With the coronavirus pandemic pretty much in the rearview mirror, many folks along the SouthCoast and throughout New England are looking to get back to normal this summer. It's about time!

It seems most fairs, feasts, and festivals that took a hiatus because of the COVID-19 outbreak are back on the books this year. Six Flags New England is planning a full season of spills, thrills, and chills beginning with opening day, which is April 9, just mere weeks away.

Six Flags New England is just a quick two-hour jaunt down the Massachusetts Turnpike West and a left-hand turn to Agawam from Springfield (consult a map). Some of us older folks remember when it was called Riverside Park. It's doable for a day trip, but grabbing a hotel/motel for the night might be a good idea, too.

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Six Flags New England, like many other businesses, was closed in 2020 due to the pandemic. The park was allowed to open in mid-May last year, but crowds were considerably smaller than in normal times.

Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England

For those who didn't make the trek to Six Flags New England last year, a new roller coaster, Supergirl Sky Flier, was introduced. The hype for the ride says, "Thrill seekers spin and tilt, all while suspended from the whirling wheel of justice." You've got to be at least 48 inches tall to ride the thing.

No new rides are being introduced this year at Six Flag New England, but according to The Reminder.com, Agawam Police are working to make traffic in and out of the theme park area more bearable. That includes the addition of more parking lots.

Park officials say painting, cleaning, and other enhancements occurred during the months Six Flags was closed to "better our guest and team member experience."

Ticketing options may have changed since you last visited Six Flags New England. You must pay for parking, and you must do it online in advance of your visit.

Have a ball but pre-plan your visit to Six Flags New England so you know what to expect and are not caught off guard by the unexpected.

Oh, and do you remember the days when New Bedford, Dartmouth and Lakeville had their own amusement parks?

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