Strap in for latest Ga. park rides

March 12, 2006|By DEBORAH GEERING | DEBORAH GEERING,COX NEWS SERVICE

ATLANTA -- Georgia theme parks are offering some high points this season, as Six Flags Over Georgia unveils its new Goliath roller coaster.

The steel Goliath promises to be a giant with an initial drop of 170 feet - and a second of 175 feet - with speeds of up to 70 mph. With a journey of more than 4,400 feet, the park's 11th coaster includes a series of zero-gravity drops and a giant spiral. The ride opens next month.

In addition to Goliath, the new steel coaster, visitors to Six Flags Over Georgia may notice a few other changes around the park: A parade every afternoon. Fireworks every night. About two dozen more characters, including superheroes such as Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern.

Admission: $49.99 (online special $39.99); $29.99 for kids 48 inches tall and under; free for children 2 and younger. 770-948-9290, sixflags.com/parks/overgeorgia.

White Water, Marietta -- This summer the water park will feature three "Dive-in Movie" nights - June 16, July 14 and Aug. 4 - where visitors can watch a big-screen movie from their inner tube in the wading pool.

Admission: $34.99; $24.99 for children 48 inches tall and under; free for age 2 and younger. 770-948-9290, sixflags.com/parks/whitewater.

Wild Adventures, Valdosta -- Wild Adventures celebrates its 10th anniversary with the grand opening of the Shaka Zulu River Adventure on Memorial Day weekend. The canoe ride offers a tour through the park's African Pridelands with dips, dives and curves that end with a splash into a raging gorge.

Admission: $39.95 for adults; $34.95 for senior citizens (55 and older); $34.95 for ages 3-9; free for age 2 and younger.. (Prices do not include taxes.) Open already; open daily.

229-219-7080, wild-adventure.com.

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