River Legacy
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
(at Cooper Street)
Arlington, TX 76006 US

River Legacy

Cardboard Boat Regatta

26th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta


2015 Date Confirmed - April 25, 2015

9 am to 4 pm

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor


Check out this photo gallery by volunteer event photographer Arno Knapen from the 25th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta! We had a great time. Thank you to all for coming out and supporting River Legacy! Stay tuned here for details on our 2015 event!

The Cardboard Boat Regatta challenges amateur boat builders to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard. Come and enjoy the fun as you watch the masterful maneuvers of boats braving the waves at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.


In addition to hosting the competition, the region's largest water park will open the popular Tornado ride PLUS 2 new rides this year, Hook's Lagoon AND the SkyCoaster Swing for guests and participants to enjoy. 


Want to get a head start? Attend Boat Building School in February. 

Build a boat on site in two hours
Don’t have time to build a boat before race day? Sign up for Build-on-Site. You’ll construct a Guppy (2-person) boat at Hurricane Harbor in just two hours.  

You and your crew will receive:

» 3 pieces of cardboard
» 2 rolls of duct tape
» 2 sheets of plastic
» box cutter
» pencil
» yard stick

The races of boats built on site will take place in Hurricane Harbor’s Wave Pool after the adult time-trial races. A trophy is awarded for the fastest finish!

Children’s Area Amenities

» Hook’s Lagoon
» Face Painting
» Bubble Play

» Hula-Hoop Contest

» Mini-Boat Regatta

» For children ages 4 to 12
» $5 entry fee
» Race a small pinewood sailboat along a rain gutter by blowing into the sail.

Whale Sail

Win fabulous prizes! 
Purchase miniature rubber whales and cheer them on to victory as they race down the Lazy River
The more whales you sail, the better your chances of winning!
Adopt a Whale for just $5 or a pod of 5 whales for $20!


Team Challenge

This Year's Team Challenge will include a 3-Man Basketball Hoops Shoot & Horseshoe Tournament in addition to the cardboard boat races.

2014 Entry Fees (All fees include 2 Regatta admission passes per crew member in the boat)

Guppy boat (1-2 crew members)

Early Bird Registration by April 1: $50

After April 1: $60 (all entries must be received by April 14)

Dolphin boat (3-5 crew members)

Early Bird Registration by April 1: $60

After April 1: $70 (all entries must be received by April 14)

Whale boat (6-10 crew members)

Early Bird Registration by April 1: $80

After April 1: $90 (all entries must be received by April 14)


School & Church entry fee is $50 for all categories. Schools and Churches receive FREE Cardboard to be picked up on THESE Dates Only: Friday, Feb. 28 OR Thursday, March 6 from 3 to 6 pm.  


Download an Entry Form

All Entries are Non-Refundable. Boat entries are limited and based on a first-come, first served basis for all complete and paid entries in order to ensure the safety and satisfaction of all participants.

2014 Admission Prices

General Admission: $8 (includes admission to Regatta and Hook's Lagoon.)

Pre-purchase tickets by April 25 for just $6 at River Legacy Living Science Center. 

Ride Passes are $10 and include Tornado ride, Tsunami Surge & Typhoon Twister (all subject to availability on event day)

Sky Coaster Swing Rides cost $10 per person (2-person minimum ride)


In case of rain cancellation, please consider your registration fee and/or advance-ticket purchase a donation.

For more information about the regatta or 2014 event sponsorship, call 817.860.6752, ext. 107 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Support the 2014 Cardboard Boat Regatta Sponsors!


Also review:

Coming soon to River Legacy

Jan. 1: Living Science Center closed for New Year's Day.

Jan. 3: Discover the habits and adaptations one of our native animals.

Jan. 10: Discover some hidden hiking gems within a few hours of DFW!

Jan. 17: Learn the basics of backpacking from the Dallas Sierra Club.