While I been to many water parks, this was our first time at Hurricane Harbor. We took my two 11 year old sons and 4 of their friends there for their birthday. While the boys had fun because it was a new experience for them, my husband and I will not be taking our kids back there.
We went the last Saturday of August. The park wasn't very crowded and we were able to get great chairs and had no one around us. Even though the crowd was light, there were still lines because so many slides were closed. About 5-6 slides were not running. On a few of the rides that require people to walk up many stairs to to the top of tall slides, they have the wait at the bottom and only allow a few people up at a time. Once you start your climb you understand why. The rides are in such a state of disrepair they need to limit how many go up at a time. Talk about scary! I stood on top of The Black Hole wondering about at what point in time will the thing crumble with people standing on it. I don't know what was going on with the wave pool. We camped next to it and I noticed sometimes the waves would be big like you normally see at wave pools and at other wave cycles, it would barely make any waves and the wave cycle was very short those times.
The lifeguards are useless. We never received any instructions on any rides. Since we have been to other water parks, we knew what to expect on each ride, but there were tons of kids riding that could have used some instruction. None of the guards seemed to want speak or really seem to care what anyone does at the park. The only instructions I heard were recorded ones at the top of a few rides and they were in Spanish only! I saw many things done that would have gotten a guard to tell you to knock it off at other places. I didn't hear one whistle blown the entire day. That is very rare at a water park.
Rust, dirty carpet, peeling paint everywhere. The whole place feels very old and unsafe as a whole.
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