Best Photo Locations: Abandoned Six Flags In New Orleans

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  1. Craig Mulcahy May 7, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I live in New Orleans and have shot at Six Flags a couple of times. Awesome and very odd location! Recently shot a great fashion editorial there. You can have a look on my site. http://www.craigmulcahy.net or here http://500px.com/CMulcahy/stories/33080/fashion-editorial-sixflags-new-orleans

    Cheers!

    Craig

    • Amy May 8, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      Great shots, Craig!

  2. Mike Victorick May 7, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    In Pearland, TX there is an abandoned 64,000 Mansion. I’ve walked around it before but never shot there. It’d be pretty cool though. http://www.houstonpress.com/slideshow/inside-pearlands-mystery-mansion-28210464/

  3. brandon shane warren May 7, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    weston asylum in WV – http://stories.icanstoptime.com/weston

  4. John DuBois May 7, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    This past January I was lucky enough to be visiting New Orleans when a friend told me about and brought me to the abandoned Six Flags. It’s an incredibly eerie and surreal place to be. Definitely had some hesitation walking through the front gate, but once we got inside I was entranced by this massive theme park frozen in time for the last 6 years. Luckily I had my camera in hand and got enough to put together a photo essay for my website. Check it out at http://thejohndubois.com/Photo-Essays

  5. Colin May 7, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    These pictures remind me of the Prypiat amusement park.

  6. Sonal May 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    There is an awesome/eerie video done of this Six Flags.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcja8UBtXdk

    • Jens May 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      That place looks amazing, I really wanna shoot there.

  7. steven_b May 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    This looks totally sick…I have a weird with urban decay, any cool places in arizona that anyone knows about?? I only know of one place in phoenix…

    • Anonymous August 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      theres an abandoned airport in Arizona

  8. Jock May 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Why does the state and city let this death trap still exist.

    They should make SIX FLAGS clear it out.

    • Onionhead September 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      So many reasons…mostly cuz six flags barely owns it, city can’t come to an agreement on rehab with potential developers, owners and city can’t come to agreements…such a long involved story. The place was just about bankrupt before Katrina. What do you expect from an amusement park that sits in the middle of a swamp? I drove by there on may way to and from work every day for four years after Katrina…at least it has high fences etc and is out in the middle of nowhere…only a deathtrap to those that seek it out unlike the many many houses in neighborhoods around the city that are potential deathtraps.

  9. Richard Enticknap May 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I used to love scouting the well known hellingly mental asylum in sussex. http://www.flickr.com/photos/enticknap/2685598128/in/set-72157606808836329
    I always wanted to take some models and shoot but never got the nerve

  10. FAB May 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I shot a few frames there in 2009, I sneaked in for 10 minutes while my wife was waiting for me with the motor running. It was scary!

    http://fabtranzerphotography.com/blog/?p=2951

  11. Augie De Blieck Jr. May 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I know Chris Luckhardt talked about shooting there last year. I wish I could find the link for it now, but it was on the Full Frame podcast. I’m pretty sure the podcast is dead now, but the archives are still up at http://www.perpetualradio.com/fullframe Chris’ website is at http://chrisluckhardt.com and you can see some of his Six Flags pictures on there. Looks like a very cool place to shoot. He tells a great story about his time in there.

  12. Dave Edens May 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    This instagram user has been posting a series of shots from 6 flags .
    http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/user/15627406/

    • Chris Luckhardt May 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Small world! I gave him the information on how to get into Six Flags. :)

      • tyler clinton September 17, 2012 at 10:19 am #

        How DO you get in there? Planning a photo trip to New Orleans the later half of October.

      • Lana January 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

        Chris- I’m looking to do a shoot out there for Amelie G magazine in the next week or so. What’s the deal with access? What are the restrictions?

        Lana

      • paula March 25, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

        I to go with my Sun I am 1 like to take I am 1 like to take some pictur is it worth gettin is it worth getting in he 17 an he 17 and I do not want us to get caught in arrested.

  13. Michelle May 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I thought that this was being demolished in 2011? Evidently not? It’s on my bucket list, but I fear it will be demolished before I get there!

  14. Joey Buczek May 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Buffalo Central Terminal in Buffalo, NY was an awesome abandoned building to sneak into to take pics, and um.. souvenirs of sorts. Now its being restored, so its easier to gain access and looks a lot better with the restoration underway.

  15. LACY May 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Dogpatch USA. Arkansas. A theme park from 1968-93. It is abandoned. Also, several abandoned projects of former popular televangelist Jim Bakker. Herigage USA is one. Many of his “projects” were multi million dollar fetes, that usually were never completed and have now been abandoned and left in disrepair. While both have been photographed by a trespassor or here and there, none do either justice to the state they are currently in.

    Dogpatch USA http://www.abandonedok.com/dogpatch-u-s-a/

    Heritage http://illicitohio.com/SBNO/heritage/tour036.htm

  16. Craig Ferguson May 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Abandoned futuro-style housing development on the coast in Taiwan. http://www.craigfergusonimages.com/2011/03/taiwans-other-pod-village/

  17. Chris Horner May 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lensartwork/sets/72157617220524223/

    Michigan Central Station in Detroit, MI. One of the greatest urban ruins in the country.

    • Michael Hurcomb May 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Tried to get in there last week. Unfortunately Homeland security has it completely locked down and monitor it constantly

      • Chris Luckhardt May 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

        I have friends who still get inside. It’s all about timing. :)

  18. Michael Hurcomb May 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    The Eastown Theatre in Detroit. Completely abandoned and easily accessible. I just returned from doing a photo shoot with a band for a magazine and it was an amazing place to work in. We shot in there for 4 hours and weren’t bothered at all. I can’t post any of the band photos yet but I’ve posted links to a few of the interior shots I took.

    Address: 8041 Harper Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150906353283273&set=a.486171093272.277469.130324488272&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150971476673273&set=a.486171093272.277469.130324488272&type=1&theater

  19. Darrell Miller May 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    i live about 45 min from new orleans, i’ve visited the six flags site twice now. its supposed to be demolished this summer (they’ve said this before) i plan to go out one more time soon before they demolish it.

    here are the photos i took from the last visit:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrellrhodesmiller/sets/72157629396013111/

  20. Chris Luckhardt May 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I shot Six Flags last June. Here are a couple of photos:
    - http://www.flickr.com/photos/motionblur/5930287503/
    - http://www.flickr.com/photos/motionblur/5895814044/

    Even better, I visited Japan’s abandoned Nara Dreamland amusement park last month: http://www.flickr.com/photos/motionblur/sets/72157629625826728/

  21. BezOcean May 8, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    Find it fairly up to the photographers to cross the limitations and create! Great post!

  22. faisal May 8, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Really break taking pictures. Beauty lies in the vision.

  23. Pamela Reed May 8, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    While this location in NOLA is awesome we locals know you should stay out of there for multiple reasons. Number one the cops are patrolling it very heavily now, the fines are outrageous. And secondly it is very very dangerous due to violent crime. It is one of the coolest places on the planet but we don’t recommend shooting here. Just a head’s up to those thinking of ‘breaking’ in.

    • FAB May 8, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      +1

    • Chris Luckhardt May 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      I know a handful of photographers that have been in Six Flags in the past month. None of them encountered any problems with cops or violence. However, your own results may vary. As with all urban exploration locations, timing is of the essence.

  24. E Lamprecht May 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    There is also a beautiful abandoned amusement park in Berlin. It was formerly the Spree park I think. Incredible setting.

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  26. Nick May 11, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Be sure to check out the abandoned Chinatown theme park in Orlando, FL and the abandoned Disneyland in China: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNcuAOEzOy4&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

  27. Tim Jackson May 13, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I have shot there a few times on my downtime from my travels to New Orleans. Its a great place to shoot but be care full there is gators around and inside the park and the third time I shot there I was caught by the police but managed to BS my way out with press credentials. The cops were cool they were just concerend with squaters and vandals. I have heard recently that its dew to be torn down sometime this year tho so go soon if you want to see it. I have some pics on my flickr and I recently went to the aboundoned Turnpike tunnel in PA were some scenes from the movie the Road was filmed you can see on my 500px site.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/10333218@N04/5570501708/in/photostream

    http://500px.com/timjacksonphoto

  28. ak May 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    this is a ling shot, but I’m in Nola til Thursday (5/17) and am hoping to get out to the six flags. A bunch of my friends went last year and said it’s not to be missed.

    Problem is I don’t have a car. Also sounds like it’s more highly patrolled and more dangerous now. Is it possible to get out by bus or get dropped off nearby by taxi? Or is it just too dangerous/not worth it?

    • SB May 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      We’re in exactly the same boat! We’re also not Americans, so we’re afraid of getting deported.

      • ak May 15, 2012 at 10:56 am #

        That’d definitely put a damper on the trip :) . Anyone with experience have thoughts? I think it’s going to have to be sunrise tomorrow or nothing. Would love to get some expert advice!

        • ak May 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

          For the curious, I ended up taking the bus and went around sunset. It’s not the fastest way, but I did get to see a lot of the city. I never felt unsafe. I’m a girl and I went alone. A word of warning, there looked to be work being done near the old wooden coaster. There were a bunch of freshly cut branches in a neat pile and two trash bags filled with leaves. If you do go, go late, early, or on the weekend. Otherwise you might run into workers :/

  29. Moritz May 17, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    looks like an amazing location to shoot at, would be such a cool spot for a fashion shoot.
    i have recently done an art nude shoot with a model at an abondoned shool near london, uk… there is a company renting out old abondoned buildings for next to nothing as ‘live in security’. the indoor basketball was still preped for the final exam with 100s of tables and chairs and most the rooms look like class will be back tomorrow
    http://mostphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/art-nude-shoot.html

  30. Nomadic Samuel May 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    This is an awesome photo location. There is something mysterious/eery about abandoned places.

  31. dizzle June 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    is this place still around?

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    some good photospots. always worth checking out when youre traveling.
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  33. Ed Luna July 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Perhaps my experience at Six Flags New Orleans was not typical, but I was there last year (2011) and got arrested. Initially, I went in alone, and saw a number of people in there already. But within twenty minutes, all of us were arrested and charged with trespassing. The entire group spent the next eight hours in holding, and we ended up at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). It was a HIGHLY UNPLEASANT experience, yet few of the blogs that talk about this place bother to mention this danger. So if you do plan to go, prepare for the worst. Make arrangements with someone to have the bail money (approximately $150) ready. It is a marvelous, beat-down place, so in a way, it’s worth it. But the arrest is a huge pain in the ass. It’s also worth noting that the NOPD officers do NOT find it amusing that people come from far and wide to celebrate a reminder of what was lost.

    [Oh and for the record, the following afternoon, the prosecutor more or less allowed us to enter an obscure plea (a term I can't remember at the moment) under which I accepted the charge without further fines or jail time.I therefore have an arrest on my record, but no conviction. A rather expensive and time-consuming flirtation with the Louisiana justice system, just to see an abandoned amusement park with my own eyes.]

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  36. Erik November 29, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    I went to six flags last week. the place is super creepy but awesome. here are some of my shots:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49775268@N07/sets/72157632128752880/

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    FYI: Went to Six Flags New Orleans today to try and take some pics. THere was a security guard at the gate and a lot of construction workers on site so we couldn’t get in. SGuard saud someone purchased it and has plans to build a mall of some sort.

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