Six Flags St. Louis
Location: Eureka, MO
No trip to St. Louis is complete without a visit to Six Flags St. Louis, the third and final park built under the Six Flags name. Unlike its sister parks, Six Flags St. Louis is completely owned and operated by Six Flags. Let's go see what this park has to offer.
The park opened as Six flags Over Mid America on June 5, 1971. The company didn't start far from its others parks by providing family fun for everyone at a affordable price. With that, they knew that the fun times would never end. They made this possible by building thrilling rides and must-ride roller coasters. The River King Mine Train built by Arrow originally opened with two separate tracks. 1984 brought major changes to this ride as one set of the track received new stand-up trains and was renamed Rail Blazer. When a women accidentally slipped out her restraints that same year, the ride was switched back to the old trains, and the former name came back. The second track was later sold off in 1988 to Dollywood.
Six Flags St. Louis has three wooden coasters, each with a different look, feel, and experience. All that have ridden them can agree with that statement. The Screamin' Eagle opened as the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster when it first opened in 1976. Screamin' Eagle is an out and back classic designed by the late great John Allen; it just happened to be the last coaster he would design. A true work of art, The Boss is a terrain coaster built by Custom Coasters in 2000. The Boss takes riders up, down, around, and around again. There is no description as you have to ride it to know its true feeling.
American Thunder roared into the park in 2008. American Thunder is a compact GCI twisting and turning coaster that packs a punch. As you fly by the station, you'll sometimes forget that your on a wooden coaster with the smoothness this ride provides. This coaster's name was originally named Evel Knievel, but was changed to its current name 2011 season after Six Flags lost licensing contracts. Six Flags St. Louis also has some thrilling flats that pack a punch. Xcalibur opened in 2003. It swings rides back and forth, all while spinning around as the tower rises to the sky. The ride was located at Six Flags Great Adventure, where it originally opened in 1999, until 2002.
Superman brought his 230-foot Tower of Power to the park in 2006. Again, this ride came from a different park, but Tower of Power came from the now defunct Six Flags AstroWorld, where it was originally known as Dungeon Drop. 2013 brought Sky Screamer, a 236-foot swing ride that brings thrill and fun all wrapped up in one. The newest flat ride opened in 2014, the Tsunami Soaker. Tsunami Soaker is an interactive water ride that spins all while soaking other riders and those waiting in the queue.
The families weren't left out as there are coasters for the whole family. The Ninja has been thrilling riders with loops, corkscrews, and a sidewinder since 1989. If you like spinning, another family ride, Pandemonium, might be right up your alley. It originally opened on April 27, 2007 with help from Tony Hawk. This non traditional mouse coaster spins riders around and around. If going backwards and forwards is more your thing, then you will most certainly love the Boomerang which came to the park in 2013.
Batman: The Ride opened up in 1995. This B&M invert clone has been a hit since day one. Six Flags St. Louis also has trouble in the park with Mr.Freeze, a Premier Rides launched coaster that opened in 1998. Mr. Freeze received a makeover in 2012 with a new paint scheme, and a switch in the train direction, where guests are blasted backwards through his ice factory. Have no fear, the top hat element is still there, but the ride is now known as Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast. Remember, you can read more about these, and all other coasters in our Ride Gallery section of the website.
Before the sunsets on a perfect day, I hope that you have a chance to enjoy some time in Hurricane Harbor. If not, it's ok because there are plenty of chances to come back again and again. Don't forget to come back in October for Six Flags annual Fright Fest event. Six Flags St. Louis became the name in 1996, to a name that better suits its place in the state. No matter if you came for the day, or more, the time you spent here will open the door to more thrills and smiles all around. End the day with a ride on the Colossus Ferris wheel, and remember why you're over Mid America.
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