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A Full Day of Excitement Awaits at Six Flags Over Georgia

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Do you have a family adventure to Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta, GA planned for this summer? We checked it out to create this Six Flags Over Georgia review, and we have all the information you need to have a fun day there with your family. Complimentary tickets were provided for this review.

Six Flags Over Georgia is one of the few theme parks not far from Greenville, SC that provides thrilling rides with heart-pounding excitement mixed with more gentle rides for smaller kids, concessions, events, and shows. Here’s what you need to know when planning a trip there with your family. This review is a compilation of two trips to Six Flags Over Georgia.

Six Flags roller coaster
Roller coaster at Six Flags Over America

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About Six Flags Over Georgia

The theme park is located a little less than three hours from the Upstate, depending on traffic, in the Atlanta metro area. It’s a massive park with 40+ rides. Hurricane Harbor is the water park inside of Six Flags Over Georgia that opens Memorial Day weekend.

Like other theme parks, Six Flags Over Georgia offers a Flash Pass, a way to get to do more rides without waiting in lines. These are add-ons to your one-day ticket and start at $60.

Getting to Six Flags Over Georgia

The first thing to remember about Six Flags Over Georgia is that it is basically in Atlanta, which means traffic. We suggest getting there a little before the park opens so you have enough time to get on the rides on you want. If you’re doing this as a day trip, you need to allow around 3-3.5 hours to get there.

We followed the directions from the Six Flags site; and they recommend taking 85S to 285W, then 20W, which takes you right to the park. Make use of your GSP though in case of backups and look at alternate routes. And bring your patience.

Parking at Six Flag Over Georgia

Parking was a breeze. There are multiple ticket booths where you can have your parking pass scanned or purchase parking. We recommend purchasing parking beforehand just to save time. They do offer Speedy Parking and Preferred Parking for an extra fee. The lot is large but there is zero shade so be sure to bring one of those reflector things for your car if you don’t want to open an oven when you get back. And pay attention to where you park so you can find your car after a long day of coasters.

Sky Screamer at Six Flags Over Georgia
Sky Screamer at Six Flags Over Georgia

There are also three tram pick-up locations in the parking lots that will shuttle you to the front entrance. We walked from Lot 1 and were to the entrance before people that we saw waiting for the tram. De[ending on where you park, it’s not a long walk.

Be sure to have your tickets ready to be scanned for easy entrance. It is a thousand times easier to buy tickets beforehand and have them on your phone than it is to wait in the Will Call/Ticket line. We went in the early afternoon and the line took a really long time, almost 30 minutes.

Plan of Attack for Rides at Six Flags Over Georgia

We recommend downloading the Six Flags Over Georgia app because it’s awesome. You can easily pull up locations of rides, shopping, and dining options. You can see how tall you must be to ride the rides and the wait times for each ride. There’s also a really handy map, which had a blue dot so you can see where you are in relation to where you want to be.

If you have more than a few people in your family, look at the app before you go or the Six Flags website to figure out what rides you want to ride on and height requirements and make a list of the ones you really want to do and go to those first. We found that the longer we were at Six Flags, the longer the wait times were. There are also screens around the park to check the wait times.

Great American Scream Machine
Great American Scream Machine

Also, look at a map beforehand because you’ll need it when you try to figure out which rides to go on and where they are in relation to the other rides you don’t want to miss. Also, check out the app to see if any rides are closed.

The Food at Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags offers different Dining Passes that you can add onto your tickets, which I honestly love. I think these are just good options when it comes to planning out your day if its in your budget. The 2024 Dining Pass options are: One Meal/One Snack/One Beverage is $20.99/person and the Unlimited All Day Dining Deal where you get one meal of your choice every 90 minutes and get an All Day Drink Bottle is $44.99/person.

They also offer a one day drink bottle with unlimited refills for $19.99/each. If you want to do this option, go right when the park opens or you get there otherwise you could end up waiting in long lines or wandering around for a long time trying to find someplace that isn’t sold out of them. Honestly, this is the clincher because Georgia summers are dreadfully hot and we saw no water fountains. I even brought refillable water bottles in my tiny bag for that purpose but didn’t see anywhere were I could fill them. That refillable day bottle is worth it.

There are a lot of different options for dining like taverns, cheesesteaks, burgers, BBQ, a even a diner. Try to go on off times, like not right at Noon or 1pm for lunch because lines are long. And look at the festivals they offer every year where you can try different food, like Brews & Bites every weekend April 20-May 19, 2024.

Also, try to plan your food adventures around your most thrilling rides. For example, maybe do the more heart-pounding in the morning before you go eat a chili cheese dog for lunch. Just a thought.

If you want to bring a lunch to eat in your car to save money, you can definitely do that. Be sure to get a re-entry wristband on your way out so you can get back in.

Rides at Six Flags Over Georgia

I have one more adventurous daughter and another more timid one when it comes to roller coasters, which certainly made the day challenging. We ended up riding a fun, smaller roller coaster, the Dahlonega Mine Train. It’s a good intro into the faster rides and is perfect for younger kids who are not quite ready to try the big ones, and has a height requirement of 42 inches.

We also rode the country cars, which I let my youngest drive. Of course, driving any car for kids is going to be fun. There are so many fantastic roller coasters that I wanted to really get in on the scream fest but will have to wait for another time!

Six Flags Over Georgia car ride
Six Flags Over Georgia car ride

I’m a complete adrenaline junkie when it comes to roller coasters and have not met a roller coaster I didn’t love. The ones I really wanted to try were: Goliath, Superman, Georgia Scorcher, Batman, and Twisted Cyclone. Most of these had long, long waits – around 60 minutes at minimum – by the afternoon on a Saturday. This is why you need to plan what you want to really want to ride on and go there first unless you can swing a Flash Pass.

There are lots of great kid-focused rides like smaller Ferris Wheel-types, swings, and a beautiful carousel. Monster Mansion is a great one because the dark boat ride is a nice break out of the heat.

Water Park at Six Flags Over Georgia

At Hurricane Harbor, the water park found inside Six Flags Over Georgia, we rented a large locker. There are small, large, and jumbo, with the bigger the locker, the higher the cost. Then we headed for the wave pool to cool off. There are plenty of life jackets for kids that may need them and they have multiple sizes. My son had a great time in the wave pool, but the large Paradise Island structure was calling his name, and we went there to watch him play.

Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia

Now, anyone that has lived around this area for a while knows that the weather is very unpredictable in the early evening hours. And while the entire day had been virtually cloudless to this point, all of a sudden a thunderstorm came through. The water park was immediately shut down, so we changed back into our regular clothes.

Unfortunately, in the time, we were changing a severe storm warning was issued, and all of the rides in the park were turned off. We quickly left the water park area and stopped in a t-shirt shop for about 15 minutes. When the weather broke, we took off again, and got ice cream while the rain started again.

Ultimately it was getting rather on into the evening, with no indication that rides would start up again anytime soon. From the time they shut down the water park at 5 pm, and we got back to our car at 6:30 pm, no rides were running. It was a nice cool down, though.

Six Flags Over Georgia’s rain policy according to their website is: “There are still a ton of activities that are amazingly fun in any kind of weather––including indoor shows, restaurants, shops, games, and arcades. If rain, wind, or electrical storms force us to close certain rides for your safety, they will re-open as soon as safe operations can be assured. Refunds or rain checks for inclement weather are not offered.”

So, our day was cut somewhat short. We had a great time prior to the storm, and my son said he really liked Six Flags a lot. I think we will probably wait until he’s a bit older to go again, however, as the biggest attractions at Six Flags Over Georgia are the roller coasters. There are a lot of them.

Parent Tips: Six Flags Over Georgia

While we mentioned many tips in this story, here are a few others:

  • Bring/ear sun protection. It’s hot and you’ll get sunburned if you don’t have sunscreen or rain protection.
  • Download the Six Flags Over Georgia app for helpful info on rides, wait times, and a map.
  • The park is huge so plan which rides you want to go on and do them first. If you can afford it, get a FLASH Pass so you can enjoy even more rides.
  • Get the refillable water bottle. Dehydration is not fun.
  • While the park does have a lot of kid and family-focused rides, I think it’s best for kids closer to age 10 and up who love adventure and roller coasters. For most of more moderately intense rides, kids need to be at 48 inches for the medium coasters and 54 inches for the bigger ones.
  • Go early! Plan to spend the day there if it’s a day trip and leave the Upstate early.
  • If your kid wants to see some Looney Tunes characters, be sure to check the schedule of appearances when you get there.
  • Get tickets ahead of time online. You’ll save both time and money.
  • Look at the dress code before you go, especially for the waterpark: “All guests must wear proper attire, such as bathing suits or board shorts. Thongs, G-strings, or transparent swimwear are not permitted.”
  • You can bring bags and small backpacks into the park but not on the rides. You can either get a locker for a fee or leave them on the platform.
Roller Coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia

Visit Six Flags Over Georgia

Tickets start at $42 online (or $79.99 at the gate) and change depending on the date you want to go. It’s absolutely better to get the tickets online versus when you go. You can purchase a refillable water bottle, FLASH passes, and parking ($35+) online as well when you purchase your ticket.

Season passes start at $49/person. If you go more than once, a season pass is certainly a good deal, especially if you purchase the Platinum Level ($95/person), which includes parking.

275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell, GA
Six Flags Over Georgia

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Get Blown Away by Amazing Balloon Museum Pop-Up Art Exhibit in Atlanta, GA

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For a totally unique experience, the pop-up art exhibit at the Balloon Museum: Let’s Fly in Atlanta should be a must-see with your whole family! 

Thank you to the Balloon Museum for providing media tickets for this review. All opinions are those of the author.

The Balloon Museum: Let’s Fly is a pop-up art exhibit with lots of interactive elements that make for a really unique experience for kids – and adults – of all ages. Here’s what you need to know and why we thought this exhibit was just so surprising, fun, and whimsical!

Balloon Museum ball pit
Balloon Museum’s massive ball pit

About the Balloon Museum: Let’s Fly

There are only a couple of other Balloon Museum exhibits in the world besides the one in Atlanta so it’s a very unique experience and one you won’t find anywhere else in the country. 

The art exhibit opened in February 2024 and will close June 9, 2024. It’s located in Pullman Yards near downtown Atlanta. 

Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum

There are several installations in the museum itself that are interactive – think falling into a ginormous ball pit, trying to pop bubbles, pushing giant balls on swings, and a mirrored hallway. Other installations you cannot touch but are very neat to look at. 

The entire exhibit really seeks to push the boundaries of art as you know it and guides you as you step into the unknown. Prepare to be wowed. 

Our Favorite Exhibits

It’s hard to choose which exhibits were our favorite but definitely at the top of the list was the ginormous ball pit. This ball pit was just huge, bigger than a large swimming pool at a resort, and while you couldn’t jump in, you could get in and walk around or trust fall into it. It was so much fun! At the end of the session, there is a show that lights up the ball pit and includes background videos and balls that slide down from the ceiling. It was amazing. 

We also really loved the mirrored entranceway. I actually had no idea which way to go. It was like a cool illusion. 

Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum mirrors

There were giant swinging balls to push around and characters in a space fluorescent room that you could push over that shot right back up. There was a fun room at the end for selfies with different balloon-themed areas. We loved it. 

There is also a bubble installation where the room goes dark for a second and then lights up near the ceiling. The bubbles are then shot out and into the crowd of people. 

There is a Virtual Reality show as well, which is really fun and interesting. A neat exhibit is of a huge balloon that is bounced around a room and makes art as it goes. There is charcoal on it so you may get your hands a little dirty but it’s totally worth it.

Best Ages for the Balloon Museum

Literally, any age is going to love the Balloon Museum. When we went, there were adults and kids of all ages and we were all totally enamored by the experience.

We all loved walking around in the ball pit and being awed by the immensity of it. The bubbles were such a hit and the balls that hung from the ceiling that you had to push brought out the inner child in all the adults.  

Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum exhibit

This is probably the thing I loved about the Balloon Museum: that it was all a total, immersive, whimsical surprise around every corner. I forgot about everything else in my life for a while and just enjoyed the quirky, off-the-wall exhibits. 

There are no strollers allowed so if you do have a smaller child, you’ll have to carry them. 

Need to Know about the Balloon Museum

Here are some tips on how to best enjoy the Balloon Museum: Let’s Fly in Atlanta: 

  • The exhibit closes June 9, 2024, so you’ll need to go before then. 
  • No strollers or large bags are allowed. There is an area for coat check and a place to leave your stroller. 
  • There is no shade when you’re in line to get into the museum so bring a hat and wear sunscreen. 
  • Parking is paid. It’s $7/hour and weekends and $6/hour on weekdays. 
  • You have to purchase your ticket online and they are timed tickets. 
  • There are some parts of the exhibit that have warnings for those with epilepsy. You can skip those sections if needed.
Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum fun!

Visiting the Balloon Museum 

Tickets to the Balloon Museum are $39/adults, $29/ages 4-12, and free for kids ages 3 and under. If you sign up for their email newsletter, you’ll likely get a discount code. 

Allow for a little over an hour to go through the museum. You can take as many photos and videos as you like but the employees will be moving you through the exhibits so you cannot just hang out at any specific one. 

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Balloon Museum: Let’s Fly
225 Rogers Street, NE, Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta Braves: Experience a Major League Baseball Game near Greenville, SC

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Are you wondering what it’s like to go to an Atlanta Braves Game? The Atlanta Braves, in Atlanta, GA, are the closest Major League Baseball team to Greenville, SC – and boy is it worth the experience of going to a game there! We were invited to an Atlanta Braves game and are here to tell you all about how to experience the thrill of a MLB game at Truist Park with your family. 

Thank you to Cobb Tourism & Travel for inviting us to an Atlanta Braves game and arranging the trip!

I had grown up going to Philadelphia Phillies games with my family and they were always a lot of fun because of the excitement of going to a big game in a big city in a big stadium. The closest MLB team we have nearest us in Greenville, SC are the Atlanta Braves. I could not have been more excited to take my own kids to experience some of that same excitement I felt as a kid at a Major League Baseball game. 

The Battery at Truist Park
Game day photo!

Atlanta Braves: Truist Park 

The Braves play at Truist Park, a 41,000-seat stadium with four levels, dozens of restaurants, and a play area for kids with a zipline, climbing wall, and batting cage. 

Tickets can be purchased through the MLB website, which is linked to Ticketmaster. Getting the MLB app and the Ticketmaster app before you make your purchase can help make things go smoother. You’ll need to show your tickets on your phone to get in as paper tickets are not accepted. The venue is also cashless. 

One cool thing that I wish I knew about beforehand is the Truist Park Tour, a guided 90-minute tour of the stadium. The Atlanta Braves is the longest, continuously operative franchise in Major League Baseball so they have an extensive and fascinating history, which you’ll learn about on this tour. Plus, you get to visit places in the stadium you wouldn’t otherwise get to see, like the dugout (on game days, you have to take earlier tours to see the dugout), and without thousands of other fans with you. You have to reserve these tickets online and they happen almost every day. Tickets are $32/adult and $20/kids. 

Atlanta Braves: The Battery 

The Battery is like a tiny town in and of itself outside of Truist Park. There’s an entertainment facility, lots of restaurants, places to shop, a big green space and stage for live entertainment, parking, and a hotel. 

We went over to Goldberg’s for breakfast the morning of the game to check it out and I ended up participating in an awesome, free workout by Amy by Bodyfit. I didn’t know who she was until I looked her up later (turns out she is crazy popular) but the workout was a blast! But during the time before the game, the place is packed with people getting cocktails and beer, the kids playing in the splash pad, people eating dinner, promoters giving away free stuff, drummers playing on their five-gallon overturned buckets, mascots taking photos with fans, and just an overall fun and exciting vibe happening. 

Splashpad at The Battery at Truist Park
Splashpad at The Battery at Truist Park

We had no idea where to turn first when we got there. We ended up taking the hotel shuttle over to The Battery and went in search of dinner but got easily distracted by all the fun things happening around us. It was recommended to us to eat at PH’EAST, a Far East food hall on the outskirts of The Battery and a little less crowded than the restaurants nearest the stadium. That was an excellent recommendation but my kids decided they wanted something a little more American. The food looked amazing though and they had bathrooms. 

We ended up eating at a food truck right outside one of the stadium gates that served fries, burgers, and hot dogs. It was actually pretty good, much to my surprise. There really isn’t anywhere there that serves cheap eats but there are lots of excellent options like tacos, nachos, a beer garden, a pizza place, and a burger joint. After looking at several of the menus while walking around, I don’t think you can go wrong with any option. 

Just be sure to decide if you want to eat at The Battery or not before going into the stadium because once they scan your tickets, you can’t leave and reenter. 

Atlanta Braves: Watching the Game 

The game itself was so exciting and a lot of fun. The music, the energy, and the fans were engaging and lively. 

When the pitcher struck out a player of the opposing team, fireworks went off. The race of the Home Depot tools (people dressed up as a paintbrush, hammer, etc.) were hilarious. We were dying laughing along with everyone else. All the fans sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning stretch and the ax chop, typical of the Braves fans, happened several times. It was quite the sight. 

Truist Park
Truist Park

On Friday nights during home games, the team shoots off fireworks after the game. There were so many families at the game; it was a delight to see. This was truly a family-friendly activity and we immensely enjoyed the experience. It was totally different than any other MLB game I’ve attended. The fans were totally into the game and the innings seemed to fly by. My daughters said it was the best part of our whole trip. 

If you get to the stadium a little early, you can buy tokens for your kids to have some fun at the Hope & Will’s Sandlot. There is a zipline, climbing wall, batting cage, arcade game and photo opportunities. This is located at Sections 152-155 and tokens are $1 each. 

Atlanta Braves: Parking

Like anywhere in Atlanta, parking is expensive and a challenge. My best piece of advice is to stay where we did at the Atlanta North Marriott, a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium, so you don’t need to worry about parking. 

But if you need a place to park, the stadium offers multiple lots that are anywhere from right next to the stadium to a 15-minute walk away. They recommend you purchase parking ahead of time. You can do that and see the map of where the official lots are located on the ballpark website.

Prices range anywhere from $17 up to $52 + Ticketmaster fees for the various lots. There are other places you can find that are unofficial Atlanta Braves parking lots, including the hotel where we stayed. Parking was $30 at the time of this writing. Of course, always be prudent wherever you park and lock valuables out of sight or just don’t take them in your car. 

Atlanta Braves: Where to Stay 

Cobb County hosted us at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, a 10-15 minute walk from Truist Park, which absolutely came in handy when the game ended close to 10 pm and thousands of people exited the stadium at the same time and drove home. 

I would one thousand percent stay here again if we were going to a Braves game for that reason. While it is a beautiful and comfortable hotel, the convenience of staying at this Marriott was worth the hassle and stress of trying to find parking and driving with thousands of other people after the game. 

Atlanta Marriot
Atlanta Marriot

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Atlanta Braves: Tips 

Here are some things to know before you go: 

  • The Battery is packed before game time. If you plan to eat before the game, get there a couple hours early. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from but there are also thousands of people. 
  • Bags aren’t allowed in the stadium. The exceptions are medical bags no larger than what is required to transport necessary medical equipment, breast pumps for nursing mothers and other bags required for guests with ADA needs, diaper bags for guests accompanied by infant(s) and/or toddler(s), small, single compartment clutches no larger than 5 x 9 inches, small, single compartment clear bags no larger than 5 x 9 inches. 
  • You can bring outside food into the stadium but it must be in a gallon-sized plastic bag. A single, sealed bottle of water can also be carried inside. This is a great way to save money on food and water because it is very costly. A bottle of water inside the stadium is $5.

Ready to see the Braves in Action? 

If you’re ready to book your tickets, you can get Braves tickets online, which I recommend. Heading to a Braves game is super popular activity and depending on the game, you may not have a lot of options of where to sit due to sections being sold out. 

Tickets range widely in price but the upper levels start around $11 depending on the game. 

I’d absolutely recommend this experience for families. You don’t even need to know much about baseball to enjoy it! It’s just really exciting to see a major league team, especially one as good as the Braves, play and enjoy all the festivities and make those memories with your family. 

Atlanta Braves
755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 
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