My family and I are so excited for the reopening of Great Escape Six Flags on May 1st. We have a family season pass and hope to spend a lot of weekends this year riding the rollercoasters and hitting the waterpark.

Great Escape has some awesome thrill rides and even though I only got to experience them for one season back in 2019 I already have my favorites. I've been a huge roller coaster and thrill ride fan my entire life. I spent most of my summers riding roller coasters at Kings Island (no relation) outside Cincinnati. They have an old wooden rollercoaster called The Beast and it was the tallest, fastest, and longest wooden roller coaster in the world back when it opened in 1979. Today it still holds the title for the longest wooden coaster. That roller coaster solidified my love of amusement parks and roller coasters. Now that I live in Upstate New York, I have the opportunity to get to know another great amusement park, Great Escape Six Flags.

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So here are my top five roller coasters and thrill rides at Great Escapes Six Flags. Plus, one bonus for the new attraction that is opening soon.

5. ALPINE BOBSLED

This might not be the biggest or the fastest attraction at Great Escapes, but I love it. It kinda feels like riding a log flume without the water. It's not actually on a track, but it bangs along in a trough. It's about as close to riding an actual bobsled as I'll ever get and you don't have to push and jump in.

4. Boomerang

The Boomerang is a cool forward and a backward coaster that literally throws you for a loop going forward and back. The first time I rode this I didn't think it would be nearly as much fun as it is. I'm sure people that have been going to Great Escapes since the mid-80s feel a little like, "seen it, done it". If you haven't ridden it in a while give it a shot this summer.

3. Alpine Falls

This is the only waterpark attraction on my list. Not because I don't like waterparks or attractions, but this is the only one that really gets my heart pounding. Alpine Falls is great because it creates tension while you wait for the floor to literally drop out beneath you. For just a fraction of a second, you hang there and then plunge down a huge waterslide.

2. Sasquatch

I've been on this type of ride several times at several different parks and they never disappoint. Sasquatch takes you 192 feet in the air for an amazing view of the park before dropping you on a free-fall back to the ground before stopping you right before your squished on the pavement. This is not the ride to jump on after filling up at the Alpine Fest Haus!

1. The Comet

The Comet is an old-school wooden roller coaster with a real history.  It was originally built in 1927 as the Crystal Beach Cyclone and rebuilt into Crystal Beach Comet in 1947 according to Wikipedia.  The Comet was resurrected and became a featured coaster at Great Escape in 1994. I love this roller coaster because it reminds me of my favorite roller coaster, The Beast", that I rode as a teen. Wooden coasters are loud, they throw you around, jerk you back and forth and most of all I love the "click-clack" sound they make on the tracks.  The Comet was an easy choice for number one.

BONUS. THE ADIRONDACK OUTLAW

The Adirondack Outlaw was scheduled to open in 2020 but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a crazy-looking thrill ride. It has a giant arm that launches you 16-stories into the air, spinning round in a giant circle while you are simultaneously flipping head-over-heels. Make sure you fill up on funnel cake before you jump on this ride.

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