If you’re going to take in Six Flags, consider leaving an extra day to visit Hurricane Harbor (also known as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor). While the Six Flags corporation owns Hurricane Harbor, both parks are not the same and each one has a unique focus, with plenty of fun attractions.
Hurricane Harbor is a water park, ideal if you like family activities and water rides. If you prefer roller coasters and other thrills over water rides, Six Flags Over Texas is a better bet, with an awesome total of 13 coasters, including the tallest roller coaster in Texas.
But Hurricane Harbor has its own special appeal, especially for families. The dark and curving Black Hole is very popular and the Mega Wedgie water slide is an exciting way to cool off while getting drenched.
Feel like experiencing the thrill of riding the waves? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the Surf Rider. Little ones will enjoy the Blue Raider and Raging Rapids rides. The Tornado, Geronimo and some other rides are designed for taller and older riders.
When you are ready for a break from surfing the waves in the Surf Lagoon or riding on any of the numerous rides, you can get a quick snack at the Surfside Grill or munch on funnel cakes, nachos or ice cream at specialty stands.
If you want a full meal, check out the selection of nearby restaurants, including Hoffbrau Steaks and Bodacious Barbecue. Staff at Hurricane Harbor can suggest other restaurants, depending on your tastes.
To get the most out of your visit, why not stay at a hotel within 5 miles of both parks? The Hampton Inn or Crown Plaza Suites have convenient shuttle service to Hurricane Harbor. Many other hotels are within walking distance of both parks.
If you are scheduling your day around Hurricane Harbor, try starting off with an early visit to the park and finish by dining out at a local restaurant and (if you aren’t too tired) maybe even squeeze in some bowling at the nearby Alley Cats bowling center.
If you are on a budget, be sure to call ahead before leaving for Hurricane Harbor and ask about any discounts. There are often combined season passes, good for both Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags. That way, you can visit both parks on your own schedule, without having to worry about seeing -or doing – everything in one day.
Even if you plan to be in Texas for a week or less, the season pass can be an excellent deal compared to regular admission prices. General admission to Hurricane Park is $25.99 for adults and $19.99 for Juniors (under 48 inches tall) so if you plan to bring four or more people along a season pass could be the best deal (babies and toddlers, 2 years old and under, get in free).
A few pointers can help you plan for an easy, hassle free visit to Hurricane Harbor. First, call park information at (817) 265-3356 to find out about any new or upcoming activities as well as special prices. Find out where you can pick up a map of the park so you can pick age appropriate rides.
If you’ll be in town for more than a day, you might want to plan your visit for a day when discounts are offered. If you’d prefer not to fight the crowds, Mondays through Thursdays are the best time to experience Hurricane Harbor because it can be far more hectic and noisy on the weekends.
Insider tips worth knowing? Bring your own towel as they can be in short supply. Do bring drinking water along, too, because even though you’ll be splashing around, you can still get very thirsty, especially on the hottest days. You can’t bring other beverages into the park, though.
Insiders also suggest that you don’t miss out on the fun of Beach Volleyball, an activity that is easy to overlook among all the water attractions.
The park is open from June 4th through August 15 from 10:30 am -7 pm Sunday through Friday and on Saturday from 10:30 am to 8 pm. From August through September, the park is open weekends only, starting in mid August.
Plan to spend $10 for all day parking and then prepare to have a wild and thrilling time at one of the most popular theme parks in Texas!
Hurricane Harbor is located at 900 E. Randoll Mill Road in Arliington, Texas. Phone: (817) 265-3316, extension 481