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Six Flags New England: Any other parks with coasters?

From Robert OGrosky
Posted July 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Next week we are going on a family vacation to the boston area to see historic sites etc. And being a roller coaster lover I do want to get some coaster credits. We are planing to visit Six Flags New England but have never been to that park before, or the area so i was wondering what other parks may be near by to get some coaster credits. Or any tips you may have to make our visit to SFNE as enjoyable as possible and be able to get on all the coasters. Thanks in advance.

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From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM
Not CLOSE by, but if you have a car, Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT is not that long a drive. Boulder Dash is an absolute marvel of a wooden terrain coaster. Their boomerang is one of the nicer ones out there, but the old wooden Wildcat doesn't run very well. It's a very nice park.

From Zack McDonald
Posted July 30, 2012 at 8:55 PM
Canobie Lake park is about one hour north of Boston in Salem, NH. The have a wood coaster, Arrow Corkscrew and Gerstlauer Euro fighter. It is the best old time park in New England.

From James Rao
Posted July 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I visited SFNE last year. Thought it was a pretty decent SF park. Pretty nice theming, interesting layout. It was not very crowded when I went being as I visited during the work week.

When you get there, head straight to the back of the park and ride Bizarro, multiple times. It is easily the best ride at SFNE, and one of the best coasters I have ridden to date. It is so good, that everything else in the park seems a bit second rate, which is too bad, because, as I said, it was a fairly nice park.

The other standout attraction, though quite inferior to Bizarro, is the Batman the Dark Knight coaster. Don't confuse this ride with the lastest film which is bloated, boring, and boneheaded (come one, Nolan, was Gotham really saved by a villain's monologue?! Jeez!), as this ride is short and sweet. I found it to be similar to Wildfire at Silver Dollar City, but not quite as good. It is especially fun in the front row, imho.

Beyond those two coasters, everything else is second tier or worse, but overall I enjoyed my day at the park and am sure you will too.

BTW, I updated the TPI page for SFNE last year, but it probably needs to be brushed up for 2012. So be sure to check out
this link and update the attraction listings after your visit.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM
"The other standout attraction, though quite inferior to Bizarro, is the Batman the Dark Knight coaster. Don't confuse this ride with the lastest film"

...or with the Dark Knight Coaster found at SF Great Adventure, a P.O.S. indoor Wild Mouse.

From James Rao
Posted July 31, 2012 at 4:18 AM
...a P.O.S. indoor Wild Mouse... sounds a lot like the latest film! =)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 31, 2012 at 8:49 AM
+1 to James. I haven't seen the film, so I won't get into that. But that was a great line, Rao...or is it Rio?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 31, 2012 at 8:56 AM
I was disappointed with the coasters at Canobie, and with the park in general. They have a couple of interesting/unusual/rare flat rides, including a Rotor (but Compounce's is better.) My favorite ride there was an old-but-refurbished dark ride, the Mine Of Lost Souls. It's a loading nightmare, but quite fun.

There's also an absolutely terrific small woodie at Quassy in CT..the Wooden Warrior..but that'd take you much further from Boston.

From Scott B
Posted July 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM
I don't think I have been to Canobie Lake since highschool. Which was 14 years ago. I remember having our senior fun day at Canobie. Then that was it.

I should go back. I just checked and it is only 40 miles from my house. I really have no excuse.

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