4900 Six Flags St. Louis Railroad
Eureka, MO 63069
The park is located in Eureka, MO, just about 30 miles southwest of the City. Head west on I-44 and you will run right into it. Some families like to go for the weekend and stay next door at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Resort (which offers deals on Six Flags tickets), but you’ll need to book early to get a cabin or campsite. If you opt for a hotel, the Holiday Inn in Eureka is close enough to walk, or offers a free shuttle to the park, which will save you $20 a day in parking fees. It also offers discounts on tickets, and kids eat free at all meals in the hotel. Visit the Six Flags website to locate other hotels and campgrounds in the area.
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The gate price for tickets is $56.99, but no one pays that price. You can get advance tickets online for $41.99 ($2 higher on weekends). You can also buy a ticket at any Dierberg’s for $48.99. A season pass will cost $67.99 on the Six Flags website, or $71.99 at Dierberg’s. If you buy a pack of four season passes, you get a steep discount ($57.99 each on the website, $4 higher at Dierberg’s) plus one free parking pass. Gold Passes are also available, which include some bring-a-friend tickets, more parking passes and other benefits. You can look them over on the website to see if it’s a good deal for your family. Tip: Look for discounts on season passes for next year at the end of this year’s season.
The big amusement park draw for teens and adults is, of course, the thrill rides, and Six Flags St. Louis doesn’t disappoint. American Thunder is the park’s grand wooden coaster, soaring 82 feet above the park. It has 16 different hills designed to lift you out of your seat every time as you hit maximum speeds of 50 mph. The Batman ride also hits 50 mph, but on this one you’re dangling from an overhead track. Batman is two full minutes of belly-dropping loops and rolls. Do you prefer to get your thrills on a water ride? The Bonsai Pipeline puts you in a launch capsule and drops the floor from under your feet. Your body will plummet through a tube slide that includes a six-story drop. Altogether, the STL park has seven roller coasters and five extreme water rides to keep your adrenaline rushing all day.
Kids get their own area of the park, filled with tiny rides that spin, rotate and slide for pint-sized thrills. There are plenty of play areas for little guys and gals in the water park as well. But you’ll build your best memories on the family rides where parents and kids can play together. The log flume, the mine train and Thunder River have been family favorites for generations. Families can also ride together on the Tidal Wave, the Joker swinging ship ride and the Rush Street Flyer. Bumper cars are another family favorite, and it’s a St. Louis tradition to get into a Moon Car and put the youngest sibling in the driver’s seat.
Armed with these tips and tricks, you can plan a visit without paying too much for admission or food, and avoid the pitfalls of exhausted parents or sunburned kids. Build some happy family memories this summer at Six Flags over St. Louis.