Day Trip: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

I’ll be honest, before we ended up spending a great day at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor  we were supposed to go tubing on a real river, but a review on Yelp cautioning me that tubing with kids on the Delaware is “like herding kittens while on a unicycle” made me actually crave a concrete lazy river and water slides over nature’s unknown rapids.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is just what you would expect – big-thrill water slides, a wave pool, a huge lazy river… as well as the usual screaming kids, crowds, and lines. And it’s a perfect Day Trip for one last hurrah before school starts.

There are rides and activities suitable for all ages and abilities at Hurricane Harbor. Younger kids can enjoy Discovery Bay, a large water-play area with slides, sprinklers and waterfalls. Older kids can chose from a variety of water slides, including King Cobra, which just opened in July and is the first of it’s kind in the United States. This racing tube slide has riders race each other in separate tubes, reaching speeds of over 30 mph, not to mention the 25-foot plunge.

Most of the water slides require riders to be 48-inches tall, and while there are plenty of things for those under 48-inches to do at the water park, it’s worth noting – especially if you’ll have kids on both sides of the height divide in your group.

The food at Hurricane Harbor is the usual (read: crappy) park fare, and is super-expensive. We spent $45 on three sodas, two cheeseburgers and an order of chicken fingers.  There’s no easy way to avoid this as outside food isn’t allowed on premises. However, the parking lot isn’t that far of a walk, so it might be worth a quick trip to eat a healthier and less expensive picnic in your car. Just make sure to get a hand stamp for re-entry.

However, even with my mom-like complaints of bad food and lines, neither of those things impacted my daughters having a when-can-we-come-back kind of fabulous time. Which of course, was the reason I was at a crowded water park in the first place.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor tickets range from $31.99 to $39.99 based on visitor age and whether purchased online or at the park.  You can also buy combo tickets which provide entrance to Six Flags Great Adventure and the Wild Safari as well.

Hurricane Harbor closes for the season on Labor Day, September 3 – but it’s never too early to start planning for next summer. Season Passes for 2013 go on sale August 30.

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