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Texas amusement parks offer spring break entertainment

March 6, 1997

By Mattthew Lester

Lariat Reporter

The ideal college spring break means an escape to the ski slope or beach, but often the reality is a week at home. Options of entertainment, however, do exist for people returning to Dallas, Houston or San Antonio for spring break or for those who stay in Waco and want to spend a day or two away from Baylor.

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Six Flags Astroworld in Houston and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio along with Sea World of Texas also in San Antonio have planned special events for spring break.

Six Flags over Texas' Spring BreakOut Extreme will feature new activities. The Extreme Obstacle Course and Six Flag Main Stage are new additions to the amusement park.

'Six Flags is the second largest theme park company in the world, behind Disney, and the nation's largest regional theme park company,' Nancy St. Pierre, a spokesperson for Six Flags said. 'We host 26 million visitors a year.'

The amusement park is known for its rollercoasters, including the Texas Giant, the Flashback and Runaway Mountain.

Sea World of Texas' new roller coaster 'The Great White' opens for the season on March 8.

'The Great White is not only one of our most thrilling new attractions to be added since we opened in 1988, but also the first coaster at any of the four Sea World parks across America,' Keith Kasen, Sea World of Texas general manager said.

The Great White coaster further reinforces Sea World of Texas' four-parks-in-one foundation of marine animal park, rides and slides park, water park and show park, Kasen said.

Several dolphins and beluga whales were born during the winter. The only Pacific white-sided dolphins even born in a marine park were born at Sea World of Texas in October.

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