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Six Flags Great America building waterpark addition

Gurnee, Ill. – New in 2011 – Construction crews at Six Flags Great America are hard at work to make this summer Bigger, Better and Wetter! Construction is underway on Riptide Bay, an all-new 4 acre water park expansion of Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Great America’s water park that initially opened in 2005. With the new expansion, Hurricane Harbor will span 20 acres and boast more rides and attractions than any other in the state. The expansion will also create 80 new jobs at the Gurnee theme park.


Riptide Bay at Hurricane Harbor will feature five new daring slides including first-of-its-kind Skybox drop slides. Bomb’s away as the floor drops out from beneath you and you free-fall 5 stories into the all-new Dive Bomber looping slides. Count to three inside Mega Wedgie’s launching capsule and feel the trap-style door under your feet drop, sending you shooting down an 80 degree plunge at 40 mph. Even race your friends on twin versions. New Riptide Bay features also include the only place to surf on Lake Michigan with our 5 foot wave-in-a-box Surf Rider, a double-funnel family raft slide, massive lagoon, luxury cabanas, gift shop and tiki snack bar. Riptide Bay at Hurricane Harbor opens Memorial Day weekend. It’s FREE with a season pass or park admission. 

Six Flags Great America is located between Chicago and Milwaukee and offers fun for the entire family with 14 heart-pounding roller coasters, a FREE water park, spectacular shows and three children’s themed areas.
Martin Palicki
Martin Palicki owns and publishes InPark Magazine. Started in 2004, InPark Magazine provides owners and operators the perspective from "in"side the "park." Martin has also written for publications like Sound & Communications, Lighting & Sound America, Attractions Management and others. Martin has been featured in Time Magazine, CNN.com and Folio. Martin lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

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