Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord is an enormous outdoor water park. The 30-acre property has over 35 slides, rides, and attractions. Six Flags bills it as Northern California’s largest water park. Activities range from wild thrills to more mild slides and things to do for younger kids.
The park has a bit of a confusing history. It opened in 1995 as Waterworld USA Concord. The company that owned it bought Six Flags and eventually changed the name of the park to Six Flags Waterworld Concord. The park chain sold the water park, and its name reverted to Waterworld California. In 2017, Six Flags repurchased the park, and in 2018 it rebranded yet again and changed the name to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord. Whew!
In 2018, Six Flags also renovated the park. It introduced luxury cabanas, and spruced up the slides and other rides as well as the dining and retail areas. That year, the park introduced the new attraction, Splashwater Island.
Ride and Slide Highlights
Among Hurricane Harbor Concord’s signature and most thrilling attractions is Tornado, a funnel ride. Riders in four-passenger cloverleaf tubes drop down an enclosed slide and soar back and forth along the walls of an enormous funnel perched on its side.
Other thrill rides include Break Point Plunge, a two-slide tower in which passengers enter launch capsules and drop into enclosed tubes that send them for a loop. Cliffhanger offers two 70-foot-tall speed slides. Visitors brave enough to challenge Honolulu Halfpipe face a slide that sends riders plunging down over four stories into a skateboard-like halfpipe that has them racing both forwards and backwards.
The Big Kahuna family raft ride tones down the thrills a bit. Up to four passengers pile into a large, circular raft and plunge through a winding course. Breaker Beach is the park’s 635,000-gallon wave pool. The Kaanapali Kooler Lazy River lets riders gently float along.
For younger visitors, Splashwater Island offers more than 100 interactive sprayers, nozzles, and other ways to get wet. The water play structure also includes small slides, rope ladders, net structures, and a huge dump bucket. Caribbean Cove offers fun ways to get wet for the youngest guests at the park.
What‘s to Eat?
Typical water park fare includes pizza, burgers, chicken sandwiches, churros, and ice cream. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord also offers more healthy options such as veggie burgers, salads, and apple chips. Note that the park does not allow visitors to bring in their own food or beverages.
Admission Info and Location
Discounted single-visit tickets can be purchased in advance on the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord Web site. Children 48 inches and under pay a reduced price for tickets bought at the park. Children under three are admitted free of charge. For parties of 10 or more, Six Flags offers group tickets.
Season passes are available. They include unlimited visits to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord as well as all Six Flags parks (amusement parks and water parks) throughout the country for the year during which they are purchased. Six Flags also offers a membership program. Participants choose a membership level (Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond, and Diamond Elite), which offers varying benefits. They pay a monthly fee on a recurring basis. Members also can visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord as well as all Six Flags parks (amusement parks and water parks) throughout the country as often as they wish while they are active participants in the program.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is located at 1950 Waterworld Parkway in Concord, California. From the North Bay: I-80W to I-780E to I-680S exit toward Concord. Over the Benicia Bridge to Willow Pass Road exit. Left at the light onto Willow Pass Road to park.
From San Jose: I-680N to Concord, exit at Willow Pass Road. Right at the light onto Willow Pass Road to park.
From Oakland/San Francisco: Bay Bridge East to Highway 24E, toward Walnut Creek. Take the Northbound overpass to I-680, toward Concord. Exit at Willow Pass Road, turn right at the light onto Willow Pass Road to park.