Six Flags Fiesta Texas Amusement Park
One of the city’s biggest draws for family fun is Six Flags Fiesta Texas (at the intersection of I-10 West and Loop 1604, 210/697-5050, www.sixflags.com; late May–late Aug. 10a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.; weekend hours vary in off-season; $47 adults, $32 children under 48 inches).
Most of the rides and attractions at this 200-acre facility are standard amusement park fare, but Six Flags’ nine roller coasters are the main draw, with the “floorless” Superman Krypton Coaster generating the most buzz, along with the rapidly rotating Tony Hawk’s Big Spin. The old wooden-coaster standby, the Rattler, still remains a crowd pleaser, even though park officials had to reduce the length of its first downward plunge after too many complaints about it being “too intimidating and aggressive.”
The park contains several Texas-themed areas with shows and rides related to different aspects of the Lone Star State’s history (German heritage, oil boomtowns, 1950s small towns), and the entire complex is partially surrounded by 100-foot cliffs from a former limestone quarry. Six Flags Fiesta Texas also operates a waterpark called White Water Bay on the grounds (included in the admission fee), and the park features water slides, family raft rides, and a lazy river tube ride. A variety of shows and concerts are performed throughout the summer.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition