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River Legacy

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

River Legacy

Cardboard Boat Regatta

27th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta


April 22, 2017 - date confirmed, 2017 event details to come

9 am to 4 pm  - Six Flags Hurricane Harbor


Check out this photo gallery by volunteer event photographer Arno Knapen from the 26th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta! We had a great time. Thank you to all for coming out and supporting River Legacy! We look forward to your creative cardboard boat entries again in 2016 - April 23!

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 Tsunami Surge & Twister; and Hook's Lagoon for guests and participants to enjoy. 

2014's Cardboard Boat Regatta was featured on the Chevy Hometown Kids series TV show. Check out the episode here.

Follow Cardboard Boat Regatta announcements, videos and posts on:



Check out this video to learn more about boat building and to catch scenes from last year's event!


Besides the youth and adult boat races, check out these other event-day activities:

>> 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 can have as many builders as you need, but only 2 people will race. 

You and your crew will receive:

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

Check out this time-lapsed Build On Site Video

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
» 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 such as a FitBit, tickets to Hurricane Harbor, etc - see a full list of prizes here
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 Horseshoe Tournament & NEW this year - Spikeball - in addition to the cardboard boat races.

2016 Boat Entry Fees: 

Guppy (1-2 crew members): $60
Dolphin (3-5 crew members): $70
Whale (6-10 crew members): $90
General boat entries include an admission ticket for each crew member PLUS 1 extra ticket per crew member
Download a General Entry Form

Guppy (1-2 crew members): $55
Dolphin (3-5 crew members): $65
Whale (6-10 crew members): $75
All school entries will receive 20 event admission tickets for students and chaperones. Additional tickets can be purchased.
Download a School Entry Form
Schools receive 5 sheets of cardboard per entry.  Cardboard is only available on the posted dates and times.

All entries must be received by April 11, 2016 - no entries accepted after this date. No changes of category (Guppy, Dolphin, Whale) or Class (youth, adult, etc.) or division will be allowed 1 week prior to event.

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.

2016 Event Admission:

$8 per person all ages 3 & up at the gate.
Tickets are just $6 at River Legacy Living Science Center if purchased by April 22, 2016.

In case of rain cancellation, please consider your registration fees and/or advance-ticket & food purchases a donation. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

For more information about the regatta or 2016 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 2016 Cardboard Boat Regatta Sponsors!


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Coming soon to River Legacy

Dec. 8: Preschoolers & Parents can enjoy learning about woodpeckers together!

Dec. 8: Recycle holiday cards into gift boxes.

Dec. 10: Scouts get help with journey or badges!

Dec. 23-26: Living Science Center Closed for Christmas Holiday.