Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park in New Jersey

Yesterday my wife and I drove down to Hurricane Harbor in NJ with a few friends. I hadn’t been to an amusement in America in a long time and though I had been to a water park in Korea in recent memory I was expecting a totally different experience in America.

Tickets are normally $35 each but my friend got them for $11 through his job (he’s a news producer). We also split about $40 in gas, $15 for parking, $21 on a locker, $25 for the worst Papa John’s pizza ever. Plus we spent $8 on a decent salad and $3.20 on a horrible cup of coffee. Plus we had snacks on the way there and on the way back.

So it’s not cheap and the discounted tickets really helped. But we did have a full day of fun, we were in the park from around 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and the park is open until 7:00 PM. So I’d have to say I got my money’s worth.

My friend was also there last Tuesday and said the lines were so bad that they spent all day going around the “Take it EEE ZZZ” (maybe that’s the name) river. Yesterday, Monday the 24th lines were not bad. I’d guess 15-30 minutes depending on the ride.

The rides are mostly water slides. There were about 10 that you went down on either single or double person tubes. There were 3 that you went down tubeless. One of those is, we’re guessing, about 8 stories high and what looks like a close to vertical drop. Climbing the last few flights of stairs made us a bit nervous but after that none of the other slides worried us.

Anyway the slides were fun – I think we tried about 6 of them. They also had a wave pool and the lazy river thing I mentioned. We enjoyed both of those too. The wave pool was infested with kids who bump and kick a lot but what can you do? I’d love to go back to Bermuda and the almost empty Horseshoe Bay but that’s not really an option.

All in all, Hurricane Harbor makes for a very nice day trip, especially if you can find discounted tickets somewhere.

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