Six Flags New England
Location: Agwam, MA
If you're having trouble trying to navigate the streets of Boston, you should take a detour to the city if Agawam, and go to Six Flags New England. It's the home of the Golden Ticket winner for best steel coaster, Bizarro (Superman; Ride of Steel) 2002-2003, and 2006-2009. It's place where the family will have fun six times over, and will always be ready for more.
Before Six Flags New England became the extreme park it is today, it was a simple picnic grove that opened as Gallup's Grove in 1870. It was later changed to Riverside, and from there a history of fun became a tradition that still lives on today. With some rough stops after the Wall Street crash of 1929, it was put into foreclosure in 1931. With attempts to keep the park going, it closed for the entire 1939 season. When Edward Carroll Sr. bought Riverside, he reopened the park on May 29,1940. With that a growth of prosperity began, and no one has looked back. The first coaster, The Giant Dip opened in 1912. Soon after in 1915, The Greyhound roller coaster opened. These two coasters have since become a staple of this park. When Edward was looking to build a coaster he knew that it had to be not only special, but very thrilling. The result was The Cyclone which came onto the scene in 1941. With the team of Harry Baker and Harry Traver this figure eight style coaster become a hit right away. As the oldest coaster in the Six flags chain, the named was changed in 1961 to The Thunderbolt, and to this day, it still thrills the young and old alike. The times they were changing, and they were adding new rides year after year. 1980's brought in a new wooden coaster. The Riverside Cyclone opened up in 1983, and was designed by William Cobb & Associates. With limited space, they couldn't build an exact replica of the Cony Island Cyclone, but what they came up with is a ride that has bigger drops and tighter turns. In the early 90's Premier Parks started gobbling up smaller amusement parks across the Untied Staes, and Riverside was one of them along with the entire Six Flags chain. The Riverside name was eventually dropped in 1999, and Six Flags New England became the new name the year 2000.
This park has a wide variety of thrills to wet any ones whistle. Coasters include the world class Bizarro, to the floor less B&M Batman; The Dark Knight. These extreme rides can make anyone happy that they chose to go to this park. Six Flags Magic Mountain gave them a helping hand by letting Déjà Vu find a new home. They changed the name to Goliath, and the ride received a new train. This ride gained a new east coast set of fans. Flashback, Mind Easer, Pandemonium, and Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum round out their lineup. The Great Chase, and Catwomans Whip take the little ones on their own little adventure. Before you leave, be sure to take a trip on the New England SkyScreamer. The Sky Screamer is 409ft tall swing ride that might be scarier than some of their roller coasters. With plenty of flats and other attractions, one day at the park might not be enough to conquer it all.
Like most Six flags parks, Hurricane Harbor will keep you happy in the summer, and Fight Fest will scare you in the fall. This park that has been around for over 144 years, and it shows that a little effort definitely can go a long way. Everyone might not know your name, but Six flags New England well do their best to make you feel like family. That is
unless your name is Norm.
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