When is Six Flags Great Adventure least crowded?

The largest of all the Six Flags parks, Great Adventure boasts over 50 rides, including 13 roller coasters. If thrills aren’t your thing, there’s the neighboring Six Flags Wild Safari animal park, one of the largest drive-through safaris outside of Africa.

Six Flags Great Adventure has something for everyone, but what about the crowds? Some days are busier than others. Here are some of the best and worst times of the year to visit the park.

March – April

Opening Day – Great Adventure’s operating season finally begins in late March or early April. Big crowds and long lines are the norm for opening day and through the opening weekend.

Spring Break – The week after opening day is typically Spring Break time for most of the schools in the area. That means the park is open all week long and it’s usually packed. Your best bet for lighter crowds would be on the Sundays after Spring Break week.


Weekdays – Great Adventure is open on Thursday-Sunday in May and the weekdays are usually least crowded, although the crowds do tend to pick up a bit on Fridays.

Memorial Day Weekend – Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season and Six Flags gets very crowded for the three-day weekend.  The park is still open on the weekdays following Memorial Day, so try to go after the holiday if you can for less crowds and shorter wait times.


Summer Season – Six Flags Great Adventure is open everyday in June, as the park gets ready for the summer crowds. Weekdays are again the least crowded days, while Saturdays tend to be the busiest.

More schools start to get out for the summer in mid to late June, so the earlier in the month you go, the less crowded it will be. The summer crowds start to get a lot worse on the last week of June.


4th of July Weekend – The summer crowds are out in full force by July, and it’s typically very busy for the 4th of July.

There’s really not much relief from the summer crowds in all of July, including on weekdays, so be prepared.


Summer Season – The big summer crowds are still around in all of August.


Labor Day Weekend – Great Adventure is typically very crowded for the three-day weekend, as the summer season finally comes to an end.

The park is only open on weekends in September, and Sundays are the least crowded days.


Columbus Day Weekend – The three-day weekend attracts big crowds to the park. Be prepared for long lines.

Fright Fest – Fright Fest takes over for the Halloween season on Fridays and the weekends in October. The event is very popular, so try to get there early.

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

Have you been to Six Flags Great Adventure? How crowded was it when you visited? When do you think is the best time to go? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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  1. That’s a Saturday during the summer season, so I’d be prepared for it to be busy. I’m thinking around 60min waits. Get there early!

  2. That’s very late in the summer season, so I’m thinking around 30min (hopefully less). Flash Passes are non-refundable, so I would just wait until you get there to see what the lines are like before buying or not. It probably won’t be necessary that late in the season.

  3. Thanks for the reply! I just saw it now (didn’t get a notification). Do Flash Passes at the park tend to sell out? They claim on the website that a limited amount are available in the park, but I imagine some of that is fear mongering in order to get you to pre purchase them online.

  4. They don’t sell out too often. They’re just about always available in the morning, even during the peak season. They shouldn’t sell out that late in the season, especially on a weekday.

  5. Sam, how crowded will it be Friday May 29?
    Do they close rides for thunderstorms on May 28?

  6. I’d be prepared for it to be busy since some of the summer season crowds should be out, but it should be more manageable than the weekend. They have to close the rides if there are high winds or lightning in the area.

  7. How long do you think the waits would be for friday?

  8. Around 30min waits is usually the norm.

  9. Sam, June 4th, how busy? Please.

  10. I don’t think it will be too bad. It’s usually manageable on weekdays since it’s still early in the summer season.

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