All rides are fun, but which one stands out as the all-time favorite at waterparks around the country?
At Big Surf Waterpark, the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool is fun for everyone. “For 44 summers, families have enjoyed this great wave pool in a variety of ways including body surfing, rafting, boogie boarding and even surfing,” said Bob Pena, the Tempe, Ariz., attraction’s general manager. “A 3-to-4-foot wave launches every three minutes, sending swimmers from the 9-foot depths all the way to shore. For swimmers under 48 inches tall, Big Surf Waterpark requires the use of a free, complimentary life vest. Additionally, we rent out rafts, boogie boards and surf boards and hold boogie board and surfing sessions daily.”
Everyone enjoys the lazy river at Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook, Ill. “It is a relaxing trip floating on an inner tube,” said Tim Jaskiewicz, aquatic manager. “For those looking for a little more thrill to their ride, there is a section where the river splits into two routes, one to relax and stay dry and the other to enjoy the geysers and waterfalls.”
Ilya Girlya, president and CEO, Sahara Sam’s Oasis, West Berlin, N.J., said the Flow Rider Surfing Simulator is always a hit with guests of any age. Because the attraction is indoors, guests can enjoy it year-round. “The technology in the Flow
Rider lets guests boogie board on an everlasting wave,” Girlya said.
At Myrtle Waves Water Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the most popular ride for any family member is Turbo Twisters, the world’s largest tubular slide complex, with three fully enclosed slides that start their soaking adventure at 10-stories high and plummet into darkness in twisting and winding turns. “Each of the three slides in the Turbo Twisters complex is a different experience, so the adventurous slider can test their skills at all three,” said Krishelle Hancock, vice president of market development, PARC Entertainment, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla. “With a minimum height requirement of 42 inches, the slides give even young adventurers an opportunity to ride.”