Water park season is upon us and it's officially time to pack up the car, throw on your swimsuit, and brave the long line at your favorite slide. Whether you're planning on taking it easy and floating down the lazy river, or being first in line at all the craziest slides, follow these quick tips and tricks to make the most of your water park adventures this summer:
1. Arrive Early
Getting an early start and arriving at the park a few minutes before they actually open will help you out in more than one major way. Not only will the crowds (and subsequently the lines) be much smaller, but the temperature will also be more bearable. Additionally, the earlier you arrive, the more likely you are to snatch your ideal parking spot.
2. Bring Snacks & Water
One of the downfalls of days at the water park are all of the long lines that you have to wait in. Not only do you have to wait in line for slides and rides, but also for food. On top of that, once you finally get to the front of the food line, you will have to pay a hefty price for food that may not be worth that chunk of change. Make a pit-stop at the grocery store on your way to the park to grab some yummy snacks and drinks that will keep both your stomach and your wallet satisfied.
3. Designate a Meeting Spot
Trying to wrangle everyone when it's time for lunch or time to leave can be tricky. Before everyone runs off to do their own thing, mutually decide upon a meeting spot and time.
4. Motivate the Kids to Leave
One of the trickiest parts of spending the day at the water park is convincing everyone that it is time to go at the end of the day. If the kids are having too much fun and aren't yet ready to leave, provide an incentive. At the beginning of the day, let them know you'll be stopping for ice cream or another treat on the way home.
5. Waterproof your Electronics
Invest in a waterproof case for your phone and/or camera. While you may not plan on taking your phone down the water slides with you, you will need to periodically keep in touch with your group.
6. Rent a Locker
Renting a locker at the water park is definitely worth the money for anyone who doesn't want to lug around their belongings all day or leave valuables sitting out in the open. As mentioned in tip #1, the earlier you arrive, the more likely you are to snatch an open locker before the crowds set in and they all fill up.
7. Organize your Day
Before you head out for the day, visit the water park's official website and pick out the attractions that you definitely want to try out. Use the park map to plan out your day in a time conscious, organized fashion. While you probably will veer off from your plan throughout the day, it's better to be over prepared than not prepared at all.
8. Bring Life Jackets and Towels
While some parks will provide life jackets and towels, it's always a great idea to bring your own. You never know if the park will have the correctly sized jacket, and using publicly provided towels has the potential to be fairly unsanitary.
9. Invest in a Season Pass
If the water park is a huge hit with your family and you plan on making frequent visits throughout the summer, considering investing in a season pass. In the long run, investing in a season pass will save you some serious money on admission to the park.
10. Know the Rules
Every water park will have their own unique rules. Make sure you locate the water park rule board and ensure that you follow it. Not only will this keep you and your family as safe as possible, but breaking the rules may result in being removed from the park.
While not an exhaustive list, these tips and tricks will definitely help you make the most of your summer outings to the water park. Ready to hit the slides? Keep us in the loop! Tag us in your summer fun water park photos on Facebook at