Living up to the nickname “Thrill Capital of the World” with more world-class roller-coasters than any other destination, the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park, roughly an hour’s drive northeast of Los Angeles, is a daredevil’s paradise. Teens and young adults flock here to get spun, flung, and plummeted on rides with names like Goliath, Twisted Colossus, Dive Devil, and Apocalypse—you get the picture. Comic-book heroes get a nod here too, as on the Superman: Escape From Krypton and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis mega-rides. If you need a place to settle your brain back into your skull, or if you have little ones who aren’t quite ready to ride a chair upside down at 65 miles per hour, head for mellower Bugs Bunny World, with pint-size rides and dressed-up Looney Tunes characters saying hi to the kids.
Entertainment that does not involve flying through the air is to be had at Six Flags Magic Mountain as well—there are meet-and-greets with Justice League and Looney Tunes characters, and the Golden Bear Theater hosts a revolving lineup of shows, from hypnotists to dance parties to musical revues. To see what shows are currently being presented, check the park’s entertainment page or the events page.
For a cool retreat in summer, bring your bathing suits and head to adjacent Hurricane Harbor, where you can slip and slide on more than 20 water slides, ride a make-believe African river, and relax beside a tropical lagoon. The harbor is open May through September.
Six Flags Magic Mountain has reopened for in-state visitors only. Theme park capacity is limited, advance reservations are required, and proof of residency may be required upon entrance. (more details)