Hurricane Harbor Water Park is an in-park oasis for families spending the day at Six Flags Over Georgia. Free with general park admission, it is a nice spot to relax, escape the Georgia heat and enjoy some fun on beach-themed water rides.
2020 update: As of May 26, 2020, the entire Six Flags Over Georgia theme park is closed due to Covid-19 precautions. There has been no indication when it will reopen. However, Six Flags CEO Michael Spanos singled out the company’s amusement parks in Texas, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma as the locations most likely to reopen first following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s like White Water, but smaller,” said my 10 year-old, adding he liked the idea of cooling off in the wave pool then hitting the roller coasters nearby. When asked what water slide was the best, the 2 for 2 consensus was Tsunami Surge (although everyone gripped about hauling the huge, and heavy, raft to the top). When asked which of the Bonzai Pipelines went the fastest the boys said purple.
All photos by Jessica Wiebel/All videos by Sue Rodman
Hurricane Harbor Attractions
- Tsunami Surge– This five-story tall slide sends a 4-person tube down an enclosed section and ends with a wave wall that imitates the sensation of weightlessness.
- Bonzai Pipelines– Three intertwined 41-foot tall water slides send single or double riders through enclosed twists, turns and pools.
- Calypso Bay- A huge zero-entry pool with 4-foot ocean waves and several small fountains for children, tube rentals and complimentary life vests are available.
- Paradise Play Island– A soft surface children’s play area features 6 water slides housed in a giant Pirate Ship. This interactive structure has rope climbs, slides, water sprayers, water wheels and plenty of in-ground fountains. Watch out for the giant buckets, which can drop over 2,000 gallons of water on you!
Hurricane Harbor Eats
Hurricane Harbor has one eatery, The Tidal Wave Café, which serves salads, pizza, hot dog and hamburger platters. Throughout the main park, you’ll find plenty of standard fare, along with healthier choices such as wraps and gluten free pizza, lasagna and brownies. You can also pack a cooler in the car, and take a short break for lunch in the parking lot!
Although outside food is not allowed in any area of the park, exceptions are made for food allergies and infants. Check with guest services at the front gate to have your items labeled before entering the park.
Hurricane Harbor Amenities
Two on-site bathhouses provide plenty of restrooms, curtained changing areas and even showers. By the end of the day, the floor can be really wet (and even a bit dirty). Bring flip-flops and be careful, it can be slippery!
Shady spots can be found around the play land, in the lounge chairs located at the back area of Calypso Bay or in one of the 11 swanky cabanas, which can be rented online and include food service.
Forget something? There is a beach themed retail spot inside the water park that sells everything from sunscreen to bathing suits.
Tips for a Great Day at Six Flags Over Georgia Hurricane Harbor
Go FREE. Did you know children in K-6th grade can earn FREE tickets to Six Flags though their Read to Succeed program? The deadline for registering and all terms and conditions can be found seasonally on sixflags.com. This annual program usually has a registration deadline of early March.
Get a Discount. Discount tickets to Six Flags Over Georgia can be bought online, saving you as much as $20 per ticket.
Plan to Walk. Be ready for lots of walking, it’s a good hike from the parking lot to the back of the park where Hurricane Harbor is located. It’s worth waiting for the tram ride to the front gate if you have smaller children.
Get there Early: Most folks wait to visit the water features at Six Flags until they’re hot and tired from the roller coasters and other rides. To avoid the crowds and long lines at the slides, visit this area first and hit the water slides immediately.
Consider a Cabana: Hurricane Harbor has 11 cabanas located in a private area of the park. We enjoyed one with friends during our visit and it was the perfect place to get out of the sun. Cabanas include a table w/chairs and food service, as well as a mini-fridge and large storage bench with a lock. It was a nice home base out of the sun and perfect if you have little ones that might want to take a nap. In addition, the beach area in front of the cabanas is private, so it’s a lot less crowded than the main beach area.
Go single or double on Bonzai Pipelines: There are three tubes on the Bonzai Pipelines. My boys swear the purple is faster, but that’s not been scientifically proven. We do know that you can grab a single tube or double tube to ride down any of the pipelines.
Know the height restrictions: Nothing is worse than getting a child all excited to do something only to find out they don’t measure up. Guests for Tsunami Surge must be 48″ to ride. For Bonzai Pipelines 42″. Children must be at least 36″ to play at Paradise Island unless they are accompanied by an adult.
More than Water Rides for Kids. Within a short walking distance, smaller children can enjoy kid-sized rides in Bugs Bunny Land as well as the classic carousel and old-timey Hanson cars. Older kids will enjoy being close to both the Superman and Scream Machine roller coasters.
For More Tips for a Great Day at Six Flags Over Georgia, see our post.
This article by Jessica Wiebel and Sue Rodman.