Six Flags over Texas is a great theme park. Even though it is a bit overpriced ($40-$50 for admission) it is still a very fun experience.
We went there when my friend Regan visited his grandparents in Garland, Texas. It is about one hour away from their house, in Arlington.
When we went over the summer, our cousins came (they are teenagers) and they were surprised there were barely any lines. For some rides, the wait would normally be an hour; we got on in five minutes.
Then, when we had about one hour left (before we had to leave), it began to rain. We learned that many rides close because lightning could strike the metal track. Then we went into an indoor roller coaster. However, since it was raining, everyone went on the same roller coaster because it was one of the only rides that was indoors. So, that was the longest wait.
The roller coasters were very exciting, especially Mr. Freeze. For people who love roller coasters like Regan, there are many old wooden ones like the Texas Giant, and new metal roller coasters to choose from. There’s even a two-person Bungee type jump but you have to pay extra to try it.
For people who do not like very big, exciting rides but do not want to go on very small kiddie rides, like me, there are not that many choices. There are one or two medium roller coasters like Vibora, which our cousins came on too, but besides that, nothing else. So, since I am like that about rides I was disappointed.
However, little kids have a train and a tiny roller coaster and some truck rides. We were too tall to go into the Looney Tunes area but a lot of little kids were there. We all liked the shows because they were funny and loud, and some you could sit in the shade. Mostly they had cowboys singing but some had stunts also.
The food is very good. There are about eight sections to the park. Each section is themed toward one country, culture, or continent. For example, if the section was themed toward Mexico, they would have Mexican restaurants, Mexican scenery, and some of the rides might have Spanish names. (Like the whirling hat, Sombrero.) That made it easier to get around the park too.
Overall, for a family of five it’s a $300-$400 day, but it’s worth every cent of it if the weather is good. In summer, you can stay from 9am to 9pm, so you can try every ride. Our cousins said some nights there are concerts too.
Luca Waldman, age 11, was attending 6th grade in Middle School 54, the Delta Program, in New York City when he submitted this article in 2003.
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