JACKSON — Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will mark the official first day of summer, June 21, by celebrating the grand opening of its newest slide complex, Big Wave Racer, in support of New Jersey’s “Stronger Than the Storm” campaign. Proceeds from this unveiling will go to the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to aid in the rebuilding of area businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
The ride’s grand opening celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. Town officials and families representing six shore towns impacted by Hurricane Sandy?three from Ocean County and three from Monmouth County? will take to the slides in a friendly competition. All six towns will receive a donation of $1,000, with an additional $1,000 donation being awarded through the competition. Families will also receive a Six Flags prize package.
Big Wave Racer sends riders barreling head-first down six lanes on aero-dynamically-designed water toboggans. After climbing four stories, they rocket down twisting, enclosed tubes and upon seeing daylight, plunge down several steep drops stretching 1,800 feet before crossing the finish line.
Big Wave Racer is the eighth slide complex at Hurricane Harbor, pushing the number of thrill slides to more than 25. A new beach and dozens of lounge chairs were added to the area surrounding the new slide complex. The elaborately-themed, 45-acre park also features a million-gallon wave pool, a half-mile lazy river and a large children’s water playground.
Special discounted tickets for June 21 are available for just $24.99+tax with $5 of each ticket being donated to the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s “Open for Business” campaign that supports businesses in Monmouth and northern Ocean Counties by visiting www.sixflags.com/greatadventure and entering the promo code WAVE in the upper right corner.
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