Surf's up at Six Flags

07/07/2014 11:26 PM

07/07/2014 11:28 PM

On a recent trip to Atlanta, Sara Kendall and her family had the opportunity to spend a day at Six Flags Over Georgia. At just around 4-hours away by car, the amusement park is close enough to entice thrill-seeking adventurers looking for something more than a local day trip experience.

Surf’s Up at Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia has taken fun to whole a new level with their newly launched 7-acre water park, Hurricane Harbor. Making its debut in May 2014, Hurricane Harbor lets park-goers enjoy 4 new water attractions including the world’s first hybrid zero gravity slide, Tsunami Surge. If you’re looking for a splashing good time for your family, here are some inside tips from our recent visit.

Paradise Island

Paradise Island is an interactive kids playground with hundreds of water elements including water blasters and sprayers, fountains, water wheels and pumps. Kids can choose between 6 different water slides to get their smiles on. Two water buckets dump thousands of gallons of water onto awaiting kids down below. Lifeguards are stationed at the top of the slides and around the perimeter to keep a watchful eye over the high-energy kids splashing around. Parents, get yourselves situated on one of the deck chairs, because kids can play here for hours.

Bonzai Pipelines

Grab a float and head to the top of the stairs to enter Bonzai Pipelines. Ride down one of the three uniquely different slides with 180 and 360-degree curves. Experience them all and decide which one is your favorite ride. Single and double rider floats are available.

Calypso Bay

Calypso Bay is an enormous wave pool that creates 4-foot waves to mimic the high surf naturally produced by the ocean. Sit on the gentle shores or brave the stronger waves as you go deeper into the pool. Life jackets are available for younger children and those wanting a bit more security.

Tsunami Surge

Take a raft down five stories through an enclosed tube into a whirlpool bowl then into a massive wave wall for a moment of zero gravity. Riders will experience the feeling of weightlessness on the Tsunami Surge. These rafts hold up to 4 people, so they are ideal for a family to experience the world’s first hybrid zero gravity slide together.

The Basics

It’s the largest park expansion in the park’s history, so it’s an exciting time to experience a day at Six Flags. Admission into Hurricane Harbor is free with the regular admission to Six Flags Over Georgia.

There is a beach themed restaurant, Tidal Wave Café to satisfy hungry tummies. Forgot something needed to take the plunge in the cooling waters? No worries, step into Tradewinds Retail Shop to purchase anything you might have left behind.

Free lounge chairs are positioned throughout Hurricane Harbor. Relaxing cabanas, tube rentals, and storage lockers are available for additional costs.

My Family’s Take

We had a game plan and it worked out perfectly. Hit all the dry rides in the morning and then got all wet in Hurricane Harbor. We rode some of the 11 world-class coasters and other family-friendly rides, but saved plenty of energy to experience the waterpark. It was a welcomed relief to get soaked on a hot summer day.

Hurricane Harbor is beautifully designed with a nice beach atmosphere. Guests will feel like they are in a new world that is entirely different from the rest of Six Flags. We certainly felt like we stepped into a different theme park. One of my daughters thought Paradise Island was the most fun, and my other daughter said the Tsunami Surge was the bomb. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed out time here, but we all wished the water park was bigger. We hope Six Flags expands on their newest good thing.

For more information, go to sixflags.com.

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