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Six Flags Great America
Vacation Travel Guide

Six Flags Great America featuring rides
Spend a day at this sprawling theme park to enjoy an array of thrilling roller coaster rides, a water park and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Locals and visitors come to Six Flags Great America to escape the heat during Milwaukee’s summer months. The theme park has almost 7 miles (11 kilometers) of roller coaster track alongside a host of other family attractions and entertainment set over a sprawling area close to the Wisconsin–Illinois state line.

The park was opened in 1976 during the American Bicentennial and still retains a home-grown Americana atmosphere with themed areas such as Yankee Harbor and Mardi Gras.

The thrill rides are the biggest attraction,with alluring names such as “Dare Devil Dive”, “King Chaos” and “Raging Bull”. Experience a 12-story free-fall, or ride a “hyper twister” coaster. Try to get your roller coaster fix early in the day or after 6 p.m. to avoid the worst of the waiting lines. Less frenetic activities perfect for younger visitors include classic bumper cars, a scenic railway and the grand carousel. 

To pass the time between rides, kids can get close to their favorite Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo characters, who roam the park’s grounds. The Kidzopolis zone is the place for little ones to run wild with an array of kid-friendly rides and games.

Spend time at Hurricane Harbor for a cool respite from Milwaukee’s hot summers. This is an inviting water park where you can bomb down near-vertical water slides, go surfing or white water rafting, or simply go with the flow, drifting along the Lazy River.

Six Flags Great America is just off the I-94 freeway, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago. There’s no public transport from Milwaukee, but you’ll find plenty of on-site parking.

The park is open during the summer between May and October. Buy tickets online to receive special offers and discounts. Pay more for a Flash Pass, which lets you schedule ride times in advance to skip waiting lines.

Spend a day at this sprawling theme park to enjoy an array of thrilling roller coaster rides, a water park and entertainment for kids of all ages.

Locals and visitors come to Six Flags Great America to escape the heat during Milwaukee’s summer months. The theme park has almost 7 miles (11 kilometers) of roller coaster track alongside a host of other family attractions and entertainment set over a sprawling area close to the Wisconsin–Illinois state line.

The park was opened in 1976 during the American Bicentennial and still retains a home-grown Americana atmosphere with themed areas such as Yankee Harbor and Mardi Gras.

The thrill rides are the biggest attraction,with alluring names such as “Dare Devil Dive”, “King Chaos” and “Raging Bull”. Experience a 12-story free-fall, or ride a “hyper twister” coaster. Try to get your roller coaster fix early in the day or after 6 p.m. to avoid the worst of the waiting lines. Less frenetic activities perfect for younger visitors include classic bumper cars, a scenic railway and the grand carousel.

To pass the time between rides, kids can get close to their favorite Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo characters, who roam the park’s grounds. The Kidzopolis zone is the place for little ones to run wild with an array of kid-friendly rides and games.

Spend time at Hurricane Harbor for a cool respite from Milwaukee’s hot summers. This is an inviting water park where you can bomb down near-vertical water slides, go surfing or white water rafting, or simply go with the flow, drifting along the Lazy River.

Six Flags Great America is just off the I-94 freeway, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago. There’s no public transport from Milwaukee, but you’ll find plenty of on-site parking.

The park is open during the summer between May and October. Buy tickets online to receive special offers and discounts. Pay more for a Flash Pass, which lets you schedule ride times in advance to skip waiting lines.

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Super 8 by Wyndham Gurnee
Super 8 by Wyndham Gurnee
2 out of 5
5520 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥7,151 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Situated in the entertainment district, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Six Flags Great America and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Gurnee Mills. Northwest Community ...
3.5/5Good! (841 reviews)
"The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The room was very clean and everything was in working order. We woukd definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
2.5 out of 5
5420 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥8,830 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in the heart of Gurnee, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Six Flags Great America and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Gurnee Mills. Northwest Community Healthcare ...
4/5Very Good! (988 reviews)
"It wasn’t the cleanest place and the pool was way too small"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee
Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
6090 Gurnee Mills Blvd E, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥10,817 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Gurnee Mills and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Six Flags Great America. Northwest Community ...
4.2/5Excellent! (877 reviews)
"Staff is efficient and professional, yet friendly and helpful. Felt very at home. Hotel was clean and quiet. Plenty of choices in hot breakfast. Will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee
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Super 8 by Wyndham Gurnee
Super 8 by Wyndham Gurnee
2 out of 5
5520 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥7,151 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Super 8 by Wyndham Gurnee
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
2.5 out of 5
5420 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥8,830 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee
Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
6090 Gurnee Mills Blvd E, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥10,817 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Wingate by Wyndham Gurnee
Baymont by Wyndham Gurnee
Baymont by Wyndham Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
5430 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥8,812 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
Baymont by Wyndham Gurnee
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Gurnee
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Chicago Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
5688 Northridge Rd, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥8,374 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
3 out of 5
1700 Nations Dr, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥22,055 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 7
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Hampton Inn Chicago - Gurnee
Hampton Inn Chicago - Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
5550 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥10,217 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Hampton Inn Chicago - Gurnee
Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
6161 West Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥10,586 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center, an IHG Hotel
Extended Stay America Chicago - Gurnee
Extended Stay America Chicago - Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
5724 Northridge Dr, Gurnee, IL
The price is ¥9,924 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
Extended Stay America Chicago - Gurnee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.