Exploring abandoned theme park: Six Flags New Orleans
What do you do during a week in New Orleans? Visit the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans of course. I mean, don’t forget about the music, the French quarter and all other awesome things to do in New Orleans. It’s amazing, don’t miss out on that! But if you have the time you might want to take a detour to the abandoned theme park. It once opened as Jazzland park and later became six flags New Orleans. It was destroyed 12 years ago by hurricane Katrina. The park closed down for Katrina and never reopened. It’s surely one of the coolest and creepiest places for urban exploring. Most of the park is still underwater.
Diclaimer: the park has been closed and visiting it is illegal. Security Guards and Police patrol the park.
How do you get into Six Flags New Orleans?
Reading about people’s experiences online got me a little worried. There was a lot of talk about climbing fences, alligators and guards. Besides that I had no clue how safe the area in general was. My plan was definitely not airtight. Having no transport of my own I was going to take an Uber there and then look for a good place to climb the fence. Luckily someone at my hostel kindly offered to drive me and a couple of others. How do you find the six flags new Orleans address? Just enter six flags drive on google maps.
There was security at the front entrance of the park. So entering there was out of the question. Security checks the area around the park as well, so don’t park your car next to the park. Your best bet is finding the little service road at the back and going in there. There was a hole in the fence when I was there. You just climb through the hole and then it’s a 10 minute walk to the part where you can actually enter the park. There’s no climbing involved in getting in. The roller coaster in the picture above will be the first attraction you see. Unfortunately it’s a long way to the rest of the rides. To get to the Ferris wheel you basically have to walk through the entire park. I’ll include a map of Six Flags New Orleans at the end of this article.
Why you should visit Six Flags New Orleans
I always love an adventure and that it is illegal actually made me want to visit this place even more. The main reason for visiting though, was to take photos. The place has a dystopian look about it and thought the eerie feeling would look great on camera. After googling some photos I knew I had to make it there. I ended up making a few trips to the park, but only one of my trips was successful. The other times it was storming and I didn’t even dare to take my camera out. Plus, I’ve heard alligators love that kind of weather and I wasn’t ready to be eaten by one. My best visit was at 5 in the morning. The sun was just coming up and the light was beautiful. Besides that, we imagined that security wouldn’t be expecting trespassers. (We were wrong) It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be, but knowing security was out there we were a little nervous. We decided not to let that stop us from climbing rollercoasters and exploring the park! I mean, if you get up at 5 in the morning you better make that trip worthwhile! I’m happy with the few photos I was able to shoot. Unfortunately we couldn’t hang out for too long, because our friend texted us that two guards went into the park to patrol. As soon as we got the message, we decided it was best to leave. We made our way out and high-fived each other on making it out without a fine.
Result from the trip:
Why you shouldn’t visit Six Flags New Orleans now
There are a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t be visiting this park. There are regular patrols by security and the police, so there’s a good chance you’ll get caught. I didn’t believe there were actually alligators in the park, but there sure are! Nature is taking over and I’m pretty sure there could be snakes as well. When it’s raining the roads in the park start flooding and you better believe I was worried about getting out of the park. There is a blog out there that makes it sound like it is absolutely impossible to visit the park. This is just not true, but I wouldn’t call it smart. So if you do decide to take a chance… be careful! To be on the safe side you could just visit the still open six flags magic mountain in LA 😉
And maybe don’t be as stupid as we were to climb the rollercoasters
You enter the park around the area where the jester is located. From there you can walk to the main street, but it is no longer possible to reach the Mardi Gras area from there as it flooded and completely underwater. It is possible to get there, but you have to go all the way around. This is taking a big risk, because you’ll have to walk through the entire park.
June 1, 2017 @ 17:43
These pictures are amazing! I think it would be really cool to explore some abandoned places, theme parks always seem really eerie!
June 2, 2017 @ 01:48
I love creepy abandoned places, but I also hate snakes, so it’s a toss up on which side of myself I listen to. 🙂 When we went to New Orleans a few years after Katrina, I remember actually gasping when we passed the Six Flags since you can see it from the main highway going into NOLA. I’m definitely not brave enough to go onto the property myself, but I love the pictures that you were able to get!
June 2, 2017 @ 04:19
This use to be Jazzland when I first visited!
June 2, 2017 @ 10:02
Did you visit it when it was still open?
June 2, 2017 @ 17:28
Absolutely amazing story! Stills could have been taken from a movie I would have liked to star in?
June 3, 2017 @ 07:12
Wow, I would love to visit this place! There’s something really fascinating about abandoned places!
June 3, 2017 @ 09:01
wow such an interesting post. Pictures are both great and a b it creepy! haha
June 3, 2017 @ 17:22
Wow this is such a cool post! I would never think of visiting a closed park, but your pictures look so cool! I can imagine that it is actually a nice thing to do…
June 3, 2017 @ 20:13
This looks seriously haunted. How did you get up there. Good job covering places that are off the tourist trail.
June 5, 2017 @ 21:14
Thanks! I think a friend of mine mentioned this place and I was instantly obsessed with it. I actually went there a couple of times. The first time someone drove me and the second time I just took an uber lol. The Uber driver thought I was crazy.
June 3, 2017 @ 22:09
I lived in Terrytown for about 6 monthsin 2015, and I wanted to visit here so bad, but never got the chance to.
June 5, 2017 @ 21:12
If you ever go back there take a chance!
Sandy N Vyjay
June 5, 2017 @ 01:36
Visiting an abandoned theme park sounds like a great adventure. However, the emptiness of the place which once was full of laughter gives an eerie feeling I am sure. The silence may give a sad and spooky feeling, I am sure.
June 5, 2017 @ 02:38
It always looks eerie when nature is taking over civilization. This place looks a lot like the pictures you see of the park in Chernobyl.
June 5, 2017 @ 15:36
How much fun! I think I would rather go to an abandoned amusement park rather than a working one. I love the idea of a photo shoot.
June 5, 2017 @ 21:11
Yeah you could do so many cool things here. If you happen to visit Nola definitely visit this place!
June 5, 2017 @ 20:46
Wow, I would like to see all this by myself me too! I love adventure + abandoned places so this is great for me! What would happen if a security guy sees you walking around? I don’t think it can be that bad . .
June 5, 2017 @ 21:16
It depends. I’ve heard different stories. Sometimes they just send people away, but I’ve also heard stories of people that got caught by the police, got a fine and were taken to the police station.
June 5, 2017 @ 21:11
Love that you’ve picked a totally off the wall location to showcase New Orleans! So much more fun to read than another “10 places to get a beignet in New Orleans” article. Thanks for sharing!
Saz @ The Van Cave Project
June 6, 2017 @ 07:12
Absolutely love these photos! Looks like something from TWD. I’ve always wanted to go urban exploring as I’m totally obsessed with post-apocalyptic fiction. The fear of getting caught keeps putting me off though!
June 8, 2017 @ 11:35
I would love to visit an abandoned theme park. It was make for such an incredible photo subject. As a long time theme park lover, to see one in such a condition – desolate, defaced, falling apart – would be really interesting.
June 9, 2017 @ 15:57
Your pictures are so eerie and creepy and I absolutely love it! I had no idea this existed but now I really want to go. I’d be running around pretending I was in a zombie move haha
December 31, 2017 @ 21:18
Hi how are you doing ?
Oh man, I have passed by the park couple of times already and I can’t stop thinking about going in for some photos !!!
May I ask you what would be the best or safe way to go in? You talked bout a whole in a fence, any idea around what area ?
I love your photos man, nice touch
January 1, 2018 @ 17:45
Hey Daniel! I’ll send you an email with the information:) Would love to see your photos if you go there!
December 31, 2017 @ 21:19
By the way, what would be the worst that could happen is you get caught.?
March 27, 2018 @ 23:49
Hey, really found your article helpful. I have been driving by six flags for years and have always wanted to go and take photos insidebbut have always been to scared.Me and my friend decided we finally wanna go so I started asking people and reasearching the safety.I was wondering if you have any recommendations for going to sixx flags. Should we watch out for crazy homeless people?
Is the security that crazy? Thanks so much for the post and photos I really like them.
March 28, 2018 @ 00:05
Hi Luca! Glad you found it helpful. I’m happy to give you some tips. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about homeless people. At least we didn’t come across any and they patrol the park pretty regularly. We got there around 4 in the morning and there was security at the main entrance. I can email you a google maps screenshot of where to go in if you’d like?
March 28, 2018 @ 00:10
Thanks for the fast response, That would be great.
June 13, 2018 @ 17:56
Im planning on visiting on my trip this weekend! any way you can send me where you went in to the park? I would appreciate it
June 15, 2018 @ 10:27
Hi Jessica, Sure I’ll send you an email:)
July 2, 2018 @ 16:29
This is an amazing post. Kudos to you, the pictures are incredible. If you would be so kind as to share the screenshot as well, that would be fantastic. Thanks and looking forward to reading more of your adventures!
July 5, 2018 @ 11:47
Hi Marcus, Thanks for the compliment. I just sent you an email. Let me know how it goes. Cheers!
April 23, 2018 @ 01:52
Hi, amazing story Romy. I will be in NOLA in a few weeks and Six Flags are in my plans.
I’m from Brazil and definitely, i don’t want to be busted and deported 🙂
Could you send me a map with the best place to get in?
What’re the safeties places to avoid cops? Like Pontchartrain beach, Comics Superheroes adventures, Cajun Country….
I probably will be there alone, i think that is easier to avoid the cops but it could be more dangerous. What do you think?
If i get caught do you think that i can go to jail, be deported or something be recorded in my registers or they just ask me to leave?
Have you been in other NOLA’s abandoned places like Israel M Augustine Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School, Touro-Shakespeare Home, Power Plant Building? If you have please share some tips with me.
Thanks for helping urban adventures sharing your experiences
April 27, 2018 @ 19:34
Hi Carlos! I don’t want to put all the info online as that might ruin it for other people. I’ll send you an email with the details! I went with a few people. I would be a little scared by myself haha. I think it’s nice to have a buddy to go with. If you get caught it is criminal trespassing and you can get a fine somewhere from $100 to $500 and/or up to 1 month of jail time. So it could be pretty serious, but I think most of the time they send you away and maybe give you a fine. I haven’t been to the other places.
May 7, 2018 @ 06:51
Hey Romy! Can you also email the info to me as well? I am a local here in NOLA and always wanted to see 6 flags after Katrina. I went to the park a month before Katrina hit. I’ve always wondered what it looked like in person post Katrina. Thank you so much for this post!
September 17, 2018 @ 02:22
Hey Romy, awesome article! We’re passing through NOLA and planning on checking this out either tomorrow or Tuesday. Can you please share the image with me as well?
May 8, 2018 @ 03:10
I think I am goIng to give this a try tomorrow while in town. If you read this I’d love to get some insight on how you went in. Thanks
May 24, 2018 @ 17:54
we’re going this weekend could you email me a picture of where you went in?
July 13, 2018 @ 00:07
How did it go?
October 12, 2018 @ 01:13
Hi Romy! I absolutely love this article. My girlfriend and I are staying in NOLA on vacation and would like to go tomorrow- would you mind sending me an email as well with any info that may be helpful? Tips or anything?
October 19, 2018 @ 13:49
Sorry, I was without internet for a few days and hadn’t read your comment until now. Hope you made it safely!
October 23, 2018 @ 19:22
Hey thanks so much for this post, it is amazing in its entirety!!! Please email me this info as I really want to try to get in here while I visit NOLA. I am obsessed with abandoned areas & this one has really caught my attention. As most people are, I am afraid of being caught while doing this so please send all the tips you have!! Thanks so much.
November 13, 2018 @ 14:42
Hey! I’ll be around there in a week or 2, I’d love to get an email as well with the route that you got in! Thanks!!
Austin John Courville
December 13, 2018 @ 23:29
I would love to visit this place some time soon! Would be able to give me details of how you got in at the time of your visit? I know this is a stretch because you went there sort of a long time ago and things may have changed. But I would to take a crack at it!
December 16, 2018 @ 10:53
I’ve emailed you:)
February 17, 2019 @ 04:15
Hi Romy! Thank you for sharing your experience. Your pictures are INCREDIBLE. Such an amazing adventure! Would you mind sharing the location with me, as I am going in a few weeks with some girlfriends and would love to explore this park. Thank you!
March 9, 2019 @ 00:19
Fantastic photos!! I’ll be in the area next week, and would love to visit and get some shots. Can you send me the map showing where you thought the best place to park and enter the park!
Thanks so much! Howard
March 19, 2019 @ 08:45
My boyfriend and I will be going within the next few days and I am super interested in visiting this place! Could you email me the details of getting in? Thank you!
April 27, 2019 @ 12:47
We’re in NOLA this weekend and have been dying to give this a try. Parked near the “Closed for Storm” sign to snap a picture yesterday, and security was on us instantly. Could you email me a map screenshot of where you went in?
May 2, 2019 @ 22:55
You must be overwhelmed by all the interest in visiting the park, but I love your photos and had tried to get in last month, but was stupid and drove my car up to the side entrance and security came out right away. I am going back again to visit in 2weeks and want/need to try again, I live in Canada so this time I really want to try and get some pics. Anyway you can send me the map/info as well?
How many security guards patrol, would it be easy to hide from them. I would be going alone, I don’t know how to reach out to anyone else who wants to come? I would rather have at least one person with me too!
May 6, 2019 @ 14:39
Yes, I’m getting emails about it every week and I can’t always respond to them all. But I’ve just sent you an email! 🙂
May 8, 2019 @ 01:47
Would love to see Six Flags, could you send us the way you went in?
May 8, 2019 @ 04:22
We’d love to have a look and take some pictures inside the park, and would absolutely love the info on how to get in,
Congratulations on the article, it’s of great help,
May 13, 2019 @ 17:32
Hi, I’d love to see the location you went in if you’ll e-mail it to me. Thanks, Paul
June 2, 2019 @ 20:49
my friend and I are super interested in visiting the park. We still remember when it was flooded. I was wondering if you could send me an email of how to get in. Obviously, if it’s too much work, it’s ok!! But, we would greatly appreciate it if you could. Thanks in advance.
June 2, 2019 @ 23:29
Hey Aaron, I sent you an email. Hope it helps.
June 2, 2019 @ 22:37
I am visiting New Orleans soon and as a huge abandoned place enthusiast, I would love to visit Six Flags! Your photos from there look absolutely amazing and all the information is appreciated! I emailed you in hopes of getting more specific information if at all possible! Thank you!! Keep up the amazing travels!!
June 2, 2019 @ 23:27
I just replied to your email! Thanks for reading:)
June 8, 2019 @ 20:13
Im an urban explorer that just moved from Cleveland. I was wondering if you could
email me the details about your trip to Six Flags.
June 11, 2019 @ 05:21
Going to give this a crack tomorrow – thanks for all you’ve written above. Can you please email me some more details re entry and anything else you think I should be aware of for the trip to the park? Thanks in advance.
August 11, 2019 @ 19:24
This is an awesome post! I’ve spent a year down here, and only discovered this recently. I’m leaving next week and would love to explore this before I go. Would you mind emailing me the way you entered the park?
September 18, 2019 @ 05:01
Hey Romy, Ian, or Stephen,
I am visiting NOLA in October. I have wanted to see this park since the year it was abandoned. I am scared that they’ll demolish it before I could see it so I finally decided to check it out this year. If anyone has any tips, tricks, or info about entering, avoiding run ins with security, or the wildlife, please let me know.
September 18, 2019 @ 05:06
Thank you so much for this post and the amazing pictures !
November 4, 2019 @ 03:06
I love this post. I’ve read it about ten times & am just beyond drawn to visit. I’m heading to new orleans next weekend & really want to see it before they demo. If you aren’t totally over people like me asking and you’re amenable to providing more details on logistics, I would be indebted.
Thanks for sharing such an amazing experience with us!
November 4, 2019 @ 03:10
Thanks for sharing this awesomeness … I’m heading to new orleans next weekend and would love to explore. Would you mind sharing how you did it with me via email?
September 2, 2020 @ 09:56
Thank you so much! I’ve explored it 2x and been chased out 2x. I’ll make it in one last time before it’s demolished! Tank you thank you thank you!
September 2, 2020 @ 15:13
That’s amazing!! Glad you got to see it and didn’t get caught!