Amusement parks in Georgia offer a variety of options and attractions where families and friends can enjoy themselves -- some parks have the thrill factor, while others are more family-oriented and educational. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Georgia amusement parks.
Wild Adventures features 44 rides including roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and a few water rides. It's not as big and splashy as Six Flags Over Georgia or Disney, but the expansive animal reserve makes up for the lack of polish. It's often ranked in the Top 50 Amusement Parks in America. In February 2009, the American post-apocalyptic zombie comedy Zombieland was partly filmed at Wild Adventures.
The BoomerangThe Boomerang roller coaster ride includes loops and a classic slow, steep incline. As your car climbs to the summit, prepare for the inversion that concludes with a swift and sudden drop and a return to the starting point.
Water Rides And Exotic AnimalsThree popular rides, formerly at Celebration City in Branson, Mo., were moved to Wild Adventures in recent years: Viking Voyage, Whirling Wildcats and Falcon Flyers. Aquatic-thrill-seekers can enjoy Splash Island, a 27-acre Polynesian-themed water park with seven rides and five shops. Wild Adventures also has exotic animals on display, including a large aviary for exotic birds, as well as a busy season of summer concerts and live performances.
Southern GrubThe park has indoor and outdoor restaurants including Doc Holliday's, Dockside Restaurant, Lonestar Family BBQ, Mama's Pizzeria, and Safari Burgers. There are also grab and go restaurants such as Concert Buffet and The Cantina.
Safety RecordWe've found no significant reports of accidents or injuries at Wild Adventures. There was a near drowning in the water park section in June 2011.
Address:3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, GA 31601
Hours:10 a.m.-8 p.m. Splash Island, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Price:$45 for adults (ages 10 and up); $40.99 for children (ages three - nine); $40.99 for seniors 55 and older
Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia is located west of Atlanta. It boasts 10 roller coasters, two children's areas and two water rides. The shows are interactive and the roller coasters are hair-raising. As the largest regional theme park in the Southeast, Six Flags offers something for every member of the family.
SupermanSuperman: Ultimate Flight is the most popular ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. It has a 78-foot tall pretzel loop that only the bravest of riders will take on. Fair warning: avoid carrying a cell phone on this ride and don't try to record it, as you'll have trouble hanging onto devices while upside down!
Thrilling CoastersA train takes visitors around Six Flags Over Georgia, where most rides are thrilling, to say the least. Acrophobia is a 200-foot free-fall. Goliath is a hyper-coaster with multiple drops. For a more relaxed experience, the park also offers free musical performances on weekends through the Starburst Summer Concert Series.
Kid-Friendly FoodsMore than two dozen eateries operate inside Six Flags Over Georgia. They include Ben and Jerry's, Johnny Rockets, Panda Express and Primo Pizzeria. The eateries are scattered around in the different areas of the park. The park also offers catered meals for parties and groups.
Safety RecordSix Flags Over Georgia has a safety record on par with the records of other large theme parks that have operated for four full decades -- some serious accidents have occurred. In 2008 a 17-year-old boy was struck and killed by a ride after hopping two fences to enter a restricted area. In 2006 a roller coaster rider died after suffering a heart attack.
Address:275 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168
Hours:The park is open on weekends in March, as well as weekends and selected dates in April and May. June daily hours are 10:30 a.m to 8 p.m. with later closing times on Saturdays. In July through early August, daily hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with later closing times on Saturdays. The park is open weekends through November. Check the Six Flags calendar before visiting the park.
Price:General Admission, $52.99; children Under 48," $37.99; under two years old, free. If you purchase tickets online, everyone pays kids' prices.
Other Noteworthy Parks Near GeorgiaWild Animal Safari
Stone Mountain Park
Dixie Land Fun Park
Alpine Amusement Park
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