Holidays in Six Flags Great America

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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.

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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 AU$87 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
Situated in the entertainment district, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Six Flags Great America and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Gurnee Mills. Northwest Community ...
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"I liked this hotel because of the location in which this hotel was in had a lot of restaurants to choose from to go eat. It was also easy access to I-94 to get home. What i didn't like about the hotel is not alot of breakfast choices to eat. They could have more breakfast choices especially toast. ..."

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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
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The price is AU$98 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Six Flags Great America and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Gurnee Mills. Northwest Community Healthcare and Gold ...
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Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
3 out of 5
1700 Nations Dr, Gurnee, IL
The price is AU$285 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
This family-friendly Gurnee resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Six Flags Great America and Gurnee Mills. Gold Pyramid House and Northwest Community Healthcare are ...
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Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2021

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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 AU$87 per night from 17 Feb. to 18 Feb.
Super 8 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 AU$98 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
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Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
3 out of 5
1700 Nations Dr, Gurnee, IL
The price is AU$285 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
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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 AU$123 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Gurnee, IL
WoodSpring Suites Gurnee-North Chicago
WoodSpring Suites Gurnee-North Chicago
2.5 out of 5
5742 Northridge Drive, Gurnee, IL
The price is AU$115 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.
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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 AU$137 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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Baymont by Wyndham Gurnee
Baymont by Wyndham Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
5430 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL
The price is AU$91 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
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Extended Stay America Suites Chicago Gurnee
Extended Stay America Suites Chicago Gurnee
2.5 out of 5
5724 Northridge Dr, Gurnee, IL
The price is AU$148 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.
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Sonesta ES Suites Chicago Waukegan
Sonesta ES Suites Chicago Waukegan
3 out of 5
1440 S White Oak Dr, Waukegan, IL
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