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Six Flags Great America Introduction

Featuring 10 different themed lands, the Six Flags Great America is a sprawling theme park situated near Gurnee, Illinois. It opened in 1976 as Marriott's Great America, and now attracts nearly 3 million visitors a year. Famous for its many roller coasters, it also features extreme thrill rides, a water park, and Looney Tunes cartoon characters. It's well-placed for Gurnee Mills, Illinois' third largest shopping mall, which lies 3 miles from the park. You'll find various shops, bakeries, and family-friendly eateries along Grand Avenue, while the nearest city is Waukegan, 7 miles east next to Lake Michigan.

Hotels near Six Flags Great America

There's plenty of accommodation within easy reach of Six Flags Great America. The majority fall into the budget and mid-range categories. These 2-star and 3-star properties tend to offer relaxed rooms, some with kitchenettes and pull-out sofas, plus indoor or outdoor pools, free breakfast, and parking. The theme park is open from May to November (sometimes weekends only). The busiest time to visit is between June and August, when schools are out and the weather is at its hottest. For the best room rates, visit in early May or late October.

Where to stay near Six Flags Great America

The Six Flags Great America theme park is in Gurnee, a small village 7 miles west of Waukegan. Many families stay close to the park, around I-94 and State Route 132, about half way between Gurnee Mills and Six Flags Great America. You'll find several pubs, casual diners, and family-friendly restaurants dotted along Grand Avenue. Or head 6 miles southeast of the park to Park City, which is popular with both families and golfers, as it's within easy reach of Foss Park and Willow Glen Golf Courses, both under 4 miles further south.

Things to see near Six Flags Great America

You could pick up a bargain at Gurnee Mills, a popular indoor shopping mall. The third largest mall in Illinois, it has over 200 shops, including many big name brands. Or perhaps explore the history of the U.S. Navy at the National Museum of the American Sailor in Naval Station Great Lakes (NAVSTA), the largest cadet training station in the Navy. Over in Waukegan, you might like the city's artsy downtown area, where you'll find colorful street murals, art galleries, and independent shops. It's also 2.5 miles from North Beach Park.

How to get to Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America is easiest to reach by car. Located off I-94, it's an hour north of Chicago, and there's ample parking available. The nearest train station is in Waukegan, where Metra suburban trains take around 80 minutes to get into downtown Chicago. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 32 miles, or a 35-minute drive south of the theme park. However, the Greyhound bus stops at Waukegan, 7 miles east of the theme park.