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Water-filled fun found at Six Flags Darien Lake

Story and photos by Marg Seregelyi Six Flags Darien Lake, New York's largest theme park and resort marks its 45th anniversary this year. It features over 100 rides, including five roller coasters, many shows and a variety of other attractions.
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Hook's Lagoon offers a three-storey treehouse, pirate ship and 150 aquatic features.

Story and photos by Marg Seregelyi

Six Flags Darien Lake, New York's largest theme park and resort marks its 45th anniversary this year. It features over 100 rides, including five roller coasters, many shows and a variety of other attractions. The theme park is located between Rochester and Buffalo, less than one hour from Niagara Falls.

Shipwreck Falls provide fun for all ages with the thrill of a roller coaster combined with a shocking splash at the end to cool you off on a hot summer day.


The newest water thrill ride, called The Big Kahuna Extreme Water Slide, spirals a four-person raft 700 feet through dips and twists before landing in a pool of water.

The waterpark includes five water slides, a wave pool and a family section called Hook's Lagoon. This is a great place to cool off with the kids. It has a three-storey tree house, 150 aquatic features, three lagoons and the S.S. Crocodile Pirate Ship. The tree house contains a huge barrel, which fills up with 1,000 gallons of water every five minutes, pouring out over bridges and nets below getting everyone below drenched.

The extreme tubing ride called the Tornado was introduced last spring. This water ride brings visitors to a 75-feet journey into the air before plunging down a 132-foot long tunnel in a cloverleaf-shaped raft, travelling back and forth down a giant funnel in gushing water.

If you want to really get soaked, you can head down to rides like Shipwreck Falls and the Grizzly Run.

The Skycoaster is a must for those who have no fear. It's like skydiving 180 feet at 70 mph without a parachute. This ride takes up to three people and lasts five minutes.

A parade and live shows are held throughout the day with special appearances from Looney Tunes Characters, providing great photo opportunities. The Batman Thrill Spectacular is a high-voltage, action-packed stunt show with special effects held in an indoor theatre.

End your day with the laser light show involving pyrotechnics, laser animation, lights, musical choreography and fireworks. The show lasts about 30 minutes, so bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.

Several concerts featuring popular bands perform throughout the summer at the park's Performing Arts Center.

There's lots to do, so you'll need a couple of days. There are campsites, RV rentals and a Hotel Lodge located beside the park.

Admission prices include most rides and shows. For more information check out www.sixflags.com .




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