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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Location Darien, New York, United States
Owner EPR Properties
Operated by Six Flags
General Manager Chris Thorpe
Opened May 1990
Previous names Barracuda Bay (1990–2009)
Splashtown (2010-2019)
Operating season May through September
Status Operating
Website Official website:

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a water park located at Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien, New York. Opened in 1990 as Barracuda Bay, the water park is included with the price of admission to the amusement park, and both are operated by Six Flags. The park was known as Splashtown at Darien Lake from 2010 through the 2019 season.


When the water park first opened as Barracuda Bay, it encompassed areas formerly included in the main park. In 2010, Darien Lake rebranded the water park to Splashtown at Darien Lake, it included a separate admission along with a new slide complex and lazy river. Splashtown reverted their separate admission price to include the water park with the theme park's admission.

On August 29, 2019, Six Flags Darien Lake announced that Splashtown will be rebranded as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor for the 2020 season, along with an expansion with the water park. Due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, Six Flags announced a suspension of operations across the company on March 13, 2020.

Current attractions

Name Type Opened Description Ref(s)
Big Kahuna ProSlide Mammoth 2006 Family sized tube slide located on the edge of Elk Lake. This was relocated from Six Flags AstroWorld.
Brain Drain ProSlide SkyBox 2015 70-foot-high waterslide that sends riders on a 38-foot-per-second free fall
Cannon Ball Run ProSlide CannonBowl 2010 A standard ProSlide CannonBowl slide in Swirl City.
Crocodile Isle Wave Pool 1997 A large family wave pool located past Hook's Lagoon where Adventure Land for Kids used to be.
Flotation Station Lazy River 2010 Basic Lazy River south of the Swirl City complex.
Hook's Lagoon Water Playground 1996 Five story tall water playground with slides, and a dump bucket. This stands roughly where the Tadpole Island kiddie pool in Adventure Land for Kids was.
Mister Twister ProSlide TopsyTurvy 2010 A water slide that features three "Topsy-Turvy" funnels and varying grades of track located in the Swirl City complex.
RipCurl Racer Proslide Kracken Racer 2016 A racing water slide with braided covered tunnels at the beginning. Replacing the former Splashtown gate entrance.
Tornado ProSlide Tornado 2005 Sends riders on tubes through a giant funnel. This is located behind Crocodile Isle.
Turbo Twins ProSlide PIPEline 2010 Two enclosed water slides that cross over each other in Swirl City.
Wahoo Wave Proslide Tornadowave 2021 30 foot wave wall

Former attractions

Name Type Opened Closed Description
Cascade Canyon Mat Water Slides 1982 2002 A set of four mat slides, located on the east side of Barracuda Bay. This was located where Shipwreck Falls now stands.
'Cuda Falls Slide Complex 1994 2014 Four inner tube water slides (two enclosed, two open). This replaced the Rainbow Mountain slide complex on the north side of Barracuda Bay. For many years, the end slides were black and the middle slides were white. In 2010, the slides were repainted to blue, green, yellow, and teal. The area also took on the popular use of the Barracuda Bay name since most of the original complex was removed.
Floodgate Falls Water Slide 1981 2008 Cascading lazy river on the west side of the former Barracuda Bay. This slide was never removed upon closure or the removal of the 'Cuda Falls slide complex and has deteriorated over time. It can be seen from the Giant Wheel.
Hydro Force Mat Water Slides 1977 1989 The original water slides and the first slides at Darien Lake. Once located over the main lake.
Torpedo Rapids Mat Water Slides 1990 1998 This replaced Hydro Force and operated through the 1998 season.
Lazy Days Lagoon Mini Wave Pool 2010 Unknown A small wave pool connected to Flotation Station. Over time the concept of the wave pool was scratched as people were only in that area while entering and departing the lazy river.
Pipeline Plunge Water Slide 1990 Unknown A yellow enclosed water slide located in Barracuda Bay with a rainbow colored inside.
Rainbow Mountain Mat Water Slides 1981 1994 A set of four mat slides on the north side of the hill which was incorporated into Barracuda Bay in 1990. Replaced by 'Cuda Falls in 1994.
Riptide Run Water Slide 1990 Unknown A raft water slide located that was located in Barracuda Bay with a "wavy" look.
Tadpole Island Wading pool 1991 1996 Small kids playground pool that was located in Adventure Land for Kids. Replaced by Hook's Lagoon in 1996.


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