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Six Flags AstroWorld, also known simply as AstroWorld, was a seasonally operated amusement park located in Houston, Texas. Owned and operated by Six Flags, it was located on approximately 57 acres (23 ha) of land, which was later expanded to over 75 acres (30 ha) between Kirby Drive and Fannin Avenue, directly south of Loop 610 in Houston. Part of the "Six Flags Houston" complex, the park also included Six Flags WaterWorld, a water park that was adjacent to the main park. The park opened on June 1, 1968, and was originally developed and constructed as part of the Astrodomain, the brainchild of local philanthropist and former Houston mayor Judge Roy Hofheinz, who intended it to complement The Astrodome.AstroWorld was sold to the Six Flags Corporation by the Hofheinz family in 1975. Although it was the fourth theme park to be included in the Six Flags family, it was the first to be acquired by that company rather than built from the ground up. Initially, it was marketed as "AstroWorld: A Member of the Six Flags Family" so as to not confuse patrons with Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. AstroWorld was permanently closed by Six Flags, Inc. after its final day of operations on October 30, 2005, the final night of Fright Fest 2005. Shortly after, it began to be demolished, which lasted through the first half of 2006, though parts of WaterWorld were already being demolished prior to the final operating day at AstroWorld. The Loop 610 bridge crossing from the park to the parking lot continues to stand and is the last remaining structure from AstroWorld. The area where AstroWorld once stood is now just grassland, and is used for overflow parking during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. ..
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