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Six Flags Great Adventure -- NJ. Need Trip Help.

Six Flags Great Adventure: My husband and I taking a trip to NJ to add Kingda Ka to our coaster record. Going to stay an additional day or two, what other sightseeing suggestions can anyone give.

From Mary Ann Nowak
Posted July 13, 2009 at 9:09 PM
Am planning on visiting Great Adventure with my husband this summer to add Kingda Ka, along with the other coasters to our "have ridden" list. Has Kingda Ka been running all summer? What else would someone suggest we do while in the area? It is our first time in New Jersey. (we are a very young 51! :) Hotel suggestions also appreciated! Thanks!


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From Rob Viala
Posted July 13, 2009 at 10:19 PM
I cannot reccomend hotels being that i live an hour away but I can tell you that Kingda Ka has not been consistent this summer. I went in June and a few of my friends earlier this month and it was not up and running. I would suggest calling the park ahead of time to make sure.

From Bob Miller
Posted July 14, 2009 at 7:14 AM
Mary Ann, I've been to GtAv many times and many times the different coasters have been down. So check out which ones are, before deciding which ones to ride. Expect long lines, I've never used it, but I believe they have an express pass for sale. GtAv is out in the middle of nowhere sort of, so there's not much else to see other than the safari ride. Be careful of the monkey section if you go in your car, they'll rip off wipers and anything else they can get ahold of.

If you Google Six Flags and link onto Great Adventure, there's usually motels nearby listed. Hope this helps, also check out who they have as entertainment, they usually have oldies groups there. The one July 4th I was there, they had the Beach Boys, free of course.

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM
Wasn't KdK struck by lightning in early June? MY question is: has it been running since?

From John Jackson
Posted July 14, 2009 at 12:30 PM
It ran off and on for a while. When I was on my trip a little more than a week ago, Great Adventure was one of the last parks we visited, and when we arrived, we found out that Kingda Ka was going to be down for three to four weeks. I would call to make sure before going up there if KK us a must ride for you. Also, with Great Adventure you never know what is going to be running. It's a beautiful park with some great rides, but the fact that so many rides are randomly down throughout the day makes it less enjoyable than it could be. Good luck!

From Tony Duda
Posted July 14, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Mary Ann, I would suggest a long day at the shore. Go to Seaside Heights for an intense crash course in gaudy boardwalk fun and excitement. All the stereotypes common to NJ are there and right in your face. Crowds, noise, trashy entertainment as well as 2 amusement piers over the beach that have several OK rides. You have to pay for road tolls to get there and to park when there but everything else is up to you. Indulge in all the boardwalk food and drink and even go on the beach and swim in the ocean. I think Wednesday nights have free fireworks and beach fees midweek may be free.

From John Jackson
Posted July 14, 2009 at 1:42 PM
^Great idea! I wish we'd have had time to drive down the coast to visit the other boardwalk areas. When we were in NJ we stayed in Point Pleasant Beach at a very quaint, clean, and reasonably priced little motel called the Broadway Court Motel, and it was terrific! Rather than endure another day at Great Adventure we spent the day at Jenkinson's Boardwalk. It was so very much fun! We went to the beach, visited the little carnival like park, purchased gaudy souvenirs, wasted money on some midway games, sampled all of the obligatory boardwalk foods, and finished the day off right with a dinner of delicious fresh seafood at the Shrimp Box. You definitely should make an attempt to visit the one of the New Jersey boardwalk areas.

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 14, 2009 at 5:30 PM
John, I just wanted to know the status of the coaster. I have a very small chance of going to SFGAdv in mid-august (my county goes back to school on August 31st), and that would only be through begging my mom... heheeheheh... anyway, if it was 3-4 weeks a week ago, i bet it will be up if and when i go. On the site, they have under KdK "Kingda Ka is temporarily closed." I hope that goes away...

From Mary Ann Nowak
Posted July 14, 2009 at 5:45 PM
Thank you everybody for the comments! I did a little research about the boardwalks -- and I think we are going to spend aday or two at Wildwoods or Cape May. Also, thanks for the updates on Kingda Ka -- I hadn't heard there was a problem-- so I will check the website and call before we leave. I think plan be may be to go to Hershey Park on the way back home to ride the coasters we haven't been on -- (Last trip there was in 2003)

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 14, 2009 at 6:04 PM
Have fun! When do you leave?

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