30. Go to Six Flags
I live a few cities away from Six Flags New England. I never thought of it as lucky, convenient, or special, probably because I’ve lived in the same area my whole life. However, upon recent reflection, I did realize that it is pretty, for lack of a better word, cool. When my friend CJ came to visit here 7 years ago (to the date!), we took her there. It’s like the place I take out of town friends in an attempt to convince them that Western Massachusetts is thrilling. (Don’t get me wrong – I think it really is. There are some cool things around here. But after a while they get kind of MEH).
When I was younger, Six Flags was called Riverside. It had a few cool wooden coasters but that’s all I really remember. When it became Six Flags, in came in the DC superheroes and Looney Toon characters. Bigger and more thrilling rides came and my friends and I went more often. I even got a season pass for a few years.
When I became a really cool teenager (hahah) I kind of got over Six Flags. I remember the specific day. My boyfriend at the time, Dan, wanted to go so we had his grandma drive us (we were like, 14). Probably 30 minutes later, we were bored stiff and he called her and had her pick us up. I still feel bad about it. But Dan and I still laugh about it. Everything was boring back then.
My friends and I would still go every now and then but only to the waterpark. I have fond memories of us waiting in lines for the slides or hanging out in the dirty, bandaid-y wave pool. Actually, one of my summer goals from maybe 2008 or 2009 was go to the waterpark with my gals like old times.
I think the last time I went to Six Flags (not just the waterpark) was when CJ came – 7 years ago.
Nick and I decided we wanted to go again as GROWN UPS.
So, Nick got us tickets online (you can DO THAT?!). And we parked and walked in WITHOUT taking the shuttle bus.
I won’t give you a play by play of the entire day. But I love making lists, as you know, so I’ll do just that.
- The superheroes are shorter than I remember. Robin is my height (I know he’s a boy wonder but c’mon).
- You can bring outside drinks!? What?!
- The Goliath ride was my least favorite. That line to get on was the most stressful part of my day. I was so scared. When I got on, I was so scared. When the ride started, I was so scared. It was one of those plummet, loop, backwards coasters. Not okay and never again.
- My new favorite ride was the Wicked Cyclone. It used parts from the old wooden Cyclone that was there when it was Riverside. So fun!
- I only saw 2 of my students!
- Nick and I spent a lot of time trying to perfect a photo off of Batman or Bizarro. Each time I was laughing, but Nick was spot-on with his bored look.
- Nick is more thrilling that I remember or thought. He had to convince me to go on a lot of things or sit in certain (scarier) seats.
- I brought a fanny pack. It worked out nicely.
- If it’s your first time at the park, or your birthday, or some kind of celebration, you get a free STICKER.
- I spent a lot of time taking serious-faced selfies with Looney Toons.
Twas a fun, fun, day. But, a hard day. It is hard to be 16 years old. I was sleepy. My Up band said I did about 14,000 steps that day, it was hot, it was exciting and by the end of it I was exhausted.
If you haven’t been to Six Flags ever, go.
If you haven’t been to Six Flags in a long time, go. It was fun to relive some of the old memories and see what has changed and what has stayed the same.