Does Six Flags Close When it Rains? | Easily Explained

When you're visiting a theme park, rain is one of the few things that you can't control, that can still impact your experience.

In this page, we will go over what the Six Flags rain policy is, and how to prepare for the rain.

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Does Six Flags Close When it Rains?

The Six Flags park will remain open when it rains. If it is a light shower, outdoor rides will remain open but if the rain begins to pick up and/or thunderstorms are on the horizon, outdoor rides will temporarily close.

six flags rides during rain

The rides will open back up when the weather is suitable to continue.

Know About the iPhone Rain Notifications

If you're visiting a theme park, especially on a day that there's a chance of rain, you'll want to enable rain notifications.

iphone weather app rain notifications

We use this at almost every theme park that we visit, and it notifies us ahead of time when the rain is approaching, or when the rain is clearing up.

When we receive the notification that the rain is approaching, it gives us plenty of time to seek shelter, or find an indoor ride.

When we receive the notification that the rain is clearing up, we know that we can start heading over to rides very soon.

This small feature gives us a 'leg up' on everyone else on the park, as we're able to know what's going to happen a few minutes before everyone else.

Six Flags Refund Policy Due to Weather

Every Six Flags has a different policy on whether or not they offer a complimentary return ticket, in the situation that weather affects your visit.

Most Six Flags parks don't offer refunds or rain checks for inclement weather.

You'll want to double check the Six Flags website of the specific location that you're planning to visit.

Six Flags That Offer a Complimentary Ticket

Some Six Flags do offer a complimentary ticket, most notably:

Six Flags New England states: 

If the weather causes a majority of our rides to close for at least one consecutive hour due to inclement weather, we will offer a complimentary return ticket. Certain rules and restrictions apply.

The notable conditions include:

  • The majority of rides must be closed for at least one consecutive hour
  • Tickets will be issued from Guest Relations, located at the Main Gate
  • Return tickets expire 30 days after being issued

Six Flags Great Adventure states:

Six Flags Great Adventure will issue a complimentary return ticket to enjoy the park another day if a power failure or severe weather causes the shut down of the majority of the rides at our Park for more than 90 minutes at a time. You must present your original Six Flags Great Adventure one-day ticket stub or receipt with the correct date to the Guest Relations Office in order to receive a free return ticket. 

How to Prepare For Rain

We've made a checklist of items to have and do in case of the rain:

  • Bring a Poncho
  • Download the Six Flags app
  • Know what the indoor rides are, and ride these rides when it rains
  • Watch a show inside

The reason that a poncho is better than an umbrella at a theme park is that it's very lightweight and can fit virtually anywhere when it is folded up.

If you bring an umbrella, you may need to store it in lockers throughout your day. You can purchase ponchos on Amazon ahead of time, or at the park.

The Six Flags app is extremely handy as it provides live wait times, an interactive map of the park, allows you to pre-order food, and even locate the closest restrooms.

Our Poncho Choice

Poncho's in particular are very cheap, and very worth it.

This unisex, lightweight reusable poncho has worked wonders over the years at dozens of theme parks.


Our Umbrella Choice

The most reliable umbrella that we've used over the years has been the Repel Umbrella.


The main reasons are that it's:

  • Wind Resistant - Won't Bend or Fold During High Winds
  • Portable - Easy to Put Away After Use
  • Only Takes 1 Button to Open and Close
  • Non Slip Grip Allows For an Easy Hold Even During Severe Storms
  • Can Be Used For Both Men and Women 

Many visitors are prepared for the rain when they come to the parks, but they forget about the wind! Don't overlook the fact that there will be plenty of wind if there's rain.

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