Unique Things to Do at Six Flags Great America
One-of-a-kind experiences you won’t find anywhere else
Our collection of unique attractions is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. We have one-of-a-kind rides and once-in-a-lifetime family activities that you won’t find anywhere else. Check out this list of exclusive experiences only available at Six Flags Great America.
1. Goliath — the steepest wooden coaster in the world.
As part of the world’s record for most wooden roller coaster track at one park, Goliath stands above them all. The first drop of 180 feet not only goes below ground level, but drops at an amazing 85 degrees, also a world record. The upside down stall was the first time such an inversion was ever created — made even more notable by taking place on a wooden coaster.
2. Little Dipper is a heartwarming rescue story.
In 2010, Six Flags Great America preserved a piece of Chicago history. Kiddieland in Melrose Park had long been beloved by families with young children. After closing in 2009, Six Flags decided not to let Little Dipper be lost forever. After six decades of thrilling generations of young riders, Little Dipper was moved to its new home at Six Flags Great America where thrill-seekers in training can get their first taste of ups and downs.
3. The East River Crawler is a rare thrill ride.
Many rides offer families fun ways to spin. These are typically called “flat rides” as they are set up on flat pieces of land. Great America’s East River Crawler is a rare example of a Polyp. Not many were manufactured and it is the only example of such a ride in America. Its notable distinction is that all arms lower at once.
4. Whizzer is the last of its kind.
As steel coasters were getting bigger in the 1970s, a breed of coasters called Speed Racers were appearing in the growing world of theme parks. Whizzer is the lone remaining example in the entire nation. It has been designated an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark.
5. Yankee Clipper is a Hydro Flume.
So who doesn’t like a good splash? Great America opened in 1976 with two flumes — Logger’s Run and Yankee Clipper. Yankee Clipper was manufactured as a Hydro Flume, meaning one of its advancements was a small hill at the bottom of the first drop that allows boats to skim across the water in its final plunge. Of the seven ever built, several have been dismantled or modified. Yankee Clipper is one of only two that remain in its original operating condition and the only one in the Six Flags family.
6. BATMAN The Ride started a worldwide sensation.
No modern genre of coaster created such a stir in the amusement park industry like BATMAN The Ride. Opened in 1992, the newfangled coaster positioned riders below the track and then sent them through amazing inversions, including the never-before-done heartline roll. This innovative roller coaster inspired more such rides around the world. But, if you want to ride the original, you can only do it at Six Flags Great America.
*Article written by Tim Baldwin – editor of RollerCoaster! Magazine, staff writer at Amusement Today and Communications Director for American Coaster Enthusiasts.