We’ve been taking a look at Southern California water parks this summer. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, located next to Magic Mountain offers a great way to cool off in the heat of summer. Whether you like high-speed thrill attractions, a place for your kids to cool down or you just enjoy sitting around the wave pool, Hurricane Harbor offers a great alternative to sitting at home or heading out to the beach. With the newly implemented “Flash Pass,” you now have the ability to pack more into your day for a relatively inexpensive price.

The park features 10 slide area’s with a total of 23 individual slides that your family can enjoy.

The admission prices are reasonable

General Admission 
Online 3-day advanced purchase: $27.99 / Online: $29.99 / Gate: $37.99 / You Save $9 or $7
Child under 48″
Season Pass
$47.99 Hurricane Harbor Only
$99.99 Combo Pass for all Six Flags Parks and Hurricane Harbor

Unfortunately Parking is shared with Six Flags Magic Mountain and they have recently increased their parking rates:
One Day Parking: $17
Valet Parking: $30
RV Parking: $25
Season Pass Parking: $50

As you drive into the entry area for Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor you are directed to the left for Magic Mountain and to the right for Hurricane Harbor.  Just beyond the gates, you are greeted by park staff and photographers that use a similar system to Photopass at Disneyland. They even use waterproof cameras. How about a nice picture in front of the Hurricane Harbor sign?

As you enter the park you are directed towards useful things like lockers, changing rooms, food and attractions.

One of the more popular places to “make camp” for the day is the Forgotten Sea Wave Pool, this area provides ample lounge chairs and tables for you to enjoy. The wave pool is centrally located to many of the parks attractions.

All Day Lockers are available for you to “Stow Yer Gear” although they are a bit pricey at $12 for a Small, $15 for Large and $18 for Family size.

Red Eye’s kitchen is the park’s main food court, offering everything from Cheeseburgers to Pizza and Chicken Strips. Also available here are the popular “All Day Meal Deals” and Family Meals.

Other treats such as the ever-popular Funnel Cakes are also available

The main store is Cabana Brothers, which offers everything from Sun Screen and Sandals to Camera’s and bathing suits.

Tube and Cabana Rentals are available at Captain Bouy’s. Tube Rentals are $7 for a single tube, $14 for a double tube. Season Passholders can get a single tube rental for $5 Monday through Thursday. Cabana Rentals are $150 per day. Online Reservations are suggested on the park website.

One of the more relaxing things to do at the park is to take your tube and lounge in the lazy river for awhile.

The River Cruise circles Mr. Six’s Splash Island and features a jungle theme.

That’s pretty good theme for a Six Flags park!

Lifeguards are posted around the river

A great stop for any family is Lost Temple Rapids, the parks family raft ride.

Lines can get long for this attraction so it’s best to come here early.

The signature attraction at Hurricane Harbor is the Tornado.

The ride drops you more than 60 feet into a water funnel, throwing you from side to side while on your 4-person raft.

The other famous slide is the Black Snake Summit, which includes two tube slides and 3 body slides including the thrilling Venom Drop which sends you plummeting almost straight down.

Black Snake Summit towers over the wave pool

Tiki Falls contains three 400 foot long slides that will twist and turn you all the way down to the mouth of a giant tiki. Two of these tubes are pitch black while one offers a bit of light.

Splash Island, located in the middle of the park, is one of the newest additions and offers fun slides and play area’s for children

Lighting Falls offers 3 additional twisting tube slides that will thrill even the most seasoned waterpark veteran. This slide can be enjoyed with a single or double tube.

Enjoy our on-ride POV through two of the three Lightning Falls slides.

Overall, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a great value for a truly fun day out in the sun. Food Prices, parking and amenities can be a little pricey, but you are at an amusement park afterall. The option of the combo-pass that includes Magic Mountain is an exceptionally good value.

Are you a water park fan? Have you been to Hurricane Harbor? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • mratigan

    I went to magic mountain of Wednesday

  • jcruise86

    Hurricane Harbor lost me at Flash Pass. I won’t go there till they get rid of that.

    If I glide past older teens at The Queen Mary’s or Universal’s haunt events, I’m hiding behind an ascot or one of my “I’ve been to Machu Picchu you haven’t.” T-shirts.”

    But at a water park we’re all practically naked (except for my Vail, Aspen & St. Moritz tattoos), and the lower classes I apologetically creep past can plainly see the absurdity of our class system revealed. The young kids glare confusedly as their parents try to explain our increasingly unjust America. The kids get it and resent it & me.

    But hey, what a great time saver!

  • I think it all looks a lot nicer and more tropical than I expected from Six Flags.

  • Algernon

    It looks like a lot of fun. Too bad they didn’t build an indoor water park like that in one of those closed Tustin Air Base blimp hangars.

  • Gregg Condon

    Regarding the Flash Pass:

    It runs $10 for the regular and $15 for the Gold, much less than Flash Pass inside Magic Mountain (which I believe is around $50 per person).

    The way they have it set up is they generally will hold the “regular” line down at the bottom of the stairs and let a few people up every few minutes.

    Due to the much lower capacities for water rides vs. coasters the impact isn’t as severe. Instead of a long wait at the top of the stairs as there would be in previous years, the wait is at the bottom. For the most part, the wait at the top of the stairs is reduced compared to what it was in previous years.

    We have been to the park 6-7 times this year. We’ve gotten the Flash Pass once and thought it was great. The times we didn’t have them and waited in lines they were maybe 5 minutes longer than they otherwise would have been.

    It wasn’t until our visit last week that we noticed a significant amount of people using the Flash Pass but it still didn’t impact the lines. The park was extremely busy anyway.

    I disagree that the Flash Pass (and similar systems) create a “Class System”. Many people can’t afford to go to a theme/amusement/water park in the first place. For me if I’m going to a park I don’t visit a lot it’s completely worth it for me to invest in this type of system.

    We are going back east in about a week and we will be using similar systems at Six Flags Great Adventure, Dorney Park, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I’ve never used it at SFMM or Knott’s because I visit those parks frequently. We used it at SFHH just to test out the system for this blog and were impressed with the results.

    Is it worth it for everybody … no. But if you have 1 day per summer to enjoy the park spending another $10 – $15 (the price of lunch) to enjoy your day is a small price to pay IMO.

    I don’t look at these as “Skip the Line” passes, I look at them as “Wait less time in line so I can enjoy the rest of my day” passes. It alleviates the need to run around at park open and ride as many rides as you can before it get’s busy. It allows you to relax by the wave pool, take a few laps around the lazy river and generally enjoy the park without having to worry about riding everything.

    • CupcakeTerror

      This is a great description of the pass and it’s usefulness in the park. Thanks for clarifying!