Even if the thunder boats don't thrill you, there will be plenty of other fun stuff happening this weekend during the Tri-Cities Water Follies festival.
There's the Over the River Air Show, a helicopter rescue demonstration, a stealth bomber fly-by, lots of kids activities and all that people watching.
So grab the kids, grandparents and friends and head to the shores of the Columbia River July 23-25. Bring plenty of water, but leave the alcohol at home because it's not allowed in Columbia Park nor the Franklin County viewing area. For diehard drinkers, there'll be beer gardens on both sides of the river to quench your thirst.
What it will cost to go
A weekender two-day pass to the viewing areas on either side of the river is $25 for adults and $10 for ages 6-12. General admission for July 24 is $15 adults and $5 ages 6-12. July 25 admission is $25 adults, $5 kids 6-12. Kids ages 5 and younger are free all days.
If you want to add a one-day pit pass, it will cost another $10. Three-day pit passes are $45. The passes allow entry into the pits area for a closer look at of the ferociously powerful hydroplanes and the crews working on them.
Parking fee is $5 for July 23-24 and $10 for July 25 on either side of the river. That fee will be imposed each time you leave the viewing areas and return.
Tickets to Water Follies events are available at all Tri-City area Albertsons stores or the follies office at 201 N. Edison St., Suite 232, Kennewick, or call 783-4675.
Columbia Park hours
The park opens at 8 a.m. July 23-24. On July 25 the park opens at 7 a.m. The park will close at 10 p.m. July 23-24.
How to enter the park
The Highway 240 entrance at the east end of Columbia Park will be the main entrance for Follies week. The Fruitland Street entrance via Columbia Drive will be open only to workers, vendors and boat teams.
The Edison Street and Columbia Center Boulevard entrances will be open at the west end of the park. Pasco parking is limited because it's a residential area, so if you plan to watch the races from that side of the river the main parking area is at Road 54 off Sylvester Street.
Ben Franklin Transit will provide shuttle service to Columbia Park viewing areas July 23-25. Buses leave the Dayton Street Transfer Center in Kennewick every hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, buses depart from the Knight Street Transit Center in Richland and the Huntington Transit Center in Kennewick at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and will drop passengers at a designated area in Columbia Park.
Buses leave the park 15 minutes after the last race of the day. Cost to ride the bus is $1.25 each way or $3.50 for families of five or more. Kids 5 and younger ride free.
Other must-know information
On July 23-25, the bicycle lanes on both sides of the river will be closed for Water Follies activities. The bike routes will be closed from the blue bridge to Edison Street in Kennewick, and from the blue bridge to Road 68 in Pasco.
Entrance to the parks also will close one hour prior to the last race on July 24-25, so late race fans should plan to arrive earlier.