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I attended this park with my husband and two children, ages four and one. It was a very nice water park. They had life vests available for the children, which I thought was necessary in the main part ... more »
This is a nice waterpark, fun for all ages, but it could be better. For example, there is no shade, anywhere, over the pool. No trees around the pool. There are sun shades (large umbrellas) for people... more »
Our children (age 9 and 12) adored this place. It has two small waterslides and a large pool area with a water playground in the middle. There is also a baby pool spot and outdoor café. The place was ... more »
David Van Etten
Great fun for my daughter (and me). The price is a little high but that seems to keep the place from being too overwhelmed. There are only about 6 big umbrellas covering areas of chairs, so unless you want to sit/lay in the sun or have your stuff bake while you play you need to get there when they open. The restrooms are clean enough, perhaps could be updated but it is what it is. The slides were all functional, from the toddler slide to the big swirly adult slides. Interestingly they made my daughter take her flotation device (coast guard approved) OFF to use a slide... apparently to protect the surface of the slide. So that was weird, but overall the lifeguards are on point and seem very attentive. Be aware if someone has an 'accident' in the pool they will shut it down for an hour for cleaning. there is also a toddler/kiddie pool area and my 2 year old thought it was great. near that is a sand-play area that can probably hold about 15 kids, with showers to rinse off before going back to the pools. The snack shop was about what you'd expect; burgers, fries, hot dogs, ice cream. They advertise pizzas but didn't have any each time I've been there. While I'm on multiple trips I'll say there was a big difference between trips in clientele. During the 'weekdays after 4pm' discount time you will be crowded and maybe even overwhelmed, but during the weekend at full-price it was very pleasurable. No smoking in the gates but you can walk to the car and re-enter.
This is a great park for kids. They have areas for toddlers (kiddie pool and sand play area), elementary age (fountains and slides in the 3.5' pool area and big slides for those over 42"), and teenagers (the big slides and deeper pool area). They only sell overpriced carnival food aside from a grilled chicken salad. If you want to eat healthy, you'll need to bring your own and keep it in a cooler in your car as they won't allow outside food in the park. You can exit and re-enter with a hand stamp. Parking is limited so arrive early. Similarly, there are limited lounge chairs in shaded areas (plenty in the sun though). On hot days the park can fill up which will leave you waiting in line in the blazing sun without cover. Be prepared. When I went the staff waited until 30 people left to let another 30 in. They have small lockers for .75 so take quarters. The men's locker room floor was very dirty, but the rest of the park was clean.
If I could put less than 1 star I would. Place is DISGUSTING. Went there the first time 2 weeks ago and were in the pool for about 10 minutes when some kid POOPED in the pool. They said the pool was closing for an hour so we tried to get a refund. They flat out refused to refund our money and instead made us take a rain check instead. I used to lifeguard and know that it takes a couple of days for a pool of that size to clean all the water. So we can back a week later. We were in the pool for 15 minutes this time when it happened again. The staff acted completely unconcerned about the seriousness of having FECES repeatedly in the water. I am assuming it happens often. And I am not talking about a little brown spot in the water, I am talking about TURDS the size of a small candy bar. We left and will never go back. 1. Why are kids with swim diapers on allowed in the main pool? 2. To parents: Get your lazy asses out of the lounge chairs and take your kid to the bathroom every 30 mins or so. Kids POOPING in the pool is completely the parents fault. 3. Pirate Cove Management/NOVAPARKS ... If someone has only been at the pool for less than 30 mins and there are TURDS in the water, STOP BEING ASSHOLES AND GIVE REFUNDS.
The pool and slides are great. The food was not. It took 45 to get through a short line (only 6 people ahead of me) and when our food came the corn dogs were ice cold. Had to wait another 20 minutes to get new corn dogs. They seemed to be very disorganized and/or untrained in food service. We will come back but won't be eating again.
Leslie Dandridge Davis
We had an enjoyable time... a few years back. Just wondering have they gotten control of the bee issue. It's an reasonable size park for PARENTS to maintain VISIBLE contact of their children.
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