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Photos: Six Flags Great America opens Riptide Bay expansion at Hurricane Harbor water park

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Six Flags Great America has opened the new Riptide Bay expansion to its Hurricane Harbor water park, adding four new slides and numerous other attractions.

The 4-acre addition at the Gurnee, Illinois park features a double-sided surf simulator, a Caribbean-themed activity pool and luxury cabanas alongside the new slides. Hurricane Harbor now covers 20 acres in total, with entry included in the price of admission to Six Flags Great America.

Riptide Bay's line-up of new attractions includes:

  • Dive Bomber - a water slide in which the floor drops out from beneath riders.
  • Mega Wedgie - another slide featuring an steep 80-degree drop.
  • Wipeout - a double-funnel raft slide.
  • Surf Rider - a 5-foot-wave surfing simulator.
  • Monsoon Lagoon - a 14,000 square foot activity pool featuring waterfalls and interactive spray elements.

Six Flags Great America's Park President, Hank Salemi, said of the new area: "Riptide Bay is the perfect addition to our park's extensive collection of thrills. We expanded the water park due to popular demand, and are excited to provide guests of all ages with a variety of unique and thrilling slides and attractions, that can only be found at Six Flags Great America."

Hurricane Harbor opened at Six Flags Great America in 2005, and features a 500,000-gallon wave pool, numerous slides, an interactive water playground and a lazy river among its attractions. It has proven to be very popular, and was expanded in 2006 with the addition of the Tornado waterslide.

Photos of Riptide's Bay aquatic attractions can be seen below:

Riptide Bay 1

Image © Six Flags

Riptide Bay 2
Image © Six Flags

Riptide Bay 3

Image © Six Flags

Riptide Bay 4

Image © Six Flags

Riptide Bay 5

Image © Six Flags

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