I recently started taking my kids to Six Flags White Water in Marietta, Georgia since my tween and teen are independent and my eight year old was deemed “old enough”. All the time I’ve been wasting! I’ve realized that Six Flags White Water has enough attractions to entertain the whole family, from toddlers to adults. Don’t let inability to swim stop you – White Water has all kinds of ways to have fun and keep cool.
Six Flags White Water
My family is lucky to have an excellent water park only twenty minutes from our house. The Six Flags theme park corporation bought a run-down White Water years ago and has turned it into a first-rate family attraction just north of Atlanta. A water park is a great idea for our family because it reaches equator-level hot during a Georgia summer. White Water is just off I-75 and it has stuff that makes everyone happy – such a rarity in my family! Which of the following can your family members relate to?
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You just want to relax while the rest of the family frolics? Yes, please! I’m just as happy to sit on the sidelines in a lounge chair while my kids play in the water. When my oldest kids take lifeguard duty of the youngest one, I can even sneak in a few pages of my latest read. There are so many lounge chairs available, many of them under covered pavilions if you just can’t take the sun. If you want to splurge, though, you can spring for a cabana. There are several cabana locations and the standard package at $150.00 includes a private covered seating area, a table and lounge chairs. There is also a private storage locker included as well as a 15% discount on all food and merchandise. If you have a little extra to spend, you can upgrade to cabana packages with more perks.
While you’re lounging, you’ll probably want to be eating, right? I have a hamster-like metabolism and feel like I need to eat all the time. White Water offers the standard theme park food options available, sure – hot dogs, chicken tenders and the like. But they also have some really great items for the more adult palate. The last time we were there I had teriyaki boneless chicken wings that changed my mind about theme park food. If you’re at a park frequently, ask if they have a dining plan. The dining plan at White Water can save you some serious cash. I purchased it for myself and it’s so great to not worry about having cash or credit cards.
The complete opposite of the lounger, the thriller is looking for a way to feed that adrenaline rush. This is my middle son. That boy wants to go higher, faster and get completely soaked while doing it. He seeks out rides like The Caribbean Plunge which drops you 100 feet in three seconds, or the Dive Bomber, the tallest slide they have! Then there’s the Tornado. To me, it looks like a giant toilet bowl but my son gets offended when I say that. You raft down a 132 foot tunnel into a gigantic funnel that tosses you ‘round and ‘round. It’s not for me but I’m glad he enjoys it!
The Young Swimmer
Six Flags White Water has not one, not two, but three different splash play areas. This is where my youngest son spends most of his time. He’s a less-experienced swimmer and I feel pretty safe with him over here. Each area is geared toward a different age level, which a mama really appreciates. You don’t want your toddler getting mowed down by an overexcited six year old. Each splash area is covered by multiple employees, ready to step in if there do happen to be any too-rowdy shenanigans.
There are life jackets available for the length of your visit at no charge. The bins holding them are scattered all over the park and come in sizes from infant to adult.
Not flotation ready? Don’t you worry. You won’t miss out on all the fun. There are plenty of slides on which you ride a raft or tube into shallow water at the end. Join the kids in the splash areas! Float down the lazy river in your tube. Enjoy the wave pool to your level of comfort since it’s zero entry and you can decide just how far in you go.
The Family That Plays Together
There are so many things the family can experience together at White Water! The newest is the super fun Wahoo Racer slides. Your family can race on their bellies down enclosed slides six across and find out who is the fastest.
The Bahama Bob slide is a personal favorite since you ride in a large raft that the whole family can crowd into. During June and July there are weekly “Dive In Movies.” A family friendly movie is projected onto a huge screen at the end of the wave pool. My son and his friend watched the movie from tubes in the wave pool while the parents watched from lounge chairs.
Save Some Cash
Purchasing a season pass gets you admission not only to White Water but its sister park, Six Flags Over Georgia. Tons of money saving coupons for merchandise as well as food & drink for both parks are loaded on to your season pass; these include “bring a friend free” passes for certain days.
I’m getting the kids off the electronics and they’re getting exercise. I’m also getting some serious “Cool Mom” cred and some earlier bedtimes from worn-out boys. What more can a Traveling Mom ask for?