By Neyat, Radical Parenting teen intern
Parents, looking for an affordable daycation trip to take your kids on? With the summer simmering down and back to school time quickly approaching, what better way to end the summer than by making a huge splash? Recently, I visited Raging Waters as well as Wild Rivers, and my family had a great time at both parks. I can surely say they each provided us with a positive (not to mention, wet) experience.
When it comes to the older crowd, Raging Waters is probably best fit; offering attractions such as the new one, Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, a ride consisting of total darkness and a heart-dropping forty-foot plunge. However, there are attractions for the younger set, including Kid’s Kingdom, Splash Island, and The Little Dipper.
Wild Rivers is the more family-oriented of the two parks, offering various options for the youngsters. The Kiddie Congo and Kiddie Bombay are just a few of the many child-friendly rides and attractions at Wild Rivers. But don’t fret; they do have a nice selection for the teens in your life as well.
Both parks offer a range of food, and they each ask that guests leave food items from home or bought outside of the park behind. Also, both parks have lockers available for personal belongings, and as a side note, both sites are smoke-free environments and prohibit smoking. Raging Waters is open to the public at 10:00am, but has several closing times for certain days, so it’s best to check ahead of time. Wild Rivers is open daily from 10:00am-8:00pm, but again, it’s best to make certain of park hours ahead of time due to holidays and other special circumstances.
Each park is recession-friendly and offers pretty affordable prices and package options. Also, for the summer, participating sites and various retail locations are offering $5 off coupons for Wild Rivers and coupons for Raging Waters that range from $5-$7 off. Before heading to either park, be sure to check their sites or call in for hours, park rules and regulations, group options, special needs options, and more. I had a blast at both parks, and parents, I guarantee you will with your kids! Go now while the summer sun is still in the sky and the coupons are still valid. Have fun and remember, there’s no such thing as too much sun screen!