I serve in a compensated role as a Six Flags Supermom. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own, as always.
Last weekend my family took a little trip to the hottest “cool down” spot in the Southeast.
We spent close to 5 glorious hours splashing around at Hurricane Harbor, the latest addition to Six Flags Over Georgia (which has turned an already amazing park into a one-of-a-kind experience!).
Tucked away in the far side of the park from its main entrance, you’ll find turnstiles into Hurricane Harbor. Admission to this part of the park is included with your ticket price (woo hoo!) but the guarded entrance and exit is there to ensure that visitors don’t head back into the main park area wearing just their swimsuits. I really appreciate their forethought on that one! 🙂 Once inside, you feel like you’ve stepped into a laid-back beach-side community, complete with very clean bath houses for changing, a grab-and-g0 eatery, and the ultimate in relaxation: deluxe lounge accommodations!
Cabanas at Hurricane Harbor: 5 Reasons to Try Them
We stayed in one of 11 private cabanas that are available to rent ($150 weekdays and $175 weekends). Now, as fabulous as my life is, it isn’t so fabulous that this is a price I would pay without careful consideration. After giving it a whirl, though, I’ll tell you why I think it could very easily be worth it.
1. Party time! If you are having a special event like a birthday party, you’ve just rented your party area. Fees for renting party rooms are normally around that rate, anyway, so that actually makes a lot of sense!
2. Cabana renters get private access to the wave pool. And you guys, my family spent probably 75% of our entire day at the park in this fun private area. It was SO nice having all that space in the pool that wasn’t crowded and where the girls could freely splash around without bothering anyone else.
3. Dedicated staff are on hand just for you! We had folks checking in on us regularly to make sure we were comfortable and happy, and offering to do things like snap family photos for us and clean up in our cabana. It was insanely awesome service. And speaking of awesome service, when you get hungry, you just place an order with your server, and s/he goes straight into the kitchen at the Tidal Wave cafe to place your order, where you have VIP status. In most cases, your food is back in your cabana within about 5 minutes of you placing your order, and you didn’t even have to move a muscle to make it happen. That means more time for this:
4. Inclement weather? No need to seek shelter! We had an afternoon thunderstorm during our visit (not an unusual occurrence on summer days in the South). All other visitors to Hurricane Harbor had to leave the pool and seek shelter wherever they could locate it. As for us, we just chilled in our cabana and enjoyed watching the rain roll through. It was REALLY nice during that time to not even have to move our stuff.
5. Luxury and security. Each cabana is equipped with a refrigerator that has 6 complimentary waters inside, as well as a HUGE lockable storage trunk. Our stroller fit in there with absolutely no problems. You also get a lock and a key. I had my nicer DSLR camera with me, and I really appreciated being able to lock it away before heading out into the waves. Hurricane Harbor does have other locker facilities for rent for any guest who wants them, but again, this one was HUGE and was right there in my cabana. I would have spent A LOT of time walking back and forth to the locker area for my camera if I hadn’t been in a cabana.
Was it an indulgence? Of course it was. Was it worth it? I think yes! It’s not something that my family could afford to do every time we visit, but it is a GREAT option for groups of folks (up to 6, I believe, for the standard cabanas) or for special occasions, or even just for an occasional splurge. You will be treated like royalty, I guarantee it.
So right outside of the cabana area you will find Calypso Bay wave pool. If you don’t want to do the cabana thing, there is still plenty of seating area around the entrance. We found the crowds to be very manageable (it was a Friday, so I’m sure weekends are busier) and the lifeguards to be abundant and vigilant. As a parent, I always appreciate knowing that the staff are on top of their game, especially as it relates to matters of safety.
Behind Calypso Bay you’ll see Tsunami Surge. We were told that it required at least 2 people to ride, so since we had small kids with us, we didn’t get to try it out. But it includes a zero-gravity element, so if you are able to do so, I’m gonna go ahead and say this is a MUST RIDE!
Not far away from the cabanas, but on the other side, you’ll find the Bonzai Pipelines. These are a series of 3 different slides that can each hold 1 or 2 riders together. Tim really enjoyed them and they are a fun option for anyone in your party who might not be feeling that zero gravity business!
And finally, closest to the Hurricane Harbor entrance and exit, you’ll find Paradise Island. This element of the park actually existed last year, and was such an enormous hit that it was one of the reasons that Six Flags decided to expand its water ride offerings. It is a great location for the younger set, and has fun slides, rope bridges, and plenty of spraying water features.
My family was thoroughly entertained at Hurricane Harbor for almost our entire visit to the park. For some folks, it might be the primary desination for the entire day, and for others, it might just be a place to go cool off for an hour or two. Either way, it is an AWESOME offering and I think it makes the park even more family-friendly (for families of all sizes and ages!) than it was before.
Save Some $ By Going for a Season Pass
The way to do Six Flags Over Georgia is definitely to get a season pass. We are season pass holders, and we weren’t the least bit concerned that we didn’t ride many non-water rides on this trip. We know we’ll be back, so there was no pressure to see and do it all. We just fully enjoyed where we were and what our kids wanted to do. It made for a more relaxing visit and frankly, when you are more relaxed you have more fun, anyway! Plus, we know we can go back as many times as we want this season; the entrance fee is already covered! Season passes are a tremendous value, so take a moment and check out all the great season pass options!
Do you have plans to visit Hurricane Harbor this season???