I know that Six Flags San Antonio (a.k.a Fiesta Texas) is a blast! I know because every summer my kids nag me, “C’mon Dad, let’s go to Six Flags”… again… and again… and again.
If you don’t know what Six Flags San Antonio is, it is a really cool amusement park with many roller coasters and water rides of varying thrill-levels, a nice wave pool, and several other fun things… all-in-all, a kids’ paradise!
I don’t mind going at all. Yes, it can be somewhat costly, and it can be a tiring day, but we all have so much fun that it is certainly worth it.
I want to tell you about things we learnt when preparing to go to Six Flags San Antonio. It doesn’t help much if you plan to go, but you don’t know how to get there, so I’ll tell you about getting there. To get in, you’re going to need tickets, and we’ve discovered that there are different ways to go about getting tickets to Six Flags.
Once we’re in the park, we usually do things in a particular way that makes sense to us, and I think it will help you too. We head towards the Water Park first, but on our way there, we often go on one of the many Rides.
Sometimes we go to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the whole weekend. In such cases we like to stay in one of the hotels near Six Flags.
Visiting Six Flags San Antonio
Since you’ll typically go to Six Flags San Antonio in the summer and this is Texas, you could expect it to be quite hot. So prepare around that.
Take plenty of sunscreen. (If you forget sunscreen, you can buy it in the park.) It’s also a good idea to take hats for everyone, especially for the smaller kids. Also take river shoes (water shoes) with you. The pathways between rides and pools can get very hot.
Six Flags doesn’t allow you to take a cooler inside, so you’ll have buy all your food and drinks inside. The food and drinks are fairly pricey.
To save a little, we make sure we eat something before arriving at the park.
Getting to Six Flags San Antonio is quite easy. Six Flags is located north-west of downtown San Antonio. Going north from downtown San Antonio on Hwy 87, take the Fiesta Texas exit immediately after Loop 1604. At that point the park will be on your left.
I’m sure by then the kids would’ve spotted it and announced their discovery quite excitedly!
The easiest way to get tickets is by simply buying them at the ticket booth… this is also the most expensive way, as we’ve discovered!
Since then I noticed discount coupons on Diet Coke cans. I seem to recall seeing people in line at the ticket booth with discount coupons clipped from local newspapers. Hotel lobbies often have brochures for local attractions that contains coupons. My kids like rummaging through those!
If you think you might be going to Six Flags San Antonio more than once in the season, I think a season pass is definitely worth it! A weekend pass may also be a good option if you anticipate going two days in a row over a weekend.
You can also buy tickets online at the Six Flags San Antonio website – a cool way to avoid long lines at the ticket booths!
Once we’re in the park, the kids are chomping at the bit, ready to go.
So our first step is to find a spot that will have shade throughout the day. This acts as our “home base”. If the kids run off to go ride something, they know where to return to. If you have smaller kids, I’d suggest you pick a spot in the water park at the Texas pool.
After that, buy a few bottles of water. Make sure the kids drink water regularly. We always have to remind our kids to drink water. We usually get a “but Mom…”, but it only takes one crying, dehydrated kid at the end of a long day to avoid that mistake forever!
Six Flags also has great lockers – at a fee of course . I don’t mind spending the $7 if it means I can also have fun without worrying about our valuables.
The Water Park usually opens an hour after the rest of Six Flags. Since we usually get there about 15 to 30 minutes after opening time anyway, we don’t have to wait long for the Water Park to open. Just enough time for one or two roller coaster rides!
Once we get in, we head for the Texas pool and set up our “home base”. Then the kids take off!
If you have smaller kids, they can have lots of fun in the Texas pool. There is also a “little kids” section right at the entrance to the Water Park.
Other than several great water-slides, the Water Park also has a “river” that you could just go round-‘n-round on a tube… wonderful if you’re just looking to relax and cool down!
If you go up the stairs to behind the water-slides, there is a great “water playscape” that my kids simply love!
Six Flags has many roller coasters of varying thrill-level. I’m not going to attempt to describe all of them to you.
I can however tell you that there are rides ranging from mild ones that will delight little kids, all the way to roller coasters and other rides that will freak out the greatest thrill-seekers!
My elder son is now in the latter category…
I have to admit that I’m a little weary when it comes to roller coasters, but recently my elder son managed to drag me onto the Superman. Whoa! What a ride that was! We got right back into the line and rode it a second time!
There are several hotels near Six Flags San Antonio Texas. Instead of squeezing it in here, I decided to tell you more about that on a separate page covering hotels. This way I can give you a fairly decent idea on what to expect at each of them. Read about the hotels near Six Flags in San Antonio.