Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Los Angeles is a great water park located next to Magic Mountain. I cannot believe that this was my first visit here since I have been to Magic Mountain several times but somehow, I’ve never visited the water park. It is important to know that Hurricane Harbor is not included with a Magic Mountain ticket. However, each of the parks is worthy of its own visit. I had an enjoyable visit and wanted to share some helpful information with you to plan your visit.
*We were given two media tickets for our visit. We paid for parking and food ourselves.
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Tickets
Regular admission is $70 but be sure to check the Six Flags website for any deals. At the time that I am writing this post they currently have tickets on sale for $35. I recommend purchasing your tickets online. If you live decently close to Hurricane Harbor, I encourage you to consider getting a season pass for at least one member of your party to cover parking. Parking is $40 but the pass starts at $66 so it’s a great way to save.
Hurricane Harbor in Los Angeles typically opens in late May and closes for the season in mid-September. Be sure to check their schedule and hours before your visit.
General parking is $40, which is when the season pass comes in handy, and requires a long walk from your car to the entrance. In previous years I remember there being a tram but when I was there in June of 2023, I did not see a tram in the parking lot. They offer preferred parking for $45 and front gate parking for $50.
What to Bring
Towels – I would recommend bringing at least two towels per person. If you are not able to get a chair you’ll be happy to have a towel to sit on.
Waterproof phone pouch – This not only allows us to take photos and videos at the park but we keep a car key and ID in the pouch too. We love using this one from Amazon.
Water shoes or flip flops – You cannot wear water shoes on some of the body slides but they are really great to have at the park. We had flip-flops with us which we stick our arms through on the slides so we can keep them with us.
Water bottle – they do have water bottle refilling stations at the park near the water fountains.
Sunglasses – if you can get a chain or something to keep them from falling off in the water.
Hat – shade is limited
Change of clothes? If you don’t want to drive home in wet clothes you can utilize a shower that they have in the bathrooms and change your clothes.
What to Do at Hurricane Harbor in Los Angeles
Be sure to try and be at the gate when they open. The chairs go quickly, especially the ones in the shade. Most of the chairs in the shade cost extra so if you need the shade and don’t want to pay for a premium seating area you need to be there close to when they open. We arrived roughly 30 minutes to an hour after opening and all the chairs were claimed by that time.
On the day that we went we noticed that the longest lines were for the body slides so if those are attractions, you’ll enjoy consider starting your day off with those. The body slides are at the top of a tall structure. The lines for the different slides intermingle a bit so you’ll want to pay close attention to make sure you are in line for the correct slide. At the top of the structure overlooking the wave pool, you will find the lines for the following slides: Taboo Tower, Bonzai pipelines, and black snake summit. There is only one set of slides in this area that you’ll need a float for, the rest are body slides.
Bonzai Pipelines look like the most thrilling slides in the park but I have no problem admitting that we were too scared to go on them ourselves. However, I wish I wasn’t too afraid because it does look really fun. After climbing to the top of the platform you climb into a clear tube with a trap door. Eventually, the trap door will spring open and you’ll fall into the slide.
Taboo Tower is also at the top of the structure. This was closed during our visit so we didn’t get to experience it. There are three body slides that are part of Taboo Tower, Secret Passage, Daredevil’s Plunge, and Escape Chute. Secret Passage is an enclosed tube while Daredevil’s Plunge and Escape Shoot are open-air slides with some big drops.
Black Snake Summit has slides at the very top of the structure and two slides a little lower down. There are two snake body slides at the top called, Coiled Cobra and Twisted Fang. This was Elliott’s favorite slide of the day. He really enjoyed how dark and twisty the slides were. Standing at 75 feet high these are the tallest enclosed slides in Southern California. The Sidewinder and Boa Constrictor are lower down on the structure. For those two slides, you go down on your float.
One of my favorite attractions is Tornado which is a slide you can do with 2 or 4 people. The floats used for this slide are not the same ones that you can rent so for this attraction everyone will need to wait for a float on the ground before going up the stairs. I loved how high you go on this slide. I would recommend not wearing any hats on it. My hat flew off and it came to a lifeguard and they got it for me but you may not always be so lucky.
Tiki Falls is a thrilling dark slide that you use a float on. Don’t be surprised if you go down backward on this slide. This is another slide that you’ll need to wait for a float before you join the main line.
Lightning Falls is an open-air slide that you use a float to experience. You’ll need to wait at the bottom of the slide for a float before joining the line to go up the stairs.
Castaway Cove is a great play area for young visitors. They have mini water slides and an area where they can splash around.
Bamboo Racer was closed on our visit but this is a racing slide. Racers get an individual lane and a racing mat.
Lost Temple Rapids was closed on our visit which I was really bummed about. The open-air raft slides are always a favorite of mine.
Python Plunge has several slides that are perfect warm-ups for the bigger body slides.
Splash Island is a fun play area that has a giant bucket that dumps a bunch of water on everyone when it gets full. This area is in the middle of the lazy river.
If you are short on time, it might be a good idea to rent a float for the day. You can rent a one-person float for $15 or a double for $20. What this means is that you won’t have to wait for floats on the slides that use them, with the exception of Tornado. You’ll be able to bypass those waiting for floats and immediately get in the regular line for the slide. Easily saving yourself a minimum of 5-10 minutes for each slide that uses floats. Renting a float is also the only way you’ll have one to use in the lazy river or wave pool.
You can go on the river cruise (lazy river) and wave pool without a float, but it does make the lazy river a lot more enjoyable. My favorite thing about the wave pool at Hurricane Harbor is that they show Looney Tunes cartoons. On select nights they even show movies so you can have a “dive in” experience.
Dining Options at Hurricane Harbor in Los Angeles
You are able to leave and re-enter if you don’t want to eat at the park. However, it certainly makes things easier time-wise to stay in the park. You’ll find typical theme park food like dippin dots, churros, and funnel cakes for snacks. For entrees, they have hot dogs, burgers, pizzas, and chicken strips.
We really enjoyed our experience and look forward to making more memories here.