38 Nightmarish Photos Of The Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

When I found myself in the south of USA one summer, memories of photos I saw of the abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans were conjured up.

I had really been getting into photography and I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed.

And it happened quickly.

After a sleepless night, I found myself walking through the expansive car park heading towards the towering rides and dilapidated buildings.

Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans
Heading Toward Six Flags

It was only 6 am, but already steaming hot. At the height of summer in New Orleans, there’s no relief from the sun.

Dilapidated Shops
Run down Buildings

The entrance looked particularly welcoming.

Welcome To Six Flags
Welcome to Six Flags.

As I got closer to the theme park and stepped inside, I was smacked in the guts by an otherworldly feeling.

Entering The Six Flags Amusement Park
Entering The Six Flags Amusement Park – Where’s The Ladder Going?

There was sh!t everywhere. 

Not like human fecal matter, but just, like, y’know, stuff.

The winds of time have shifted them around (or a handful of fellow degenerates) until they finally found a resting place.

Apart from that ladder in the top right of the image that leads to a boarded up window?

Every Window Was Smashed
Every Window Was Smashed

Not a single pane of glass sat untouched.

Everything was smashed and there’s glass strewn across the concrete ground everywhere.

Every step I could hear the echoes of shards of glass scratching on the ground.

I motioned to buy my ticket before moving through the turnstile and making my way in.

Getting Into Six Flags New Orleans
So Eerie.

Did I mention graffiti?

Everywhere.

Tags that said “this could have been beautiful” and “Dimitri from Brooklyn,” were there to greet me.

Well, greetings to you from Australia Dimitri.

The graffitied flowers a vast improvement on the absolute decrepit state of the former Six Flags amusement park.

Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Entry
And I Was In.

Okay, so I lied, there were three panes of glass left untouched there and despite my best throwing attempts I couldn’t hit them.

Because something more pressing caught my attention…

…what appeared to be an upside down cross hanging on the wall of the building.

Six Flags Amusement Park New Orleans
What went down here?

My heart rate started to pick up and I wondered if anyone was squatting around here.

Were they hostiles or friendlies?

Abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park New Orleans
Who brought that crate?

It felt like I was being watched in there.

The problem was that with a lot of windows boarded up and no lights on, the windows spewed such a pitch black darkness.

I couldn’t see anything inside them.

And it’s only occuring to me now that I never even entered one of the buildings.

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This Is Why.

You don’t really blame me looking at that, do you?

I started to wonder – what were the things that happen behind those doors. Would the average man be capable of imagining them?

Unlikely.

Employees Only
Employees Only

And the name of one of my favorite bars cropped up, Employees Only.

Sadly, I didn’t stop in for a drink this time around.

But here’s a cheers to you Eric and Akiva.

Walls were completely bare naked, I had to divert my gaze to give them the appropriate respect – only after capturing this.

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Walls were stripped bare.

I spotted the confectionary section and having skipped breakfast I was ready for something to sample.

Sweet Adeline’s Confectionary fell through this time though (pun so very intended).

Confectionary Sign Six Flags New Orleans
Want some candy?

Far off I spotted the old ferris wheel and started tracking towards it.

Ferris Wheel Six Flags
Ferris Wheel Six Flags
Abandoned Six Flags
More signs of food teased me.

The weight of shame making the ceiling fans droop down and point towards the ground. Most of them had been snapped or pulled off.

I tried to turn a few on, just to get a little relief from the heat.

No luck.

Ceiling Fans Drooping
Ceiling Fans Drooping

One of the only pieces of quality graffiti in the entire place. A big love heart with some names I can’t make out. Can you?

Becaue I’m too cheap for roses,” written on the wall.

You may be a cheap delinquent, but you can’t top that romanticism!

Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans
Romanticism FTW.

A few cables ran down from the ceiling.

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Something hanging down.
Ferris Wheel Abandoned Six Flags
I was honing in on the ferris wheel.

Even Jocco’s Mardi Gras Madness couldn’t entice me to enter the eternal abyss of undiluted darkness.

Gift Shop Abandoned Six Flags
Gifts, anybody?
Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans-31
Looks like my front yard.
Abandoned Six Flags Carousell
There’s money shot.
Abandoned Six Flags Ferris Wheel
The Big Ol’ Ferris Wheel

The Spongedude was one of the few signs that remained on the building, only a little bit of graffiti defacing it.

Spongebob Abandoned Six Flags
Spongedude.
Mold collected on the icecream.
Mold collected on the ice cream.
Barbe's Ice Cream Shop.
Barbe’s Ice Cream Shop.
Witches hats were left behind, but why?
Witches hats were left behind, but why?
Digging the mustache, man.
Digging the mustache, man.
Fire hose long gone.
Fire hose long gone.
Mmm. So much glass.
Mmm. So much glass.
The stairs I should have taken.
The stairs I should have taken.
Witches hats were left behind, but why?
Witches hats were left behind, but why?
Bumper Cars Abandoned Six Flags.
Bumper cars collected dust.
A few lockers were left locked.
A few lockers were left locked.
Pretzels and Churros.
Pretzels and Churros.

You could easily spend hours in there exploring the buildings and climbing the rides to get interesting camera angles.

I went by myself though, so I was edgier than a cliff and preferred to stay in the open where I couldn’t get into too much trouble.

How To Get Into The Abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park In New Orleans

I had been scouring as many forums and sites about how to get into the six flags amusement park in New Orleans as my feeble little mind would.

Plenty of the sites mentioned the fear and indeed the reality of getting busted for trespassing.

Really not an ideal result.

So I planned to hit Six Flags early – like before sunrise early.

I booked a cab for 5am, charged all my camera batteries and barely slept the night from the level of anticipation.

I could see the Six Flags park from the highway and as we turned off down another road, the main entrances all appeared blocked.

They were also in plain sight of the public eye.

So we kept driving around and found a residential area that actually brought me really close to a far corner of the car park.

The cab driver was an absolute legend and told me he’d wait while I ventured into the park.

Here’s where I went in:

Where To Go To Get Into Six Flags
Where To Go To Get Into Six Flags

You can drop a pin on Google maps to get the exact location to get into abandoned Six Flags.

Google Maps How To Get Into Six Flags
Location I Entered
That's Where I Came Out
That’s Where I Came Out

Yeah, the scrub is as thick as Chewbacca’s fur coat. I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of poison ivy in there or something.

I brushed my arm against a bush and it flared up all red and sore.

Apparently, there are alligators around there too, and at least one in the pond in the center of the park – so be careful!

The address?

13507-13521 St Marie Dr, New Orleans, LA 70129, USA.

After I started playing around with Google Maps a bit and came across these equally bizarre images.

Similar Enough
Similar Enough

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It was like the Google Earth mobile had actually been on the ground level in Six Flags New Orleans.

You could actually make out a Spongebob in the graphics!

Spongebob
Spongebob

Very Similar
Very Similar

How long it will stay like this no ones knows.

The New Orleans Economic Development Board had an offer on the property for $3.26M which met the appraised value of the site, but they shut this down.

So for now, the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans remains one of the premiere havens for urbex explorers.

James Grundy
I’ve been photographing for 13 years and have a penchant for 35mm and medium format film. Black and white street photography is my go-to. My work has been featured in online and print media through a few publications like Shutterstock, Brooklyn Resource Mag, Off The Rails and Collective Quarterly.

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