In the minds of politicians and geography teachers, Austin is the indisputable capital of Texas. But Arlington can at least claim to be the thrill capital of Texas, thanks to Six Flags Over Texas and its collection of wooden and steel roller coasters. But beyond those hulking giants, which can be seen towering in the skyline from miles away, there are over 100 rides, live shows, and attractions sprawled across 212 acres of fun for visitors of all ages. Read on to learn about some of the park's newest and most popular attractions.
Gotham City: In this special section of the park, DC fans can experience the thrills of BATMAN The Ride, which turns the Caped Crusader into an inverted roller coaster. New rides in Gotham City include RIDDLER Revenge (a swinging adventure atop a swaying pendulum) and the twists and whirls of the CATWOMAN Whip and HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity
Titan: This favorite sends riders racing down a 255-foot drop until they reach a top speed of 85 miles per hour—and that's only the beginning.
New Texas Giant: This updated version of the park's classic Texas Giant features trains modeled after vintage Cadillacs, multiple turns banked up to 115°, and over 4,506 feet (1,373 m) of track. Amusement Today voted it the Best New Ride of 2011
Other Attractions: Check out Bugs Bunny Boomtown and its 10-kid friendly attractions or grab a bite at one of the park's many restaurants which serve everything from burgers to Asian cuisine.
For the guests of Cowboy Fan Connection, a Dallas Cowboys game actually starts three hours before kickoff. For both home and away games, the company hosts all-inclusive tailgate parties—with or without tickets to the game itself—that keep revelers sustained with burgers, brats, drinks, and raffles for Cowboys merchandise. Customers can dress the part with apparel from the online store to show off their fandom or eerie resemblance to Troy Aikman to current and former players during private autograph sessions.
In addition to game-day events, Cowboy Fan Connection also hosts Saturday-night dinner parties where fans come together to break bread as sportswriter Mickey Spagnola and former Cowboy Nate Newton broadcast their weekly radio program, Radio Road Show. Stadium tours the day before or after a game enable fans to guide themselves throughout Cowboys Stadium, while off-season trips such as a weekend in the Bahamas give fans the chance to draw up defensive plays in the sand with current and former Cowboys.
It's a good idea to arrive early at Movie Tavern, and not only if you hate missing the opening credits. Early birds can peruse the extensive menu of chef-crafted American cuisine, from kobe beef sliders to pizza and sandwiches. But even after the show begins, the snacks keep coming. Unobtrusive servers slip in during the show to deliver orders, and can be called on for more drinks or dessert with the push of a button. Guests can even sip margaritas or signature cocktails at the full bar before heading in to the theater. The family-friendly establishment also serves finger food for kiddies.
As for the entertainment, audiences get to enjoy all-digital presentations of first-run films any day of the week, plus Retro Cinema every Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Audiences also benefit from Movie Tavern's membership program.
Anyone can sign up for free online to receive one free bag of popcorn, plus a free ticket every year on their birthday, special offers, movie news, and invites to screenings and other special events.
Despite the its military-inspired mantra of "No man or woman left behind," Mercer County Bootcamp's motivating instructors build camaraderie and accountability without screaming directions or forcing students to wear camouflage dunce caps. They help guests of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals with an indoor boot-camp program that blends cardio, resistance training, obstacle courses, and ab workouts to slim down waistlines. The team also harnesses such equipment as kettlebells and battle ropes while leading ever-changing fitness routines on the gym's spring-loaded floor, which protects joints from damage. These instructors team up with nutrition experts to provide support during periodic progress assessments and nutrition counseling, helping guests achieve better results by following a comprehensive road map to improved health.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.
With a veritable banquet of indoor and outdoor amusements, Putt-Putt Fun Center beckons fun-seekers to its three area locations. Challenging miniature-golf courses and variable-speed batting cages put competitors to the test while pixel professionals tackle the latest games inside raucous arcades. Friendly staff members handle all the details of birthday-party packages, laying out ice-cream cups, cutting cakes, and personally pre-opening all of the presents.
The Hurst location, the largest of the three, fields many additional games and rides. Go-karts zoom around dual tracks, bumper boats bob and ricochet in their pool, and rides such as teacups and planes teach youngsters important lessons about centrifugal force.: