Sawyer just turned one, so I was a little hesitant about a trip to Six Flags with a young toddler. My memories centered around the fast rides that made your heart drop into your stomach, and I was worried there wouldn’t be enough for her to enjoy — But I found that there was absolutely nothing to worry about! Whether you have teenagers or toddlers, there are tons of rides and activities for everyone at Six Flags Over Texas. It’s definitely on my top ten list of things to do in DFW!
FIRST STOP + BUGS BUNNY BOOMTOWN
Our first stop everytime we enter the park is the giant carousel! Seeing Sawyer’s face light up as she rode in circles and listened to the music was so sweet. The lines for the carousel are always short, so it’s worth doing when you arrive and right before you leave. There’s also a beautiful shady area with a fountain that’s the perfect place to relax or let the kiddos rest!
Bugs Bunny Boomtown is the perfect area for toddlers. We spent a majority of our time here, because a lot of the rides have no height requirement as long as your little one is with an adult.
There’s also a huge playground, so toddlers can get all their energy out before sitting in the stroller while the older kids enjoy the big rides! Our favorite rides were the ferris wheel and train. Sawyer is so fearless that she loved it all. I let my husband, Daniel, ride with her most of the time because I just wanted to enjoy watching how cute they were together!
TODDLER RIDES AROUND THE PARK
Even outside of Boomtown, there are toddler rides sprinkled throughout the park. We found at least one in each area we went to, so while one of us rode a big ride, the other one could ride a little one with Sawyer!
The Batwing (right next to Batman: The Ride) was a favorite of Sawyer’s, and The Cloud Bouncer was so sweet to ride as a family! We headed to the Taz Tornado Swings next, and I think everyone in the park could hear Sawyer screaming with excitement!
We also found the cutest ride called Boot Scootin’ that went in circles while the boots bounced up and down. It was so sweet to watch Sawyer’s big grin on this totally Texas ride! We also rode the Chaparral Antique Cars, which are a classic Six Flags fave. Nothing better than watching Sawyer think she’s driving a huge cars!
After that ride, we took a quick break for lunch to grab a turkey leg and funnel cake. Is it even a trip to Six Flags if you don’t?
PARENT TIPS FOR TODDLERS
- STROLLER — Bring a good stroller that they can eat in and nap in! We didn’t stay for naptime, but if you plan on being there all day, then definitely don’t just bring an umbrella stroller. When we rode rides, we would just take our bag with us and park the stroller out of the way!
- SNACKS — Pack some cheerios, goldfish, or crackers so your little one doesn’t get hangry in the middle of the fun! Bring lots of water or a sippy cup to refill often. Texas is hot, and Sawyer went through three water bottles!
- SUNSCREEN — I lathered Sawyer up before we left, because there isn’t a lot of shade while waiting in line for rides (or riding them)! A hat would be great, too. We also have an awesome portable fan that kept her cool.
- GO EARLY — I’ve found that the earlier you go, the smaller the crowds! I always suggest getting there before the park even opens so you can be the first in.
- SEASON PASS — We got season passes because we didn’t want to feel bad for only staying two hours at a time! If you plan on going two times in a year, then it’s worth it to pay for the season pass rather than single day tickets.
Despite my hesitation, Six Flags Over Texas was perfect for our toddler. I know as she gets older (and has a few siblings), it’ll be even better. I’d definitely suggest adding it to your summer bucket list, whether you live in DFW or are planning to visit. We’re heading to Hurricane Harbor next!