A Fun And Wet Holiday

Nothing can be more fun and exciting than sliding down one of the many water slides and water coasters in the area. So beat the heat the easy way.

You can cool off at the beach anytime but for you and your kids to have wild and exciting fun in the water then a water-park might be just the answer. Rides at some of the parks range from mild splash pools to exhilarating water tube races.

Rapids Water Park (West Palm Beach)

One of the largest water parks in South Florida (30 acres to be exact) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Rapids has so many things for you to do it’s mind-blowing. With 35 rides for young and old to experience, Rapids Water Park is the perfect place to escape the warm weather. The newest ride here is called the New Brain Drain, two 70-foot high-enclosed flume waterslides. Each slide will give the rider a different ride pattern yet launch at the same time. This ride can reach speeds up to 35 mph. Wow! Another ride here is the “FlowRider”. Here you hop on your body board and ride the waves at 35 mph. For the more daring in your group try riding Big Thunder (a multi-person raft with a 45˚ drop), Rapids Racer (an enclosed flume race), Riptide Raftin (a 4 person raft ride through a 10 foot wide tube) or Black Thunder (a multi-person raft through the dark and a drop in a vortex). For those wanting something a little different try Body Blasters (no mat, no tubes-all waterslide), Pirates Plunge (an enclosed tunnel with a seven foot drop) or Raging Rapids (a multi-person raft flume). For the children there are such things to do like Splash Hill (8 different slides), Splish Splash Lagoon (slides, water cannons, swamp animals and a shipwreck) or the Barefootin Bay (sprayers, slides and a giant pineapple tipping bucket). Should you feel a little sluggish and just want to unwind, just float around on their lazy river and relax. Feel like a little privacy? Rent one of their cabanas for the day – privacy curtains, ceiling fan, flat screen TV, loveseat, locker and food/beverage service. You and your group will have an enjoyable time while you’re here.

Lion Country Safari (West Palm Beach)

By now you know about the animals and the drive through safari where you can stay cool in your car, but you don’t really get wet. Did you know that they have a water play area here as well? This 4000 square-foot area called Safari Splash features 23 interactive kid-friendly water play zones. The Safari Plunge area is proud to boast two exciting water slides. The first water slide is an exciting 108-foot long freefall water slide. And the second water slide is a thrilling 214-foot long loop style water slide. These two new water slides will add a bit of adventure to your day. Also, included in the park is Water Wars, a fun interactive water balloon challenge to soak you and your friends. And coming very soon is a new water play structure that is set in a pool (up to 20 inches deep) that will feature a number of interactive activities such as dump buckets, water cannon and water slides. With the addition of this new play area, the water park area will encompass 55 acres. Take a moment from the animals and their habitats to cool off over at their water amusements this season. Wear a swimsuit and get soaking wet!

Calypso Bay and Coconut Cove

Owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks Department, these two water parks located in Royal Palm Beach (Calypso Bay) and Boca Raton (Coconut Cove). Calypso Bay has water rides for the whole family to enjoy including two 4-story waterslides and an 897-foot river ride. For the smaller children there is a Lily Pad Walk and a water playground. At Coconut Cove you will find a two-sided children’s waterslide, a taller high-flying waterslide and a lazy river to sit in your tube and relax the day away.

So grab the kids or some friends and go get wet!