Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road To Six Flags, Arlington, Texas
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (hours may vary daily)
Admission: Adults, $54.99; Children under 48”, $34.99; Under 2, FREE
(817) 640-8900

If you love the rush of wind in your hair, that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you’re moving faster than you think you can take, and the thrill that comes when you don’t know where the next turn will take you, check out Six Flags Over Texas this summer for an entire day of screaming-fast excitement. Six Flags has five of the most electrifying coasters for the thrill-seeker in all of us.  Which ones do you want to check out?

Runaway Mountain

Brave the darkness of Runaway Mountain as it spirals, drops and banks through a 65-foot manmade mountain peaking above the swamps of the Old South. You’ll be terrorized by a mysterious force that guards the treasure hidden deep in the caves by the infamous pirate Jean LaFitte. Built in the style of Italian-designed greats Windstorm and Hurricane, you’re sure to enjoy the intense mystery this ride offers.

Batman: The Ride

This foot-dangling adventure begins with an 87-foot twisty-turny dive into a seven-story vertical loop. Then a zero-gravity heartline roll followed by a second gargantuan vertical loop, more twists and turns, and quick drops and corkscrews. The climax? The foot-to-the-sky inversions followed by the brakerun of a lifetime, that’s what! This inverted coaster, with a top speed of 50 mph, shows you what it’s really like to be a superhero!


Experience pure terror as you’re flipped upside down through three back-to-back loops only to experience the whole ride again… backwards! This is definitely a ride every roller coaster enthusiast should experience.  Why? This ride is specially designed to simulate the experience of being in a fighter jet as it rolls and dives.


(Photo: Flashback) credit: Eric Gieszl,

Texas Giant

The famed Texas Giant is back! Recently renovated to be “higher, faster and smoother than ever,” the Texas Giant now features a record 79-degree drop, the steepest in the world! The Giant appeals to many coaster fanatics because its wooden construction gives it a smoother ride than your average steel fabrication. In addition to it’s world-record drop, it boasts another record-breaking first – a joint-snapping 95-degree bank. If you haven’t ridden the Giant recently, you haven’t ridden it at all.


The Titan is the ultimate Texas coaster. This one has G-forces reportedly strong enough to cause blackouts. This coaster is for only the most adventurous of fans. With an impressive top speed of 85 mph a 120-foot underground tunnel preceded by a death-defying 255-foot drop, the Titan is rated number 9 on the 2010 list of top 10 roller coasters in the U.S. by Time.

(Photo: Titan) credit: Six Flags Over Texas

Get Moving!

If you’re ready to experience the thrills and chills Six Flags has to offer, you should consider buying a Flash Pass. Starting at $39, the Flash Pass lets you avoid the long waits in line, a must for any roller coaster enthusiast. Spend the whole day at Six Flags or just stop in to ride your favorite coasters then stop in at one of the many local area watering holes for a well-earned beer.

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer in Fort Worth. You can read more of her work in the Dallas City Guide or at