How To Make Your Trip To New York City Absolutely Amazing

by Jennifer Wieland
Five great tips to make your trip to New York City absolutely amazing!

Five great tips to make your trip to New York City absolutely amazing!

If you’ve decided to travel to New York City soon, it’s important to think and act strategically. Doing so will help ensure that you have fun, save money, and leave the city feeling enriched and rejuvenated. Here are five techniques you can implement to ensure that your trip to the Big Apple is incredible:

1. Book Everything In Advance.

One great way to make your trip to NYC absolutely amazing is by booking everything in advance. This strategy will enable you to save money while also avoiding the frustrations that tend to transpire when you wait until the last minute to book your hotel, flight, etc. There are several websites that make booking simple and strategic, including This website empowers you to compare and contrast the pricings of several companies so you can make a cost-effective decision.Five great tips to make your trip to New York City absolutely amazing!

2. Take A Bus Tour.

Another great way to make your trip to NYC phenomenal is by taking a bus tour. These tours enable you to enjoy the sight-seeing process and familiarize yourself with the history of the city without the hassles that come with walking. NYC bus tours companies like Go New York Tours are pleased to provide clients with a wide range of package options that will enable them to enjoy local attractions. This company also offers clients discounts for purchasing their packages via Internet.

3. Make Health A Must.

In addition to taking a bus tour, remember to make health a must while you travel. This step is important because many people throw wellness out of the window while on vacation and then find themselves feeling and looking horrible during and after the trip. Avoid this negative outcome by implementing health strategies that will help you look good and feel great throughout your traveling experience. One technique you can employ to make it happen is booking a hotel that features a gym. In this setting, you can keep yourself lean and trim by using great equipment like the treadmill, elliptical, cycling machines, and whatever else they feature.

Another great way to stay healthy while on vacation is finding restaurants that feature delicious, nutritious foods. An example would be vegan restaurants that enable you to avoid the typically high fat content of animal products. You can also pack healthy snacks for your plane flight to avoid fattening foods like sodium-rich peanuts.

4. Go With A Group.

If you really want to have an amazing time on your trip to New York City, be sure to go with a group. This technique will empower you to save money on your hotel and flight while also ensuring that you can share your experience with people you love.

5. Research All Service Providers.

One final strategy you should employ to ensure that you have a fabulous time in NYC is researching all service providers. Doing business with reputable retailers is a great way to avoid scams, poor customer service, and other realities that tend to transpire when you utilize the products and services of a sketchy company. There are several strategies you can employ to ensure that you’re purchasing your services and products from ethical companies. One is to check each company’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. If the company does not have a BBB rating, be sure to carefully read the online reviews left about them.


If you’re planning to travel to NYC soon and want to have a fabulous time, now is the time to implement techniques which ensure that you can. You can utilize some or all of the travelling tips outlined in this quick reference guide to ensure that your trip to the Big Apple is absolutely amazing!






Enjoy Central Park with a Unique Perspective

by Jennifer Wieland
Enjoy Central Park with a Unique Perspective - Central Park Bike Tours

Enjoy Central Park with a Unique Perspective - Central Park Bike Tours

If you’re planning a visit to New York City, you’ll probably be making a stop at Central Park. This amazing National Historic Landmark is one of the most visited urban parks in the entire United States; and for good reason. It is spread out over 843 acres, there’s an abundance of activities to enjoy, and the scenery is beautiful. There is so much to do and see; this amazing park has always had year-round appeal.

Make a Stop at one of the Visitor’s Centers

There are several visitor’s centers throughout the park, including the Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop as well as the Columbus Circle Information Kiosk in Merchants’ Gate Plaza. You’ll be able to pick up maps, guides, and get more information on upcoming events.

What to See in Central Park

A popular spot for visitors is the Central Park Zoo. In the courtyard, you’ll find the sea lion pool, and surrounding the pool are benches where you can relax and take in the beauty of the perennial garden. You’ll also find Belvedere Castle, a miniature castle that was built in 1869 and now overlooks the Great Lawn as well as the reservoir and the Ramble.

Of course, you’ll also want to see the Conservatory Garden, Bethesda Fountain, Sheep Meadow, Shakespeare Garden, the Carousel, Strawberry Fields, and Wollman Rink.

Grab a Bite

When you’re ready to grab something to eat, Central Park has 3 full service restaurants as well as several cafes and concession stands, and numerous concession carts throughout the park. At the Loeb Boathouse you can relax and dine with a beautiful view overlooking the lake. The Tavern on the Green offers everything from a Veggie Burger to Organic Scottish Salmon. Another great place to satisfy your hunger is Le Pain Quotidien. They serve a variety of bakery goods as well as organic beverages, salads, and homemade breads. They have a 30 seat dining room, 100 seat open terrace, and a takeout window if you want to grab a bite to take with you.

Take a Tour

While there is certainly an abundance of fun things to do, if you want to make the most out of your visit, be sure to sign up for a guided tour. A company like Bike Rental Central Park offers a variety of Central Park bike tours. With a bike tour, you’ll be able to experience Central Park in a way that you never could on foot. These tours are open for adults as well as children, so you can bring your whole family.

You’ll have an experienced guide to take you to some of the best spots in the park. You’ll be able to see wildlife, classic architecture, famous locations where Hollywood movies were filmed, the Olmsted designed waterfall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Obelisk, and the loch, as well as possible celebrity sightings.

See Central Park by Bike

Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can forego a guided tour and simply rent a bike. With a bike, you’ll be able to take in more of the great sites in the park. However, you choose to see Central Park, it should be one of your must-see stops on your itinerary when you visit New York City.

A visit to Central Park is certainly an experience you won’t want to miss. This vast park can take days to explore by foot, but with a bicycle tour or bike rental, you’ll be able to make the most of your visit.






Rage of the Gargoyles a Virtual Reality Experience at Six Flags

by Jennifer Wieland
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Thanks to Six Flags Great America for inviting us out to try Rage of the Gargoyles!
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Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great America.

I am a huge roller coaster fan! The speed, the drops, the loops and the feeling of weightlessness make for a fun and intense experience! Six Flags Great America has decided to amp up one of their long-standing roller coasters, the Demon, with Rage of the Gargoyles a Virtual Reality experience.

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Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great America.

The Demon was one of the first roller coasters I ever rode. It has all the loops, drops, speed and corkscrews that make a ride intense. The Demon is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and as an older coaster though so there are newer coasters that are faster and have higher drops now. So how do you take that and make it more intense to keep up with other rides? Why you add the option of a Virtual Reality headset and a fun and interactive virtual reality game called Rage of the Gargoyles. Rage of the Gargoyles is the world’s first fully integrated-integrated Virtual Reality gaming coaster experience featuring Samsung Gear

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Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great America.

In Rage of the Gargoyles you are a pilot in a helicopter and have to destroy the gargoyles coming at you from all different directions before they can attack. At first all you need to do to shoot is move your head to aim and take fire as the ride progresses you need to tap the side of virtual reality goggles to fire. That means letting go with at least one hand which may be easier said than done for some.

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Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great America.

If you are under the age of thirteen or just not a fan of Virtual Reality you can still ride the Demon. You can see in our video below that my son and nephew were to young for headsets and rode the ride the traditional way while my niece and I tried out the new Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality experience.


Are you a fan of roller coasters? Would you be willing to ride one without being able to see where you are going?




Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October

by Jennifer Wieland
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I know summer is winding down and most of us are in back-to-school mode. Just because the summer is winding down though doesn’t mean there’s not still a chance to fit in a fall San Diego beach family vacation. Plus, I’m going to share with you how to stretch your dollar farther with five ways to save big in San Diego with kids.

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San Diego is a great family vacation destination! I know when I went with my family growing up that it was one of our all time favorite trips. From the beautiful sites, great weather, the ocean and other family fun activities we all found so many things to enjoy. Now, after a trip I went on to San Diego last year for the blog I realized once again how much I love it there and want to take the kids there to enjoy too.

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You can’t go to San Diego and not hit visit th beach! The beach is a great way to relax, unwind and have some fun with the family all while being completely free! If your like me then free is definitely in your budget! Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October! #KidsFreeSD #ad

Museum Free Days

The San Diego Museum Council invites kids to explore San Diego’s diverse museums – for Free! From October 1-31, children ages 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult (limit 2) at more than 40 museums! Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Free Kids Admission at Sea World & the San Diego Zoo in October

Two of San Diego’s most popular family attractions just get better this October!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Sea World – Kids FREE Single-Day Admission, Kids FREE Dolphin & Beluga Interaction Programs, Kids Eat for FREE at Breakfast & Dine With Shamu — SeaWorld San Diego only Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

San Diego Zoo – Maximum 10 children free per each supervising adult at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Valid for children 11 and under. Coupon not required for free kids entry. Save Big on a San Diego Beach Family Vacation This October!#KidsFreeSD #ad

Travel a Scenic Route via Amtrak Train

Kids love trains and this October Amtrak is making it easy to see the sites in San Diego with free kids fares.On the Pacific Surfliner, one child ages 2-12 rides free with each adult rail fare purchased for travel to and from Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown station. You can travel from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. On the train, your family can relax, enjoy the views and have a bite. And with free Wi-Fi®, connect your mobile device and get the latest Kids Free offers.

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Stay at a Hotel or Resort Where Kids Eat Free

Food expenses are often one of the costliest components to a vacation. Being able to cut out some costs with hotels that offer kids eat free options is a great way to save money on food and have more funds to use on sightseeing and souvenirs.

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Visit the website and learn all you need to know to plan the perfect San Diego beach family vacation for your family this October!




St. Louis – My Five Favorite Things to Do

by Jennifer Wieland
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I bet for a lot of people out there St. Louis has never popped into your head as a must visit place when planning your family vacations. Not there is anything wrong with St. Louis but more often than not I think people plan trips to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando when thinking about family fun. Oh sure, sometimes other locations in the United States might pop into your head but is St. Louis one of them? If it’s not it should be because St. Louis is a vacation spot that guarantees family fun with great things to do.

Living in the Chicagoland area most of my life I have been to St. Louis. It’s a pretty standard road trip that most people here do at least once. My first time was as a kid with my parents. It was so much fun and we made so many fabulous memories on that trip that I actually remember more about that trip than I do about some pricey well-known trips that we went on. I’m such a fan of St. Louis that I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. Are you ready? It’s where my husband and I went for our honeymoon. Not surprisingly to me it’s on my list of places to take the kids this summer as well.

I know what your thinking? What could possibly make St. Louis so great? St. Louis is a city that is rich in history, food and culture so it has options that will appeal to everyone in your family. 

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My Five Favorite Things to Do in St. Louis

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours & Gifts

I bet you’re thinking how is this a family thing and I bet you did this on your honeymoon. Actually we had planned on making this a stop on our honeymoon but honestly, it was our honeymoon and there just wasn’t time. Nope, this is one of my all-time favorite vacation memories from my childhood! My parents wanted to go which was odd to us as kids because neither of my parents were drinkers. We did the tour and my parents found it fascinating, my siblings and I were mildly interested… and then we saw the horses! Clydesdale horses are an awesome sight to behold and will have children and adults oohing and aahing alike. I picked out a stuffed Clydesdale horse in the gift shop and that toy spent years with me!

Meramec Caverns

The Meramec Caverns are so fascinating! The tours are interesting and educational. You’re budding geologists or kids in general will find it interesting and bring all that science stuff from school to life. With ties to the Civil War and a famous outlaw the tour is definitely a must while visiting St. Louis. The temperature is cool inside though since they are caverns so bring a jacket. 

The Cathedral Basilica

Catholic or not anyone can appreciate the beauty of architecture and one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere. The beauty, detail and design that make the heart of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis will leave you breathless. This is one of those places that anyone who is a fan of art and design will appreciate and love. 

Endangered Wolf Center

There are zoos all over this country and while they interesting and educational the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis focuses on specific species of animals form around the world that are facing extinction. They strive to help preserve and grow the numbers for these animals and to educate the world about them. With the ability to “adopt” a wolf or a pack it’s a great way to teach kids about endangered animals and to let them help save a species.

The Gateway Arch

Driving to St. Louis from Chicago as a kid I remember how excited I was when my siblings and I kept asking are we there yet, are we there yet every so often to have my parents point to the Gateway Arch from across the river and say yes. Seeing the Gateway Arch from there was absolutely amazing but then we went there and I remember standing below and looking up with my mouth hanging open. Then it got even better! We went up into the arch! This is definitely a must and with its 50th anniversary they’ve been working on making it even better!

Enter the #FunnestFamily Contest

Now are you ready for some St. Louis fun with your family? How about a chance to win a St. Louis getaway with your family? Then it’s time for you to enter the #FunnestFamily Contest! Your family could win a weekend of nonstop fun in St. Louis. To Enter, share your family’s funnest picture or video with #FunnestFamily on Instagram, Twitter or the Explore St. Louis Facebook page. Contest ends 6/30/16. One entry per person. For more information on prizing, view the official rules and regulations.



Discover the Carefree Side of Florida

by Jennifer Wieland
Discover the Carefree Side of Florida


I don’t know about you but I am tired of the cold and I know I miss seeing sunshine more than anything! Living in the Chicago suburbs means my winters are often spent with gray, dreary looking skies, no warmth and definitely no beach to lounge at unless I want to freeze to a chair. I know that I am ready to discover the carefree side of Florida at one of the newest Carefree Communities, Ocean Breeze Resort. Whether you are looking to buy a vacation home, rent one for a little rest and relaxation or just need a site for your RV, then Ocean Breeze Resort is the place for you! 

Discover the Carefree Side of Florida

Pursue your passions and discover new ones along the way at the new Ocean Breeze Resort. Guests and residents alike get to enjoy exclusive access to a world of social activities, classes, outdoor recreation, and planned outings. Whether you want to join a group for morning coffee, enjoy an afternoon round of golf, join a club or enter a cooking contest there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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At-home comforts that make life comfortable all while enjoying some fun in the sun can now be had at Ocean Breeze Resort. It is a much desired location near Jensen Beach. Located on 45 acres of intra-coastal waterway on the Treasure Coast and just a quarter-mile away from downtown, our one-of-a-kind community offers you new home plans that are thoughtfully designed, with beautifully decorated and furnished open interiors, covered porches, two-story stilt home options and breathtaking views. Ocean Breeze Resort is ideally located between Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach. You can easily visit more Florida vacation hot spots like Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa Bay by driving 90 minutes – 3 hours. 

Discover the Carefree Side of Florida


Discover the Carefree Side of Florida
Ocean Breeze Resort is a master planned community and it’s expected to fill quickly. If you are interested in learning more about how you can rent a vacation cottage, an RV site, or own a home call (772) 334-2494 or visit the Ocean Breeze Resort website for more information.

Don’t miss out on this fabulous deal they have available right now!

For a limited time, get up to $100 in credit at a local restaurant when you book your stay at Carefree!

Reserve a rental for a week and receive a $100 gift card to Peters Steakhouse in Jensen Beach.
*Weekly Rental rates start at $900/week


Reserve an RV site for a week and receive a $50 gift card to Peters Steakhouse in Jensen Beach.
*Weekly RV rates start at $394/week. Waterfront $428/week

A 5-minute walk from Ocean Breeze Resort, Peters Steakhouse is a Treasure Coast favorite. Upscale yet homey, it’s an intimate steakhouse offering a classic American menu plus beer & wine.




Rosemont| It’s All Here

by Jennifer Wieland
MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere
I was part of a media event invited to experience all that Rosemont has to offer visitors. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Just northwest of Chicago is the town of Rosemont and it just so happens to be neighbors with O’Hare International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. Rosemont sees guests from all over the world and locals as well. As a result they have strived to turn Rosemont into a place with something to entertain and delight everyone and they have achieved it with great success because it’s all here in Rosemont. The town is now celebrating its 60th birthday and it is home to the MB Financial Park, which is home to 13 venues featuring international cuisine, nightlife, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film and bowling venues and so much more. Across the street from that is Fashion Outlets of Chicago. This indoor outlet mall houses high-end stores and amenities along with a stunning contemporary art collection. Rosemont is also home to Loews Chicago O’Hare, a gorgeous, world-class hotel.

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The Loews Chicago O’Hare is a decadent and contemporary hotel. What sets it apart from its competitors is the vast display of art throughout the first floor of the building. After speaking with the general manager, I learned that this specific Loews hotel has a n agreement with a local art studio. The hotel displays and advertises the art for sale from the art studio. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement since the artists get exposure to their work and the hotel improves its aesthetics. 

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One of the great restaurants in MB FInancial Park is Hofbräuhaus Chicago. This classic Bavarian bier hall brings more than 400 years of beer brewing and dining expertise to the Chicagoland area. The German themed restaurant is home to a German micro-brewery and beer hall. Guests are offered in-house brewed beers along with a huge selection of both domestic and imported beer options.


Hoftbrauhaus Chicago Image by Leigh Loftus Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus

The restaurant flies in its pretzels from a bakery overseas and then bakes them fresh for each order. The staff is outfitted in fun German based Oktoberfest garments and the restaurant and staff provide for a lively outing full of genuine German cheer. 

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Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a shopping mecca that draws in locals and world travelers alike. From whimsical candy shops to high-end clothing stores this two-story mall will thrill and delight everyone. With more than 130 outlet stores there will be something there for everyone.

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It’s convenient indoor parking garage helps protect visitors from the elements. The artwork throughout the mall is eye-catching and a delight of form and color.Fashion Outlets of Chicago #Rosemont #FOCShopping

For more information on these and the numerous other dining, hotel and entertainment options that Rosemont has to offer visit



Wisconsin Dells Fun at Wizard Quest or Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

by Jennifer Wieland
Lots of family fun to be had at Wizard Quest and Ripley's Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells! #discount #wisdells #savings
I received passes in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.


For many Chicagoans heading to Wisconsin Dells for a vacation or quick weekend getaway is a common thing. The drive is fairly short for a road trip (about 2.5 – 3.5 hours depending on where you are) so it’s very doable with kids. There are also a ton of fun places to visit there. Many people automatically think of all of the water parks (both indoor and outdoor) since it is the water park capital of the world but there is so much more fun to be had than just that! Two of my family’s favorite places to visit is Wizard Quest and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! We just came back from visiting both last weekend and my kids are still talking about both of them.

Visiting Wizard Quest was a first for us. The kids were on the fence about going since we weren’t sure what to expect. I’m kind of a fantasy geek so I was excited. 

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Once we got there though and headed through the portal they became very intrigued and started to get into it. 

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I won’t spoil it for you but I will tell you that slides, secret passages and racing against a clock to free four wizards as a family team was so much FUN! There are three levels you can pick to play and bonus things to find as well. 

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Wizard Quest was honestly one of the best times I have ever had with my three youngest kids. We were laughing and running around together trying to get everything we needed.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Wisconsin Dells was someplace I went to as a kid and took my older kids to but hadn’t been there in more than a decade. For my three youngest kids this was a first time trip for them. 

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My kids were fascinated, disturbed, grossed out and freaked out many times through the exhibits. My 8-year-old son thought it was highly entertaining. The kids all liked that once again there were secret passages that led to hidden chambers and exhibits. 

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Learning about ancient torture devices, vampires and bizarre animals and people was highly fascinating! I now know how shrunken heads are made. Not quite a life skill but interesting. 

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Are you heading to Wisconsin Dells? Do you want to know how you can save money on these two attractions?

My readers can receive a 10% discount with the promo code SWEETSANITY10 when you buy your tickets online at or  To save even more you can buy the Downtown Dells Discovery Pass, where you can receive the biggest discount on Wizard Quest/Ripley’s Believe It or Not combo passes.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not Plus Wisconsin Dells Savings

by Jennifer Wieland
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My family spends a great deal of time traveling to Wisconsin Dells for mini vacations throughout the year. My parents own a vacation home there so lodging is always free. That means we can spend our funds on fun things to do with the kids and let me tell you, if you’ve never been to Wisconsin Dells there are tons of things to do there with kids. If you head to downtown Wisconsin Dells you’ll see Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Wizard Quest.



Discover the world’s oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in the Wisconsin Dells. Featuring three floors with 11 amazing galleries, you will experience puzzling illusions as you examine the large eclectic collection of odd and interesting things you will never see anywhere else. Become an explorer and survive the curse of King Tut as you travel the dark cavernous tunnels of his Egyptian temple. Continue your exploration and unveil objects hidden throughout the museum and decide for yourself if you Believe it or Not!
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Wizard Quest is the cutting edge fusion of a story driven computer game and a 13,000 square foot magical wonderland. It is packed with secret passageways, physical obstacles, endearing illusions and over the top artistry.

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A Frighteningly Good Time at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest

by Jennifer Wieland


I was invited to an event at Six Flags Great America but all thoughts and opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Recently my family and I were invited to attend a behind the scenes look at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest. My two youngest boys have wanted to go to this for years now. They love all things that scare the bejeezus out of me. I am not known for loving anything of the spooky variety. I chalk it up to being a nervous Nelly who also grew up across the street from a famously haunted cemetery. I was game for this though since it was bright and early in the morning and we were getting a chance to see what went into making it all a frighteningly good time at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest. 

Fright Fest

While both of my boys that went with me are into zombies it was fun for them to see all of the people made up for the various areas of the park. The costume work that goes into making Fright Fest so much fun is amazing! They costume area holds over 250 costumes for the cast and crew scare the guests. The makeup trailer boasts 25 makeup artists on staff to take the cast and crew from average Johns and Janes to something that looks like it just escaped a horror movie set. 

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We were even given the chance to have ourselves made over into a monster from one of the many talented makeup artists. The boys were a bit leery of that but I went for it. I asked to be made into a zombie. It was amazing how quickly they were able to take me from regular old sweets eating me to a moaning, brain munching fiend. 

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This year there is a new haunted house and it is called The Gates of Hell. I wish I could report on this but as the boys and I entered and the doors closed behind us, they decided it really wasn’t necessary. In other words, we all chickened out in my group. 

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There was one ride open and it was one of the roller coasters, Vertical Velocity. To many people, like my 11-year-old, going on a roller coaster is one of the most frightening things anyone can do. My 8-year-old though has been dying to go in this particular roller coaster. Lucky, for him he finally hit that lucky height of 54″ and was able to ride on it. I rode with him on it and the wonderful folks at Six Flags were kind enough to record him on it. Watch below to see one of Jackson’s roller coaster adventures.  

If you enjoyed that video of Jackson’s Roller Coaster adventures then check out another one below from earlier this year at Six Flags Great America.


For more information on the frighteningly, good fun at Six Flags Great America Fright Fest be sure to check out their website



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