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 23, 2016 

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!

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 - 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.


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Watch this video to get ready to set sail at River Legacy's 26th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta!


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 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 - including a Kindle Fire HD, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor tickets, restaurant gift certificates & SO MUCH MORE! 
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.

Boat Entry Fees: (Entry forms will be available for download in mid-February)

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. Download cardboard pickup dates here!

All entries must be received by April 13, 2015 - 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.

2015 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 23, 2015.

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 2015 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 2015 Cardboard Boat Regatta Sponsors!


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Coming soon to River Legacy

Dec. 4: Enjoy a night out while your kids have a fun Opossum adventure at River Legacy!

Dec. 5: Get an up close look at a native animal.

Dec. 10: Preschoolers & Parents can enjoy learning about woodpeckers together!

Dec. 12: Scouts get help with journey or badges!