BACKGROUND: Summer just isn't summer without a family trip to Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari in nearby Jackson. Ride some of the best roller coasters on the East Coast, get a taste of wildlife with a tour of the safari or enjoy one of the four kid-friendly areas in the park.

INSIDER INFO: A safari upgrade with the purchase of a theme park ticket is $10.00.

WHERE: Great Adventure is located off of Interstate 195 in Jackson.,+NJ&sll=38.934527,-74.918282&sspn=0.007945,0.019205&ie=UTF8&hq=Great+Adventure+Park,&hnear=New+Jersey&ll=40.1529,-74.42276&spn=0.118347,0.307274&z=12&iwloc=B" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: Hours vary depending on the day and time of year, but the park usually opens at 10:30 a.m., and the wild safari opens at 9 a.m. General Admission is $49.99, children under 54" are $29.99 and children 2 and under are free. Call or visit the website for more information on discounts and admission specials.