A guide to Six Flags water parks

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Six Flags is the largest amusement park company in the world. It owns and operates 21 properties in North America, including theme parks, water parks, thrill parks and family entertainment centers. Most of the water parks(eleven in all) are located inside Six Flags theme parks so, you get two parks for the price of one. Each water park is different, but they all have some common features, such as a variety of slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and shopping areas. If you live near one, you may want to buy a Season Pass, which will save you money and help you stay cool all summer long.

Here are the Six Flags water parks:

Hurricane Harbor, Los Angeles, California

Hurricane Harbor is located not in, but next to Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park and requires separate admission fee. You will need more than one day to visit both. The park offers 23 different water slides, a wave pool, river rafting, a large play area for younger children and a 1,300-foot-long lazy river. Most of the rides are mild to moderate and can be enjoyed by all family members (some rides have a 48” height restriction). The park is famous for its thrill water ride, the Tornado, which is seven stories high.

White Water, Atlanta, Georgia

Six Flags White Water offers over 30 rides on 40 acres, including thrill rides, moderate family rides and child-friendly options. The best thrill ride is the Cliffhanger, a 9-story tall water slide, one of the tallest free-fall slides in the world. For the little kids there are: Captain’s Kids Cove, an interactive play area, Tree House Island, four stories of chutes, slides and bridges and, opening in May 2010, The Wiggles Water World, The Wiggles-themed area.

Hurricane Harbor, Chicago, Illinois

This Hurricane Harbor is located inside the Six Flags Great America theme park. This Caribbean-themed water park measures over 100,000 square feet and offers lots of moderate to extreme water rides, Hurricane Bay, a 500,000-gallon wave pool, and Skull Island play area for children. The park’s admission includes both, the theme park and the water park.

America/Hurricane Harbor, Baltimore/Washington DC, Maryland

America water park is located next to Six Flags America theme park and you can visit both for one admission fee. The park offers a variety of mild to moderate body slides, tube drop slides, kid’s size twister, Bamboo Chutes and a couple of thrill rides. The newest water slide, Tony Hawk’s Half Pipe, opened in 2008, is shaped like a skateboarding half pipe and is four stories high. It is quite intense and is not recommended for young children.

New England/Hurricane Harbor, Springfield, Massachusetts

New England is a family-friendly water park located within Six Flags New England theme park. It has two 500,000-gallon wave pools, several slides, river rafting, an interactive play area for children and an extreme water coaster, Typhoon. In 2010, the park is adding another play area (16,000 square feet) for the youngest kids, Mr. Six’s Splash Island. It will include 30,000 gallon wave pool and an interactive lazy river. One admission fee includes both parks.

St. Louis/Hurricane Harbor, Saint Louis, Missouri

St. Louis water park is a 12-acre tropical paradise. It is located within Six Flags St. Louis theme park and it is free with admission to the theme park. It offers many slides, including Wahoo Racer, a six-lane water racer with triple drop layout, five-person raft ride, 560,000-gallon wave pool and a play area for children, Hook’s Lagoon.

Hurricane Harbor, Jackson, New Jersey

The water park was built next to Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Wild Safari. Each park requires separate admission fees. It features the most impressive one-million-gallon wave pool, a half-mile long lazy river with rapids, waterfalls and geysers, three extreme body slides, Cannonball, Wahini and Jurahnimo Falls. In 2010, the Tornado will make the newest addition to the park.

Splash Water Kingdom, Lake George, New York

Splash Water Kingdom is located within Six Flags Great Escape theme park. It offers many slides, including Black Cobra, two completely dark enclosed tube slides, 500,000-gallon wave pool, interactive play areas and some fun water rides, such as the Tornado or Mega Wedgie, a 100-foot tunnel slide. One admission includes both parks.

Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park, Lake Gorge, New York

This is the first indoor water park in New York State and the first one owned and operated by Six Flags. It was opened in 2006 and it made a great addition to the existing Six Flags Great Escape theme park. The 38,000-square-foot indoor water park is opened year-round. However, it serves only lodge guests. The main attractions are: a FlowRider surfing simulators, lazy river, raft ride, and Boogie Bear Surf.

Fiesta Texas/White Water Bay, San Antonio, Texas

White Water Bay water park was built right next to Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park. The admission includes both attractions. The water park has a 500,000-gallon wave pool, multi-passenger rafting, lots of tubes, slides and rides. Children can play at Splashwater Springs, a play area filled with rides and other activities. There is also a family interactive play area, Texas Tree House. For thrill seekers there are three rides, the Tornado, Whirlpool and the Big Bender.

Hurricane Harbor, Arlington, Texas

It is one of the largest Six Flags water parks. It offers lots of attractions for everyone, including a massive one-million-gallon wave pool, Surf Rider surfing simulator, play areas for children and many moderate and high-thrill slides and rides. Hurricane harbor is located just across the street from Six Flags Over Texas, but tickets have to be purchased separately to each park.

Six Flags water parks have some of the best water parks in the country. They offer a variety of activities, from mild that can be enjoyed even by the youngest family members to high-thrill rides providing some unforgettable experiences and lots of fun.

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