Make A Splash At An NC Water Park
When the summertime heat is on, there’s no better place to cool off than in the water. In North Carolina, there are plenty of opportunities to get wet naturally, whether swimming at the beach, floating down a mountain river, or skiing across a piedmont lake. But if you want to combine the refreshing chill of the water with the thrill of an amusement park, it's time to head to a water park. Here’s a listing of North Carolina’s man-made watery attractions:
As part of the Carowinds theme park straddling the NC/SC border, this 20-acre water park comes with roller coasters and live entertainment included in the price of admission. Boomerang Bay includes a 34,000 square-foot wave pool, a 1,000-foot long lazy river, and 11 waterslides, including the high-octane thrills of Pipeline Peak.
Wet N Wild’s Emerald
The largest water park in the Carolinas offers a full day of family fun with 36 rides and attractions containing three million gallons of watery thrills. Among the more frightening offerings is “Dr. VonDark’s Tunnel of Terror”, where riders experience a 40-foot drop, back-to-back vertical banks, and two high-speed 360 spins… all in COMPLETE DARKNESS. There are also more tame options for smaller children, and a variety of food and snack options available throughout the park.
Lake Water Park, Hope Mills
This six-acre man-made lake is a great substitute for a day at the beach just south of Fayetteville. Surrounded by clean white sand beaches, this park includes slides and a jump tower for thrill seekers, as well as pedal boats and porch swings for those looking to relax. On the shore, there’s a deli, surf shop, and even six courts of sand volleyball to enjoy.
Wolf Lodge & Resort, Concord
Bad weather is no problem at Great Wolf, where there are 19 slides, six pools, a lazy river, and a giant water fort indoors, as well as a 60,000 square foot outdoor water park outdoors, weather permitting. Guests staying at the lodge get free and exclusive admission to all the water park areas, and there are games, an arcade, and a tech center for those who want to stay dry.
Family Fun Park, Wilmington
This fun center between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach has something for everyone: Go Karts, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, and an arcade. But in the summertime, the big draw is the facility’s water park, which includes a million gallon wave pool, a half-pipe waterslide, and something called the “Jungle Rapids Super Bowl”, a slide that winds riders ‘round and ‘round a giant bowl and down into a lazy river.
Splash Planet, Charlotte
Operated by the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, this indoor water park is a tidal wave of fun in any weather conditions. This 117,000 gallon park includes the three-story “Blue Comet” slide, a beach-like entry pool, and “Saturation Station”, where kids will find four slides, interactive water play and a tumble bucket.
Crest Waterpark, Taylorsville
This outdoor facility north of Hickory bills itself as an “affordable day of fun in the sun” where visitors can enjoy an old fashioned swinging rope and a water slide, or a just find a place to hang out in the summer weather and enjoy the relaxing scenery of the NC foothills.
Lake Waterpark, Elizabethton
Located about 30 miles east of Lumberton, this water park boasts a number of fun attractions for kids of all ages. There’s the Double Turbo Twister Slide, a 5,000 square foot interactive wading pool and wet deck, and Bubble Bench, where hydrotherapy jets will massage your back into a state of complete relaxation. Attractions also include a lazy river and a bumper boat pool.
added: May 5, 2010
updated: August 11, 2010
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