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Ray's Splash Planet, Charlotte

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Ray's Splash Planet is a Mecklenburg County, North Carolina funded water park located in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. The aquatic facility is operated by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department. Ray's Splash Planet is considered one of the largest indoor water parks in both of the Carolinas and is the largest water park in Charlotte, North Carolina, with over 29,000 square feet of space and using over 117,000 gallons of water at 87 degrees. The water is cleaned and sanitized through the use of chlorine, filtration and an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation system. There are multiple attractions including the Blue Comet, a three story figure 8 slide, and other family friendly attractions like the Orbiter, Saturation Station, the Vortex, Meteor Showers, Moon Beach and the Sea of Tranquility. The water park also features a fitness center and gymnasium shared with the Irwin Academic Center, an educational center of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. The first floor of the facility includes the pool area, locker rooms, birthday party classrooms and concessions stand. The second story includes the fitness center with an aerobics/dance studio. Access to the indoor gymnasium is also located on the second floor. Ray's Splash Planet is located on North Sycamore Street near Johnson & Wales University and is just off Interstate 77 in North Carolina in the Third Ward section of Uptown Charlotte. The water park opened on October 15, 2002 with help from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation's partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Major competitors are Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina and Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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  • Grandparents, parents, uncle, one child age 4, one child age 7. Lots of water fun. Slides, squirting fountains, emptying containers, a whirlpool, a lazy river, water polo. The water is warm. Lots of l...  more »
  • The place was decent size and very overcrowded during late morning on a weekday. Bunch of kidos in nappies and they were everywhere. We were there for 2 hours and 2 poop incidents happened and be out ...  more »
  • We had promised the kids a pool on our trip tp Charlotte, booked one through priceline ( non refundable ) of course and the pool was not yet open. So we took them to RSP, overall very nice facility, c...  more »
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  • I have taken my children there for almost every "toddler meet and greet" day. It's a great way to save some money and, for the most part, avoid having lots of big kids around. The people working the front desk are always nice and friendly. In contrast, I think to be a lifeguard at Ray's you are not allowed to smile AT ALL. And, you are definitely your kids best lifeguard! I definitely recommend going here. Your kids will love it and look forward to going back!
  • Great place to take kids of all ages. I'm not sure about the weekend but we've gone twice during the week and it's not crowded at all. The changing room and showers are clean. Well staffed with lifeguards. I have no complaints.
  • I only use the fitness area. The machine are a little dated but all work well. The free weight area has a good range of weight. The biggest plus is it's never to busy and always clean. Good amount of cardio equipment as well.
  • They made my nephew's birthday a special time. The park is well maintained with the are plenty of lifeguards. The employees are attentive and organized. They also have family locker rooms.
  • A fantastic value! Our child loves every visit, and we go often. The front desk staff are always friendly, everything seems well maintained and clean, and the lifeguards are very attentive.

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