Day 2 – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
We had a major decision to make once we got into Six Flags (it was a Saturday). Do we invest in a Flash Pass for everyone, or do we fight the lines. We went to the Flash Pass building inside the park and one of the employees tried to explain the 3 different options available to eliminate 50, 60 or 90% of the wait. I think it was easier to buy pork belly futures than it was to understand what these options were. Plus they were very costly. We opted not to buy and we made the right decision. We only had 2 long waits. About 1 hour for the Gully Washer and about 45 minutes for the Bugs’ White Water Rapids.
When it was time to eat you have several choices that are very familiar to the masses. Restaurants like Johnny Rockets, Papa John’s and Panda Express. I almost forgot about Dippin’ Dots. You will need a second mortgage for these, but I dare you to tell your kids (or grand kids “no”).
Things we didn’t like at Six Flags:
• Prices for food & beverages at Six Flags are more expensive than at SeaWorld.
• Most of the soda machines were out of order.
• They were selling Timeshares at 2 locations inside the park and I thought that was very tacky. They also had a local insurance company passing out cards to go to their website. Tacky again.
• The wait at Bugs’ White Water Rapids was mostly indoors that were 8 lanes deep. The problem was there was no air circulating. There were air vents, but nothing was coming out. It could have been a potential health disaster.
• On the Bugs’, Gully and most other rides, they never told you how long the wait was. They need to take a look at SeaWorld’s approach to giving you wait times for each ride.
I can say this about Six Flags Fiesta Texas: if you want to ride some of the best roller coasters in the country, you found the place. And there are plenty of rides for smaller kids and the wait is very minimal.
Day 3 – San Antonio Zoo
What a great place for children of all ages. The zoo is very a compact 56 acres, and easy to navigate. It has more animals than you would expect with over 3,500 representing 600 species (I lost count after 2,144).
There are several indoor exhibits to cool you down and the prices for drinks and food are very reasonable. By the way, the food was exceptionally good. There was one problem that we experienced. Let’s just say the air was not the freshest it could be in certain parts of the zoo. You expect a zoo to have a slight odor, but this was odorously different (is that even a word?)
The zoo is open 365 days a year from 9 am – 5 pm and only costs $10/adult; $8/child 3-11; and free for kids under 3. Parking is also free.
You do have to be aware that if you want to take the train ride, it will cost you $3.00/adult; $2.50/ child 3-11. The zoo’s website shows a big picture of the train but does not say it’s extra until you go to the General Info Page.
Day 4 and my wrap up later in the week – thank for tagging along with our multi-generational vacation. If you’ve taken a multi-generational vacation, let me know some highlights of the trip and what it meant for you and your family.
Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.