangler 392 will come only equipped with the Final Edition package for 2025. That includes an 8,000-pound Warn Winch, heavy-duty rock sliders, and 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires on beadlock capable 17-inch wheels. All that makes the 392 Final Edition sit a total of 6.4 inches taller than a standard Wrangler.

It also comes with Fox shocks, a full-time transfer case, and exhaust pipes that make more noise than anything else on this list. Sadly, but also sanely, it’s only offered on the four-door Wrangler, not the slightly more nimble and shorter-in-length two-door.

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In Horseshoe Bay, Texas, just outside of Austin, pods of veterans and their families whooped and whistled as they exited a challenging off-road course in borrowed Ford vehicles. The exhilaration was palpable and camaraderie apparent across all the military branches represented: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and more.

It was a celebration of both active and fallen heroes and the families and friends who love and support them. Representatives from various veteran groups were there, like Blue Star Families and the Travis Manion Foundation , and Ford was hosting them all at its Bronco Off-Roadeo Texas location as a fitting precursor to Independence Day.

The event was also a dose of adventure therapy for people like Jenny Akin, who lost her Green Beret husband to a service-related cancer believed to be developed from exposure to burn pits. Others included veterans like Ernesto Hernandez, who survived a troubled youth in south Texas and turned to the military. Hernandez now runs the Wounded Paw Project to save abused and at-risk dogs.

Christopher Smith, Ford’s chief government affairs officer, has military experience himself and attended the U.S. Military Academy of West Point. Today, he’s an advocate for veteran-focused events like this off-roading day through Ford and he sees an opportunity to help veterans in a variety of ways.

“When I looked at Ford’s longtime relationship with veterans, and for me as a veteran myself, these events give me a chance to connect back to some of their personal stories,” Smith says. “By using our brains outside in different ways and promoting fellowship, we’re learning a lot about effective ways to take care of our veterans.”

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Leigh Edmonds, senior manager of strategic partnerships for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors ( TAPS ), brought a group of veteran families with her to the Off-Roadeo. TAPS provides compassionate care and comprehensive resources for those grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one. The organization offers a 24/7 grief helpline, and Edmonds says anyone who calls the helpline always get another human being. It’s always another survivor, because they understand and have been trained to have those conversations. The event at the Off-Roadeo gave TAPS members a chance to help forge new connections and create new memories.

“Families share their stories with us over time, and we know of some fallen heroes who had Broncos and the families still own the cars and can’t let them go because they belonged to their heroes,” Edmonds says. “It’s about creating meaning. We want them to build happy memories surrounded by the memory of their loved one.”

Some TAP attendees tried things they thought they’d be scared to do before they got to the Off-Roadeo, Edmonds says, adding that “everyone was really excited and grateful to be able to honor their loved ones in such a beautiful way.”

Myra and Doug Merritt attended the veterans' day celebration at the Texas Bronco Off-Roadeo.

Building Community Through Adventure

Smith says part of his charter at Ford is to emphasize the importance of American competitiveness in manufacturing. Citing the role Ford played in World War I and World War II, making vehicles used by the American military, Smith emphasizes the brand’s long-term commitment to the veteran community.

When Americans discuss veterans and service, they often unwittingly talk about it ways that ‘otherize’ veterans, Smith says. Seeing them as regular people and not untouchable superheroes is crucial.

“When I attend an event like this, it allows me to connect to people who have done these hard things, but they’re normal people,” Smith says. “They’re your neighbor.”

According to The Drive , Ford noticed that some people who have accompanied Bronco owners to Off-Roadeo experiences (spouses, parents, friends, etc.) ended up buying a Ford vehicle themselves. In fact, more than half of those purchases were Broncos. While that’s not the point of this veteran perk on this day, there’s no question that families leave feeling very positive about Ford and its support.

Transforming Experiences For Veterans and Families

Akin, who is now a widow and mother of two small children, is the former chief of staff for Blue Star Families, which she describes as an organization looking for ways to make life easier for military families. She sees the power of sharing this kind of unique experience with others, and brought two of her close friends to the Bronco Off-Roadeo. Through a Blue Star Families initiative called Do Your Part, which seeks to build a stronger network of support for military clans.

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“The reality is that we need to transform the way America supports its military,” Akin says. “Our friends outside of the military are a big part of our support, as well.”

Ford stepped up to support Do Your Part, and Akin had the chance to participate at the event in Texas. She used to go off-roading with her late husband on a regular basis, but he was always the one to drive their Ford F-150 pickup. After he died a year ago, she was afraid she’d never get behind the wheel; by the time she left the Off-Roadeo, she felt empowered and no longer afraid. Plus, the opportunity to share this experience with her civilian friends allowed Akin to share a piece of her identity that they hadn’t been exposed to before.

“I wasn’t sure what it would mean to be here, to be honest,” Akin says. “I’ve had a pretty stressful year, and I can feel myself pulling through some of those stresses and see how far I’ve come. It’s been a cathartic experience in that way, and I didn’t expect it.”

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