When is the best time to visit Six Flags Over Texas?

The oldest of the Six Flags chain, Six Flags Over Texas is one of the most popular theme parks in all of Texas. With more than 50 rides, including 13 roller coasters, the park attracts throngs of visitors and thrill seekers throughout the year.

So, when is Six Flags Over Texas least crowded? Here are some of the best and worst times of the year to visit the park.


New Year’s Eve/Day – Crowds for the annual Holiday in the Park event are still around on New Year’s Eve (December 31). By New Year’s Day (January 1) though, which is typically the last day of the operating season, everyone’s at home with a hangover. Crowds are a lot lighter.


Opening Day – Big crowds are usually expected for opening weekend, which is on the first Saturday and Sunday of March. Try to get there early!

Spring Break – Spring Break week in mid-March is traditionally one of the busiest times at Six Flags Over Texas. The park can get very crowded, sometimes reaching maximum capacity. If you must go in March, the Sundays before and after Spring Break week are least crowded.


Weekends – Six Flags Over Texas is only open on weekends in April, and Sundays are again your best bet for lighter crowds and shorter lines.


Memorial Day Weekend – May marks the start of the busy summer season. Weekends, including Memorial Day Weekend, are typically crowded. It’s a lot less busy on weekdays, Monday-Thursday.


Summer Season – More crowds start arriving in June as more schools get out for their summer break. The earlier in the month you go, the less crowded it’s expected to be. Weekdays early in June are the least crowded days.


4th of July Weekend – The big summer crowds are out in full force by July. Six Flags Over Texas is typically very crowded throughout the month, including for the 4th of July.


Summer Season – The summer crowds are still around in August, but tend to die off toward the end of the month as schools get back in session. Crowds are expected to get lighter on weekdays starting in mid-August.


Labor Day Weekend – The summer crowds are gone by September, making way for a less crowded park. It’s usually busy on Labor Day Weekend though.


Fright Fest – The annual Fright Fest Halloween festival takes over in October. The event is hugely popular and draws big crowds throughout the month.

November – December

Holiday in the Park – The annual Holiday in the Park event starts in the end of November (Thanksgiving Weekend) and through December. It tends to get busier toward New Year’s Eve, so the earlier in the season you go the better. Six Flags Over Texas is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For crowd predictions of upcoming dates, as well as historical crowd ratings, check out the Six Flags Over Texas Crowd Calendar.

When do you think is the best time of the year Six Flags Over Texas? How crowded was it when you visited?

Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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  1. The park operates through Jan 4th this year. Any experience on which days will be the least crowded between now and closing?

  2. I think the crowds will start to die down after New Year’s Eve (January 1-4). New Year’s Day is manageable from my experience.

  3. May 27 u think it worth getting a flash pass for six flag over Texas

  4. Yes, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend should be pretty crowded. Flash Pass will be a good idea.

  5. Tax free weekend, would a Flash Pass be recommended assuming most people will be out back-to-school shopping?

  6. I’m thinking it will be a little more manageable that weekend, but some of the summer season crowds should still be out then.

  7. Sunday, August 13: considering it is still a weekend, what should one expect for crowds and wait times for a majority of the larger coasters?

  8. It’s a little late in the summer season, so I’m thinking it won’t be too crazy (maybe around 30-60min waits).

  9. Thank you so much Sam! I really appreciate the insight!

  10. We are going to 6 flags on the 26th. School should be started but it is a Saturday. What will the crowds/wait times be like? Should we get a flash pass?

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